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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: Today at 05:08:29 pm
Tonight: 2011 candidate Dave Nickle will be acclaimed for the NDP in Peterborough-Kawartha, ON. He's the first candidate nominated in this vacant seat.

The NDP will chose among 4 candidates in Windsor-Tecumseh to replace the retiring Joe Comartin.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: Today at 10:23:43 am
I think Comrade Earl has been spending too much time fussing over regional poll breakdowns Tongue

^^^^ This.

Maybe targeting is a strong word, but Trudeaumania is lifting the Liberal boats in a lot of places, and Oshawa is no exception. But I think come election time, progressive voters in Oshawa will still vote NDP instead, even if they like Trudeau.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: Today at 08:54:22 am
Right now, I'd say Oshawa is actually a Liberal target, but they might abandon it if the NDP decides to target it as well.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: Today at 06:58:41 am
 I need to leave at 0420

*Giggles*
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which natural disasters have you experienced? on: Today at 06:56:15 am
Albany gets lots of minor floods because large portions of our combined sewer system are operating at well beyond the limits of their design life and capacity.

The worst natural disaster I've experienced was the 1998 Ice storm: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Ice_Storm_of_1998

Ugh... my family in Northern New York was without power for over a week and we knew people in slightly more isolated territory who went nearly a month without it.

We were without power for a total of 48 non consecutive hours. It got kind of cold in the home, but we survived. I think I got to miss a week of school. We missed a lot of school that year, as there was also the two-week long teacher's strike in the Fall.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: March 25, 2015, 09:27:56 pm
We know the seat is winnable now, too. The new boundaries make it easier too. It's all about depressing the Liberal vote.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Which natural disasters have you experienced? on: March 25, 2015, 06:30:23 pm
The worst natural disaster I've experienced was the 1998 Ice storm: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_Ice_Storm_of_1998

As cold as it gets here, we're not really prone to natural disasters. Sure we get blizzards, but we're not close enough to a large body of water to get enough snow to be considered a natural disaster.

I've been through earthquakes too, but they're usually minor. The most recent one I can remember was this one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Central_Canada_earthquake

There was also a tornado on the Quebec side back in 1994 that was memorable.
8  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Worst Relationships between Heads of Friendly or Allied Countries on: March 25, 2015, 02:22:15 pm
I take it there were a lot of Bunga Bunga parties in Tripoli?
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: March 25, 2015, 10:16:21 am
Tonight:

There is a crowded field seeking the NDP nomination in the new riding of La Prairie, QC. 5 candidates are in the running. The winner will take on realtor Yves Perras of the Conservatives and St-Philippe municipal councillor Jean-Claude Poissant of the Liberals.

In Oshawa, 2008 candidate Mike Shields takes on Mary Fowler for the NDP nomination. The winner will have to take on Tory incumbent Colin Carrie.
10  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Worst Relationships between Heads of Friendly or Allied Countries on: March 25, 2015, 09:33:58 am
Seems like Trudeau and his ego couldn't get along with anyone...

I think he was quite friendly to Fidel Castro, to the point he came to his funeral.

Yep:

11  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: March 25, 2015, 06:53:29 am
Businessman Jean-Roger Vigneau won the Liberal nomination in Charlevoix-Montmorency ... err, I mean Beauport—Côte-de-Beaupré—Île d’Orléans—Charlevoix, QC. He'll be running against the NDP incumbent Jonathan Tremblay and former Tory MP Sylvie Boucher.

Ali Naqvi, the brother of the Ontario Liberal President (and my former MPP) Yasir Naqvi was acclaimed as the NDP candidate in Mississauga East-Cooksville, ON. He has run provincially for the NDP before. Man, family gatherings for them must be awkward. Former MPP Peter Fonseca is the Liberal candidate and the Tories are running their incumbent Wladyslaw Lizon.  
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Joe Republic Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: March 24, 2015, 04:14:14 pm
"And what do you call it, Phil?"

