"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
posted by Michael Fox at 2:22 PM
Why are you gonna screw up her campaign?
I thought you would be shilling for Miller by now?
Miller is busting the city budget in order to keep his NDP friends in the money, and those friends have nothing better to do with their time than work for Miller. Pitfield will definitely have an uphill battle, Miller can suck ratepayers dry to pay for his campaign workers.
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Miller has been a disappointment. He embodies the kind of arrogance and hypocrisy that liberals (or anyone else) do not need. I am little concerned about Pitfield's anti-panhandling ideas, but likely some acceptable compromise will get the panhandling under control without throwing them all in jail. It is not a huge issue to me.The "energy from waste" line on her site means incineration. She should be more clear about that. I am not convinced the clean incineration technology is mature and trouble free enough, but we should be piloting it to make it mature. We should be disposing of our garbage in our own yard.Related to panhandling of course is homelessness. There is a lot that could be done to reduce the costs of this and improve the outcomes, while maintaining human dignity for people in these situations. I was most annoyed at the well staffed "homeless industry" opposing and willfully sabotaging the homeless census.
"I am not convinced the clean incineration technology is mature and trouble free enough"It has certainly been mature and trouble-free in Europe for a number of decades now.
That should be mentioned on her site, then. Incineration is not a bad word. She should be more clear she supports at least looking at it, instead of the current tabooing of it. The debate can ensue, but I think disposing of garbage locally is a reasonable main requirement.
Hell no, I pity the city that votes Pitfield!
Pitfield is useless. I have contacted contacted her office many times(shes the councillor for my area) last year, even before she was running for mayor and not one person returned my call, even after 5 attempts. Great mayor she'll make. She'll be like Harper, locked up somewhere with no way to contact them. Give me anyone but Pitfield.
It should be noted that it was Jack Laytons fault that we have this trash problem in TO. Laytons great environmentally friendly idea was to ship it all out of the country.
Don't you wish Jane was mayor now??
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