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Harper Ends Party Subsidies

20/05/2011 Leave a comment

Ottawa to cancel party subsidies with next budget – Need to know – Macleans.ca.

This means the Liberals are finished for sure. The entire left is being defunded – this has been Harper’s plan for years. Implications of this move include:

  • additional barriers to entry for new political parties (e.g., the Green Party)
  • a weaker left
  • large donations will have more impact (which go mostly to the Conservatives). In other words, money’s voice will get only louder.

Not good for Canada.

LOL,

Tim

Back in Van!

15/05/2011 Leave a comment

Flew back to Van the 1st of May and I’m glad to be home. I don’t think anybody who’s not from Vancouver could understand this, but I actually missed the rain! It’s just not the same in MTL.

Forgive me for the rambling of this post and the spaced-ness of it – I had my wisdom teeth out on Friday so I’m currently hopped up on painkillers. I think it’s remarkable that I’m actually able to string together coherent thoughts in this state. Speaking of that, I lost a game of Scrabble to my mother by 4 points last night! 326-322, with yours truly playing the part of Buzz Aldrin. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself!

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to put together a map of the third wave coffee industry in Vancouver for awhile and finally got around to it. If you think I’ve left anyone out, leave a comment or tweet me and I’ll add them. Special thanks to my friends over at CleanHotDry for some of the more obscure locations (Solder & Sons, Uva Wine Bar, etc.). You can find it here.

http://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=218341888268729687877.0004a357690132a0f66d5&ll=49.282812,-123.099747&spn=0.111402,0.308647&output=embed
View Third Wave Vancouver in a larger map

Lots more to say but a little too drugged to say it, so I’ll leave that for next time.

LOL,

Tim