"The Aristocrats!"
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Quebec redistricting, 2015 on: March 24, 2015, 03:54:27 pm
I'm not offering names for submission, but just alternate names for the sake of it Smiley

I don't think I'd bother submitting better names, they do seem to fit within the mould that is Quebec riding naming conventions Tongue
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Worst Relationships between Heads of Friendly or Allied Countries on: March 24, 2015, 11:27:49 am
Speaking of LBJ, he didn't get along with Pearson at all:

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..at the height of the Vietnam War, Prime Minister Lester Pearson visited President Lyndon Johnson at the White House. Pearson gave a scathing speech one night about the war, then appeared at the White House the next day to confront a livid Johnson. As [author Lawrence] Martin describes it, LBJ grabbed Pearson by the shirt collar, lifted the prime minister off the floor and shouted, "You pissed on my rug!"

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/canadaus/pms_presidents1.html
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Worst Relationships between Heads of Friendly or Allied Countries on: March 24, 2015, 09:59:23 am
Chretien-Bush?
Harper-Obama?
St-Laurent-Eisenhower (as noted by the Simpsons)
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 24, 2015, 09:12:24 am
And yet you get mad at people when they criticize your food choices, when it's killing you.

While it's good you don't have diabetes, perhaps it's unfortunate that this won't be the true wake up call you need. You're not quite at rock bottom, yet.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Quebec redistricting, 2015 on: March 24, 2015, 06:48:37 am
Sainte-Sophie is the largest municipality, so what about Prevost--Sainte-Sophie?
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Quebec redistricting, 2015 on: March 23, 2015, 09:08:03 pm
Prevost includes a lot of mountains, so why not call it Sainte-Sophie--Les Monts?
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Should the House of Representatives be increased in size? on: March 23, 2015, 04:33:30 pm
Personally, I support the Wyoming rule.

For the record, these are the world's largest national legislatures.

1) National People's Congress (China): 2,987
2) House of Lords (UK): 765
3) Supreme People's Assembly (North Korea): 687
4) Hose of Commons (UK): 650
5) Chamber of Deputies (Italy): 630
6) Bundestag (Germany): 620
7) National Assembly of People's Power (Cuba): 614
8 ) Constituent Assembly (Nepal): 601
9) National Assembly (France): 577
10) People's Representative Council (Indonesia): 560
20  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: March 23, 2015, 12:20:27 pm
Today: David Robinson will be acclaimed as the Green candidate in Sudbury. He ran for the provincial Greens in last month's provincial election. The only candidate so far is Conservative Fred Slade, who ran for them in 2011.

This of course is an open seat, as Glenn Thibeault resigned to run in the provincial by-election.
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: March 23, 2015, 12:16:51 pm
Weekend nomination news:

-Jennifer McKenzie won the NDP nomination in Fundy Royal, NB. She is a former school trustee in Ottawa, and in fact just ran for the ONDP in Ottawa Centre in last year's election. I voted for her when I lived in her district in 2010. Didn't know she was from NB or that she have moved back! She'll be running against Green Ira Wilbur (ran provincially in Albert last year), Liberal businesswoman Alaina Lockhart and Conservative incumbent Rob Moore.

- Shipper/receiver Mario Rimbao will be the NDP candidate in Mount Royal, QC. He'll be running against Cote-Saint-Luc mayor Anthony Housefather who is the Liberal candidate. (Incumbent Irwin Cotler is not running again)

- In Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River, SK the NDP will be running La Loche mayor Georgina Jolibois. The Liberals are running NDP turncoat Lawrence Joseph and the Tories are running incumbent Rob Clarke.

- Businessman Trent Fraser won the Tory nomination in new riding of Regina-Lewvan, SK. The NDP are running former candidate Erin Weir in this notional NDP riding. The Liberals are running former Regina city councillor Louis Browne.

-In Pierre-Boucher—Les Patriotes—Verchères, QC, accountant Xavier Barsalou-Duval will be the Bloc candidate.

-Chemist David Berthiaume will be the Liberal candidate in Mégantic—L'Érable, QC. He'll be running against Tory incumbent Christian Paradis.

-Former MPP Khalil Ramal will be the Liberal candidate in London-Fanshawe, ON. He'll be running against NDP incumbent Irene Mathyssen.

- Teacher Rebecca Rajcak will be the NDP candidate in Oakville North-Burlington, ON. Educator Adnan Shahbaz is running for the Greens and Oakville town councillor Max Khan is the Liberal candidate.

