Thursday, October 30, 2014

Worth Reading - October 30, 2014

I hope you will forgive my Torontocentricism in this week’s Worth Reading. In the wake of the election I have been reading a lot of the aftermath pieces.

Edward Keenan in the Toronto Star discusses the divisions in Toronto revealed in Monday’s vote. 

Much was written about the divide referenced in the previous article. I think it would be valuable to take a look at this piece from City Lab. It turns out that America’s most liberal cities are the most difficult for the lower-class to survive in. I think there is evidence to suggest that Toronto is undergoing the same process and that it explains the voting result to a certain extent.

A break from municipal politics, with the Ontario municipal elections out of the way focus for politicos in that province shift to the 2015 federal election. Alice Funke writes about the nominations.

A nice little resource from BlogTO comparing election maps from the last few Toronto elections, since amalgamation. 

TVO’s The Agenda had an episode last night about the new right-wing movements across Europe. The rise of the far-right has definitely been a concerning trend since the start of the Great Recession. 

Desmond Cole in the Torontoist has a longer piece on the issue of white privilege and why it is critical to discuss. 

Back from my hometown's wards 3 and 4 has two new faces at city and regional council. 

Jon Lorinc in Spacing postulates how we might expect John Tory to govern once he becomes mayor. Lorinc is likely on the right track given the olive branch he has extended to Olivia Chow, David Soknacki and Karen Stintz.

The Toronto Star wrote “what you need to know” after Monday’s election. 

Morgan Baskin was one of the better-known minor candidates for mayor. Now that the election is over she writes about what’s next for her and reveals the mental and physical strain of running for office. It’s a topic not nearly given enough thought.

In the Globe and Mail we get a break down of some of the economic reasons for the divide in Toronto’s vote on Monday. 

The Guardian in the U.K. writes that multiculturalism in Toronto is failing as it prepared to elect another white, upper-class male

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