Tuesday, 29 April 2014
|Indian Residential School in|
Image Source: General Synod Archives,
Anglican Church of Canada.
Sunday, 13 April 2014
|Jim Flaherty, Canada's 37th Finance Minister.|
Image Source: Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press
Flaherty was involved in Ontario provincial politics as a Progressive Conservative before his career at the Federal level, serving in a number of cabinet portfolios. Rising to Ottawa as an Whitby-Oshawa MP, Jim Flaherty served as federal finance minister within Harper's first year as Prime Minister. He continued as finance minister until March of this year, resigning from cabinet and federal politics due to health reasons.
As a member of the Conservative Party of Canada Flaherty pursued the Prime Minister's agenda, which included spending cuts and slashing corporate taxes While generally a team player, Flaherty got into conflicts with others in the Conservative Caucus over family friend Rob Ford and income-splitting, a tax policy benefiting the wealthy he didn't support.
On most matters, though, the Whitby-Oshawa MP worked tirelessly to forward Harper's Conservative policy agenda. While I strongly disagree with most of Flaherty's agenda (with the admission that there were some good pieces borne of his more pragmatic instincts), it is utterly sad to know a fellow human being is dead. The deceased Ontarian will be deeply missed by friends and family, including the many politicians he worked with and debated with.
Former Winnipeg blogger and prolific Winnipeg tweeter Scott MacNeil puts it best:
Guilty of oft attacking policy choices of Flaherty the politician; my sincere condolences to the family of Jim Flaherty the man. #Cdnpoli
— Scott MacNeil (@WinnipegFatArse) April 10, 2014
Friday, 4 April 2014
|City Councillor Scott Fielding|
Image Source: Winnipeg Free Press
Now, how's Fielding going to distinguish himself in what looks like it'll be a field of many suburban-based conservatives vying for the mayor's chair come fall?
By stridently opposing plans to move forward on rapid transit!
A brilliant idea in a city that's talked about and shelved rapid transit plans for 50 years, eh?
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
|The Winnipeg RAG Review's content is cut down|
to size for social media.
Image Source: Broken City Lab
But what's an eager reader to do in between the long dry spells between posts here?
Well, there's now social media content for thoughts and reflections that just don't merit a full, long form blog post.
But now The Winnipeg RAG Review facebook page is no longer just a repository of links back to blog posts here. Original content for stuff that needs to be said in more than 140 characters but still much less than a typical longish form blog post is now there. Plus, it's interlinked with The Analyst's twitter feed so that twitter followers of yours truly can get Facebook page updates directing them to writings with more meat than the average tweet.
Hope that keeps you satisfied.