The city of HAMILTON, 45 miles southwest of TORONTO is taking on the litterers and graffiti spritzers, in a plan to clean things up. Councllor BRAD CLARK says “it just seems odd that we’ve got thousands of people driving around who are city employees and they’re not noticing these things.” He wants to enlist all 8,000 city employees to start reporting on litter and graffiti.“We’ve got thousands who are in vehicles driving every single day. If they see graffiti, if they see garbage bags piled up at the side of the road or in a ditch … why wouldn’t we direct staff to report them so the proper people can remove them?” Clark calls it having “eyes on HAMILTON.”Councillor Clark isn’t suggesting city workers should pick up illegally dumped garbage or erase graffiti themselves, unless that’s in their department. He just wants them to alert the fellow employees who are responsible for this job.Former TORONTO mayor ROB FORD attempted a graffiti cleanup and failed. TORONTO has roughly35,000 civic employees (union, non-union, part time, full time). That’s a force to be reckoned with. Maybe they could succeed, once the snow melts, and get rid of these eyesores. If it works for HAMILTON, maybe it’ll work for us. <PHOTOS – Toronto’s battle with graffiti>
In a Globe and Mail opinion piece, PENNY BRYDEN, a Professor of History at the University of Victoria, & president of the Canadian Historical Association, writes that three criteria are needed for a true scandal. “There must be a transgression, then a cover-up and finally sustained public outrage.”Former Conservative cabinet minister BEV ODA (pictured above) hit the scandal jackpot with her $16 orange juice, limousine service, a suite at London’s luxurious Savoy Hotel – after rejecting her government-booked Grange St. Paul’s 5-star domicile. The Canadian public had a fit.Professor BRYDEN: “But the element of scandal (in this case) fails the test. There needs to be public interest. It has to produce some level of outrage . . . Right now the mood of the public is placid. The capacity for outrage seems low.”The Trudeau government allegedly pressured the former justice minister & attorney-general to renegotiate a settlement with SNC-Lavalin “to limit the scope of a public enquiry.” He wanted the company to pay a fine, and not face a criminal conviction. Mr. Trudeau has maintained that his main goal was to save 3,600 jobs in MONTREAL and another 5,400 jobs in other parts of Canada.Which brings up QUEBEC. The Sunday New York Times reports that Quebeckers are standing firm by their man. Support for Justin Trudeau hasn’t wavered, according to the Leger polling firm. Jean-Marc Leger, the chief executive, says the battle to save SNC-Lavalin jobs could pay political dividends for the Liberals in the upcoming election. You’ll find Professor Bryden’s column at this address – https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-snc-lavalin-affair-fails-the-scandal-test-so-far/With a federal election upcoming on October 21st, isn’t it about time we considered other matters?
Canada’s largest city is leaning towards Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU and his Liberal Party in the October 21st federal election.According to FORUM RESEARCH in a new poll, 46% of decided voters are onside with Trudeau’s team. The federal Conservatives rate 26%, the NDP 12% and the Green Party 10%“The Liberals are once again showing a dominant lead over their political rivals in Fortress TORONTO,” says Lorne Bozinoff, president of Forum Research. “If the Greens continue to rise in the city, potentially taking support away from the NDP, (could) consequently make it harder for the Conservatives to (vote split).”
<“I hope he won’t be TOO involved in the federal election . . . “, editorial cartoon by THEO MOUDAKIS, Toronto Star, June12/2019>LIST FROM Canada’s National Observer – https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/06/07/news/heres-everything-doug-ford-government-cut-its-first-year-office<“My calendar is cleared, Andrew. I’ll be backing you up all the way to election day, my friend.“, editorial cartoon by GRAEME MACKAY, Hamilton Spectator, June/2019>
ONTARIO, you voted this guy and his Progressive Conservatives in, and now a year later you’re not so keen. Too bad – Ford’s term will be up in 2022. He’s just getting started.
THE NUMBERS – Progressive Conservatives (PC’s) 34%; Liberals 32%; New Democrats 25%. DOUG FORD’s Approval Rating sank from 63% to 37%.
