Thursday, December 27, 2012

Worth Reading – December 27, 2012

It’s time for the last Worth Reading of 2012. This new feature, at least according to the statistics I can monitor, has been quite popular, and definitely has helped to grow my readership. I’m not sure what 2013 has in store for this blog, or for politics in this province/country, but I look forward to writing about it.

Martin Regg Cohn pens a wonderful piece about the bizarre nature of the Beer Store in Ontario. What started off as a state monopoly was sold privately, and now we all suffer as a result.

Chief Spence continues her protest in Ottawa. The Idle No More movement appears to have gained some momentum. It is not surprising at all that Aboriginal people are angry in this country about government policies.

Streets Blog has a great post about how sprawl and the car culture is dependent upon government subsidies and regulation. Let’s keep this in mind when we discuss densification and improving mass transit.

Despite Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak’srelease of policy documents, his party is stagnant in the polls. The Tories have polled consistently at or around 35%, which is roughly what they received in the last election.

Macleans suggests with all the chaos at Toronto City Hall that it is time to change how that city elects its mayors. Using a system sometimes called instant run-off candidates would be ranked until a majority consensus was achieved. Makes sense to me and it would end the constant talk of challengers being forced out of the race to unite various political factions.

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