Not Even Trying To Hide It

The endgame.

Nearly 6 months into the 4 year second term of Doug Ford’s conservative provincial government, residents of Ontario are faced with one glaring, inconvertible fact: if not overtly corrupt (and I don’t know what qualifies as the legally binding definition of that word), there can be no denying it is ethically bankrupt and wholly compromised. Continue reading

Incumbency

After reading The Local’s September article, How Toronto’s Councillors Became Nearly Unbeatable, I did a little creative calculation myself, tabulating the average time the 19 incumbents running for re-election on Monday have spent at Toronto’s City Hall. Close observers will immediately spot a discrepancy with my math. 19 incumbents? But there are only 18 running. What gives? Continue reading

We Already Have A Constitutional Crisis

Last week, Alberta conservatives in the governing UCP, elected a new leader, Danielle Smith, who was sworn in as premier on Tuesday. She rode to power touting the proposed Alberta Sovereignty Act which she almost immediately started walking back after her leadership victory, other more pressing matters to set on fire. Still, the idea ignited a disquiet throughout the rest of the country, fretting over yet another ‘constitutional crisis’ for those who lived through the agonizing referenda of 1995 and 1980, the peaks and heartbreak of Quebec nationalism. Continue reading