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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario redistribution - my 170 seat proposal on: July 23, 2014, 09:04:24 pm
So in other words, there isn't really a possibility to pack rich Tories into a riding without serious gerrymandering.

To be fair, my map did inadvertently split up any would-be Tory regions. I suppose you could make a fair map that has a Tory district somewhere in that area.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario municipal elections, (October 27, 2014) - Master thread on: July 23, 2014, 03:16:11 pm
A good idea not to lecture Hash about French politics Wink

Anyways, as absurd as the idea of Ford New Democrats is, think about who the kinds of people are who voted for both Rob Anders and Naheed Nenshi in Calgary.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario municipal elections, (October 27, 2014) - Master thread on: July 23, 2014, 01:01:25 pm
Luckily, Ford's support comes from the demographics least likely to vote. However, I do anticipate a very high turnout in general.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: When will we see effort to address unaffordable dental care? on: July 23, 2014, 07:45:47 am
Indeed, dental is not covered by our universal health care system either. I don't know about other provinces though.
5  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which is more liberal: Alberta or Colorado? on: July 22, 2014, 09:59:27 pm

I'm not buying that study. Southern Alberta more left wing than the North? Calgary more left wing than Edmonton. Yeah, ok.
6  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which is more liberal: Alberta or Colorado? on: July 22, 2014, 08:35:22 pm
Alberta does seem quite similar to Colorado in many ways.  I think both are left/libertarian on social issues.  Doesn't Calgary have a Muslim mayor?


Interesting that most Albertans support the death penalty.  Do you think it has majority support in other provinces?

Yes, Calgary has Muslim mayor.  A pretty awesome one at that.
7  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Your favorite kind of pie on: July 22, 2014, 12:36:21 pm
Does "pie" mean cake in German?
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Polls on Same-Sex Marriage State Laws on: July 22, 2014, 12:35:16 pm
Keep your version of 'God's law' for your own denomination and congregation, thank yoy; the Crusades ended centuries ago.

''My version''? There's really only one way to interpret this:

''Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.'' - Leviticus 18:22

This law may be from the Old Testament, but it still applies today because it is a moral law, as opposed to a ceremonial law (such as the prohibition on eating pork, for example).


If you interpret it literally, it means don't have vaginal sex with a man.
9  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Your favorite kind of pie on: July 22, 2014, 09:35:24 am
Do Americans not eat mincemeat?

My favourite is cherry, but I have a soft spot for anything with rhubarb. Except rhubarb alone would be weird.

Also, I love the lemon part of lemon meringue, but I can do with out the actual meringue.
10  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which is more liberal: Alberta or Colorado? on: July 22, 2014, 08:25:22 am
Alberta is more like Montana, but with large cities. Colorado proved its liberalness by legalizing pot. Do you think Alberta will even be close to the first province to do so?
11  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which is more liberal: New York State or Ontario? on: July 22, 2014, 08:23:55 am
There is definitely an argument to suggest that NYC is more liberal than Toronto, especially post-amalgamation Toronto.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario redistribution - my 170 seat proposal on: July 22, 2014, 06:50:49 am
Here it is on the provincial map:



Looks like the NDP would've won 3 seats, the Liberals would win the rest. Not sure about Scarborough-Malvern, though- but I speculate that it went Liberal.

How close would York Mills have been?

Probably not that close. More polls in the eastern half of the riding.

I'm also thinking of how the Downsview redraw would push the "York Centre" portion further in an NDP direction, now that it's part of a more NDP-favourable seat.  OTOH I can see East York pushing *away* from the NDP, now that the Prue factor's gone and w/Tabuns likely to stay southward...

I'd say, Prue comes back to run in York East and wins.
13  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Which is more liberal: New York State or Ontario? on: July 21, 2014, 04:24:38 pm
I don't know if Bill de Blasio is to the left of Olivia Chow. Certainly 1990s era Jack Layton was much to the left of de Blasio.

This is an interesting question though. Ontario is probably more Liberal though, because it is Canada.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Is the previous poster to the left/right of you? on: July 21, 2014, 12:14:50 pm
Probably Right
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Canada reportedly bidding on the 2026 World Cup. on: July 21, 2014, 09:44:30 am
It's being reported that, as I predicted and feared, Canada will bid for the 2026 World Cup.

And something I realized just the other day: the U.S. will be in the midst of our 250th birthday celebration when the Quarters or Semis are taking place unless the time frame for the tournament is adjusted. I originally thought that could help our bid but it might be seen as way too much of a distraction.

Hey, it's the only way we can qualify!

I think next year's Women's World Cup will be critical to our chances. Any time we've hosted a FIFA tournament, it has been a great success, so it it makes sense for Canada to host on that front.
16  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games - Official Thread on: July 20, 2014, 08:58:24 pm
I will be one of the few to bother caring about this. Anything will be better than the last disaster of a games in India.
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Tina Fey vs Amy Poehler on: July 20, 2014, 08:57:03 pm
A race with no losers
18  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who should be the face of the Democratic party? on: July 20, 2014, 10:59:50 am
Is this even a question?

Time to purge this awful corporatist trend my party seems to be on. If they don't like standing up to big business then they can join the Republicans where they belong.

Corporatist trend? The Dems have always been a corporatist party.
19  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: FIFA 2014 World Cup - Official Discussion Thread on: July 19, 2014, 08:10:11 pm
I'm all supportive of adding CONCACAF berths for obvious reasons
20  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Religiosity and economic development on: July 19, 2014, 06:23:15 pm
Desperation breeds extremism. This is not news.
21  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you prefer oceans or lakes? on: July 19, 2014, 06:20:21 pm
Lakes are prettier, so I voted lakes. The two aren't all that comparable in my opinion though, because the beachy feel of being on the ocean and hearing the waves is nothing like the serenity of a still lake in Northern Ontario.

Being much used to still lakes in Northern Ontario, I voted for lakes as well.

Canada is quite advantaged in this regard for having the longest coastline in the world and the most freshwater lakes. Lots of water to chose from.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: July 2014 Elections on: July 18, 2014, 02:10:20 pm
1) Al
2) Franzl
3) Inks
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Constitutional Convention Clarification Amendment on: July 17, 2014, 09:43:39 pm
maybe
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Ontario redistribution - my 170 seat proposal on: July 17, 2014, 11:59:44 am
Here it is on the provincial map:



Looks like the NDP would've won 3 seats, the Liberals would win the rest. Not sure about Scarborough-Malvern, though- but I speculate that it went Liberal.
25  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: What's the racial distribution of your census tract? on: July 17, 2014, 10:21:45 am
Language is of course more important in Canada:

Mother tongue:

English: 56.8%
French: 16.8%
Arabic: 4.6%
Chinese: 4.2%
Spanish: 1.6%
Persian: 1.5%
Somali: 1.2%
Bengali: 1.2%


And just for fun, religion:

Christian: 58.1% (Catholic: 28.4%, Anglican 8.8%, Orthodox 4.5%, United Church 3.4%, Pentecostal 1.8%, Baptist 1.2%, Lutheran 1.2%)
Muslim: 15.5%
Buddhist: 0.9%
Hindu: 0.7%
Jewish: 0.6%
Other: 0.5%
None: 23.6%
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