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Toronto municipal election
« on: February 09, 2010, 07:54:57 AM »
*Debra, I don't see a municipal election forum. I don't know how much traffic this will get, but from time to time I may wish to swear at George Smitherman.   :twisted:

Major crash and burn by Adam Giambrone in the current mayoral race.

Mostly, I hate these stories. I doubt that anyone's private life or personal texting could stand up to the full public airing Giambrone's affair has just got. That said, his tell-all mistress has said a couple of things that mean real trouble -- ie, that he may have divulged confidential information about the TTC to her.

Did she approach the Star on her own? You have to wonder about her, handing over his private messages to the media.

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Re: Toronto municipal election
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2010, 08:34:17 AM »
What do you mean? it was right here all along...  :whis:
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Re: Toronto municipal election
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2010, 08:38:21 AM »
Smartypants.   ;)

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Re: Toronto municipal election
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2010, 12:25:48 PM »
It's mind-boggling that Rocco Rossi, a Toronto mayoral candidate with the Liberal party sausage factory seal of approval and support among much of the corporate media would have released these ads today.

It's like when Chretien left everybody's brain must have fallen out.


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Re: Toronto municipal election
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2010, 12:38:52 PM »
It's mind-boggling that Rocco Rossi, a Toronto mayoral candidate with the Liberal party sausage factory seal of approval and support among much of the corporate media would have released these ads today.

It's like when Chretien left everybody's brain must have fallen out.

Good God! Mussolini much? (What is this Mussolini meme Toronto has got going on lately? Fantino always, but now Blair and even the emaciated version in Dalton.)

I've been hoping someone who was still in the city would say something here soon about the election. I don't know what I'd do if I were still there. Is Ford actually going to win? Sheesh.

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It's like when Chretien left everybody's brain must have fallen out.

I've thought something like that often in the last few years.


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Re: Toronto municipal election
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2010, 02:27:37 PM »
1. Wow. Vote for Tony Soprano.

2. Warren Kinsella.
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Re: Toronto municipal election
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2010, 02:39:36 PM »
Aha -- so that's Kinsella, is it? Innerestin'.

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Re: Toronto municipal election
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2010, 04:24:28 PM »
Kinsella joined recently.

Can't say I'm unhappy to see Smitherman tanking.  He lost me way back with the "diapers"incident.  Can't imagine that getting the endorsement from the Harris undead is going to help him.  People seem to be tiring of the Teflon Yawn (McGuinty) too.

I missed this back in April. Conrad Black endorsed Sarah Thompson. :))

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Re: Toronto municipal election
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2010, 05:16:12 PM »
What an amazing piece of writing from Conrad. See? That's what you can do if you're stuck in gaol but they give you library privileges.

For me and a lot of other Alzheimer's people, the diapers incident was confirmation of what we'd been thinking about Smitherman for several years by then. Very shortly after he became minister, he cried crocodile tears for a Toronto Star reporter who'd done a fantastic series on nursing homes in Ontario -- srsly, he cried, and promised the system would change. I and many others watched closely, as you can imagine. Nothing improved, absoforkinglutely nothing, and then he did his diapers routine.

Ah well -- at least the G20 taught us that in a crisis, the mayor of Toronto actually has no power to do anything effective at all much above the level of legislating cat licences.

Next provincial election, vote for anyone but McGuinty. Any political leader who does anything as evil as he did must be defeated, must be. And he must know why, as must everyone else. I shall start my campaign soon. 

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Re: Toronto municipal election
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2010, 05:25:26 PM »
I live in an NDP riding, municipally, provincially, federally. I am so righteous I can't stand myself.
It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity. It is when we all play safe that fatality will lead us to our doom. It is in the "dark shade of courage" alone that the spell can be broken.
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Re: Toronto municipal election
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2010, 05:50:48 PM »
I read CB's opinion piece and then went for a walk.  I was torn between thinking, on one hand,  about the guy's brilliance, and how the world would be a much better place if more people had his historical perspective.  Then I thought of his greed, and the misery inflicted on working people.  He almost got the right allocation but not quite.

I'm going to vote for Mary Fragedakis in Ward 29.  She seems really cool and we have a mutual friend.

ETA:  I recently lost the dog's tags..dog is old & has a special lifetime licence (story is buried deep in the Critters & Pets thread), fell off one night during a walk.  I dug up the creepy paperwork (We have reason to believe a DOG is living at this residents(sic)...). Happily a  neighbour found them a couple of days ago...do not want to interact with the clueless & hostile animal services department ever again!
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Re: Toronto municipal election
« Reply #11 on: September 20, 2010, 06:01:11 PM »
k'in, I started out thinking it was brilliant, but then as we proceeded into the Grand Tour, I started to think, oh, c'mon -- no one knows that much. I was imagining him finding a book called Great Cities of the World, y'know?

Except I hear that he actually does talk like that. There's the story about his being invited to Prince Charles's spread in the country, during which visit Conrad held forth almost non-stop about who knows what, but probably British constitutional history, which Charles would actually know quite well himself. After Conrad left, Charles instructed his people never to invite that man back again.

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Re: Toronto municipal election
« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2010, 06:08:47 PM »
I'm not at all sad about Smitherman, remembering that contemptuous statement about dementia patients. But Rob Ford does want me dead: http://www.copenhagenize.com/2010/08/torontos-rob-ford-hates-bicycles.html

And O'Brien did a hell of a lot of damage to the development of public transport in Ottawa...

Chez moi: my city councillor is from the (progressive-environmentalist) Projet Montréal. National Assembly: PQ, but it was very close last time and Françoise David (Québec solidaire) could well win this coming time. Federal: Bloc (I voted NDP, as I always do, but am so pissed off about the gun registry that I might go Bloc - the local MP is very progressive).
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Re: Toronto municipal election
« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2010, 06:30:09 PM »
 I remember hearing a radio interview...but I can't remember who said it...around the time that  :fitzgerald was having his way with CB.

Anyhow, the point was that CB had let down the elites. That was his sin.  They had invited him into their club, taken a chance on him, yet he didn't quite grasp the game.  He had embarrassed them.

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Re: Toronto municipal election
« Reply #14 on: September 20, 2010, 07:37:01 PM »
Every great fortune is a built on a crime. The Elites have some nerve.
It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity. It is when we all play safe that fatality will lead us to our doom. It is in the "dark shade of courage" alone that the spell can be broken.
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