As many of my readers know, I'm running to be Public School Trustee in Toronto's Trinity-Spadina ward.
The NDP, including Toronto Ward Councilor Mike Layton, endorsed and pushed former TDSB Trustee Chris Bolton on Trinity-Spadina. Bolton resigned three months ago following revelations that a charity run out of Bolton's home was getting funds from the School Board.
Now the NDP is running a candidate endorsed by Mike Layton, NDP Council Candidate Joe Cressy, and Olivia Chow opposing me in the race who suggests she will be different than Bolton. As far as I can see, the major differences are that she was a speaker at a rally supporting an Islamist terror group and that she has a history which, according to the University of Toronto's newspaper The Varsity, includes rigging a crooked election.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
New poll has Olivia Chow's campaign in a catastrophic freefall as Doug Ford edges closer to John Tory
The Toronto mayoral race is starting to look like a two-horse contest as Doug Ford edges closer to John Tory whiles Olivia Chow falls into third, according to a new poll.The Mainstreet Technologies poll released Monday put frontrunner John Tory at 37% support among voters most likely to vote. Doug Ford — who was said to be in a dead heat with Olivia Chow for second place in previous polls — is within seven points of the leader with 30% support of voters. Meanwhile, Ms. Chow is at 21%.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
I'm running for Public School Board Trustee in Toronto's Trinity-Spadina. My opponent is someone who went out to speak to and support a pro-Hezbollah rally. Now imagine if someone like that was making decisions about how public education was delivered in Toronto:
TORONTO - During the heat of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah forces in Lebanon in July 2006, Ausma Malik was front and centre at a peace rally denouncing the conflict and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s support of Israel’s right to defend itself against Hezbollah missile fire.
Pictures from that day show the Muslim woman, wearing a headscarf and attending the University of Toronto at the time, outside the U.S. Consulate, speaking beside Ali Mallah, a well-known pro-Palestinian, pro-Hamas activist and CUPE official...
... (Toronto Sun reporter Sue-Ann Levy) asked Chow at a Toronto Sun editorial board how she could align herself with a woman who reportedly contended publicly that Israel committed “state-sanctioned murder” and whether such a woman espoused “caring” values.
At first Chow, looking like a deer caught in the headlights, said she wasn’t 100% familiar with Malik’s background or her “foreign affairs point of view.”
Asked whether she checks people out before she endorses them, Chow said she does know “who she is”...
...Malik’s opponent for trustee, Richard Klagsbrun, who happens to be Jewish, said he is running to “rid the TDSB of the egregious politicization” that has made its way into the curriculum.
“Ms. Malik, a speaker at a rally that was out supporting an Islamist terror group ... represents much of what’s wrong with public education in Toronto,” he said.
Downtown Toronto NDPers refuse to condemn actions of election candidate who spoke at pro-Hezbollah rally
Personally, I think ALL its power should be taken away. The OMB is basically an arm of the development industry and it should be eliminated:
TORONTO - The Ontario Municipal Board is unaccountable, out-of-control and too often bows to developers, say its critics.
It’s adversarial in nature, costly for communities to fight and arbitrary in some of its decisions, they claim.
And it’s wreaking havoc on local decision-making, say planners, politicians and local resident groups who’ve tried battling high-handed decisions by the unelected body.
The OMB routinely overrules decisions made by local councils and has thwarted municipalities in their attempts to slow urban sprawl.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
The printer delivered this today:
More info at www.klagsbrun.ca
The inside of the flyer:
More info at www.klagsbrun.ca
The inside of the flyer:
The disgraceful lack of transparency at the Toronto District School Board intimated by this Toronto Star article is one of the many reasons why I'm running for Public School trustee in Trinity-Spadina.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Facebook post about a creepy hipster on the TTC who thinks his bag is more important than a person goes viral
"So after work I get onto a packed 72 Pape bus and I ask this COLOSSAL DOUCHEBAG very nicely if he can please (and yes, I did say PLEASE because I'm always polite) move his bag off the seat beside him so I can sit down. He says "no my bag is there" I say "Yes I can see that, but the bus is packed and your bag doesn't need a seat of its own ..." He laughs. I say "really dude, can you just move it, I have a headache, I'm tired and have had an awful day at work so I'd really like to sit down" He says "get the fuck away from me airhead the seat is occupied" and STOMPS down on my foot..."
