Impolitical: Parkdale Tenants facing down a Landlord

Last Wednesday I attended an organizing meeting in the basement of the Parkdale Library for tenants of the Akelius owned buildings in the heart of Parkdale. Akelius is a Swedish owned company that entered the Toronto real estate market in approximately 2011 and now owns over 2,000 units in over 30 properties across the city, ...

Impolitical: Parkdale Tenants facing down a Landlord

Updated below (Thursday April 30th, 1:30 pm). Last Wednesday I attended an organizing meeting in the basement of the Parkdale Library for tenants of the Akelius owned buildings in the heart of Parkdale. Akelius is a Swedish owned company that entered the Toronto real estate market in approximately 2011 and now owns over 2,000 units ...

Impolitical: Presentation on the Bloor/Durie development in Bloor West Village #parkhp #topoli

Hello all! It’s been a while here at the blog. Apologies. I hope to get back to posting more regularly in the near future.  I wanted to post my speaking notes from today on an issue that came before the Etobicoke York Community Council. As you will note from my previous blog entry, I have ...

Impolitical: Presentation on the Bloor/Durie development in Bloor West Village #parkhp #topoli

Updated (Friday August 14th, 7:30 p.m.) below. Hello all! It’s been a while here at the blog. Apologies. I hope to get back to posting more regularly in the near future.  I wanted to post my speaking notes from today on an issue that came before the Etobicoke York Community Council. As you will note ...

Aaron Manton: Ontario Election: Evaluating Voter Engagement In My Riding Of Parkdale-High Park

Obviously some of the onus is on voters to research candidates, platforms, and issues, and to think for themselves about who and what they want to cast their ballot for. That being said, the opportunity to engage with a candidate one-on-one can have a tremendous impact on voter intention – it certainly has for me ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Congrats to Nancy Leblanc, your OLP candidate for Parkdale-High Park

My long time blogging colleague will apparently be acclaimed in that riding on May 7th for the OLP, and like BigCityLib, I am very pleased to see and hear this. I’ll repeat what I said elsewhere: despite the fact we sometimes disagree on things, we are friends, and I wish her nothing but the best ...

A BCer in Toronto: Why Nancy Leblanc will beat Cheri DeNovo in Parkdale-High Park

My friend Nancy LeBlanc (you may also know her as Impolitical) is running for the Ontario Liberal nomination in Parkdale-High Park, and I think she’s going to beat the NDP’s Cheri DeNovo in the next election. Why? Because she’ll work harder. I haven’t met many people — particularly candidates — that genuinely enjoy canvassing as ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Another Liberal blogging colleague takes the political plunge

It appears to be the week Liberal political bloggers have decided to make the jump from blogging into running for office. This time, it’s Nancy Leblanc, who has been a longtime Liberal blogger at Impolitical. She has announced her attempt to win the provincial nomination for the Ontario Liberals in Parkdale-High Park: Early in her ...

The Canadian Progressive: Aagh, Harper Conservatives Nuked Democratic NDP Motion On Role Of PBO

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 14, 2013: Showing their burgeoning disdain for accountability, transparency, financial oversight and the independence of federal watchdogs, the Harper Conservatives earlier this week nuked a progressive NDP motion on the role of the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO).  The motion, tabled by the Official Opposition’s Finance critic, Peggy Nash, sought to extend the mandate ...

Impolitical: Electoral reform debate – video

Parkdale High Park Liberal Debate on PR vs FPTP Part 1 from June Macdonald on Vimeo. For those who are interested, this is the first 20 minutes of our debate held on November 15th in Parkdale-High Park on the topic of electoral reform. The introductory statements by the debaters begin at around the 7:00 minute ...

Impolitical: Last call: Electoral reform debate tonight #php #cdnpoli #topoli

CLICK TO ENLARGE Info on location and resolution all above on our great flier designed by Graham Bolton, riding volunteer. The debaters are all quite enthused about the night which has been inspiring to hear. They are prepared and looking to get into the issue. We are fortunate to have such a great panel willing ...

