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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: Today at 07:40:29 am
Lawyer Phil Trotter won the NDP nomination in Etobicoke-Lakeshore, ON on the 2nd ballot. Running for the Liberals in that riding is lawyer Susan Watt and the Tories are running incumbent Bernard Trottier.

Akil Sadikali will be the NDP candidate in the new riding of Don Valley North, ON. He was the provincial candidate in Don Valley East last year. The Liberals are running chemist Geng Tan there, while Don Valley East MP Joe Daniel has decided to run in this riding instead for the Conservatives.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite country starting with "P"? on: March 05, 2015, 05:55:31 pm
Woo. Some more terrible choices. Hmm, I think I'll vote for Palau.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Sexual freedom of speech on: March 05, 2015, 05:50:11 pm
as long as anything with nudey bits has (NSFW) in the subject line, I'm fine.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should Staten Island be returned to Italy? on: March 05, 2015, 03:43:06 pm
This needs to happen.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update Season XXI: "Scientific Facts Are Not Hard And Fast Rules." on: March 05, 2015, 03:41:23 pm
He says his addiction is not as bad as tobacco or alcohol, but the amount of sugar he consumes makes it just as bad, if not worse.
6  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: France: Why is their geographical socioeconomic stratification so different? on: March 05, 2015, 03:36:09 pm
Toronto has a similar model. The highest-minority parts are in the inner suburbs in places like Scarborough, York, and some outer suburban towns like Brampton. The Toronto core is wealthier and is whiter than the rest of the city.

This is true for Vancouver as well.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is the highest ranking political figure(s) that you have shaken hands with? on: March 05, 2015, 01:07:53 pm
lol. He's not even among the greatest Tory Prime Ministers.

He's not even among the greatest post-1945 Tory Prime Ministers. Tongue

Probably the worst since 1945 in my opinion. Clark is the best, Diefenbaker is a mixed bad, Campbell wasn't a good PM, but is a good person, and Mulroney was mostly terrible, but not as bad as Harper.
8  General Discussion / History / Re: War of 1812: Win, Loss, or Draw for America? on: March 05, 2015, 07:02:17 am
In terms of territorial gain, it was obviously a draw. The U.S. didn't get Canada; Britain didn't get their Indian Republic in the West. Essentially, it preserved the status quo.

If we're talking about national morale, however, it was quite clearly a victory for the US. Like the Mexican War and the Spanish-American War, the real effect of the War of 1812 was to foster patriotic feeling at home. Regardless of whether they actually won, Americans thought they won, and that sense of victory fueled one of the great nationalist periods of American History. It's no coincidence that the War of 1812 was directly followed by the Era of Good Feeling.

(NOTE: I don't know a lot about how Brits/ Canadians felt about the war, so it's possible that you could call this a win/win conflict in terms of national morale.)

That's interesting, because under that definition the British/Canadians could be considered winners as well. We take great pride in the fact that we burned down the White House, for example. As I said, we are taught in school that the British/Canada won the war.
But the American army burned down York, the capital of Canada. Do they not teach this in Canadian "schools"?

This part is predictably glossed over, of course Wink
9  Questions and Answers / The Atlas / Re: Petition: We need a moderator for the Gallery on: March 05, 2015, 06:59:24 am
Is it even possible to have a moderator of the gallery?
10  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Happy Meteorological Spring 2015!! on: March 04, 2015, 09:28:15 pm
It feels like spring here right now, but give it twelve hours...this is crazy.



What the heck is "wintry mix"?
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2017 B.C election on: March 04, 2015, 09:17:05 pm
NDP leading by 4? So really, the Liberals are ahead by 20 points. OK then.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is the highest ranking political figure(s) that you have shaken hands with? on: March 04, 2015, 02:56:17 pm
lol. He's not even among the greatest Tory Prime Ministers.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How often should a legislature be elected? on: March 04, 2015, 07:31:31 am
Ironically, term limits are undemocratic (takes a choice away from voters)
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How do you sleep at night? on: March 03, 2015, 10:20:15 pm
Quite well, thank you!

Oh... uh... on my stomach.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite country starting with "M"? on: March 03, 2015, 10:18:42 pm
I don't like any of these white countries, so I'll pick Mongolia.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How often should a legislature be elected? on: March 03, 2015, 10:13:40 pm
Also, recalls are stupid. They totally defeat the purpose of having election terms in the first place.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who would you vote for in this hypothetical election? on: March 03, 2015, 10:11:56 pm
Sanders.

I wish you people would realize that your one vote isn't going to decide the election. You're not going to single handily prevent a Scott Walker presidency by voting for Clinton. That's not how elections work.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you think the following sketch is offensive ? on: March 03, 2015, 08:52:55 pm
What was the picture that so horrified everyone?

Same photo, 'cept with nipples.

And goddamnit Tender, I was at work when I saw it.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2015 on: March 03, 2015, 08:43:29 pm
Will they even bother, considering their next election is in the Fall? Or perhaps they will move the election to next year to avoid a conflict with the federal election.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How often should a legislature be elected? on: March 03, 2015, 05:17:25 pm
This is a terrible idea. Politicians would be in constant campaign mode, and they would never enact any policies that may not be popular by necessary.

I don't have a problem with that. Politicians should be terrified of the public at all times.

Good luck cramming your socialist agenda down the throats of the electorate if you have to face them again within 12 months.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How often should a legislature be elected? on: March 03, 2015, 11:47:36 am

I'm partial to the idea of electing a legislature every year.


This is a terrible idea. Politicians would be in constant campaign mode, and they would never enact any policies that may not be popular by necessary.

BTW, it is every four years in Canada (well, it's supposed to be). We are still getting used to fixed election dates and have technically never had an election on said fixed date yet.

Four years is fine, I think- but I would be willing to change my mind if there are studies that show what the most optimal length would be.

Four years would work well for a country with 4 levels of government:

Year 1: National elections
Year 2: County elections
Year 3: State Elections
Year 4: Local elections 

22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: March 03, 2015, 11:39:16 am
My confusion comes from how rare it is for two sitting MLAs to run against each other for the NDP nomination in any one seat.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: March 03, 2015, 09:58:29 am
How did two sitting MLAs manage to run against each other for the Van East nomination? Strange. I'd imagine Kwan has the advantage?
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: March 03, 2015, 07:51:55 am
Yeah, Nanaimo-Alberni isn't the kind of place you'd get a lot of fundies living. Just a lot of old people and hippies.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Civic Renewal - A New Party for a New Center-Right! on: March 02, 2015, 08:41:33 pm
The party name sounds like something you would find in a Canadian municipal election.
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