Picking the Interim Mayor ~ the 'Fontana Ate' never learn, LFP, June 17
Fontana (resigning), Henderson (not seeking re-election), Van Meerbergen, White, Polhill, Orser and Swantana.
THE TOXIC FONTANA ATE: Bad to the Bone; Like a festering tumour on this city council from the get-go. Their 'reward' will come on Voting Day ~ October 27, 2014. Otherwise, London will never move forward as a city.
BREAKING NEWS, JUNE 16: Mayor Joe Fontana has issued a public statement saying that he will be resigning on Thursday, June 19, 2014.
Orser's at war with his own constituents once again, CTV-London, June 15
JUNE 16: Orser opts to be a good little hillbilly tonight at committee as opposed to the wild, blustering buffoon in the media prior to the meeting.
In other words, he realized he'd look real bad if he acted like he normally does at city hall, opposing the OEV Safety Plan. The October 27th election is inching closer each day and he dreads buying himself another junk truck to pick up scrap metal and empties.
FINAL, JUNE 15: London Majors 12, Brantford Red Sox 5, this afternoon at Labatt Park. Excellent crowd for Sifton's Pack-the-Park. IBL Standings
FINAL, JUNE 14: Guelph Royals 15, London Majors 8, in Guelph.
FINAL, JUNE 13: Toronto Maple Leafs 8, London Majors 7 at Labatt Park. NEXT HOME GAME: Sunday, June 15th at 1:05 pm at Labatt Park, when the London Majors host the Brantford Red Sox.
WARD FOUR'S DRAMA BOY: Orser throws his buddy Fontana under the bus trying to score brownie points with voters (not long ago he did the same thing to his longtime webmaster, Mark Hartwell, after it was revealed Hartwell is a male prostitute-pornographer), LCN, June 14
"While Baechler has been critical of the mayor since the fraud case first came to light, she said Orser has been a long-time friend and ally of Fontana and to say what he did was done for 'the most opportunistic reasons' and it essentially amounts to 'kicking someone when they are down.'"
Gondola Joe Busted! Day 4 Testimony did the Trick
THIS JUST IN: London Mayor Joe Fontana has been found guilty on all 3 charges including fraud under $5K, breach of trust of a public official and uttering forged documents. Sentencing on July 15.
19-page decision of Superior Court Justice Bruce G. Thomas regarding Gondola Joe Fontana
FRIDAY, JUNE 13: Judgment Day for Gondola Joe
Liberal: 59; PC: 27; NDP: 21
Ontario Liberals win a surprise majority government, Liberal Deb Matthews re-elected in London North-Centre, NDP's Teresa Armstrong re-elected in London-Fanshawe, NDP's Peggy Sattler re-elected in London West, Tory Leader Tim Who-Dat expected to take the Tory turnip truck outta town by summer's end
Is Ontario Tory Leader Tim Who-Dat?® related to Bugs Bunny?
TIMMY WHO-DAT: "I guess I should have promised two or three-million jobs, a cure for rickets and a succulent Honey-Bee Ham every month for Ontarians."
Veteran arms arrive for the London Majors, LFP, June 12
Teaser for an upcoming Labatt Park documentary
London Majors' Baseball under a Full-Moon Friday the 13th
On Friday, June 13th ~ a Full Moon ~ the London Majors (7-5) host the Toronto Maple Leafs (6-7) at 7:45 pm at historic Labatt Park, the World's Oldest Baseball Grounds in continuous use since 1877.
This will be a good game to attend with the full moon rising above right field during the game once the sun goes down. MUAHAHAHAHAHA!
* Adults: $8; Seniors, Students and Children 12 and under: $6.
* $2 Parking for about 150 cars inside the park. Other parking for about 200 cars is available across Riverside Drive behind the Forest City Kiwanis Seniors' Centre (I hear they may be charging $5 now).
* Free street parking is available in the Blackfriars neighbourhood adjacent to the ballpark.
JUNE 12TH PROVINCIAL ELECTION
ONTARIO ELECTION JUNE 12, 2014: HOW TO BEAT TIM HUDAK AND DEFEAT THE RIGHT-WING AGENDA
By Edward C. Corrigan
SPECIAL TO ALTLONDON.ORG
Most Ontarians are only now getting interested in the Thursday June 12, 2014 vote in Ontario and the ballot which will determine who will govern Canada’s largest province.
