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 ...

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 to Etobicoke York Community Council

Update: I am re-posting this entry as some residents of Parkdale-High Park may visit this blog to find these submissions. Development in the riding is an issue for many and for those who are interested in the approach I took, along with the members of the South Kingsway residents, I thought I’d make it a ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Good luck to Dan Fox running for TO City Council (Ward 24) in Willowdale.

I don’t often do links to municipal candidates, particularly City of Toronto ones, despite the amusing circus that occasionally provides, but I’m making an exception for Dan Fox, who is an active Liberal in federal politics, but has decided to go a different route and will try to get elected to TO City Council in ...

RedBedHead: Norm Kelly v Rob Ford: The Right Wing Mayor Is Dead. Long Live The Right Wing Mayor!

Happier days for the populist right Well, it was indeed a circus at city hall yesterday. I wasn’t able to attend the performance live but did have the pleasure of watching some of it unfold via the miracle of the interwebs. Those Ford brothers sure know how to do a great imitation of The Sopranos ...

RedBedHead: Norm Kelly v Rob Ford: The Right Wing Mayor Is Dead. Long Live The Right Wing Mayor!

Happier days for the populist right Well, it was indeed a circus at city hall yesterday. I wasn’t able to attend the performance live but did have the pleasure of watching some of it unfold via the miracle of the interwebs. Those Ford brothers sure know how to do a great imitation of The Sopranos ...

RedBedHead: Ford Saga: Left Gives Cover To Right Wing Palace Coup

Cuts, what cuts? It’s all about bad behaviour photo credit: @HeartsOnTheLeft Not one word about cuts. Not one word about privatizing garbage collection. Nothing about his refusal to ever attend a single Gay Pride Parade. Zilch about his actual politics. No, everything is focused on his drinking, his drug use and his public displays of such ...

RedBedHead: Ford Saga: Left Gives Cover To Right Wing Palace Coup

Cuts, what cuts? It’s all about bad behaviour photo credit: @HeartsOnTheLeft Not one word about cuts. Not one word about privatizing garbage collection. Nothing about his refusal to ever attend a single Gay Pride Parade. Zilch about his actual politics. No, everything is focused on his drinking, his drug use and his public displays of such ...

RedBedHead: Three Reasons Why Ford Should Stay

Everyone’s clamouring for Ford to resign: he lied, he smoked crack, he was wasted on the job, the city needs a competent administration. Balls, I say. I’ve seen competent administrations and I can say for certain in the present climate that a “competent administration” will focus its attention on further austerity and attacking those who ...

RedBedHead: Three Reasons Why Ford Should Stay

Everyone’s clamouring for Ford to resign: he lied, he smoked crack, he was wasted on the job, the city needs a competent administration. Balls, I say. I’ve seen competent administrations and I can say for certain in the present climate that a “competent administration” will focus its attention on further austerity and attacking those who ...

RedBedHead: Bye Bye Rob Ford, Hello Karen Stintz

There is the sound of champagne corks being popped and cheers in the streets. Everyone smiles at each other and winks, knowing that soon it will all be over. The hated burgermeister is falling and no one, except perhaps his family, will be sad to see him go. And he has been felled by none ...

RedBedHead: Bye Bye Rob Ford, Hello Karen Stintz

There is the sound of champagne corks being popped and cheers in the streets. Everyone smiles at each other and winks, knowing that soon it will all be over. The hated burgermeister is falling and no one, except perhaps his family, will be sad to see him go. And he has been felled by none ...

RedBedHead: The Fall Of The House Of Ford

Taking a moment to pray for peace You gotta admit that it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Rob Ford is a bully and a hypocrite – quick to condemn the perceived weakness of others, to pounce on the supposed privileges of unionized workers or the effete absurdity of riding a bicycle instead of driving ...

