Crunching the numbers of the 2018 Ontario Election

I have always been interested in numbers, and the numbers generated by elections in particular.¬†I have written about the numbers of the 2015 Canadian federal election (link), the 1984 Canadian federal election (link), and now the 2018 Ontario election. I have already written briefly about 2018 Ontario election, where I used the Globe and Mail’s coverage of it as evidence that the Globe and Mail is a left-leaning rag (link).

Spoiler: Votes matter. The difference between a majority and a minority status for the Progressive Conservatives was only 19,000 votes. The Liberals missed official party status by 81 votes. Continue reading Crunching the numbers of the 2018 Ontario Election

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Trudeau and #MeToo

The story of Justin Trudeau’s ‘handling’ of a female reporter eighteen years ago fascinates me. Not the events of eighteen years ago, but rather how it is unfolding, and how it will end. We’re in the middle of it right now, which gives me the opportunity to foolhardily offer predictions of the future. Continue reading Trudeau and #MeToo

The Globe and Mail isn’t happy . . .

. . . that Doug Ford will be the next Premier of Ontario.

For years I have had the impression that the Globe and Mail leans to the left. If challenged I couldn’t have supported that position. Until now. Last Saturday (June 9 2018) I was reading the Globe and Mail at the local library, and was struck by the unrelenting anti-Ford bias in its pages. So much so that I spent $5.25 at the local pharmacy to purchase Saturday’s edition. No price is too much to pay for the raw material for a blog article!

Continue reading The Globe and Mail isn’t happy . . .

Reproductive Rights . . .

. . . have been on my mind recently:

  • The Liberal Party weirdly insists that applicants for Canada Summer Jobs grants must attest that they support reproductive rights (link).
  • I happened to be downtown on the second Thursday of this month and saw the annual pro-life march.

Digression: The protest march was all that I thought it should be; thousands of people, diverse crowd, focused on one issue. Not like the Islamophobia protest that I attended a couple of months ago (Rally Against Islamophobia).

And since I know nothing about reproductive rights, I thought that I should look into it. Continue reading Reproductive Rights . . .

The Gender Pay Gap . . .

. . . is another example of the Woman as Victim narrative that so incensed me about the #MeToo movement (link).

My recent post on Jordan Peterson (link) linked to a video (link) where he agreed that there was a pay gap between men and women, but it was the result of individual choices and not because of systemic discrimination. There was also a recent study about the pay differences between male and female Uber drivers (link: Thanks Gerry!) that found a 7% difference but concluded that it was based on differences in men’s and women’s behaviour. On the other hand, the recent issue of Macleans (link) decried the fact that women earn 26% less than men and urged that Something Be Done! Continue reading The Gender Pay Gap . . .

Economics . . .

. . . has always intrigued me even though I took a devastatingly dull senior-level Economics course in university which almost killed all my intellectual curiosity about the subject. But time has passed and the scars have mostly healed, and so when someone recommended the book Popular Economics by John Tamny , I thought it might be worthwhile to give it another shot. I really enjoyed it! Here is a link to a good review. It resonated with me because its key message aligned with my view of the world, that governments produces little of value and any money that they collect would have had a more beneficial effect on society if it had been left in the hands of the people that actually earned it. Continue reading Economics . . .