Tag Archives: John Tory

the politics of the Scarborough Subway – a view from above

Welcome to our planet and our City.  Before I take you to our leaders, let me prepare you for what you are about to see. For anyone arriving in Toronto by spaceship this week, or for anyone looking into the city’s affairs for the first time ever, this will astonish you.  A cash strapped City,…
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your democracy is functioning well when…

When it resists the most overt attempts at manipulation, you know your democracy is functioning well.  Even when it produces the wrong outcome, you can be confident that it’s still working correctly and will eventually outlast the geniuses who think they’re gaming it.  That’s the lesson I took from stories told in the recent books…
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Spinning Straw Into Gold: What Happened to ‘Garbage In, Garbage Out’?

Elsewhere I’ve gonged the media for uncritically reporting misleading polling results, spinning headlines from them like Rumplestiltskin spinning gold from straw. It’s a problem because it actually sways uninformed viewers, listeners, and readers in ways that encourage acceptance of future falsehoods. In this case, it might seem more comical than offensive. On first blush, you…
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Politicking In Government

It’s not hard to distinguish between the role of a political party and the role of a government. One is a purely partisan group that works to gain power. The other serves at the will of the people to deliver on the promises made while its members were politicking. Between elections, politicians become governors. Whether…
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