Tuesday, 28 February 2012
So, what's happened now? Well, after hurting poor transit users and hiking frontage taxes (which are pretty similar to property taxes), the Katz mayoralty is now going to hike property taxes by 3.5%. Katz is blaming other levels of government for not giving him money. Because, as we all know, sound financial planning is based on assuming you'll get money that nobody's promised you and you're not entitled to.
So, in hindsight, it looks like the 2010 mayoral election was between two candidates - one who had an understanding of the city's finances and well thought-out tax plan and one who was just winging it. Judy's tax plan - told well in advance - would have contributed to an environment of certainty. Katz's flip-flops and on the fly decisions contribute to an uncertain climate for businesses and consumers in Winnipeg.
This is largely because the City Hall would rather spend the money subsidizing sprawl. Cheers, City Councillors, cheers.
Monday, 27 February 2012
Two Twitter accounts set up to draft Winnipeg Coun. Scott Fielding into the race disappeared after one day. One of the accounts is associated with an anonymous blog that trumpeted a self-congratulatory “Mission Accomplished” on Thursday, saying they’d heard — accurately — that Fielding is mulling over a leadership run. “We’ve done our part and planted a seed,” reads the blog entry.Because we all know politics has nothing to do with social relations or - dare I say - people deciding what society should be like. That 2008 campaign by ... what's that guy's name? .... Obama totally went nowhere because of all that "social media" stuff.
Fielding, a Twitter non-user, told Metro he views April 1 as the point by which potential candidates must decide. He said it’s an “honour” that people are trying to draft him and that it “does have an influence.”
Twitter is also wielding its drafting prowess at PC MLA Leanne Rowat, another non-tweeter.
PC MLA Kelvin Goertzen, an active tweeter at @KelvinGoertzen, is also mulling over a leadership bid. He, along with Brian Pallister and Coun. Paula Havixbeck, were reported to be interested but no one has confirmed a run yet. Goertzen, responding on Facebook, said he doesn’t use social media much for politics.
“I see the power of social media as being that (it’s) ‘social,’” he wrote.
Nice priorities, Racknine!
However, the Conservatives don't generally do an absolute killing in Winnipeg, winning 6 of the 8 seats (3/4 of the seats) in this city. It looks like - in at least two of those victories - the Conservatives may have gotten over the tally using dirty tricks. Given that Winnipeg has 8 seats, that means that the Conservatives stood to gain 25% of this city's seats by voter suppression - not a lot compared to the rest of the nation, but still potentially a significant distortion of the Winnipeg electorate's intentions.
Last Federal election a lot of ridings in this city went Tory Blue. One of those ridings was Elmwood-Transcona - where New Democrat Jim Maloway lost by under 300 votes to Conservative Lawrence Toet. The Conservatives also turned the formerly Liberal riding of Winnipeg South Centre Blue as well and held onto Saint Boniface (by a comfy margin).
Sunday, 26 February 2012
|Louis Riel, father of Manitoba. |
Image Source: Photo by The Analyst. Taken a
few weeks ago (on a day less cloudy than today).
Monday, 20 February 2012
Until the next time.
Friday, 3 February 2012
|Iced-up Assiniboine Avenue Bike Path. |
Image Source: Photo by "the Analyst".
Wednesday, 1 February 2012
Okay, initially I was torn on the transit hike - that was before I realized that the $0.05 increase was just the beginning - that it'd eventually be raised by 25 cents. As time has gone on, the transit hike as become increasingly absurd - its effect on hard-working poor Winnipeggers, the stalling Katz's has done on Rapid Transit, and the realization that subsidizing sprawl is a higher priority for the city than fixing public transportation all sunk in. City hall has seriously misplaced priorities, so I salute Harvey Smith and the fellow councilors who've opposed this bad idea.