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News, Politics etc / Re: Canadian politics
« on: March 13, 2018, 10:23:26 AM »
The Ontario Liberal party does have good campaign strength and ground game. And there's something to be said for fighting against tough circumstances--my completely unscientific assessment is that the candidates who campaign hard tend to do well.... people like to see candidates trying hard to earn their vote rather than (if we think back to Ignatieff, or even Horvath relying on Toronto NDP strongholds and losing them) those who take it for granted as their due.

But yeah. If it were Christine Elliot at the helm, I'd have pretty much assumed she would take it. Doug Ford may still walk away with it, but he's the risky choice.

News, Politics etc / Re: Canadian politics
« on: March 13, 2018, 10:07:16 AM »
Max, I think Doug Ford taking it all is an entirely plausible scenario.

It's interesting how many people rather like Kathleen Wynne despite all the mess and muck of successive Liberal governments. I suspect that's the biggest thing they have going for them; that's not much to run on.

News, Politics etc / Re: Canadian politics
« on: March 12, 2018, 10:42:59 AM »
But the anyone but ford will be huge, and strategic voting will play a very big role.

Yeah, in my Facebook feed everyone is appalled at the Doug of it all. In a friend's feed (she's in Ottawa), everyone is all "Hey, anyone is better than Kathleen Wynne." (She's appalled.)

Another scenario: Ford minority. Can you imagine him trying to work with either party to get anything passed? But the problem will be, who will pull the trigger on a vote of non-confidence? If Wynne can't pull it off this time, I think the Liberal leadership is going to change, and that takes some time. If Horvath can't significantly increase the vote share this election (and Horvath is starting off as super-forgettable this election) it seems unlikely that they will trigger an election they aren't likely to do well at. What we are left with? Maybe 2-3 years of chaos?

News, Politics etc / Re: Canadian politics
« on: March 12, 2018, 09:54:03 AM »
Max--let's hope there are enough people who fear Ford more than they are tired of Wynne.

GT--I also like Wynne as an individual politician, but agree that she's surrounded by an ugly situation from day one, and I don't think anyone can say for certain that her hands are entirely clean. (I think at a certain level of party politics, it's impossible to navigate without getting hit with some splash back.) Still, I give her credit for volunteering for the job.

From the looks of things, Doug won the leadership because he did strongly in the GTA and Niagara region (Hudak country) while Elliot's support was much broader. That is, the people who like Doug like Doug a lot.

But in the general election is Doug going to do as well in the GTA? Definitely not in Toronto proper. Maybe in some of the inner suburbs (Etobicoke, Scarborough). Likely in the 905, although Hamilton is Horvath's territory.

It's going to be a nail-biter. Hopefully at the PCs disgusted with Doug Ford stay home, and everyone else terrified of Doug Ford gets out and votes Liberal.

News, Politics etc / Re: Canadian politics
« on: March 11, 2018, 11:20:24 PM »
Kathleen Wynne--whether you like her or not--has won out against tough circumstances before. She took on leadership after Dalton McGuinty when the Liberal Party was mired in scandal. That took a lot of guts and a willingness to overcome a lot, particularly since none of those scandals has ever quite gone away.

After Dalton McGuinty, the Liberal party seemed done in Ontario, but she squeaked out a majority. Granted she was definitely helped by Hudak being an idiot and Horvath fumbling a golden opportunity. She's good on the campaign trail, and--like her or not--I wouldn't count her out.

Still, I don't know how this will go. Patrick Brown (pre-scandal) played it smart by being publicly bland and inoffensive and letting Liberal fatigue do his work for him. Doug Ford does not know how to be bland and inoffensive.

On the other hand, two McGuinty majorities, a McGuinty/Wynne minority, and a Wynne majority, and Ontario is deep in Liberal fatigue. 15 years is a long time to hang on to power.

It was the PC's election to lose. But then I go back to the Doug Fordness of it all, and I don't even know.

Keep in mind, even if Wynne pulls it out again, we're still stuck with him as (probably) Leader of the Opposition.

I don't think Andrea Horvath can pull this one out. She fumbled last time, and she's going to have a harder time standing out between Wynne being the incumbent and Ford being a loud mouth.

Best case? Wynne minority, NDP plays kingmaker, Ford annoys us until the PC party elects someone else.

News, Politics etc / Re: Canadian politics
« on: January 31, 2018, 10:40:24 PM »
Just when we thought Kathleen Wynne was done, eh?

Hard to say how Doug will play. He's a bully, unlike his brother. But he's sober, unlike his brother.

