Today in Unbelievably Stupid Things the Drug Fraud Regime Hath Gone and Done:Drug Fraud wants to upload the responsibility for the TTC to the province. I
n theory, I actually think this is a good idea—the city doesn't have the resources or political will to run it. If you flash back a few years, the previous provincial government had a fully funded plan for a massive expansion to the transit system, and all it took was Drug Fraud's late drug-addled little bro to derail it (ha ha) on his first day as mayor, ushering in a carnival of errors in which an entirely sensible LRT extension because a promise of "subways subways subways" became the single most expensive subway stop in the world. One. Stop. Which hasn't even been built yet.
The problem with the province taking this shitshow over is that the Tories have not yet met a situation they can't bungle, and what is our premier's plan?
You guessed it.
"We're going to build, build build," [the older, unfortunately alive Ford] said, "subways, subways, subways."
It should be obvious that the Tory (both provincial and municipal) plan re: public transit is to change the plan, talk a lot of shit, and then don't build it. If they procrastinate enough, there will never be any new transit (the extension to Scarborough was supposed to happen in 2014!) and poor people continue to get screwed and the suburbs continue to be car-dependent, and therefore Tory voters, and also climate change continues, terraforming the Earth for eventual takeover by lizard aliens. At least, I can think of no other reason for this rank stupidity.Don't think a single day passes without something equally criminally ridiculous happening in education.
Check out the Goatfucker's latest exchange with NDP MPP, and today's hero, Faisal Hassan:
If you can't read it, the gist of it is that Mr. Hassan called out Lisa Thompson for defunding important community programs for youth and asked her "When will this government stop balancing its budget on the backs of our young people?"
(Mr. Hassan is being incredibly generous here, in suggesting that the Tories are in any way balancing the budget.)
The Goatfucker word-vomits some bollocks about the importance of job skills, life skills, and technology, in the course of which, she says:
"McDonald's Canada, for the first time, today is accepting applications from students via Snapchat."
There are a few demos coming up and I was racking my brain trying to come up with something to put on a sign, and I think it may end up just being this quote.As the person who shared this put it
: "Education Minister Lisa Thompson says the Ford government's investments in e-learning are preparing students for the skills they need to apply to McDonald's."
(Except not really, because Snapchat is a phone app and they just banned cellphones in schools.)
Ladies, gentlemen, and those outside and beyond the gender binary: I give you our government of job creators.But I'll end on two positive notes:
1. Brad Blair, the OPP officer fired for whistleblowing on, among other things, Drug Fraud's pimped-out Methmobile, just slapped him with a $5 million defamation suit.
Mr. Blair, you are a cop, stop making me like you. Srsly though, that is awesome.
2. There was a really depressing story out of Saskatchewan about the government cutting funding and closing a First Nations alternative school. It served only 40 kids, and many of its graduates credit the school with reconnecting them to their culture and saving their lives. It was a model of the difference small alternative schools can make.
Oh, did I say "was"? I mean is
. Because people fought back and not only got funding restored but made the Education Minister apologize.
This is a lesson that we in Ontario need to learn. It is not enough to feel victimized. It's not enough to wax nostalgic about the Days of Action, which was 20 years ago. It is not enough to talk about booting the government out next election.
We need to fight now, and we need to win now. They did it in Saskatchewan and we can do it here too.