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Warren Kinsella: Sue Ann Levy in her own words

She was going after Yours Truly on a local radio station this morning, I’m told.

I won’t call her a member of the lunatic fringe, because that would be unfair to lunatics who live on the fringes. Instead, I’ll quote Her Craziness herself, from a story the now-defunct Grid did on her. It’s a beaut.

“…I always felt you shouldn’t go after your colleagues, and I always made it my business not to. I’m appalled, in the last six months, by the way some of my colleagues have taken really personal shots at me.”

Apologize for Ezra’s words? We (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: In Tuesday’s Sun: Chickens R Us

What’s that old line? That “the better part of valour is discretion”?

Something like that. The author of said line was William Shakespeare, naturally; Falstaff uttered it after pretending to be dead on the battlefield, in Henry IV. It reminds us that Bill remains, hands-down, the originator of all the best political truisms.

It also demonstrates that “discretion,” in this context, can be synonymous with cowardice. Cowardice is arguably what comes to mind, this week, as we survey comings and goings (mainly goings) on Parliament Hill.

All three political parties are guilty of putting discretion before valour, in recent days. (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: An apology to Justin Trudeau

I’m not a Sun News employee. I just go over there to fight with their conservative employees, on-air. So I can’t tell you if this Citizen report is true:

On Sunday, CTV parliamentary bureau chief Robert Fife tweeted that former prime minister Brian Mulroney had contacted the Liberals to say that Sun Media would apologize Monday for Levant’s comments. Mulroney sits on the board of Quebecor, the company that owns Sun Media.

Trudeau’s office would not comment. Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, retweeted Fife’s report. But Butts said he was retweeting the comment “for info only,” and that he could (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: #topoli is a sewer

Warren Kinsella: Ello, I love you, let me jump in your game?

Why won’t anyone invite me to join? I hate Facebook, too!

Warren Kinsella: What goes ’round comes ’round, yadda yadda

Warren Kinsella: In Friday’s Sun: on Trudeau, Levant and a reporter

[Posted here early, frankly, because the band is getting together.]

Forget about Justin Trudeau and Ezra Levant. Difficult, we know, but try.

Reflect, instead, on David Akin.

David Akin is a journalist, a real one. Unlike Ezra (or Yours Truly), David is not a purveyor of infotainment. He is a real reporter, one who chases facts, and I would not be surprised if he has actual ink running through his veins.

David has worked as a journalist at the Hamilton Spectator, the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Canwest and CTV News. At CTV, he won (Read more…)

Warren Kinsella: For Throwback Thursday: TTC

Cathy Allman is going laugh at this one.

Circa 1983 or so: The Trial Continues at Carleton University’s Roosters. Chris Benner on skins, Mel Kennedy on keys, and some pale and skinny goof on strings.

That’s Harold Hoefle up front, believe it or not. And yes, you could smoke pretty much everywhere in those days.

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.