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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: All Charges Dropped in Freddy Grey Case! on: Today at 10:43:59 am
During that time, Canadaian courts condemned to 6 years in jail a policemen who shot two rounds of bullets on someone wielding a knife.

The first round was totally legal, but due to have been shot alreayd once, the knife guy wasn't an immediate threat anymore and so the second round was "unreasonable, unnecessary and excessive".

Why US courts can't hold policemen to the same standard, that's eluding me, considering common law is the base for both criminal law systems.


BLUE LIVES don't matter in Canada, you see. :-P
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Conservative Party of Canada Leadership Race Megathread-May 27th 2017 on: Today at 09:24:26 am
The fact that the heir-apparent Jason Kenney doesn't want the job indicates the Tories are resigned to being opposition again.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: Vermont-VPR: Clinton +22 on: Today at 09:21:07 am
Stein could do very well here if she can manage to get on the ballot.  Also, the number of people who write-in Sanders could be quite high.
4  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2016 (next event: TDSB; York Centre [July 25]) on: July 26, 2016, 08:33:24 am
Geez, how did I miss that by-election?

There were also two school board races last night (York Centre and Etobicoke North)

Results:
Ward 2, city council (top 2 candidates):
Michael Ford: 6534 (69.6%)
Jeff Canning: 1918 (20.4%)

TDSB, Etobicoke North (top 3 candidates):
Avtar Minhas: 2666 (29.7%)
John Hastings: 2047 (22.8%)
Ali Mohamed-Ali: 1216 (13.5%)

TDSB, York Centre (top 3 candidates):
Alexandra Luika: 1464 (31.7%)
Erica Shiner: 1348 (29.2%)
Nina Zaslavsky: 607 (13.2%)


5  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: July 22, 2016, 09:44:06 am
Will we see a BC or NS election first?
6  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: How do you pronounce "Nietzsche?" on: July 22, 2016, 09:40:30 am
Other: Neetsh-eh
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Alberta Progressive Conservative Leadership Election - March 18, 2017 on: July 18, 2016, 08:53:24 am
Oh yeah, a big reason for the long leadership races is the fact that parties in Canada tend to have low membership numbers most of the time (compared to other countries), so time is needed to build that up by the respective campaigns.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: What's more important: democracy, or liberalism/secularism? on: July 16, 2016, 11:02:14 am
Well, first of all, Turkey has neither...
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: July 14, 2016, 01:53:48 pm
Maybe; but I'll take any excuse to complain about him Wink
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: July 14, 2016, 08:56:16 am
Headline "NDP still won the First Nations vote " is misleading, but what else to expect from Grenier? Article is about the reserve vote. I suspect the urban First Nations vote was more Liberal (look at Winnipeg Centre for example).
11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Alberta Progressive Conservative Leadership Election - March 18, 2017 on: July 13, 2016, 11:12:51 am
Good question, Joe. I really don't have a good explanation, other than that's how we do things. I suppose the advantage is it gives parties a chance at a gradual transition to the new leadership, rather than what we're seeing in Britain: "Surprise! you have a new Prime Minister!".

Unlike Australia and the UK, Canadian parties have had a longer tradition of having leadership elections where the party membership votes rather than just the MPs themselves. We used to have (and still are in some jurisdictions / parties) delegated conventions, meaning the process would have to be longer and drawn out like in the U.S.
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Nugget from 538: 99.6% Chance the Map Will be Different than 2012 on: July 12, 2016, 10:02:14 am
Also relevant, the current 538 projection is just one state off from the 2012 map:

13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Anyone playing Pokemon Go on: July 12, 2016, 08:44:30 am
Haha no, I'm an adult.

So are all the roving bands of hipsters I saw hunting Pokemon in uptown Minneapolis last night.

Also not adults.

Also Cartel Press is a satire site.

No sh**t?

They could've at least used a picture with no snow on the ground. Kinda ruins the joke.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Nugget from 538: 99.6% Chance the Map Will be Different than 2012 on: July 12, 2016, 08:37:15 am
And yet this is the aggregate prediction here:

15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: July 11, 2016, 08:19:14 pm
Nikki Ashton will not win, so it's plain ol' trolling to bring up her name. Might as well keep talking about Brad Trost for leader of the Conservatives. But that would be intellectually dishonest.

RB is right re Julian and Boulerice. I also keep mentioning Jagmeet Singh as well as a potential candidate. The NDP has some strong leadership potentials, they're just not household names yet.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Canada General Discussion: Trudeau II on: July 10, 2016, 10:14:38 pm
It seems likely the Liberals will win the next election. Conservatives at the earliest may have a chance of forming government in 2023.

In January 2012, there was serious talk whether the Liberal Party would become a permanent third party like its British cousin. Hell, they were polling in 3rd last summer.

Yeah, but the Liberals have more built-in advantages than the CPC. The ability to pretend to be many things at once is a huge asset. And the only thing that was holding them back during their last slump was an apparent loss of credibility thanks a combination of poor leadership for almost a decade and the NDP projecting strength. The likes of Nikki Ashton won't be able to help make the NDP look like a serious party, and Trudeau will be a popular progressive/centrist incumbent.

Hell, Justin has the potential to beat Laurier's record as longest-serving consecutive prime minister... especially if we get some kind of preferential voting. It's a bit sad, really. But I doubt I'll have very compelling reasons to vote against him myself.



lol @ bringing up Nikki Ashton for no reason.

17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2016 (next event: TDSB; York Centre [July 25]) on: July 09, 2016, 01:21:46 pm
This is rather morbid speculation, considering Belanger is still alive. Is there talk of him stepping down?
18  General Politics / Economics / Re: Why are the cold countries more developed than the hot countries? on: July 07, 2016, 05:01:05 pm
Kind of hard to be poor in a cold country. One reason why homelessness is so much worse in Vancouver than other parts of Canada.
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian by-elections, 2016 (next event: TDSB; York Centre [July 25]) on: July 07, 2016, 04:58:41 pm
I'm thinking Trudeau pulls the trigger on all three vacant/future vacant Alberta seats for the same day... probably looking at a late October / November date depending on when Harper and Kenney resign.
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Alberta Progressive Conservative Leadership Election - March 18, 2017 on: July 07, 2016, 04:56:54 pm
While electoral reform would save the NDP from the possibility of returning to obscurity way down the road, it would ultimately help the right wing, as I do not believe a majority of Albertans are centre/ centre-left.

Also, the NDP didn't campaign on electoral reform, so there's that.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should New England Secede and Join Canada ? on: July 07, 2016, 03:44:08 pm
Maybe just Vermont? We'd love to have Bernie Sanders so that he can run for NDP leader.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Alberta Progressive Conservative Leadership Election - March 18, 2017 on: July 07, 2016, 09:06:21 am
What is it that you don't like about the NDP again? It's not like you're on the right of the average Albertan.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Alberta Progressive Conservative Leadership Election - March 18, 2017 on: July 06, 2016, 02:18:21 pm
The contempory understanding of it amongst PCs is that it represents our party being fiscally conservative and socially progressive.

You can kiss that goodbye if the creepy virgin wins.
24  General Politics / Economics / Re: Best intercity transport: bus or train? on: July 05, 2016, 03:43:28 pm
Trains are much more enjoyable. However, they are more expensive. So, just like any choice with life, it comes down to cost vs. comfort.

25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Justin Trudeau on: July 05, 2016, 03:33:42 pm
lean freedom fighter, but voted horrible person because I'm a partisan hack.

But yeah, overrated and neo-liberal are accurate descriptions, as is ofttimes cringeworthy.
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