Canada’s Car Culture Criticized

Glad to see some Danes standing up for Canada.

A Canadian stands up for the Danes.

The Danes stand up for themselves.

A few points have arisen as a result of this discussion, largely in defence of “car culture.” I’d like to address them if I may:

We love our cars!

That’s great. What is important, though, is having choices, and safe, affordable and convenient choices. Cars should not be the only option. In a sustainable, livable city, a citizen should have a choice to walk, cycle, run, take the bus, ride the train, get a lift with a friend or drive. These choices must be open to everybody old, young, able bodied and disabled. It is possible to have it all, and the option of driving a car should be alongside, rather than at the expense of healthier, quicker and often more affordable options.

Country X is too big for sustainable transport

Density and sprawl are more relevant to the discussion than size. Many people live within 5 to 15 km of where they work, shop and play but infrastructure designed exclusively for private cars makes sustainable and healthy travel options difficult. In regards to inter-city travel, driving for lengthy periods is unsafe and time consuming. Large countries in particular should demand superb transport systems between cities to make travel safer, cheaper and more relaxing.

What about winter?

Agreed. Winter in Scandinavia is pretty dismal, especially for vulnerable groups in society. I’m sure parts of Canada are even worse. Again, it is about providing choices for safe travel, not just cars. Gridlock is gridlock in sun and snow. Car-free bus lanes, trains, cleared bicycle and pedestrian lanes alongside traffic-calmed roads can make winter transport safer and more convenient for everybody. The same is true of choices for the remaining three seasons.

Amid the responses to this discussion I genuinely hope that energies are directed towards those who can actually change policy. Hopefully less gridlock, safe and sustainable choices, green spaces and livable, vibrant, healthy communities are what people want all over the world. Sustainable transport is about giving people safe choices to travel, not banning cars.

Future Proof: Ice Storms

Last year Shane vlogged about ice storms. Let’s not wait until a big storm hits Saskatchewan before we future proof our homes being built today.

You can check out Shane’s website, and buy his book.

If I had $20,000 to spend on a “depreciating liability” (a car), or $20,000 to spend on renewable energy for my home, which would be more useful during an ice storm or other time of emergency? Arguably a car could be useful to remove myself from the place of emergency, but if there’s no enough gas, or electricity to pump the gas, or if the roads are jammed, a warm home would be much more useful.

Energy prices are only going to go up, so investing in energy systems today is an excellent choice. A company local to Regina that could help is Sound Solar, but there are others with good reputations also.

Rob Ford is Not a Nice Man #TOpoli

If you defended Rob Ford during his election campaign in 2010, I would have simply said you made a mistake. His angry outbursts against the media, and his ridiculous comments about bike lanes placed him firmly in my political opponents category then. Plus he had a history of drunk driving by that point in his life.

It’s now 3 years later, and he’s admitted to smoking crack and being an angry, drunk driving, alcoholic. If you’re still defending the man as recently as this past Summer, or last month, you’re making a big mistake.

Today, you have even more egg on your face, if you hold more than a shred of human sympathy for this dangerous, oafish, thug.

Trained to Wreck

What’s with short term (and long term) memory loss in this country?

Who could forget Ralph Klein’s drunken abuse a decade ago?
Canada: Alberta Premier berates homeless in visit to shelter

Regina politics isn’t so far removed from showing symptoms mentioned by both Coyne, and uneven behaviour from a Mayoral candidate who refuses to quit despite broad public disapproval.

Nick Kouvalis on how Rob Forb won:[recording]

Political strategist Nick Kouvalis talks about his experience managing Rob Ford’s successful run for Toronto’s Mayoral race of 2010. While the city’s government was bloated, and taxes were too high, Ford’s message of “Respect for Taxpayers” and stopping the gravy train resonated, thanks in part to money for voter outreach phone calls and volunteers to go talk to voters.

Yes, the proud, robocalling Kouvalis can also be partially blamed for RoFo.

Now, if you’d kindly look away again, I get some Ford jokes out of the way, in a batch.
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Rob Ford Does The Expected

If there’s an incriminating video out there, naturally you’d hire a criminal cracker to destroy every copy.

#CrackHousing?

Then spend months denying there’s a video. When the police confirm they have recovered the video of the drug abuse, admit to drug use, but a legal drug.
Then admit to using the other drug, but not at the time the infamous video was shot.

Rob Ford is moving to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside to open the next Insite clinic for “harm reduction”. This leaves PM Harper fuming.

What he actually said during his apology press conference was:
“I feel like a 1000lbs have been lifted off my shoulders.”
“I would do anything, absolutely anything, to change the past.” Even do crack?