The polls indicate that the current governing Ontario Liberals led by Kathleen Wynne are in a neck-and-neck race with Tim Hudak’s Ontario Progressive Conservatives.
This news is troubling because the Conservatives are very strong in the rural ridings which generally have a lower number of voters and will elect Members of the Provincial with a lower vote total than the more populous urban ridings.
Hudak appears to be leading in the rural ridings of Southwestern Ontario and in Eastern Ontario. The Liberals and NDP are battling it out in Northern Ontario. The Liberals seem to have retained much of their base in urban Ontario and especially the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
However, the NDP have made inroads in the urban centres notably winning two by-elections in Kitchener and in London, Ontario.
According to the Nanos Poll taken on May 26, 2014, Ontario voters when asked to identify their preferred choice for premier, Wynne was first at 34 percent followed by Hudak at 24 percent and Horwath at 13 percent respectively.
Of note, over the past month of May there has been a noticeable drop for Horwath from 18 to 13 percent. Horwath also registered a noticeable drop when Ontarians asked if she had the qualities of a good leader. On this measure she dropped from 53 percent to 44 percent over the past month.
The Green Party leader Mike Schreiner trailed the three main Ontario political parties with only 2.7% support.
Only time will tell if these trends will hold until the June 12, 2014 election.
There are a number of scandals that have been dogging the Ontario Liberals. The closure of the Mississauga-Oakville Gas plant will reportedly cost Ontario Tax payers over $800 million.
However, both the Ontario PC and the NDP campaigned on promises to close the gas power plants. It was only when the Liberals agreed with their provincial counterparts that the political debate switch to the issue of costs.
There are also opposition parties complaints over the cost of the E-Health initiative which put the medical records of patients on line and accessible to medical practitioners and hospitals.
Ultimately this program will save lives and money and eliminate much abuse of the medical system.
Both Tim Hudak and Andrea Horwarth have been pounding away at these issues but they have not gained the traction they had hoped for. The cost overruns are of course deplorable.
Hudak also has been getting a great deal of flack from the media and even members of his own party. Hudak has promised to eliminate 100,000 jobs from the Ontario public service. The jobs are to be eliminated in the health care, public safety area and education sectors.
The cost of terminating these employees will be substantial with severance pay and salary in lieu of notice. This factor does not appear to have been included in the Conservatives cost equation.
The second problem is that Ontario’s health, safety and education sectors are already stretched and if anything will need more nurses and support workers to deal with Ontario’s aging population.
Ontario public sector unions, including the nurses and the Ontario Provincial Police have taken to the air-waves to publically oppose what they see as draconian cuts that threaten their jobs but also the health and safety of Ontario residents.
Hudak is also being strongly attacked for his “promise” to create a million jobs in Ontario if he is elected. In a province of just over 7 million people it is impossible for any government to create one million jobs.
Experts and even members of his own party have attacked this ridiculous claim. In my view even to make this outrageous claim is an insult to thinking Ontario voters.
Andrea Howarth also has been criticized by long-time members of the NDP for not supporting the Liberal Ontario budget which was described as the most progressive budget in decades.
A group of 34 high-profile Ontario NDP supporters say they're "deeply distressed" by the direction party leader Andrea Horwath has taken in the election campaign and are seriously considering not voting for the NDP.
In an e-mail to Horwath dated May 23, 2014, obtained by CBC News, the group of long-time supporters, including Michele Landsberg (columnist and wife of former Ontario NDP leader Stephen Lewis), former federal candidate Winnie Ng and activist Judy Rebick, warned Horwath may lose their support "and the support of thousands of others."
"From what we can see you are running to the right of the Liberals in an attempt to win Conservative votes," the letter stated.
"It is not clear whether you have given up on progressive voters or you are taking them for granted."
The warning comes a day after the NDP platform was released and during a campaign where Horwath's decision to force the election has been criticized by prominent NDP insiders such as Gerry Caplan.
Unfortunately, many voters are disillusioned with the present electoral “first-past-the-post system.”
This means that the individual that gets the most votes in a riding wins. Given the four-way spilt in the vote (Liberal, PC, NDP and Green Party) a candidate could win with around 30 percent of the vote or even less.
Many authorities have criticized the British/Canadian/American first-past-the-post and winner-take-all system as anti-democratic. Alternatives that are suggested are a preferential ballot or a proportional representation system which would more accurately reflect the wishes of the voters.