The Campaign Research poll was conducted between last Tuesday and Friday using a panel of 1,830 Ontario voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.
LISA SIMPSON asks for asylum in Canada at Niagara Falls, and briefly has a look-in on Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU.
The Prime Minister demonstrates his core strength yoga workout.
<THE SIMPSONS COME TO CANADA, “Remember . . . as a nation these people have a highly developed appreciation of the absurd.”, editorial cartoon by BRIAN GABLE, Globe and Mail, April 24/2019>
After decades of trying to get a leg up, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, birthplace of Confederation, home of Ann of Green Gables, has elected enough Green Party seats to form the province’s Official Opposition.
<ANNE OF THE OFFICIAL GREEN OPPOSITION, editorial cartoon by BRIAN GABLE, Globe and Mail>
<PHOTO by John Morris/Canadian Press/PA Images – PEI Green party leader Peter Bevan-Baker> On Tuesday night Islanders voted in their first minority government since 1890. The island province’s 153,000 people gave a much-needed boost to the Green Party. There are three Members (MLA’s) in the British Columbia legislature, three in New Brunswick, one in Ontario, and now nine (9!) in Prince Edward Island.WELL DONE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND!
We’re so busy watching Trump that we sometimes ignore what’s going on behind our backs in this province and our city. The Green Party of Ontario has been watching however, and says Premier DOUG FORD’s destruction of the planet “is off the charts.”
In just one week FORD has – 1) appointed a climate-change denier to a high-ranking electricity position; 2) closed the office of the independent environmental watchdog; 3) cancelled all electricity conservation measures beyond 2020; 4) announced a multi-million dollar, taxpayer subsidized television ad campaign to fight federally-enforced carbon pricing. He’s also cut funding for much-needed supervised drug-use sites, in the middle of a crisis.
<“Climate change? What climate change?”
CANADA is warming up faster than the rest of the world, according to a report commissioned by the Canadian Environment and Climate Change Department. On average, the report says Canada’s climate has been, and will continue, to heat up at double the rate of global warming.Melting Canada will have serious repercussions for the entire planet. Think of future generations and the calamity they’ll inherit. DOUG FORD will be long-gone by then.
QUEBEC’s new Legault government is now selling secularism – Bill 21 – to Quebec’s population. Needless to say, the plan has hit the fan.
The minister responsible, Simon Jolin-Barette <shown above with an applauding Premier Legault; photo – Jacques Boissinot / Canadian Press> said he expects groups threatening not to respect the new law of the land, will eventually conform. “I am convinced that people targeted by the bill, will respect the law.”
Bill 21 would prohibit any public worker (teachers, judges, police officers, etc.) in a position of authority, including new public school teachers, from wearing religious symbols, including hijabs. The Immigration Minister said all religious symbols — regardless of the size of the object — would be prohibited. A religious tattoo or a hairdo, such as Rastafarian dreadlocks, are not considered religious symbols, he said.
<Front page Le Journal de Quebec, March 29/2019 – ‘C’est Reparti’ – ‘Here We Go Again’>
MONTREAL Mayor Valérie Plante is concerned. Neighbouring ONTARIO has no such law.
The Hearn power station is a big hunk of real estate – a landmark building – near the waterfront. Since de-accession it’s not been sitting idly by, having been used by Studios of America, the present owner, as a film location since March/2002. The Luminato Festival had a successful run in the Hearn, and it’s also been an occasional concert venue.
City councillor PAULA FLETCHER sees value in the Hearn site as a park, and believes the building itself could be saved and adapted for public use along with movie-making.
“It’s one of the most important buildings on the TORONTO waterfront,” she said in an interview, after putting forward a motion to “initiate negotiations on an expedited basis.”
Mayor JOHN TORY agreed, seconding the motion. The idea was passed by city council 20-2. In 2017 Ms. Fletcher worked hard to save TORONTO Island’s rare antique carousel, and she succeeded. Maybe Paula can land the Hearn.