I'm hearing that the PCs are scrambling for a candidate who can beat Doug. I can see him playing well--especially in this rushed leadership election--within the PC party itself, even if he's less likely to do well in the election. The Ontario Liberal party is a campaign machine.... everyone was sick of the party at least 2 elections ago, and yet, still here....

Macs / Re: Free forum service?
« on: January 17, 2018, 11:51:25 PM »
Hey, thanks everyone. Will do a little more investigating.

I've used Zoom for video conferencing but was looking for something more text based. Although, maybe real time video makes more sense. Hmmmm....

Macs / Free forum service?
« on: January 13, 2018, 12:22:55 PM »
I'm looking into setting up another online class, and I'm looking for somewhere that I can host class discussions.... unfortunately, the platform I used to use (wikispaces) no longer offers free services.

Basically, I need a private discussion space for 7-8 users (including me) for about 2-3 months. I don't mind paying, if need be, but free is better. Ideally something that's not too cluttered, and reasonably robust so it's not a lot of time spent on technical issues.

I need to be able to post notes, and then have a discussion on those notes, and also for everyone to be able to upload files (Word docs) for people to look at. Each week is a new discussion. Thought about just using a Facebook group (advantage being that most people won't have to sign up for anything new that way) but it's hard to keep those organized since any new comment would bounce up to the top, and then people might miss things.

Anyone have any particular recommendations?

I thought about adding something to my website (on Wordpress) since it would be clean and (somewhat) branded that way, but I'm not sure I have the time to dive into new-to-me tech.

News, Politics etc / Re: Canadian politics
« on: January 06, 2018, 10:02:48 PM »
Ugh. It was fine that she was racist, but when she became blatantly racist and Scheer said "Yo, could you stop being so obviously racist?" and she refused, that's when he took action. So, quiet racism okay, obvious insubordination not okay.

General Chat / Re: Happy new year!
« on: January 01, 2018, 12:57:34 PM »
Happy New Year!

Raclette (i.e., melty cheese, pickles and lots of wine) last night. This morning we took the little one to the Aquarium, along with every other parent in the GTA.... not sure if the fish made much impression on him, but he did run around a bit, which was the goal.

This coming year, I have a boatload of writing goals. I'm also planning to (mostly) get out of the landlord biz by handing over most of the work to outside property management. I wonder what not having to deal with a steady stream of stupid problems is like?

General Chat / Re: Virtually Neighbours
« on: December 28, 2017, 11:03:09 PM »
Mmmm.... Mac & Cheese.

Never tried Tofurky, but then, I'm typically the only one eschewing turkey and so it always seemed silly to get just for me, particularly since I'd be perfectly happy with toast. My husband might be willing to give it a try but I suspect it's a nonstarter for my father-in-law.

General Chat / Re: Virtually Neighbours
« on: December 28, 2017, 01:11:41 AM »
It was just 4 of us for Christmas (me, husband, toddler, father-in-law) and I don't eat meat, and the seniormost and juniormost eat smaller portions, so I just did a small (less than 2lbs) turkey breast. Still have a ton leftover.

I wonder if I could someday convince them it would be much easier to just do a grilled cheese dinner....

News, Politics etc / Re: Canadian politics
« on: December 21, 2017, 10:53:19 AM »
I'm a big Trudeau fan, but I'd say, yes, the lack of recognition that this wouldn't be a problem (or at least, something he should check in on) shows a strong sense of entitlement. Did anything happen as a result? No, it doesn't seem so, which is fortunate. But you haven't talked to the Aga Khan in 30 years, and he's a registered lobbyist who comes out of the woodwork with family vacations once you are PM? Yeah. There should have been some kind of a check-in about that.

I don't love that he simply apologized and moved on, since had this happened to a lesser minister they would likely have lost their position, but at the same time, not sure what else he could do. Stepping down seems overkill, apology seems underkill, not sure what the right-sizekill is here.

It's going to be blown up big in the next election though, which I also don't love.

News, Politics etc / Re: American politics
« on: December 13, 2017, 06:24:02 PM »
I'm please we get to say "F Roy Moore and the horse he rode in on."

Am very annoyed that exit polls revealed that the majority of white people in Alabama voted for a pedophile rather than a Democrat.

It was black people, particularly black women who came out overwhelmingly for Doug Jones and delivered the narrow proof that Alabama is not irredeemable.

Max is right that Alabama will go back to being a red state--until gerrymandering and voter suppression laws stop targeting black people. If all things were fair, we would not see these kinds of results.

General Chat / Re: Virtually Neighbours
« on: November 30, 2017, 02:59:23 PM »
Yeah, my parents' place (where I used to work) is at the end of a tiny cul de sac in a very small pocket of houses with no through streets.... it would be days before it was cleared. A lot of verrrry slooow driving in the snow.

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