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>Friday, JUNE 14th/2019, marks one year since DOUG FORD was elected premier of ONTARIO. Since that fateful day, Ford and his Progressive Conservative government have been very busy indeed. SEE BELOW . . .
ON THE ENVIRONMENT
> Cancelled Cap & Trade; plans to take federal government to court
> Cut 700+ green energy projects
> Shut down White Pines Wind Project
> Slashed 50% of flood management funds in time for serious province-wide flooding
> Eliminated funds for the 50 Million Tree Program; resurrected by federal Liberal government
> Axed the Green Ontario Fund
> Cancelled the opening of new overdose prevention sites
> Revoked current and future funding for the College of Midwives
> Slashed the number of paramedic service providers from 59 to 10
> Proposed ending OHIP’s medical emergency coverage for Ontario travelers abroad
> Scrapped funding for supervised drug-use sites (two in Toronto, one in Ottawa)EDUCATION
> Rolled back sex-ed curriculum
> Removed $100-million budget for school repairs
> Cancelled Ontario’s first French-language university
> Dropped funding assistance for college/university students by $300-million plus
> Removed free tuition for low-income students
> Scrapped over $300-million for three satellite university campuses
> Increased class sizes, potentially resulting in over 3,400 lost teaching jobs
> Scrapped the Ontario College of Trades
> Cut Toronto City Council by 50%; city has taken the province to court
> Planned to cut funds to repair social housing
> Told municipalities and school boards to find 4% in “efficiencies” to servicesARTS, CULTURE & TOURISM
> Retroactively slashed $5-million from the Ontario Arts Council
> Cancelled the Indigenous Culture Fund
> Dropped grants for the Ontario Music Fund by more than 50%
> Reduced funding to regional tourism organizations by $17.5-million
> Announced termination of Beer Store contract, jeopardizing 7,000 jobs
> Beer Store threatens multi-million dollar law suits
> Cut $9.5-million (25%) from Tourism Toronto; $3.4 million from Ottawa
> Cut $1-billion from social services across the board
> Scrapped Basic Income Pilot Project
> Cancelled dollar increase to the minimum wage
> Cut Workplace Safety Insurance Board payments to injured workers by 30%
> Severed library services funding by 50%
> Ended the Roundtable on Violence Against Women
> Slashed $84.5-million funding for children/at-risk youth & children’s aid societies
> Cut $15-million from the Ontario Trillium Foundation
> Cut funding to MaRS Discovery District (scientific research)
> Cut funding to two artificial intelligence institutes by $24-million
> Cancelled a technology accelerators program of $9.5-million, college-based applied research projects worth $6.7-million; $5-million in funding to the Institute for Quantum Computing; $1.5-million in funding to the Lazaridis Institute, and $750,000 for bioindustrial innovation.
> Pared $5-million in funding for stem cell research. AND THAT’S NOT ALL.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 Sptectator, 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!