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Babel-on-the-Bay: In defence of Internet voting.

After more than five decades of working with computers, you would think the writer would know a bit about computers. The truth is that we have never programmed a line of code. Our expertise was always in being able to listen to experts and then interpret what they said for the public. Yet we have . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: In defence of Internet voting.

Babel-on-the-Bay: In the steps of the Hair or of Trump?

There could be as many as 14 contenders for the upcoming Conservative leadership contest on-stage in Moncton tonight. Which candidates will take their cue from the Hair (Stephen Harper) and who will want to try the President-Elect Donald Trump style is the question?

The Moncton event is our first chance to hear from some of . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: In the steps of the Hair or of Trump?

Babel-on-the-Bay: The slippery slide to sophistry.

Not all communications from readers are complimentary. There was a reader the other day who accused us of the dastardly use of comma splices. It was only by Googling ‘comma splice’ that we found out the nature of the problem. It seems we were being pilloried for using commas where you really need a colon . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The slippery slide to sophistry.

Babel-on-the-Bay: A trumpeted win for Trump in Indiana?

You have never heard so much BS from so many supposedly knowledgeable writers. Why would anyone think that Donald Trump’s grandstanding in the Indianapolis Carrier plant was a win? It was a farce that cannot survive an Indiana winter.

For President-Elect Donald Trump to show up at that plant with his Vice-President Elect in tow . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: A trumpeted win for Trump in Indiana?

Babel-on-the-Bay: “Well here’s another nice mess, Ollie!”

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are probably too young to remember the 1920s to 1950s Hollywood comedy team of Laurel and Hardy but they seem to have a comparable act. It was Monsef’s turn on Thursday to dismiss the work of her own committee on electoral reform. She had given . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: “Well here’s another nice mess, Ollie!”

Babel-on-the-Bay: Brassard’s charges without answers.

It is interesting reading knee-jerk conservatism these days. The local Sun Media newspaper here in Barrie gets a glance when an occasional free copy comes our way. We particularly like checking on the editorial page where you can read Libertarian, Green or Conservative political views but apparently never Liberal. Last week it was the turn . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Brassard’s charges without answers.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The bias of Toronto Star’s Paul Wells.

What is a writer such as Paul Well’s doing at the Toronto Star? Does he provide insight you wonder? Is his writing progressive? Does he know the Ottawa scene as he tries to explain it? We have given him more than enough time to get comfortable. He has been found wanting.

The final straw was . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The bias of Toronto Star’s Paul Wells.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Justin Trudeau betrays the environment.

Babel-on-the-Bay intended to run a very sincere support today of Justin Trudeau’s eulogy for the late Cuban Leader Fidel Castro. It was ready for posting. And then we learned that the damn fool had announced approval of twinning the American-owned Kinder-Morgan TransMountain pipeline. All the kind words are off the table.

Justin Trudeau’s timing is . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Justin Trudeau betrays the environment.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Lord Black lauds buddy Trump.

You get the feeling that there could be another boring book by Lord ‘Cross-the-Pond’ in this. Yes, Conrad Black came out of seclusion on his Toronto estate the other day to promote another book that will look good on your coffee table. He told the news media that his raison d’etre for the lordly appearance . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Lord Black lauds buddy Trump.

Babel-on-the-Bay: That Tory Leprechaun Leitch.

You would swear that woman was a graduate of Trump University rather than a medical specialist. We are talking about Kellie Leitch M.P. here. She is the Conservative member for the next door electoral district of Simcoe-Grey. It is a rural riding of farms and small towns, including Utopia. (We bet you did not know . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: That Tory Leprechaun Leitch.

Babel-on-the-Bay: A failure to communicate.

After a lifetime of communicating with government, we blew it. We really wanted to help the Trudeau government solve its problems with the leader’s promise that 2015 would be the last federal election using first-past-the-post voting. And dammit all we tried.

When we knew that the MP for Peterborough would be holding that portfolio, we . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: A failure to communicate.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Will Toronto charge for parking on the DVP?

Did you hear that Toronto Council are now considering making the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway toll roads? This is hardly the first time the suggestion has been made and it is probably not the last. It shows you how desperate the city is for revenue other than taxing businesses and homes.

When . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Will Toronto charge for parking on the DVP?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Waiting for your train.

