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Anatomy of an Election – What Happens in the Back Rooms – and Trolls

Anatomy of an Election – What Happens in the Back Rooms – and Trolls

Elections are won or lost in the back rooms. In 1985, I chaired Mel Lastman’s re-election campaign. Thirty years ago! I was only ten years old. Wow! I was a novice back then but oh did I learn fast. Federal, provincial, municipal – it isn’t much different today. The game is the same – it is only the players who change.

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AM YISROEL CHAI –  THE NATION OF ISRAEL LIVES!

AM YISROEL CHAI –  THE NATION OF ISRAEL LIVES!

Given the events of this past week, I am going to take a pass on a blog about the mayoralty race.  I was going to talk more about Chow and her comments in the Hong Kong newspapers looking for non-resident landlords’ proxies and/or votes as well as her support for CUPE, and their support of her.  As CUPE takes its usual place front and centre in the anti-Israel movement remember that Chow wants to be …

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The Mayoralty Race…….. and The Rebbe

The Mayoralty Race…….. and The Rebbe

Why can’t women refer to their male friends as boyfriends in the same way we call our female friends girlfriends?  Well, I can – and despite the goofy looks or chuckles that come my way when I talk about my “boyfriends” and our 7:00 a.m. breakfasts at United every Saturday, I shall continue on about the fun we have. This morning the conversation was about Chow and Ford and the Mayoralty race.  “Chow is going …

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The Mayor’s Race – Rob Ford, John Tory, Karen Stintz….. and Chow

The Mayor’s Race – Rob Ford, John Tory, Karen Stintz….. and Chow

The municipal election is scheduled for October 27 – four months away.  Enough time to think, to research, to ask questions, to make a decision, to change your mind, whatever.  For me, the story is just beginning. So many of you have asked me “how come I won’t ever knock Rob Ford”? The answer is simple. TIFF. In 2012, a group of us involved in the Jewish community found out that TIFF, whose festival runs …

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The Provincial Election – What a shocker!

The Provincial Election – What a shocker!

First – disclosure time.  I was a volunteer for Conservative Michael Ceci in Willowdale.  He is an absolutely terrific young man with an even more terrific team.  He is smart, articulate, and being Italian can never hurt.  And I have to give kudos to Michael’s mother Nancy who not only ran the campaign office, the volunteers, the telephone lists but was a gracious and fun “boss”.  Michael will be a political winner one day soon. …

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Politics:  Municipal, Provincial, Federal – Let the Games Begin!

Politics:  Municipal, Provincial, Federal – Let the Games Begin!

First, let’s talk about the mayoralty race. Plenty to say about Rob Ford. But what do you think about Chow who is now supported by the Sheik?

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The Starr Affair – the finale!

The Starr Affair – the finale!

December, 1988. NCJW gets a call from a reporter wanting to set up a meeting to talk about our successful non-profit housing project. Great!

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The Starr Affair! Where do I begin? – Part 1

The Starr Affair!  Where do I begin? – Part 1

Twenty-five years ago, there were almost no community centres, schools, synagogues and churches that were accessible to adults and children with physical disabilities, including those with hearing impairments. There was also no affordable housing that addressed their needs.

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The OLG – You’ll never believe this! And of course, some politics as well…

The  OLG – You’ll never believe this!  And of course, some politics as well…

The other day I was shopping and decided to buy a lottery ticket on my way out of the store. I’ve never bought a ticket there before and just had an urge.

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Great Politicians – Yes, they do exist!

Great Politicians – Yes, they do exist!

Twenty-five years ago, there were almost no community centres, schools, synagogues and churches that were accessible to adults and children with physical disabilities, including those with hearing impairments. There was also no affordable housing that addressed their needs.

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