Calgary Grit: 2014: Year in Preview

We don’t know what will make headlines in 2014. After all, most political predictions are about as accurate as a Forum poll. So I won’t try to guess how 2014 plays out, but here are a few things we can reasonably expect to see this year: With the new electoral map coming into force, all ...

Calgary Grit: Persons of the Year

Every December, I like to name a “Person of the Year” – the individual who left their mark on Canadian politics over the past year. The only rules are that the PM is too obvious a choice, and that lame picks (“You!”) are strictly verboten. The Person of the Year doesn’t need to be someone ...

Calgary Grit: Let he who is without sin…

“You know what, I’m not perfect.. Maybe you are, but I’m not.” -Rob Ford Rob is right. We should all cut the guy some slack. After all, who among us hasn’t smoked crack and lied about it, been charged with drunk driving and lied about, continued to drive drunk after the fact, assaulted employees, purchased ...

Calgary Grit: Remember when the big Rob Ford controversy was that he talked on his cell phone while driving?

Warning – very graphic language.

Calgary Grit: Great Moments in Scandal Management

Ford makes Torontonians long for the statesmanlike leadership of Mel Lastman. “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. But no, do I, am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors.” -Rob Ford

Calgary Grit: The vast left-wing media conspiracy against Rob Ford grows

Yes, the news is bad for the mayor, but c’mon, the Sun has always had it in for him…

Musings on Canadian Politics: John Tory will save us from ourselves

John Tory announced today that he is considering campaigning to be Mayor of Toronto in 2014. All I can say is, thank god. “I’m being asked to think about [running for mayor] and I’m being honest enough to say I am,” Tory, told CP24. I say thank god because Toronto’s municipal politics desperately needs credible ...

Calgary Grit: As Easy As 1-2-3

Something good happened at Toronto City Hall this week. I know, I know. I’m as surprised as you are. Councillors vote to seek end of ‘first past the post’ system in city elections Toronto city council took a significant step on Tuesday towards dramatically changing how the city elects its leaders — and who gets ...

Calgary Grit: Great Moments in Spin

I can’t wait to see the tourism brochures: Toronto mayor Rob Ford is still dodging allegations that he smoked crack cocaine, but now he seems to think there’s a silver lining to the international attention brought upon his city by the scandal over his (alleged!) drug use: tourism dollars. At least that’s what Ford told ...

Calgary Grit: Cone of Silence

Rob Ford and Stephen Harper are about as different as two politicians can be, but the one thing they have in common is an uncanny ability to brush off scandals before they stick. Harper entered the 2011 election facing a “controversy of the day” – from Bev Oda’s orange juice, to Bruce Carson’s fraud charges, ...

Calgary Grit: Goodbye

Rob Ford is removed as Mayor of Toronto, and Mark Carney is flying across the pond to become Governor of the Bank of England. If any politician is looking to unload some bad news, today would be the perfect “take out the trash day“.

Mayor Fordzilla Taking Campaign Lessons From Steve Harper

Yes,  this puffy faced buffoon has been in office for a year now and how does he celebrate? Why, he begins to go into permanent campaign mode, of course! “Three more years and I’ll be running again, that’s for sure,” he said. “I’m running, 100 per cent,” he added later. “I’m already out campaigning.” Sound ...

CalgaryGrit: Fun with cluster analysis

This is really a propos nothing in particular, but I stumbled across a nifty bit of analysis looking at the voting records of Toronto City Councillors. Using a cluster classification, the numerically-gifted Buzzdata user “Haz” was able to group City Council members into clusters as follows: For those who weren’t forced to spend your early ...

Lemme Get This Straight…

Mayor Boss Hogg and his brother sidekick Donut Dougy say that cuts are necessary to things like school crossing guards, school lunch programs to impoverished children, dental programs for children, two cops per patrol car, libraries, social housing, as they’re all considered to be “gravy”, but they seem to think that things like ferris wheels ...

Giorgio Mammoliti– A Great Shirriff Roscooooo P Coltrane To Mayor Boss Hogg

Yes, ol’ Giorgio Mammoliti has been really becoming unhinged as of late. McCarthyism is indeed alive and well over at City Hall. A Facebook group that won’t allow ‘commies’, although, one seems to have slipped through, but the comment has been scrubbed. Damn! shoulda taken a screen shot. First, was his spying at the Toronto ...

Mary Trapani Hynes AKA Next Mayor of Toronto?

Mary Trapani Hynes, a senior, was among the deputants who came to let Mayor Boss Hogg, his brother Donut Dougy and the rest of the clan know how they felt about cuts to services. She was more than likely the biggest hit of the day and the evening. She seemed to be a big hit ...

Ford Puppet Shows His Contempt For Constituents

As many Torontonians would know, today is the day City Council is having a meeting with constituents to discuss cutting ‘gravy’.  Poor long suffering Giorgio Mammoliti, he apparently is longing for his pillow and blanky.  He’s not a happy camper, to say the least. When Fern Hill published the details over at Dammit Janet about ...

Dougy Ford, Perhaps If You Actually Set Foot In a Library, You Might Learn Who Margaret Atwood Is

Oh, poor, long suffering Dougy Ford, city councillor, side kick to his brother Mayor Rob “Boss Hogg” Fordzilla.  Always the bridesmaid, but not the mayor.  He seems to be bitching about too many libraries in Etobicoke and not enough Timmy Horton’s.  Oh and he hasn’t a clue as to who Margaret Atwood is. Councillor Doug ...