By Sabrina Nanji Democracy Reporter Thu., Aug. 23, 2018 If you want to see democracy in action, just follow the yellow, blue and orange road. The path is paved with unsanctioned street art, guerrilla gardens and illegal maple syrup tree taps. At least that’s the lay of the land in Toronto’s Regal Heights neighbourhood at St. Clair Avenue West and Oakwood Avenue, where residents have a penchant for operating on the fringes of city bylaw-dom. Dave Meslin is the man behind the curtain. These days, the citizen-in-chief spends most of his time tucked away in a corner at Stella’s Lunch Box café working on his second book on civic engagement in Toronto, due out in the spring. “It’s all these concrete ways that we can transform a culture of disengagement into a culture of participation,” he said. “Two things I’ve learned is that you can make a difference, but it’s really hard. What I’m focusing on these … [Read more...] about DIY Democracy: Grassroots guerrilla makes change a community affair
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By Julien Gignac Staff Reporter Mon., June 4, 2018 Transgender voters are speaking out after receiving registration cards bearing their former names, saying the need to clear up name changes in person could put others in an unfair and potentially unsafe position. Cecilio Escobar, a transgender documentary filmmaker who legally changed his name in 2016, said it was “infuriating” to receive an incorrect voter card early last week after he had put in work to update his other forms of identification, including his Ontario-issued drivers’ licence and health card. “Everything says ‘Cecilio Escobar,’” he said, referring to his IDs. “It’s like everything we do is in vain. It’s super infuriating.” Escobar, who has not yet cast his ballot, said he fears other trans or non-binary voters may not know they are able to vote, or will worry about having to out themselves in front of droves of people. Eligible … [Read more...] about ‘It’s super infuriating’: Trans voters react to receiving registration cards with their former names
By Susan Delacourt Star Columnist Thu., May 17, 2018 The most formidable foe for Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne in the current election isn’t a person or a party. It’s time — specifically the “time for a change” sentiment surging through the public-opinion polls. Three out of every four Ontarians believe it’s time for a change and more than half of them say they strongly feel that way, according to the latest findings from the Innovative Research Group. Even people who think the Liberals are the best option at the ballot box on June 7 are feeling the need for change, says the poll, which puts their numbers around 21 per cent. Change has more support right now than either the Liberals, the Conservatives or the New Democrats. Greg Lyle, who heads up Innovative Research, describes the desire for change as “intense” in Ontario — and Lyle has some familiarity with that opinion when it hits long-serving … [Read more...] about When it’s ‘time for a change,’ can anything change that?
It’s not every day that a country of over 51 million people goes online virtually overnight. But that’s been the case in Myanmar, which until recently had one of the world’s lowest internet penetration rates but is now largely plugged into the digital age. And as many will attest, Facebook is the internet in Myanmar. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Yet Facebook is also fanning the flames of communal conflict, violence perpetrated by state security forces and others that United Nations officials say qualifies as “crimes against humanity”, “ethnic cleansing” and potentially even “genocide” against the nation’s Muslim Rohingya minority. Marzuki Darusman, chair of the United Nations’ Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, recently said that Facebook has played a “determining role” in a humanitarian crisis that has seen over 600,000 Rohingya flee across … [Read more...] about Is Facebook contributing to genocide in Myanmar?
Electric cars are cheaper to own over the long term than gas-powered vehicles. But consumers aren’t always guided by cost when they buy a vehicle. Thus far, the EV value proposition hasn’t created a big market for the new technology. Compared to just a decade ago, we have a lot more choices when it comes to buying an electric car. Short-range EVs such as the Nissan Leaf and the BMW i3 have been around for years, and long-range, mass-market EVs like the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model S have started to arrive. Electric vehicles continue to make up a tiny percentage of global sales – only about 1% – but more are on the way, so presumably that datapoint will improve over time. Unfortunately, much of the analysis around EVs’ potential tends to lump all EVs together, ignoring some of the obvious dynamics of the auto market. On average, running a vehicle on electricity is over 50% more cost-effective that … [Read more...] about Everyone is making the same big mistake about electric cars