Thursday, August 1, 2019

Ontario Line, "Kicking Ford", Parkdale NDP Fiasco & more -- June and July on The Left Chapter in review

June and July saw 67 posts of various kinds on The Left Chapter.

These included new installments in our always popular vintage photography posts like Visiting the Soviet Far East Port City of Nakhodka, 1976 and Soviet Saratov 1972 -- 16 Vintage Photographs. There were, in addition to the ones on the top six list, political posts like Janice MacKinnon's new role in Alberta says a lot about the NDP's legacy of "fiscal responsibility". None of it good. and Gone. A very short reflection on death and realism. There were also historical posts like What's Left? -- A CBC look at the NDP and the Waffle in 1969,  Riding the rails of the Soviet Union in 1984 - A look at the railway system of the USSR and Second World War Hero Cities of the USSR w. photos and text Part I and Part II. 

Our meme Seriously was shared hundreds of times:

Our number one post on this list had more hits than any other so far this year and was, unfortunately -- as an update at the end of it notes -- seemingly proven correct in its prediction that Ford's TTC Ontario Line would turn into another always changing disaster that may never get built.

Thanks very much to all our readers and contributors.

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Without any further ado, here are the top six posts, in terms of hits, from June and July.

1) Of course Ford has not revealed plans for the TTC "Ontario Line". It will never be built.

News came today that the Doug Ford government in Ontario "is refusing to say whether it has finalized initial plans for its most important transit project, three weeks after a self-imposed deadline for completing the work has passed."

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2) We need to keep "kicking" the Ford government now that it is down despite what OPSEU President says

In an almost unbelievable press release today Ontario Public Service Employees Union President Warren Thomas said the union would "stand down" from picketing Ford Fest this weekend.

Read more!

3) What happened at the Parkdale NDP's nomination meeting? and The total fiasco of the Parkdale NDP nomination meeting deepens -- Update

by Myles Hoenig

Alabama of the 50s and 60s has migrated to Toronto.  The ghost of South Africa has a consulate here. Israel’s apartheid government must be jealous over how well Toronto’s NDP runs its elections. So what the hell happened?

Read more!

4) The optics of the Parkdale NDP's federal nomination meeting are not good

Something clearly went very wrong at the Parkdale NDP's federal nomination meeting on Sunday the optics of which are not good at all. While it seems that an overwhelmingly white room of NDP members easily breezed through the registration process to get to vote, members and supporters of one candidate, Saron Gebresellassi -- many of whom were from racialized communities -- appeared to encounter serious obstacles from those in charge of the meeting.

Read more!

5) Saron Gebresellassi and her organizers on the Parkdale - High Park nomination disgrace

Saron Gebresellassi and her organizers went public on video at City Hall in Toronto today to discuss the obvious issues around the Parkdale-High Park federal nomination meeting last week.

Read more and watch the video!

6) PYM Responds to Cancellation of Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship Celebration in Toronto Due to Zionist Pressure

Statement of the Palestinian Youth Movement

The Palestinian Youth Movement was dismayed to receive word that Trinity St.-Paul’s United Church in Toronto caved to a smear and harassment campaign initiated by a Zionist organization and opted to cancel the upcoming celebration of the PYM’s annual Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship on July 13th, 2019. The purpose of the scholarship is twofold: on the one hand, we seek to provide a much-needed space for our youth to receive support for their creative artistry affirming, through various means, the collective power and resilience of the Palestinian people. We also aim to uphold the legacy of Ghassan Kanafani, one of Palestine’s greatest writers who tirelessly demonstrated how the power of the written word can be the most potent weapon of all in securing the liberation of a colonized people.

Read more!

Our top food related post was: BBQed Pork Chops with Dijon and Dill Sauce

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See also: Mock Guillotines, NDP Hypocrisy, Scheer Insanity & more -- April and May on The Left Chapter in review

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