All else aside, using s. 33 after a court ruling on an election law within a year of an election is not something a confident government does.
We can debate the substance of the issue -- and should -- but I don't doubt for a second that if it was to the electoral advantage of the Ford government to let the ruling stand, they would.
Ford has little respect for democratic norms and processes. He meddles when he wishes to meddle. He stacks the deck. He vilifies his opponents. He applies double standards.

His government is dangerous, two-faced, and, now, desperate.
Quick aside: the s.33 use will be bad news for Ontario Proud. So that's nice at least.

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9 Jun
Conservatives in Alberta and Ontario care so much about the constitution that they’re committed to abusing it for electoral advantage.
Again, take all the nonsense about respect for institutions and the rule of law and values and set it aside until you’ve done an analysis of power.

One of the reasons I often despise high-flying political rhetoric is that it’s typically a tool to mask power and to distract.
Reactionary backlash movements are picking up steam throughout the country as we open up new fronts on rights struggles and climate action. And as we win.

The backlash movements are serious. They’re dangerous. And they will need to be resisted and defeated.
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Ford's decision to use s. 33 flies in the face of the typical conservative position on free speech. The extension of the limit period from 6 months to 12 months is significant.

It's hard to imagine that he's doing this for any reason other than electoral advantage.
To adapt a line attributed to the second-best Marx: Ford has principles. If you don’t like them, he has others.
Thought experiment: If the Liberals or NDP did this provincially, while under attack during a pandemic, what would the Ford Tories say?
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And before anyone complains that this is erasing, there is a long history of heads of pikes. So this is more history! That's what folks want, right?
Famous heads on pikes include: John the Baptist, Thomas More, Thomas Cromwell, and Oliver Cromwell.
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7 Jun
As Ryerson is toppled, I make the case for more of the same: Tear down that statue!…
This may be the first time I've been allowed an exclamation mark in a headline.

This may be the first time I've wanted to use one.
I also think we ought to grapple with the question of Canada's legitimacy as a state in a serious way -- and what that implies. I go into that in this bit here.
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6 Jun
I’ve been thinking about tectonic shifts lately.

Sometimes things don’t change.

Sometimes things change dramatically & quickly after years of intransigence.

Sometimes you sense something is coming. Then all of a sudden it arrives and you wonder how it was ever otherwise.
To those not paying attention, these changes seem to come from nowhere. But they come from somewhere.

Behind those shifts is the work of folks who put their labour and resources and even their lives on the line. Often generations of marginalized folks doing that work.
I suspect we’re in the midst of, or at least heading towards, a time of big tectonic shifts. The way many of us are thinking & talking about, & responding to, work to secure rights recognition and justice for Indigenous peoples, 2SLGBTQ+ communities, Palestinians is significant.
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6 Jun
Not for nothing, but any honest reading of the New Testament suggests Jesus Christ would be utterly ashamed of the Catholic Church.
I haven’t been a Christian for a long time — just over a decade now. But when I was I read theology and church history deeply. And it was plain to me even then that the institutional behaviour of the Catholic Church is routinely divorced from the teachings of Christ.
And this isn’t some “we are all imperfect and fall short of the glory of god” stuff. This is institutional abuse, crime, and (cardinal) sin. Repeated. Structural. Hidden. Excused. Rationalized.
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