Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Movie Review – The Unknown Known

Donald Rumsfeld is a master or rhetorical flourish, as the title of this new Errol Morris documentary, The Unknown Known alludes to. Talking point sleight of hand like “Unknown Unknown,” and “The absence of evidence isn’t the evidence of absence,” was one of the reasons that Rumsfeld was, at once, both one of the most beloved and most hated senior advisors during the perilous first years of the War on Terror. Naturally, the man himself is staggeringly more complex than this simple caricature implies, and Morris has decided to put the spotlight him, albeit rather uncomfortably, in his latest film.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guelph is Awarded as Even More Bike-Friendly

Here's some news that should make many in Guelph happy, and many others furious. Yesterday, the city touted the fact it had received a silver Bicycle Friendly Community Award during the sixth annual Ontario Bike Summit. Many find the city's dedication to reserving space on the road for the exclusive use of bikes irksome, but as someone who sees the ugly side of Guelph drivers daily I'm glad someone is working to make sure there's room on the road for all of us. It's also nice that the city got an award for it because hey, who doesn't like getting awards?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chinks in the Armour? Conservative In-Fighting Makes Headlines

Frankly, it shouldn't be this surprising that a large group of people can differ in their political opinions, but this is the Conservative Party of Canada, and for the last 10 years they've been a nearly homogeneous force that speaks across Canada with one voice. That's why a pair of events lately have highlighted why a Conservative dynasty continuing through 2015 and beyond may be difficult to achieve, and may speak to larger divisions brewing under the surface of the Party's united front. We're seeing a fracturing on the right becoming increasing apparent in the United States, but will Canada's right-wing soon be following suit?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Busy News Day in Review

Our 24/7 news cycle sometimes makes it seem like more is going on than what really is, but yesterday was one of those news days where it seemed like everything was happening at once. In case you missed anything, I decided to put together this helpful recap of the day's events because the news of the day on April 10, 2014 was breaking over itself to get broken....

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Have Breakfast with GrassRoots Guelph

It's looks like GrassRoots Guelph is going to kick off the elction year using a traditional form of direct appeal: food. The group will be hosting its first major event at the Guelph Golf and Curling Club on Wednesday with it's "Breakfast Blast-off" which will include bacon, eggs and political discussion with Candice Malcolm of the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Info concerning the event is outline from a GRG press release below:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kovach Calls it After 23 Years on Council

In a move that really surprises no one, Ward 4 city councillor Gloria Kovach has decided that she will retire from city hall after seven terms and 23 years around the horseshoe. Kovach's decision means that the race in Ward 4 is wide open with neither of the current incumbents running for re-election. Kovach's Ward 4 counterpart Cam Guthrie is running for Mayor in the October 27 municipal election. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ice Storm Clean-Up Continues with Spring's Arrival

It's hard to believe, but yes, there's still a tremendous amount of clean-up to do following the ice storm this past December. The combination of the excessive damage, the holiday season and the persistent winter weather has kept work crews from finishing the job, but it seems that they're now back to it, clearing out the brush and repairing the infrastructure. Look around and there's still a lot of broken branches strewn about, that is if the tree themselves aren't completely uprooted. The snow hid a lot of the damage, but with the eagerness about spring weather, this is just a reminder that this past impactful winter is still impacting us.