Politics

Politics related to London, Ontario, Canada and occasionally elsewhere

The Ethics Of Mr. Morneau

The Liberals’ rise to power was tightly interwoven with the narrative that they presented to Canadian voters. During the 2015 election campaign, they borrowed the best ideas from other parties and added lots of hope, hugs and sunshine. Their “sunny ways” were an appealing alternative to attack ads from the CPC and NDP. As Justin […]

Kim Don Krang

North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump join forces to become Kim Don Krang. Krang? Krang was a character from the 1987 animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series. Krang was an evil warlord from Dimension X. His appearance resembled a brain with little tentacles. Although he had an android body, he […]

BiWay R Us

Canadians were stunned to discover that a rogue BiWay store is operating in Toronto. This fabricated news image is in reference to a viral hoax that Dollar Tree is shutting down. BiWay was a Canadian discount department store that operated until the 1990s. The company was one of several operated by parent company Dylex. In […]

Washington Crossing For A DoubleDouble

American media has once again latched onto the latest series of tweets from President Donald Trump. Most of these tweets are actually retweets centred around a user calling himself Trumpism 5.0. While American media is consumed by the never-ending spats between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, many Canadians noticed that a Canadian National Railway engine was […]

Sasquacentennial

Canada’s Sesquicentennial is here. I’m too young to have lived through the Centennial in 1967. I often get the impression that there was excitement and progress in general that year. In Montreal, Expo67 defined the culture of the time. In London, a whole bunch of silly buildings were erected. I tried to find a photo […]

London Sign Generator

A local London business has caused some controversy recently with his signage. The owner of Ale House London is using his sign to voice his concern over the rising costs of business in London, Ontario. Among these concerns is the large jump in minimum wage to $15/hour, a long-standing ambition of the NDP that was […]

London’s Open Map Data

London’s open data catalogue is a good starting point if you’re looking for map data, budgets, water sampling. Working with map data can be tricky at first. I show how to import London’s map data into both GoogleMaps and QGIS. London’s Open Data Catalogue The City of London’s Open Data Catalogue is provided so that citizens can understand […]

London’s New Urban Luddites

While London struggles with a housing and rental crisis, opposition to neighbourhood intensification grows. A look at Richard Florida’s latest research as it applies to London’s intensification strategy. London’s Old Crisis A decade ago, London faced a problem that was extremely common at the time. Growth around the edges of the city pulled people, businesses and […]

Cyberabdication

The worldwide WannaCry ransomware attack has corporations and governments pointing fingers. Microsoft stopped free support of popular and widely used operating systems. America has allowed a powerful cyberweapon to fall into the hands of gangs and terrorists. Thousands of IT professionals shirked their responsibility to apply necessary security patches. Many of the organizations affected have […]

Holding Onto Holdings

Recent discussions and real estate developments have once again brought Shmuel Farhi and Farhi Holdings Corporation into the spotlight. I spent some time looking into Farhi’s successes and follies while building a visualization tool to help understand how he influences the City of London. About Shmuel Farhi Shmuel Farhi is an influential landlord, property manager and investor. […]

Real News and Fake Problems

Devising An Informed Alternative To Authoritarian Censorship