Posts Tagged ‘canada’

Doug Ford’s honeymoon is eclipsed by his darkest hour..

September 19, 2018

The premier’s honeymoon has been eclipsed by his darkest hour. He escalated an ephemeral question of municipal seat size into an existential matter for his fledgling government, flouting the fundamental protections of the Charter on a whim.

What once seemed unfathomable is now unforgettable.


Bylaws that Require Parking Drive Up Costs of Housing..

September 19, 2018

While climate disturbances wreak growing havoc across the planet, Canadian cities continue to mandate pro-car measures that drive-up housing costs and contribute to global warming. Even the most walkable, bike-able and mass transit oriented neighbourhoods still require parking spots to be built in new residences.

For Doug Ford, fairness means giving him exactly what he wants..

September 19, 2018

The changes I support — like ranked ballots for elections and more active community or neighbourhood councils — are ones I like not because I think they’ll give me the policies I favour. In many cases I suspect they may accomplish the opposite. But I think they’ll do a better job of fairly and accurately representing the wishes of the people of Toronto. And that, I think, is fundamentally important.

Which is just to say I believe in democracy.

Ford and his government, in pretty blunt language, keep telling me they do not.

Cancellation of Ontario’s basic income project sparks global outrage..

September 19, 2018

The premature end of Ontario’s basic income pilot project is a serious breach of Canadian and international research ethics that harms Canada’s reputation on the world stage, say academics and activists from across the globe

Corporate Canada wants Trudeau to adopt Trump-style tax reform..

September 19, 2018

Meanwhile, notable behind-the-scenes efforts by corporate executives are underway to garner support across the aisles from both Liberals and Conservatives to bring Trump-style tax reform to Canada, in the form of tax write-offs to boost manufacturing industry profits.

With Doug Ford in the premier’s office, why bother with democracy?

September 18, 2018

Let’s take the premier at his word.

Never mind that Doug Ford never uttered a word on the campaign trail about cutting Toronto’s city council in half (and certainly nothing about halving it halfway through an election campaign).

Ford fights ‘downtown elites’ and substitutes insults for rational argument..

September 18, 2018

There are legal experts who are not convinced by Ontario Superior Court Judge Edward Belobaba’s ruling overturning Premier Doug Ford’s Bill 5 — the bill that reduces Toronto’s city council from 47 to 25 members.

Those experts are surprised Judge Belobaba believes the negative impact of Bill 5 on the right of free expression in Toronto would be so severe he is compelled to strike down the legislation in its entirety.

Indeed, Belobaba’s ruling is, to many, a startling judicial decision, and it would be possible to craft a nuanced, constitutionally coherent case against it. But that is not what Doug Ford is doing.

Why won’t Andrew Scheer speak up as Doug Ford attacks Canadian rights?

September 18, 2018

What have you got to fear, Andrew Scheer?

Is there a single office-holding Conservative in this country who is willing to stand up for the fundamental rights of Canadians as they are assaulted by Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his unrestrained Dougtatorship?

Saron Gebresellassi: ‘We are absolutely capable of getting more votes than John Tory and Jennifer Keesmaat’..

September 18, 2018

When registration for Toronto’s mayoral election opened on May 1, Saron Gebresellassi was one of four candidates to add her name to the list. A proud alumnus of WomenWinTO, an organization that trains women from diverse backgrounds to run for political office, Gebresellassi spent more than a year planning her run and boasts over a decade of community organizing experience. She says that her decision to run was not only about bringing a progressive agenda to Toronto but was also a response to the many communities that have been encouraging her to run for years. “I have ties to so many communities that have never seen political representation at City Hall ever and so that was a big driving force for me,” says Gebresellassi.

Doug Ford is trampling on the rights of all Ontarians..

September 12, 2018

For the past 36 years, ever since the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was entrenched in Canada’s Constitution, Ontario premiers of all political persuasions managed to govern while respecting our fundamental rights.

All eight of them — Davis, Miller, Peterson, Rae, Harris, Eves, McGuinty and Wynne — dealt with weighty, controversial issues. The province grew and prospered. And none of the premiers found it necessary to brush aside basic Charter freedoms and invoke the Constitution’s nuclear option, the “notwithstanding” clause, to exercise their will.