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Warren Kinsella: Social media cause and effect

It seemed like the obvious response to Steve’s tweet.

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Warren Kinsella: #TOpoli take note: there are interesting things to be seen in the classifieds

Warren Kinsella: Help wanted

Looking for a Toronto-area accountant who can do occasional accountancy stuff for smallish consultancy-type firms. Anyone know anyone? God bless.

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Warren Kinsella: Things you can’t do when you’re not a toddler

Okay, this made me laugh. Yes, I’m strange.

Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: A column in which I again stand with Israel hate mail landing in 5…4…3…

For political parties, winning elections is – naturally – the big prize. Almost as good: stealing away an entire demographic group from an opponent.

Case in point, Canadian Jewish voters. The Liberal Party of Canada used to have ‘em. Now they don’t. The Conservative Party of Canada, Stephen Harper, prop., stole ‘em. It is an extraordinary achievement. But when you consider how dissimilar Canadian Jewish voters are to their equivalents south of the border, maybe not.

In the U.S., about three out of four Jews have traditionally voted Democrat. An overwhelming majority of American Jews – 73% (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Watching the CP24 circus

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Warren Kinsella: John Tory, then and now

Indecisive. Flip-flopper. No judgment.

That’s what the polling says. And, today, he has provided yet more evidence of it.

 

Warren Kinsella: When your chosen profession has no soul, you tend to acquire a hobby

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Warren Kinsella: Dear John: back in TO

Daughter is back, too, with three bronze medals, two silver and one gold from NAIG; Son Two is back for lacrosse camp, and his voice is changing; and the book is going to hit about 20,000 words before July is out, looks like. And I’ve talked Lala into seeing the new Scarlett Johansson movie tonight, which apparently you need only ten per cent of your brain to follow. So I’ll fit right in.

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Warren Kinsella: I swear to God, Saskatchewan is so beautiful

If I lived here, I’d lay in a park and stare at the sky all the time.

Taken by Lala on the way back to Moose Jaw, from Regina.

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Warren Kinsella: In Friday’s Sun: spare a thought for Moose Jaw

MOOSE JAW, SASK. – As you head into town here, there’s bright yellow canola sprouting on one side of the highway, and bluish flax to be seen on the other side. There’s winter wheat, too, but it’s a bit harder to spot at this time of year.

The Saskatchewan sky goes on forever and ever, and it’s frankly more simply beautiful than anything you’ll see almost anywhere else. Our pilot, Dane, takes a hand off the wheel and waves in the direction of the canola and the flax and the wheat.

“Five bucks a bushel,” says Dane Friese, who pronounces (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Team Ontario at NAIG were over the moon when they saw this tweet

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Warren Kinsella: Saskatchewan: not too hilly, from this vantage point

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Warren Kinsella: On plane to Regina, Daughter and NAIG 2014

It could be just me, but I get the sense that Air Canada isn’t happy until I’m not happy.

(Old one, but good one.)

Warren Kinsella: I’m glad Sun News advertises on the web site of a guy who jokes about killing me

That’s just fucking great. Just great. Thanks.

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Warren Kinsella: Against Me! Black Me Out

One of the best songs on the new record. Saw her and the band do it at World Pride, and it lifted me up.

Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: Mike Duffy isn’t the only one who should be charged

It’s a little like being charged with speeding when you’re not in a car.

Or, it’s like robbing a bank when, you know, there’s no bank. Or, say, being busted for breaking and entering, when nothing was broken into and entered.

A first-year law student understands it, and I’m certain you do, too: in order for criminal offences to be successfully prosecuted – and, presumably, the RCMP and the Crown want their high-profile prosecution of erstwhile Senator Mike Duffy for bribery to be successful – there has to be ALL of the criminal act he’s been charged with.

To wit, (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Open letter to Metro News

To whom it may concern:

I write in respect of an article written in your publication by your Jessica Smith Cross, with whom I have spoken once, to my regret. In March, she lied to me about her objectives, and I have not spoken to her again. I kept a record of our exchange, which clearly shows her to be dishonest on that occasion – but, because I was on holiday with my children at the time, I let the matter go.

Today she is at it again, in a story about Ward Two.

Some background is in order. A (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Free advice to New Democrats

Sure, you lost the Ontario election, and the Trinity-Spadina by-election. Sure.

• Suck it up. Your brand still has value. That’s why federal and provincial Grits needed to kick the crap out of you – your brand had value. • It wasn’t easy for them. They had to devote a lot of resources to doing that – because, again, you guys represent a real and manifest threat to Liberals in urban Ontario. • You’re down this Summer, sure, and you’re licking your wounds. But you’ll be back – if you have discipline and conviction.

Take it from this Chretien and (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: John Tory’s Nick Kouvalis approves this flea-bitten message

Tory’s top campaign guy is Nick Kouvalis. Nick gets paid lots of money by Tory, who has taken on on more and more a prominent role in the mayoralty candidate’s campaign, just as others have drifted away. So he’s not irrelevant. Repellant, maybe, but not irrelevant.

Kouvalis is the guy who makes the Tory campaign nervous. None of the other people there have been charged criminally with making death threats, nor found guilty of serial ethical violations by a respected marketing association, nor acted as Rob Ford’s friend, campaign manager and Chief of Staff. Nick Kouvalis has done (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Dear John: not bad

Nearly 13,000 words in less than a month, Daughter was in opening ceremonies at North American Indigenous Games, sons again tore up the links in a golf tournament – and heading to Sask with Lala early Wednesday. It rained, but whatever.

Not bad.

Warren Kinsella: Can you picture Rob Ford or John Tory doing this?

Me neither. Does such stuff matter, you ask? In my experience, yes.

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Warren Kinsella: NAIG: cool panorama view

I asked Daughter to send me a selfie of her and some of the Team Ontario athletes around her. This is what she sent instead.

Warren Kinsella: NAIG: that’s my daughter somewhere down there

She’s there – along with 500 other red-jacketed Team Ontario athletes – in Regina for the North American Indigenous Games. Couldn’t spot her, but I am so proud she is there. You can watch the games here.

Warren Kinsella: Why is John Tory’s top advisor promoting a bigot who calls Muslim children “parasites,” Sikhs “backward foreigners” and blacks “illiterates”

Along with plenty of other hate, documented here.

Here’s Sick Nick promoting the “Five Feet of Fury” hater just last night:

John Tory’s strategist might say he didn’t know about Shaidle’s racism. But, for a long time, he was the Number One retweeter of Leon Brule, a.k.a. Sattva Namaste, who was this week banned from Twitter for promoting hate and stalking women. More on their connection here.

Hearing that Kouvalis, former campaign advisor to the bigoted Rob Ford, promotes bigots (sadly) isn’t news. But that John Tory tolerates it?

That, to me at least, is news. He really (Read more…)