By Francine Kopun City Hall Reporter Sat., Dec. 1, 2018 Jennifer McKelvie is a scientist with a PhD, but the new Scarborough councillor thinks it’s her unquantifiable people skills that will help resolve issues like transit that have been frustrating residents in her riding for too long. “They are tired of the debate and they want to see shovels in the ground and see something getting built,” said the incoming representative for Ward 25 (Scarborough Rouge-Park), one of four new faces on council, which is scheduled to meet for the first time on Tuesday. McKelvie won her riding by 154 votes over Neethan Shan, making her one of only two councillors who managed to topple an incumbent in the Oct. 22 municipal election. (The other was Mike Colle, a former longtime MPP, who won Ward 8 Eglinton-Lawrence over incumbent Christin Carmichael Greb.) Born in East York, McKelvie grew up on the border of North York and Scarborough, on the North York side of … [Read more...] about Jennifer McKelvie takes the scientific approach to municipal politics
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KUALA LUMPUR: MIC may be wiped out in history if it does not make the right changes now, its president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said. Speaking at the MIC manifesto launch today, he said that the party has worked hard to make amends with the community especially through its Jalinan Rakyat programme. "We are faced with huge challenges these days and if we don't make changes then we may be forgotten in history by changing times. "So to ensure that this is corrected MIC has done a few programmes like the Jalinan Rakyat programme nationwide by Wanita MIC and reached to almost 85% of the Indian community," he said. Subramaniam claimed to have an average of 65% of the Indian voters' support, which he boasted to be the "highest support assured for Barisan Nasional". Outlining the manifesto, he said the party would work towards establishing a Cooperatives Bank dedicated to the Indian community to provide financial aid for entrepreneurs and develop their businesses. Subramaniam added that … [Read more...] about MIC must make right changes or be wiped out: President
BOTH the Barisan National (BN) and Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifestos are bright with promises, but will the delivery of these attractive promises be fulfilled? While most Malaysians welcome these large and varied goodies that have been liberally promised, there is considerable doubt as to whether these political promises, are realistic, feasible and finance-able by the national budgets? Budget proposals are announced in Parliament and are backed by legislation. But manifestos are publicised politically, without legal backing and can and indeed be forgotten as in the past – once the elections are over. People have short memories and many political leaders take advantage of this. Scrapping the GST and road tolls are attractive proposals that can win votes for the opposition PH. Similarly, the proposed significant increases in BR1M, the big raise in the salaries and allowances of the over 1.6 million civil servants and pensioners, can win huge voter support. Burning question But the … [Read more...] about Manifestos are bright, but will the delivery be right?
By John Lorinc SPECIAL TO THE STAR Sun., March 18, 2018 One evening this month, about 40 people gathered in the temporary St. Lawrence North Market tent to participate in a very contemporary exercise in local democracy that focused on the earliest chapter of Upper Canada’s local democracy. Their task: cajole the historical narratives out of the so-called First Parliament site, an unprepossessing piece of downtown real estate that has had a front-row seat for every chapter of the city’s meandering story. In a briskly paced presentation, Dima Cook, a heritage conservation planner with EVOQ Architecture, ran through the wildly disparate succession of increasingly urbanized uses of a block bounded by Berkeley, Front and Parliament Sts. Indigenous settlements gave way to Upper Canada’s first parliament buildings, then a Dickensian mid-19th century jail, a sprawling brick gasworks and finally the mishmash of gas stations, car washes and parking lots that … [Read more...] about The remains of Ontario’s first parliament are buried and long forgotten in downtown Toronto. Now citizens are helping to tell its story
caption Google employees. source Flickr/haynes The European Union enacted a law in 2014 that says search engines like Google should remove results from a query if the individual or company named in the result request it. Google has since removed 901,656 of the 2.4 million URLs that individuals and companies have requested to be delisted. This is not something that US users have the option to do – nor are they likely to, since the First Amendment protects the free flow of information across the internet. Google has been forced to clean house ever since a 2014 ruling that says Europeans can request to be removed from search-engine results. Google has received 655,429 requests to delist a total of 2.4 million URLs, and granted the removal of almost half of those URLs (901,656), according to its latest transparency report. The remaining 1.2 million URLs will not be delisted. … [Read more...] about Millions of Europeans are asking Google to be ‘forgotten’ — here’s why Americans don’t have that same option