A human rights complaint filed by Hamilton Board of Education Chair Todd White against NDP MPP Paul Miller, brings to three the total number of Human Rights complaints filed against Hamilton NDP members of the Ontario Legislature. Earlier the Bay Observer reported that two constituency workers in the office of Hamilton Mountain NDP MPP Monique Taylor had filed claims charging harassment, inappropriate conduct, and other allegations, including pressure to file a false claim of sexual harassment against a co-worker in order to provide grounds for her termination.
In Todd White’s application he…
Doug Ford’s arsenal of electoral weapons is enviable. The new Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader, absent a not impossible John Tory/Tim Hudak style self-inflicted ‘gun shot’ wound or a sudden wild card arousal of New Democrat fortunes, should awaken on the morning of June 7 filled with confidence and wearing the new ring eager lips will press as Ford assumes occupancy…
In a recent column in the Globe and Mail, Adam Radwanski decried the apparent death of centrist political parties in Ontario. He points out that the Kathleen Wynne Liberals have lurched so far to the left that they rival the NDP for big government policies. You can’t even use the phrase “tax and spend,” because the March budget only spends. If Doug Ford continues to scrap the more moderate platform of his predecessor Patrick Brown, Ontario voters will be caught between two extremes; in which case neither party will really speak to the majority of Ontarians, who one suspects, (and hopes) fall into the category of fiscally prudent but socially tolerant. Radwanski thinks it would be hard to “position as a centrist (who would be) easily accused of defending the status quo.”
So it appears, gone are the days of a benign Bill Davis striking the delicate balance between making sure the books are in order while dispensing some really forward-thinking initiatives—rapid expansion of post-secondary education and healthcare, building a first-class highway system and starting…
A council committee will soon be asked to take a look at the possibility of councillors participating in meetings by phone or other electronic means. The matter, which will be raised at the next meeting of the Governance Review Subcommittee, stems from recent changes made in the Ontario Municipal Act that allow municipal councils to make provision for electronic participation in meetings. One could envision electronic participation making sense in extreme circumstances, or perhaps in a far-flung northern jurisdiction where travel might be a barrier, but definitely not in Hamilton.
It is a good thing the councillors’ offices at 71 Main Street are closed to the public, because members of the public might be shocked to discover that on many days they are mostly deserted except on days when there is a meeting. Followers of the tweets of citizen journalists like Joey Coleman see his frequent references to meetings being delayed due to councillors wandering in late, apparently oblivious to citizens who have attended to make presentations to council or committees, who are kept waiting….
Canadians couldn’t help but feel pride when the international media went ga-ga over Justin Trudeau after his election in 2015. But recently the world media have turned on him. A Washington Post article that is getting reprinted as far away as New Zealand quotes pollster David Coletto saying “When you have foreign media like CNN and BBC making fun of our prime minister, that was jarring for some people and made people question whether he was the best person for the job.” The article questions whether the Canadian love affair with Trudeau is over. The Daily Mail published a lengthy photo essay that suggested, “even before Trudeau made a twit of himself in India, his critics had been warning against the global adulation he was generating. The ‘Selfie PM’ isn’t just a preening, smug show-off ‘more interested in perfecting his pout than his policies’, they said, he’s also a hypocrite who repeatedly reneges on pledges.” If Stephen Harper can survive the photo of himself in a cowboy hat and leather vest, then perhaps Trudeau…
Culture & Living
Winning the 2017 foreign language Oscar may still not be enough incentive for moviegoers to purchase tickets to view a Spanish-language film that takes place in Chile. “A Fantastic Woman,” admired by critics, and currently screening in select markets, might need a major publicity push to entice customers.
Citing visual distractions, people generally shun films with dubbed dialogue (voice not fitting the face), or having one eye on the scene while the other follows the sub titles. Viewers are therefore lulled into lazy viewing, side tracked by Hollywood’s money making action flicks (slam-bam, kapow bedlam) pushing aside the intelligent stimulation of “art” films.
Another obstacle could be the plot’s title character, a transgender woman played by an unknown (at least in North America) 28-year-old transgender Chilean actress who’s talent includes a successful singing career (lyrical mezzo-soprano).
As a 14-year-old, Daniela Vega’s life split in two, and she began her transition from a man to a woman. She made history becoming the first transgender presenter at the Oscars ceremony in February, a follow up to her best actress award at the Marseille Internation Film Festival. Exposure in this film could swing the international spotlight her way.
Sebastian Lelio, an Argentinian-born Chilean director who initially hired Vega as a “cultural advisor”, became intrigued by her potential in front of the camera, and cast her in his Oscar-winning movie. His instinct was flawless, allowing Vega to shine in a breakout role.
Besides being a step up in her cinema career, Vega says the film “talks about the limits of empathy and who…
The Genesis is a product of Hyundai’s luxury division and designs to be the next BMW, Mercedes or Audi. Grooming continues on the Genesis brand in the slow pursuit to be considered an equal to the German luxury leaders.
I test-drove the…