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Warren Kinsella: Justin Trudeau vs. Sun News

This story is a bit misleading: Trudeau didn’t talk to Sun News Network already. Some months ago, as you may recall, I was asked to ask him if he wanted to come on, with me as the host. I told Gerald Butts I would run all questions past them in advance, and keep it light and bright.

Gerald said no. You can ask him what the reasons were. But I can say that I did not think they had much merit, at all. That was that, however, and the world moved on. Which brings us to today’s developments.

The (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: A visual representation of what will happen in tonight’s mayoralty debate

Warren Kinsella: As of today, all of my children are teenagers

Have mercy on me.

Warren Kinsella: #topoli question

When you have:

• an experienced, respected campaign manager • an amazing, professional campaign staff • terrific fundraising success • great online presence • a huge army of enthusiastic volunteers • popular and tested key messages • costed, do-able policies • and the best war room around (excluding its volunteer manager, that is)

…and you’re losing.

Whose fault is that?

Warren Kinsella: Elections New Brunswick would like to thank its sponsor

Warren Kinsella: A tweet about New Brunswick’s election

…offered here with tremendous respect and affection.

Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: warm, with a chance of scattered extinction

Media expert on climate change, I am not.

You want columnist climate connoisseur? Go read Lorrie Goldstein or Ezra Levant.

“Humanity’s burning of fossil fuels is having a warming effect on the climate,” Goldstein has written. “But that it’s not as dramatic as we were initially led to believe.”

Levant is slightly less nuanced. Climate change is a “hoax,” he says, and global warming “isn’t happening.”

There are others like Lorrie and Ezra, mostly on the conservative side of the ideological spectrum. There are columnists, think tanks and academics. To them, too, climate change isn’t happening.

On the (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Race and transit

Interesting. Hopefully nobody says any of this, you know, out loud anywhere in Toronto.

“In short, the community got the burdens, but not the benefits, of all that investment. This was true not only of the freeways, but also of BART. In 1977, the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the regional transportation agency which oversees BART, conducted a study to determine if people of color were benefiting from the region’s new rail service. That report found that low income minorities used the system little, even though BART traversed many minority communities, because of the very way it was designed: (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: NB election: on the one hand, and on the other

On the one hand, it’s Forum. You know, as in, Forum.

On the other hand, there was this. Many of you said I was worrying too much. Sure hope you’re right.

Warren Kinsella: Rehtaeh Parsons Case: guilty

I’ve been following this important case for quite some time. From her Dad, this morning, som,e important news:

This morning I sat in a Halifax courtroom and listened as one of the young men involved with my daughter’s case change his plea to guilty. He is guilty of producing child pornography. He is the person who clicked the button on that cellphone, and as simply as that, he ended her life.

It’s a bittersweet moment. I’m sure some will hope our family can find some peace but the truth is that plea opens the door to some serious questions.

Why (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: The end of everything

Something to think about, on the last day of Summer. From the NYT:

Warren Kinsella: Attention Team Propellerhead: Warren’s free commentary on iOS8

I thought about inserting this web posting into the hard drive of your Mac, iPad or iPhone while you slept – without your permission, gratis! – but thought that would be a really ignorant and possibly illegal thing to do. But, in my ongoing quest to impress my annual 2.2 million page viewers with my technical know-how, I decided to give you my review of iOS8, which Apple is billing as The Biggest Thing They’ve Done© since the last Biggest Thing They’ve Done©. You’re welcome.

Cons

• It takes up a ton of room in your device, which necessitated (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: “The lead communicator can’t communicate.”

Here.

Warren Kinsella: Meet my little friend

Spotted him up at the lake, as I was trimming back my modest patch of grass for the last time this year. Sigh.

Just me, the dog and a steak: that’s all that’s up here tonight. Oh, and the frog.

Wish y’all were here.

Warren Kinsella: Separation anxiety

Today’s Sun – the first one. Good to see.

Warren Kinsella: Old man, take a look at me now, I’m a lot like you were, etc.

“Old men”?

Look, lots of us agree on his position on reproductive freedom. We were taking that position long before Justin Trudeau was, in fact.

But calling your opponents names – to wit, “old men” – is dumb. Makes him look defensive and callow.

Oh, and it probably won’t help him much with the many, many folks who are older than him. Many of whom, last time I checked, vote often and early.

Warren Kinsella: Best wishes to Rod Love and his family

I hate this fucking disease.

Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: to Scotland, with affection and concern

Dear Scotland: To establish my bona fides, let me say that the most beautiful place on Earth is Oban, on your Western coast. I travelled there with a girl some years ago and promptly forgot about the girl, and thereupon became fully preoccupied with moving to Scotland, hanging out in a pub and writing poetry. I didn’t do any of that, but Oban still calls me. My bona fides thus established, let me say that I hope you did not vote to separate. Without you, Scotland, the United Kingdom will be neither: not united, and not a kingdom. (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Battleground: “At the end of the day, Rob Ford is also a human being”

…and some discussion of Brian Gallant’s “re-do” mess.

Will John Tory continue to make jokes, now, about the Ford being “joined at the hip”? I wouldn’t be surprised.

Warren Kinsella: Dear Rob Ford

All of us here say: get well soon.

Sincerely,

Us

Warren Kinsella: Do political endorsements amount to a hill of beans?

Not really.

Warren Kinsella: When your opponent has cancer, do you attack him?

Now, I don’t know if Rob Ford has cancer. But, based on the stories that are emerging, based upon what political people are hearing, few will be surprised if the Mayor’s doctors reveal – later today – that his tumours are cancerous.

So, if you are in the middle of an election campaign, how do you handle that kind of news? Here’s how Doug Ford says Olivia Chow handled it:

“Doug Ford said one of the things buoying the family is all of the outpouring of support from the public.

“We appreciate it so much,” he said, adding (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: Gallant-gate: still wonder why Wynne won, and why Hudak lost?

Because Wynne never did stuff like this – and Hudak did.

Dunno if Brian Gallant is a goner, but he sure as Hell made his life more complicated – and with just four days to go.

Warren Kinsella: John Tory’s attacks on a hospitalized Rob Ford remind me of something

According to the Toronto Sun – and is well-known in political circles – Rob Ford is quite sick.

Despite that, John Tory continues to attack Rob Ford, who isn’t even his opponent anymore. Tory says the bedridden Rob Ford is a “circus act,” and so on.

I’m not backing anyone in the mayor’s race. But, whether you like Rob Ford or not, going after him while he’s so sick – as I’ve written before – is disgraceful.

And it reminds me of something else John Tory did, too, and for which he’s never apologized. Check this out, particularly around the (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: Scotland divided, plus bonus 007 reference

Scotland, heed the wise words of the guy who bites the heads off chickens.

You know, Alice Cooper. According to urban legend, the rock star once bit the head off of a chicken. Reportedly, Alice then went on to play golf with former Republican presidents. It’s true! (The golf part, not the chicken part.)

Quoth Alice: “To me, that’s treason. [Stars] should never be in bed with politics.”

And: “If you’re listening to a…star in order to get information on who to vote for, you’re a bigger moron than they are.”

Alice’s sage advice comes to mind, (Read more…)