Ontario’s MetroLinx people came to Barrie the other day to talk about planning for the future of the GO Train commuter line to Toronto. The good news is that it is the intent to electrify and twin the line by 2025. The bad news is that it will take that long. And there are many . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Waiting for your train.

Babel-on-the-Bay: It was not Trump’s win; It was Clinton’s loss.

We were all guilty. Our prejudice said Trump cannot win. We just did not look hard at Hillary. She thought she was winning. She acted like she was winning. She was running a losing campaign and we all got sucked in because we could not believe in Trump.

Who could believe in a guy who . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: It was not Trump’s win; It was Clinton’s loss.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Does Wynne cry for liberalism?

Did you hear that Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne got all teary at the Liberal Party gathering this past weekend? Not being there, are we to assume these were crocodile tears or tears of frustration? Or were they just a notation on her script saying ‘tears here’? You never know what her reaction is to being . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Does Wynne cry for liberalism?

Babel-on-the-Bay: Let’s have a tag day for journalists.

Professor Penny Collenette wrote in the Toronto Star the other day that “all news is not fit to print.” Frankly Penny, your problem is that you need to define ‘news.’ Do we really know how to separate bias, comment, opinion, speculation and reporting from the comic pages?

And do we have the right to define . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Let’s have a tag day for journalists.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Take no solace in bad governance.

Did you hear that Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is staying in her job? We were in Ottawa last week during the bye-election in Ottawa-Vanier. It was no surprise that the Liberal candidate won. These are happy days in Ottawa. The malaise at Queen’s Park appears distant and of little consequence.

Yet these are the drabbest . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Take no solace in bad governance.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Party is Over?

The good news is that we are doing away with organized political parties. The bad news is that we are doing away with organized political parties. And one or both of these statements has the seeds of a problem in it.

The bad news is that non-political people with very large egos and lots of . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The Party is Over?

Babel-on-the-Bay: It’s the leadership, stupid!

Martin Regg Cohn of the Toronto Star is usually a quite astute observer of Queen’s Park and the political machinations there. What we did not know about him was that he considers himself something of an economist. If he is not an economist, why would he suggest that the Wynne government in Ontario was right . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: It’s the leadership, stupid!

Babel-on-the-Bay: Breaking in the new POTUS.

POTUS is what the U.S. Secret Service, who are charged with protecting the President, call the President of the United States. The service has a long tradition of doing that job. It is a job that can involve four years of excruciating boredom and three seconds of horror.

It is a job that has been . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Breaking in the new POTUS.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The devil is in the details, Ms. Wynne.

The Ontario government’s water torture continues. There has been a reluctance to write about the so-called ‘reforms’ in political fundraising until we knew more of the details. We are still waiting. The Wynne Liberals like to dribble out their giving in to the inevitable over multiple news cycles. And the hypocrites in the opposition parties . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The devil is in the details, Ms. Wynne.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The glass house of Ontario’s Conservatives.

Somebody in the Ontario Conservative party is going to have to take Ottawa-Vanier PC candidate André Morin aside and read the riot act to him. The guy thinks he is lawman Wyatt Earp. He actually describes himself as an anti-corruption and ethics expert. And that is the last thing PC leader Patrick Brown wants in . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The glass house of Ontario’s Conservatives.

Babel-on-the-Bay: The rise of the exurbanites.

Trump reached for it in America and the exurbanites coalesced behind him. With these new rural voters who have fled the cities and in sync with the traditional American Gothic farmers, he dominated state after state. These people resent and fear our conglomerate cities, the liberal attitudes they promote and the crush of the ethnic . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The rise of the exurbanites.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Watching Justin suck and blow again.

One of our favourite progressive bloggers is on the West Coast and he likes to refer to Prime Minister Trudeau as ‘le Dauphin.’ He actually wrote that the Dauphin’s announcement of a $1.5 billion fund to upgrade responses to tanker and oil spills on the Pacific coast was a good start. Start at what?

The . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Watching Justin suck and blow again.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Our electoral discontent?

There was an item among progressive blogs the other day that said Canada needed to change how it votes so that what happened in the U.S. did not happen here. The writer seemed confused by the way Americans elect their President. The reality Tuesday night was that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Our electoral discontent?