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
...The government of Canada is, in effect, directly subsidizing what just may be the most officially racist community in the entire Western world.And yet little is being done. Why are the human rights mandarins not descending on this community? Why are Parliamentary leaders not denouncing this outbreak of explicit, old-school racism? …Oh wait. Sorry. Cancel the front-page scoop. It’s a native reserve that’s enforcing the anti-mixed-marriage edict. The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake, to be more specific. They even put their racist edict on official Mohawk Council letterhead. Nothing to see here, folks. Politicians, you may continue to stare awkwardly at your shoes as Canadian citizens get thrown out of their homes because of the colour of their skin...
It's a new Toronto mayor's race as Doug Ford comes out swinging, Tory stumbles, and Chow is stuck in reverse gear
...Opening salvoes were fired Tuesday night at York Memorial Collegiate at Eglinton and Trethewey, a suburb of Ford Nation.
The school’s auditorium seats 640, it overflowed, and about 639 of them were hooting and hollering. In days of yore, you’d have expected rotten vegetables.
The seven virtues, highlighted in stained glass, circle York Memorial’s lovely auditorium. Chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility. At least six of them were broken on Tuesday night.
Before long, the loudest Ford backer — and it was hard to choose — had been marched out by cops. A sign mocking Doug and Rob as Tweedledee and Tweedledum was torn from its owners hands.
“Ford more years!” and “We want Doug!” reverberated among the carved York roses and elegant pillars. I think there were a few chants of “Olivia!” and “Tory!” but damned if you could hear them...
...as often happens in debates, the tide turned late, on a simple point.
“What committee does purchasing?” Ford demanded of Tory, during discussions about budget cutting.
Tory could not answer.
(It’s the government management committee.)
“How many standing committees are there,” Ford persisted.
Tory said five.
(There are seven.)
For the first time, Tory looked dazed, even a little lost, like he wasn’t sure what actually happens at City Hall. “If you think knowing what committee buys pencils...” he stumbled, but Ford smelled blood, and so did his home crowd.
Issues? They took backseats to the slugfest between the two men. We’ve heard their positions umpteen times.
Olivia? Same backseat.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
New Toronto election poll has Doug Ford in second place behind Tory as Chow's trainwreck campaign continues its slow-motion crash
The poll — conducted Monday exclusively for the Star and Citytv — sees Tory maintain his lead in Toronto’s mayoral race at 38 per cent, Ford in second place at 31 per cent and Olivia Chow in third place at 25 per cent.
Monday, September 22, 2014
From of all places, The Toronto Star:
The spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham called for attacks on Canadians on Sunday in an apparent attempt to deter members of the military alliance that has formed to challenge the terrorist group.
In a 42-minute audio speech, Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani urged ISIS supporters to kill Canadians, Americans, Australians, French and other Europeans, regardless of whether they were civilians or members of the military...
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Six Iranians appearing in a YouTube video singing the popular pop song 'Happy' were given suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison for "obscene behaviour."
Another defendant who faced heavier charges was given a suspended sentence of one year in prison and 91 lashes.Farshid Rofugaran was quoted in the Iran Wire as saying the verdicts had not been officially communicated to him and so he could not be completely sure about the information he had gathered.The sentences are suspended for three years, meaning that if any of the seven are found guilty of committing a similar offense, the punishment is carried out.The women appearing in the video were bare-headed, which is a violation of the strict Islamic dress code.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
He doesn’t really fit the bill.J. R. R. Tolkien that is. Novelists these days are supposed to wear their angst on their finely tailored sleeves, to be whirling dervishes of deconstruction, discontent, deviance and the divine right of protest. Yet the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings was quintessentially comfortable—in his life as well as in his tweeds. He was also formed, informed, shaped, defined and inspired by his Roman Catholicism.I write this because yet another movie based—albeit sometimes loosely—on the man’s writings is in the making, and at this rate there will be at least six full-scale feature films. There are two biopics planned about the lives of Tolkien and his friend and fellow Christian, C. S. Lewis. It’s remarkable and welcome, and while purists never welcome publicity or success, the more that is known of Tolkien by a mass audience, the better is has to be for Catholicism.It’s not only the purists in our camp, of course, who question all this.When various bookstores, newspapers, magazines and literary societies compiled their lists of all-time greats a few years ago, Tolkien won the contests over and over again. First it was a chain of stores, polling more than 25,000 people. Dickens, Tolstoy, and Jane Austen did well, but the fellow with the pipe and friends in dwarfish places came out top.This annoyed the chattering classes no end, so the highly prestigious Folio Society polled its 50,000 members. Connoisseurs of fine literature, these good men and women were certain to make a different choice.