- Former Winnipeg school trustee Suzanne Hrynyk will be the NDP candidate in Kildonan-St. Paul, MB. She'll be running against former NDP MLA MaryAnn Mihychuk who is running for the Liberals.

- Vancouver East: already covered.









22  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XXII: Cleaning Up the Meat at [redacted]. on: March 23, 2015, 11:31:26 am
RIP Job Sad
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Dubai or Ulan Bator? on: March 23, 2015, 11:30:21 am
Ulan Bator is ridiculously polluted and is even colder than here (it is the world's coldest capital and we're #2).  Having said that, it's probably better than Dubai.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Quebec redistricting, 2015 on: March 23, 2015, 11:24:27 am
Here's my comments/suggestions for new riding names (what else would you expect from me!):


Les Plaines: Not a bad name, considering it contains Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines and the La Plaine sector of Terrebonne. The name doesn't cover the Saint-Janvier sector of Mirabel though, so how about Les Plaines--Saint-Janvier? If you don't mind long names, then the more inclusive name would be Sainte-Anne--La Plaine--Saint-Janvier.

Prevost: Obvious desire to re-incarnate the old riding name since it includes the municipality of Prevost. However, Prevost contains only part of the riding (I realize it was also named for the family). Prevost is the largest city in the riding and the second largest municipality. I can't really think of a better name for the district at the moment. Any ideas?

Mont-Royal--Outremont: Not a bad name, but the riding contains part of Cote-des-Neiges, so at the risk of having a long name, howabout Mont-Royal--Outremont--Cote-des-Neiges?

Effected ridings:
Masson -> Mascouche (obviously)
Terrebonne -> Terrebonne (only loses a newly annexed suburb of the city anyways)
Mirabel -> Mirabel. Not the best name, as the riding contains some territory on Lac Deux-Montagnes, but losing Saint-Janvier still puts most of the riding in Mirabel. Plus, Deux-Montagnes is in another riding of the same name.
Bertrand -> Huh I think this riding was a point of contention last time I created alternative riding names. I wanted Les Laurentides I think, but it was too general?
Rousseau -> Montcalm. Territory is now the entirety of this MRC, so it's an obvious name.

D'Arcy-McGee -> Cote-Saint-Luc--Hampstead or Cote-Saint-Luc--Hampstead--Snowdon.
Notre-Dame-de-Grace -> Notre-Dame-de-Grace--Montreal-Ouest. The riding now contains all of these two places.
Mercier -> Mile-End or Mile-End--Laurier. This riding contains all of Mile-End now.
Westmount--Saint-Louis -> Westmount--McGill.  The riding contains Westmount plust the area around McGill University.
Saint-Henri--Sainte-Anne -> Le Sud-Ouest? I hate that name, but it is the Borough name that the riding now has the exact same boundaries with. Also, the alternative is way too long: Saint-Henri--Saint-Paul--Pointe-Saint-Charles--Emard (based on a similar 1990s federal riding name, which was just as long).

Saint-Maurice:

Maskinonge -> Maskinonge--Saint-Maurice: Maskinonge already contained much of the historic Saint-Maurice County. Now that Saint-Maurice is dead, might as well add the name to this riding, especially since it gains even more of Saint-Maurice.
Champlain -> Champlain: The new territory is also located in the historic Champlain County. A more modern name for the riding could be Les Cheneaux--Cap-de-la-Madeleine reflecting the MRC and the community in Trois-Rivieres which is also in the riding.
Trois-Rivieres -> Trois-Rivieres: Just loses a neighbourhood.
Laviolette -> Shawinigan--Mekinac--La Tuque. The old part of Shawinigan has been transferred to this riding, so it makes sense to include it in the name. The riding also includes Mekinac and La Tuqe MRCs.






25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Quebec redistricting, 2015 on: March 23, 2015, 10:04:23 am
Obviously, PLQ loses a seat in Montreal and Saint-Maurice. It looks like the new Prevost riding went CAQ, even though it is carved from two PQ ridings. However, the election day maps are deceiving, as we saw a huge difference between E-Day results and absentee ballots. Are you factoring in absentee votes in your transposition?

Also, Les Plaines looks to be a CAQ seat (also carved from 3 CAQ seats).
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