Monday, 19 September 2011

Dianne Douglas gets the Mississauga News' endorsement

I promised I would link to Dianne Douglas' website if she had one. She does now! Its a good thing, because she got the Mississauga News endorsement. Kudos to any candidate without name recognition to come out of nowhere, get an endorsement and be considered a "contender" without seemingly spending a lot of money on the campaign. If she does not win today, I hope she's encouraged to seek office again. Vote Dianne Douglas - Ward 5: Voting Day – Monday, September 19, 2011

Mississauga Blog: Who's up for a spelling lesson?

I'm glad I'm not the only one concerned about typos in this town.
Mississauga Blog: Who's up for a spelling lesson?
Who is responsible for Ms. Crombie's copy-editing and why aren't they using a spell-checker?

Friday, 2 September 2011

Bad Ideas for Ward 5

I complained in a previous post that there were few good ideas proposed in the candidate speeches during the Rogers 10 candidates forum.
There were a few bad ideas floated. The three stars of the game:
Steve Bator wants to put more cops on bikes in Malton. I like community policing, but I'm not sure bikes make a lot of sense in Malton in February.

**Jamie Dookin promises to fund five university scholarships instead of spending money on campaign signs. IMHO, not a great campaign strategy and also not a very effective or efficient public policy (if the recipients qualify for financial aid anyway from the province, will this simply replace that aid?).

* Sandeep Patara will work for free, donating his salary back into the community. A noble gimmick, but I would be worried if working for free will cause him to work at one of his restaurants (or as a software developer?) more often than at City Hall. How do you fire someone who works for free?

Honourable Omission + Mention
I do give Cecil Young credit for not bringing up some of the ideas he advances on his website, like replacing taxes with a "government services fee" that looks like taxes, sounds like taxes, but is somehow different... However, he did promise to limit himself to three terms in office, which sounds noble, except that he's 55 years old and really, all he is doing is promising to work until he reaches retirement age and can draw his pension.

As an aside: I wonder why so few candidates do not have websites! How can one vote for a candidate who does not have a website? Jamie Dookin can still give away scholarships with a free site from!

Thursday, 1 September 2011 PCs reduced to slimmest of majority in Ontario PCs reduced to slimmest of majority in Ontario: Two new polls this week released by Forum Research and Angus-Reid show the Progressive Conservatives on the decline... still projects a substantial win for the Liberals in Mississauga-Brampton South.