Monthly Archives: October 2010

So long, gravy train

Verbally abusive, anti-immigration, homophobic, unable or unwilling to follow the rules of City Hall, an enemy of arts and the environment, many times over an embarrassment to Toronto already. We want him to be our leader!

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Filling the progressive void

Despite being shut out and sometimes banned from the major debates, largely ignored by the mainstream media, and sometimes ridiculed by reporters and other campaigns, Himy Syed is still out there, tirelessly promoting his vision for Toronto and fighting for the city he loves and believes in. If he’s proven one thing in this campaign, it’s that he’s not going away.

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Brad Feraday’s comment on my Ward 32 debate coverage

Last week I posted my coverage and some commentary on the all-candidates debate on Tuesday, October 19, at Kimbourne Park United Church. You can read the article here. A day or so later, ward 32 candidate Brad Feraday left a …

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Do you know who you’re voting for?

One woman dressed in purple and waving a George Smitherman sign called out bits of slogans to passers-by on foot, on their bikes and in their cars. As I listened to her, I began to wonder if she’s acually ever read any of Smitherman’s campaign materials.

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Ward 32 debate at Kimbourne Park United Church

Last night I attended an all-candidates debate for ward 32 (Beaches – East York) council hopefuls, hosted by the Danforth East Community Association, at Kimbourne Park United Church. As far as I know all of the candidates still in the …

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Lessons in voter turnout from London, Ontario

There have been many initiatives in recent years to try to get more people, especially young people, to the polls. In the 2006 municipal election, London City Hall tried an idea to make the polls more accessible to people.

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Joe Pantalone on cycling

Would I vote Pantalone based on people believing that he’ll probably do something positive for cycling in Toronto, even though he hasn’t made clear exactly what that is? Of course not. Even Rob Ford has directly addressed cycling infrastructure – he hates bicycles, but at least he’s said it.

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Another one bites the dust

Whether or not you would change your vote at this point in the campaign, Syed’s Vision 2020 is a crucial read for all progressive voters. We’re going to have to put our city back together after four years of Ford or Smitherman, and Himy Syed and his vision aren’t going away.

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Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

Toronto has some of the most strict election sign rules anywhere, yet candidates from all sides have chosen to disregard these laws, and put up signs wherever they want. Coupled with a city that can’t enforce the law, this means our beautiful city is covered in a layer of tacky technicolour trash, and at one of the prettiest times of the year.

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Rossi’s financial plan: makes as much sense as the rest of his campaign

On its own, Rossi’s plan seems fiscally responsible, as long as you’re ok with the sale of public assets like Toronto Hydro. He doesn’t propose to cut taxes but is offering a way to increase taxpayers’ value for our tax dollars by balancing the budget over time, without offering the lies of the other campaigns that we can pay less without sacrificing vital city services.

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