Thursday, October 16, 2014

Worth Reading - October 16, 2014

One of the big issues in any municipal election in North America is dealing with the issue of congestion. Michael Keenan makes the point that virtually all the promises the candidates make will not reduce congestion, only congestion pricing does that. 

Jon Lorinc writes about the role class and race has played in the Toronto municipal election. 

Most of the criticism you read about the suburbs comes from the political left, or a progressive criticism. Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns writes an example of the conservative critique of suburban development

From the Strong Towns blog, a guest writer talks about the importance of places versus non-places in determining the strength and vitality of a community. 

So-called “Gamergate” has caused a firestorm in the video game community as well as threats and intimidation for its major personalities in real life. This long article from Deadspin lays out the background of the story as well as its other socio-political comparisons like the Tea Party. 

The source of the “angry gamer” is up for debate. I really enjoy this take on how gamers (a term I generally dislike) perceive games criticism and video games

The Toronto Star has endorsed seven candidates for City Council. It’s a great list and I hope to put out some selections for Brampton’s elections on Tuesday.

Justin Trudeau’s (LPC – Papineau QC) management of the ISIS debate and Canadian intervention has hurt him politically

Mayor Hazel McCallion, the spirited and forceful mayor of Mississauga, is about to retire but in her interview with the Toronto Star suggests she has plans for the future. 

One last bit about video games, from The Atlantic the rise of the blockbuster video game and its negative impact on the medium

The Globe and Mail takes a look at the business dealings of Doug Ford and his “strengths” as a businessman. 

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