Pre-election thoughts

10.16.2015

Thoughts heading into the weekend before the election: ‪ Polls showing a Liberal surge are going to help Trudeau‪‬, as anti-Harper voters get off the fence and hop on the bandwagon of the party they perceive as most likely to beat the Tories. Having said that, recent polls don’t reflect the Dan Gagnier resignation over [...]

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Habs start season a record-breaking 5-0-0

10.15.2015

Don’t look now, but the Habs are off to a hot start, going 5-0 for the first time in franchise history: “Despite powerhouse Canadiens teams that won a record 24 Stanley Cups in their 106-year history, the previous club record for wins to start a season was only four, last accomplished in 1977-78.” It’s early [...]

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The Guardian on Stephen Harper

10.15.2015

The Guardian has published a damning, point by point account of how the Harper‬ government has cheated, lied, blustered and outright steamrolled over democracy on their way to three consecutive election victories.   An unkind cartoon this summer showed the Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, kneeling before the statue of another politician, asking: “What now, [...]

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13 thoughts after watching the Vice interviews with Trudeau and Mulcair

10.14.2015

Stephen Harper is an idiot for refusing to do this interview. They lobbed softballs for the most part, and he might have even scored some points with young Canadians. His silence speaks volumes about how little he cares about anyone under the age of 35. Then again, we already knew that. Holy crap, I’m not [...]

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Tories, Israel, and Chutzpah

10.09.2015

Two weeks ago, like Jewish people around the world, I went to my local synagogue on Yom Kippur for Kol Nidre prayers. I saw a giant “Shana Tova” campaign poster just outside my shul in Westmount proclaiming the Conservatives as the only party that will stand by Israel “through fire and water”. It wasn’t just [...]

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Barbaric Cultural Practices and the ugly side of wedge politics

10.02.2015

This goes beyond the pale: The Tories have announced that they want to create an RCMP Hotline to report “barbaric cultural practices”: The new pledge follows a string of opinion polls showing that the incumbent party’s hard line against Muslim headwear – refusing to permit a new immigrant the right to wear a veil during [...]

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Environment? We don’t need no stinkin’ environment.

09.24.2015

In case you needed another reason to vote out Stephen Harper, Canada under the stewardship of the Tories has fallen to dead last in environmental protection, in a ranking of 27 wealthy countries by the Washington-based Center for Global Development: Canada dropped from 12th place last year and did far worse in the environmental protection [...]

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Montreal proposes new laws for cycling

09.21.2015

I’ve long held that the highway code is outdated in that it prioritizes the safety of drivers over the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. Now, some lawmakers are finally catching on. This week, the City of Montreal released a series of recommendations to the provincial transport ministry on how we can make our laws better [...]

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Stephen Harper’s war on data

09.19.2015

So let me get this straight: Hillary Clinton deletes a few personal emails and it causes a national uproar. Stephen Harper deletes DECADES of statistical, scientific and historical records and nobody bats an eyelash? As this piece in Maclean’s explains, the Tories under Harper have gone to war on information. And we’re all losers: Stories [...]

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Has Bixi oversold its memberships?

05.06.2015

Bixi’s back with a vengeance this season. Last fall, the city of Montreal took over management of the financially-burdened company and announced that it had adopted a plan to fund and keep the beloved bikeshare service going for at least 5 years. This season’s launch was accompanied by celebrity bike designs, launch parties, and even [...]

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