Stephen Harper won a majority government in Canada in the last Federal Election with only 39.7% of the vote.
Ontario had a referendum on the adoption of a Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) representation system but the voters turned it down on October 10, 2007. Whatever we think of this current system it is the one we are stuck with on June 12, 2014.
The question is what to do? The first thing is to vote. The lower the voter turnout the better Conservatives tend to do. The higher the voter turnout the better centrist and left wing parties tend to do.
The Conservatives do not like high voter turnout and in my opinion, really do not like democracy. This is the rationale behind Stephen Harper’s election reforms which more properly should be called Stephen Harper’s Vote Suppression Act.
The other thing that is important is to consider strategic voting. The Conservatives like the fact that there are three parties on the centre and left to split the vote. The Liberals, NDP and even the Green Party divide the vote in ways that almost always favours the Conservatives. Hudak could win a majority government with around 35% of the vote and the majority of Ontario voters opposing his policies.
Take a moment to realistically access the strength of the candidate or party that stands the best chance of defeating the Conservative in your riding.
This may mean voting for the NDP candidate instead of your favourite Liberal or it may mean voting for the Liberal over your preferred NDP candidate.
If it is a battle between the NDP and Liberal or Green candidate vote with your heart. However, remember that some elections are decided by only a handful of votes and sometimes even one vote. If you want to keep the Conservatives out of power seriously consider strategic voting.
There are three things that count in politics: Organization; money and power.
Organization is critical on the ground to get someone who supports your ideas and values elected at a nomination meeting and then in an election is the first step.
This means selling memberships. This also means bodies on the ground for canvassing, voter identification, signs and most importantly, to get out your candidates vote on advance polling days and on election day.
Bodies to collect signs and to put away the campaign information and material for the next battle also are needed.
Money is also needed to run a campaign and to buy advertising and “robo calls” and the other expenses to conduct a successful campaign.
Ontario has a generous political tax credit program. Donors get a rebate of 75% of the first $399 dollars they donate to a recognized political party or candidate. The federal government and all provinces have similar programs.
Tim Hudak is threatening the jobs of 100,000 public servants.
Can you imagine the political impact of 100,000 public servants making a political donation of $399 which would put $39.9M in the hands of Tim Hudak’s political opponents?
This would cost each individual only $100 after the Ontario tax rebate. In my opinion this kind of money would decide the outcome of the election.
Other Ontario civil servants should also be making donations as their employment conditions are going to get much worse. It would only cost each donor around $100 after the rebate to save the province from the Hudak Conservative agenda.
Also, writing a cheque should be every person who has an elderly parent or relative who needs medical help or every parent who has a child in school and knows that cutting the number of teachers and educational support staff will adversely impact their child’s education.
Tim Hudak is counting on the fact you will not make a political donation to try to stop his agenda.
Voters in general should consider the long-term impact of weakening our education and health-care systems will have on our economic well being and our ability to attract well-paying jobs and to compete globally.
Power is how you combine these assets and use them to promote your political message. All of the money in the world will not sell a bad or destructive message.
Money sure helps but as some political candidates with almost unlimited financial resources have discovered that you cannot always buy elections.
Candidates are governed by the Election Expenses Act but as many public interest groups have discovered,they can campaign in an election and promote their particular concern and influence the outcome of elections.
Corporate and business interests have always known this important rule but now other public interest groups are getting in to the game in a big way.
Not having the money needed to get your message and name out certainly handicaps a campaign. You can replace money with volunteers to get your message out but today electronic and print media tend to dominate and they cost money.
In politics, or at least successful politics, their also is a need for discipline and intelligent application of resources.
In politics there are three kinds of people. There are those that make things happen. There are those that watch things happen. And finally there are those who wonder what the hell happened.
You have to decide if you want to be a participant in politics, a spectator or someone who is passive and does not care what happens to them until it hits them over the head.
Tim Hudak is hoping that you will be passive and not participate in the political process. It is up to you; how you will react? There is still time to make a real difference and to help determine who will have political power in Ontario after June 12, 2014.
Edward C. Corrigan is a Citizenship and Immigration lawyer in London, Ontario. He is a former elected member of London city council and a political activist. He can be reached at 519-439-4015 or at his e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. His web site is www.edcorrigan.ca.