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Aug 25, 2018 • 25 tweets • 5 min read
It's the main event at #cpc18 — the policy plenary. I'm going to do a few updates as interesting things come up.
Policy 1: Bring back Energy East. Big endorsement.
2: No national carbon price, leave environment policies to the provinces, no "federal interference or federal penalties or incentives." Basically the entire room votes for it.
Aug 24, 2018 • 24 tweets • 5 min read
I'm in a room where Conservative members are debating policy resolutions around immigration (also, defence and democratic reform.) Will be offering a few updates. This meeting will decide which resolutions go forward to the main floor tomorrow.
The first one to come up is this, on irregular border crossings. For all the vigour around immigration, this policy basically doesn't call for Ottawa to do anything that different than what is currently being done.
Aug 20, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
We need to be paying attention to Faith Goldy's bid for mayor. Not because she's likely to win, the odds of that are incredibly long; but because she represents a new strain of global, media savvy, white supremacy. And that, we can't ignore. thewalrus.ca/dont-underesti…
I actually don't think the issue is underestimating Goldy. She may well, come election day, score 1% of the vote. And it's not about treating her as a "serious" candidate. (She's not.) I think we simply need to be paying attention to who's behind her, who's supporting her, etc.
Jul 30, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Senator Frum is, here, tipping her hat to a completely insane conspiracy theory, one that tries to suggest the Toronto Danforth shooter was part of some giant plot to kill half of Toronto, or something, despite there being *zero evidence of this.*
So I'm usually on team Ignore The Crazy Conspiracy Theories but the Honourable Senator Frum decided to lend some of her Very Serious Credibility to the lunacy, so here we are.
Jul 24, 2018 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
Warmington writes: "We are on a record setting for shootings and homicides."
This isn't even remotely true. Let me tweet out some graphs, here. torontosun.com/news/local-new…
Per the Toronto Police Service, here are the homicide statistics. On the left is the Year-to-Date homicides for the past several years (meaning each year includes only January-July) and on the right is the year-end statistics, going back a bit further.
Jun 15, 2018 • 5 tweets • 1 min read
In a very interesting decision from the Supreme Court of Canada today, the justices concluded that two law societies were well within their rights to not accredit Trinity Western University because its admissions policy discriminated against LGBTQ students.
The decision went 7-2, with the majority and concurring judges reasoning, separately, that: the impact on Trinity Western's religious freedom was minor; it was significant, but the impact on LGBTQ students was greater; and it didn't come into it at all.
Jun 7, 2018 • 46 tweets • 7 min read
It's election night. When polls close I'll be coming at you live (in the sense that I'll be on twitter) from Ford Nation headquarters where, I assume, there will be nachos. #onpoli
I will be bringing you very little in the way of results because why do you need me to tell you a thing you can just read yourself.
But expect my usual nonsense. And mute this thread if you don't care at all.
Jun 5, 2018 • 12 tweets • 2 min read
I'm at a hotel in downtown Toronto, where Doug Ford is gonna be making some kind of announcement. Election day minus two, folks/friends/folks.
Alright, he's about 30 minutes late, but it seems that Ford is coming soon.
Whole whack of journalists here, with everyone seemingly interested in the revelations to come out of a lawsuit filed by Ford's late brother's widow.
May 27, 2018 • 46 tweets • 6 min read
Tonight, the final #onpoli debate. I'm at the CBC death star, where it'll be Doug Ford v. Andrea Horwath v. Kathleen Wynne. Will Ontario become Ford Nation, or will it fall to the socialist hordes?
If you don't give a shit, you can mute this thread. You'll never see it again!
I bumped into Kory Teneycke, my Harper-era nemesis and current Doug Ford campaign manager. I asked him for a prediction and he told me "We already know who's going to win tonight's debate: Ontarians" so anyway he's dead to me.
May 23, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
I grant you that a number of these NDP candidates have previously said some obscenely stupid things (lookin' at you, truthers.) But overall this list is pretty light. C'mon PC oppo research team, shape up. meetthendp.ca
There's no way that a woman who believes work sucks and capitalism is "devastating" is within the top 10 kookiest NDP candidates.