He evokes strong emotions from both his supporters and detractors, but anyone who has met Toronto Mayor Rob Ford knows the passion and love he has for his city and his determination to help his constituents.
Over his term as mayor, Ford has beaten opponents who tried to use the courts to undermine his democratic mandate and bounced back from the best efforts of media obsessed with undermining him.
But yesterday, it was announced that he has a malignant form of stomach cancer and is fighting the real battle of his life.
The people who wanted Rob Ford to no longer be mayor of Toronto have got their wish. Ford withdrew from the mayoral race.
So let's all send him our best thoughts and prayers for good health and a total recovery. Rob Ford made Toronto politics more exciting than it's been since the Mackenzie rebellion and the city wouldn't be the same without him.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
He really must have been the Master of Suspense: Patient in vegetative state for 16 years reacts to suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock show
A group of Canadian neuroscientists says they have successfully used an episode of the suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock Presents television series to record the conscious experiences of a patient who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years.The researchers at Western University in London, Ont., released a paper Monday about a brain scanning technique that monitors the response of non-responsive patients to a shortened version of the episode, Bang! You’re Dead.
plus, more at NATURE
The NDP establishment in the downtown ward of Trinity-Spadina is pushing out an extremely troubling figure for Toronto District School Board (TDSB) trustee. The candidate, Ausma Malik has been endorsed by high-profile NDPers including Mike Layton, Joe Cressy, and former MPP Rosario Marchese. She's also sharing a campaign office with Layton and Cressy. In fact, so close are the three that they appear to consider themselves an allied slate, as opposed to three individual candidates.More HERE
Who is Ausma Malik?
According to The Varsity, Ausma Malik played a major role in a crooked student union election at the University of Toronto - which is located in the very ward in which she is now running for TDSB trustee...
You can read more and support him HERE
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
|Participant Media's Jeff Skoll|
Monday, September 15, 2014
Not the kind of education we hope for: London children as young as ten being 'trained to be junior jihadis,' warns Deputy Mayor
More at the London Evening StandardLondon children under the age of ten are being “trained to be junior jihadis” in a disturbing new sign of the growing extremist threat in the capital, City Hall’s policing supremo warned today.Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh said that the way some children were being radicalised was “horrendous” as he revealed that both he and Boris Johnson have been briefed on cases in which primary pupils have been subjected to propaganda and “extremist ideology” by their families.His comments, ahead of a counter-terrorism summit at City Hall today, came as a new report added to the concerns about terrorism by warning that at least 40 British fighters involved in the conflict in Syria and Iraq are likely to attempt “blowback” terrorist attacks when they return to this country...
Sunday, September 14, 2014
From the play by George Bernard Shaw. Starring Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh.
From the fantastic Mark Steyn:
...the graph that has "absolutely nothing to do with Dr Mann" is listed on Dr Mann's own CV as one of his published works. And, when Mann's lawyers (John Williams and Peter Fontaine) state baldly that "Dr Mann did not create this depiction", he is, by his own admission, one of the co-creators of said depiction.One is inclined to be generous. My old friend Irving Caesar, lyricist of "Tea For Two" and "Just A Gigolo", had a legendary Broadway flop with a show called My Dear Public. The reviews were scathing, and singled Caesar out particularly, as he was the show's producer, and lyricist, and co-author and co-composer. The following morning he bumped into Oscar Hammerstein and said, "So they didn't like it. But why pick on me?" That's Mann's attitude to the 1999 hockey stick he co-authored: So it's misleading and over-simplified. But why pick on me?