RedBedHead: The Fall Of The House Of Ford

Taking a moment to pray for peace You gotta admit that it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Rob Ford is a bully and a hypocrite – quick to condemn the perceived weakness of others, to pounce on the supposed privileges of unionized workers or the effete absurdity of riding a bicycle instead of driving ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Will Rob Ford’s troubles help the RaBIT vote?

There will be a vote coming up soon a City Hall on whether to formally recommend to Queen’s Park that Toronto would like a 2-phase timeline for bringing in Ranked Ballot, replacing the traditional first-past-the post : mayor for 2018, Council in 2022. (Of course, Council could amend to bring everything in at the same ...

RedBedHead: I Heart Rob Ford

Well, well, well, it’s been quite a week or two. Rob Ford supposedly smoking crack on video. Doug Ford’s past as a supposed hash dealer exposed – along with the drug related charges and violence connected with his other siblings. This follows and endless string of scandals, foibles and general foolishness on the part of ...

RedBedHead: I Heart Rob Ford

Well, well, well, it’s been quite a week or two. Rob Ford supposedly smoking crack on video. Doug Ford’s past as a supposed hash dealer exposed – along with the drug related charges and violence connected with his other siblings. This follows and endless string of scandals, foibles and general foolishness on the part of ...

The Ranting Canadian: There’s been so much bullshit and insanity in the Canadian…

There’s been so much bullshit and insanity in the Canadian political scene lately, it’s hard to keep on top of it all. Here are just a few recent examples: fraud and theft being officially endorsed in the Canadian senate prime minister Stephen Harper and his stooges lying through their teeth every day in parliament Service ...

Impolitical: More from the emails

Thought I’d pass this one along too for the Toronto politics junkies. The Munk School’s Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance has a new report out on Toronto’s mayoralty power structure. Very topical, to say the least. The paper, by the IMFG’s André Côté, examines three of the fault lines that are causing friction: The ...

RedBedHead: Rob Ford Shouldn’t Be Removed On A Technicality

I’ve been thinking about this a lot since the decision came down to oust Rob Ford over a “conflict of interest” technicality a couple of weeks ago. I have a feeling that this might be controversial or get me into trouble so let me just start by saying that I’d love to see Rob Ford ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Failures of Our Political Representatives

The other day over at Trapped in a Whirlpool, blogger Kev wrote a post entitled Irrelevant by Choice. In it, he lamented the failure ofParliamentary-backbenchers to do the job they were entrusted with, the representation of their constituents. He wrote: I choose to believe that the vast majority got involved in politics for the right ...

RedBedHead: Rob Ford Isnt The Mayor, He’s A Reality TV Show

Cue circus music: “It’s the Rob Ford Show” OK, OK, I get the joke now. For most of the last two years I’ve watched in horror as our metropolis was being run like a bingo game for compulsive cheaters. It was bad enough that his raison d’etre seemed to be to shut down as many ...

Impolitical: Presentation to Etobicoke York Community Council

Here are my speaking notes, below, from this afternoon’s Etobicoke York Community Council hearing on a condominium development at 34-50 Southport Street in my Toronto neighbourhood. Quite unfortunately, the application by the developer passed with the support of my local councillor, Sarah Doucette. I attended with the South Kingsway Neighbourhood Committee and with many other ...

Impolitical: Ranked ballot system a possibility in Toronto’s future

A significant democratic reform initiative could be on its way in Canada’s biggest city: “Ranked ballots for 2018? Toronto city council may vote on changing its election system.” This would have a few advantages, some cited in the report: At present, a widely disliked councillor can be re-elected with the support of even a quarter ...

RedBedHead: Like You Needed To Be Told The Ford Bros Were Full Of S**T

Here was Mayor Rob Ford’s equally odious brother, Doug Ford at the transit debate on Wednesday: “The St. Clair streetcar is a total disaster.” Ahem..oh, really? Much maligned St. Clair line not so bad after all – The Globe and Mail: “Since the June, 2010, completion of the right-of-way from Yonge Street to Gunns Loop, ...