“I want to be clear, I want to be crystal clear…” Crystal meth clear. Clear, but not how Harper is ‘perfectly clear’. So scripted, yet so heartfelt at the same time. Odd.

Global News commentator was saying Ford’s advisers should tell him to step aside to treat his alleged larger addiction problem, because “voters love a comeback story”. Voters would love a Mayor who isn’t a crackhead drug abuser with dangerous mood swings, poor self control, and thoughtless policies that make their city less prepared for the present and future. If they equate those needs with Ford again, they’ll get the wreck of a man they collectively deserve.

Many are predicting Ford’s re-election next year. I predict he’ll become too infirm from natural causes to serve, or end up in jail as most serious drug abusers seem to do in Harper’s “tough on crime” Canada.

Rob Ford 2012 vs Rob Ford 2013

Stephen Harper urges tougher crime laws, meets with Rob Ford
The mayor met privately with the prime minister in Scarborough for almost an hour Tuesday to talk about curbing gun violence.

Harper and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford held their own meeting on the issue on Tuesday, snubbing Premier Dalton McGuinty, who had asked for all three levels of government to be at the table for a discussion.

After Harper’s motorcade had left, Ford climbed into his SUV in a secure police parking area and drove quickly past waiting reporters and residents who had hoped to speak with the two leaders.

In a two-paragraph statement, Ford later said they had a “very productive conversation” and “shared a number of ideas that will be followed up in the next weeks and months . . . to make sure we have the tools in place to better prevent gang violence and protect the public from criminals.”

Now, Harper is all, “Rob who?”

Toronto shooting: Mayor Rob Ford says gang members should leave the city
“Go somewhere else. I don’t want ‘em living in the city anymore,” Ford said of gang members returning from jail.

Ford also said he will meet with Premier Dalton McGuinty on Monday to ask for more money for policing, not for social programs.

“It just tore my heart apart. And I just thought, this is not the city that we live in, this is — I was mad. More than upset, I was mad. I said, ‘Enough’s enough.’ I’m lookin’ around, and I said, ‘I’m not gonna sit here, I’m gonna be proactive.’ I talked to the premier, got a hold of the premier, called the prime minister’s office, I said, ‘I want meetings. I want something to be done.’ I want these people out of the city. And I’m not going to stop. Not put ’em in jail, then come back and you can live in the city. No. I want ’em out of the city. Go somewhere else. I don’t want ’em living in the city anymore,” Ford said.

He returned to the point later in the interview. “We have to send a message. Three years for possession of a handgun? That’s nonsense. You should do some serious hard time, and not come back here. Once you come out, out of jail, get out of the city. Go somewhere else,” he said.

(torontosun.com/2012/07/17/rob-ford-calls-scarborough-shooting-isolated-insists-city-safe)

“We must use every legal means to make life for these thugs miserable, to put them behind bars, or to run them out of town,” he said. “We will not rest until being a gang member is a miserable, undesirable life.

“Some people have suggested there is a gang war brewing,” Ford said. “I don’t know if that’s true. But, I do know it’s time for us to declare war on these violent gangs.”

2013 comes around and we see a photo of Ford posing with a gang and hear of a video where he is allegedly smoking crack.
rob ford with gang

Rob Ford in 2013 is the “proactive” “tool” fighting drug crime by infiltrating it, right?

BONUS:
Shooting victim from last year’s drug connected shooting spree that inspired Ford to be a proactive tool:

Horoscope for a dead girl’s zombie Twitter account:

It seems as if one phase of your life is falling away, and you aren’t all that unhappy about its demise. If you have been floating along, waiting for something to inspire you, this could be your chance. It’s as if you are expecting guests, yet you don’t know who they are or when they will arrive. Nevertheless, there is a lot to do right now in preparation of your next adventure, so get busy without wasting a precious moment.

Deep Municipal Scandals

When we thought Toronto’s crack Mayor Rob Ford was about to take the national scandal prize, Montreal’s replacement Mayor Michael Appelbaum rides (in a police car) to the rescue with corruption charges. What major city mayor is next to implode? Are Canadian municipal elections selecting the best political candidate they could be?

http://www.twitter.com/Steverukavina/status/346675569058013184

Added to the Harper Parade of Perps is the accused Saulie Zajdel, a “shadow MP” in Irwin Cotler’s Montreal riding. “Reprehensible” push polling was done by Campaign Research for the Conservatives in that riding, in an effort to position Zajdel for a Conservative MP seat next election.