The Equivocator: The PHP Liberals are hosting an Oxford Style Debate on Electoral Reform on November 15th

When?: Thursday, November 15th, 2012. 7pm – 9pm Where?: Bishop Marrocco-Thomas Merton (1515 Bloor St W, Toronto) Who?: Hosted by the Parkdale–High Park Federal Liberal Riding Association and Fair Vote Canada. The motion: “Be It Resolved That Canada Should Adopt A Proportional Representation Electoral System.” The Teams: MP Stephane Dion and Dr. Donna Dasko vs ...

Impolitical: It is on: Electoral reform debate

In west end Toronto, on the evening of November 15th, the Parkdale-High Park federal Liberal riding association will be hosting a debate on electoral reform featuring some fine Canadian public policy leaders. We are very appreciative that they will be taking the time to participate with us in this event. The debate will be held ...

Impolitical: Toronto event this week: Roots Revival – featuring Justin Trudeau and The Rizdales

Click to enlarge. Get your tickets online here. It’s going to be big and much fun, so please come! All are welcome.

Impolitical: Late night: Scenes from a literature drop

Thought I’d just do a quick post here and upload some pictures taken during a literature drop in Parkdale-High Park by a few of we federal Liberals on a balmy Thursday evening in connection with an event we have coming up on the afternoon of April 28th, a “Spring Forward” political renewal fair. Some musically ...

Impolitical: Tough analysis of Peggy Nash

By the Jurist: But it won’t be so easy to make up for any questions about unsure political footing once a new leader faces a Con government eager to spread banana peels everywhere then run attack ads about a lack of balance. Which is why Nash has gone from being my initial first choice to ...

Impolitical: Expectations

“Peggy Nash: a Thatcher for the left?” Between this and the Diebel piece, her opponents must be wondering what the heck is going on. Or, who knows, maybe they like it. By the way, she’s 2 for 4 in Parkdale-High Park. Lost 2004. Won 2006. Lost 2008. Won in 2011 after having been nominated in ...

Impolitical: The full-time MP of Parkdale-High Park

Looking forward to the many hours of full-time MPing to come while she’s out there on the leadership trail. Hey, I don’t set the standards. Peggy does.

Impolitical: Post election Parkdale-High Park notes

This is a risky blog post since it’s coming late at night and my faculties, post-campaign party, are just not quite at 100%. There are a few things percolating on my brain, however, so here goes… First off, congrats to our principal opponent Cheri DiNovo for winning this campaign, it must be said.  Now, it ...

Impolitical: About that poll

Big poll in the Star today. It polled a ton of respondents and has the Liberals and PCs at 35% apiece. NDP at 23%. Recent polls have been showing the race tightening so this seems to fit. Every election is unique and this one’s undercurrents are certainly swirling. So, lots of work to be done ...

Impolitical: The fight for Ontario in Parkdale-High Park

Parkdale-High Park Liberals have come out with a reality check this evening on some of the many claims made by sitting NDP MPP Cheri di Novo during the debates of the past week or so. I sat and watched two and lived the frustration that the piece references: There is a line between being populist ...

Death By Trolley: Endorsing Justin Trottier, Green Party of Ontario Candidate, Parkdale-High Park

I am proud to throw my out-of-riding support behind Justin Trottier, Green Party of Ontario, whom is seeking to represent the Parkdale – High Park riding. Justin Trottier is a principled and active advocate for science, reason, freedom of and from religion, nontheism, free speech, gay rights, and environmental responsibility. I have had the pleasure ...

Acts of Citizenship: Ontario Liberals insinuate ONDP hates babies, or when will Ontarians tire of cynical, disingenuous, and negative politics???

As a constituent of what must be one of Ontario’s most progressive ridings, Parkdale-High Park, I was dismayed and disappointed by the first piece of Liberal campaign literature that showed up in my mailbox. In a riding where the Conservative candidate, by all accounts very worthy, is an extreme long shot to get elected, I ...