Doug Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause reduces democracy to majority rule: Opinion | CBC News

Central to most defences of judicial review is a recognition that important individual and minority rights are often lost sight of, and sometimes even deliberately overridden, in majoritarian politics. We hope that governments will respect basic rights, but we recognize that they sometimes fail to do so.

Source: Doug Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause reduces democracy to majority rule: Opinion | CBC News

Yes, it was pretty much a certainty he was going to use the Not Withstanding Clause. Populist move to give his base a boost.

I would have said that it will blow up in his face come the next provincial election, but he’s essentially gerrymandered the vote by ensuring that Toronto doesn’t have the same representation per capita as the rest of Ontario.

Even more disappointing was our Prime Minister and the Federal Government not stepping in to support Toronto.

Dark days ahead. Genuine democracy by the people for the people of Ontario, and perhaps Canada in the near future, took a serious blow.

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Trio of wireless companies exit lobby group, claim big-player bias – The Globe and Mail

Trio of wireless companies exit lobby group, claim big-player bias – The Globe and Mail.

This news comes as no surprise.
I’ve known for years just bad the situation is with the Big Three telecommunications companies, and unless people start standing up to them, it’s just going to get worse. The government either needs to show they’re serious, or should just stop pretending that they’re interested in making transparency and fairness a part of our consumer lives

Happy Thanksgiving Canada

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Thanksgiving Canada 2010 - 2010 Canadian Thanks Giving

Observed by: Canada, United States

Type: National

Date: 2nd Monday in October (Canada), 4th Thursday in November (U.S.)

2009 date: October 12, 2009 (Canada); November 26, 2009 (U.S.)

2010 date: October 11, 2010 (Canada); November 25, 2010 (U.S.)

Celebrations: Spending Time with Family, feasting, religious practice

Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been celebrated since 1957, on the second Monday of October. It is a chance to give thanks for good harvest and other fortunes in the past year for the people. People have a day off work on this day, though perhaps religious in origin, Thanksgiving is identified as a secular holiday now. Many stores and other organizations and businesses are also closed on this day.