It’s funny how much your perspective on an election can be affected by the polls. In #elxn42, what started as a battle between the NDP and CPC with the governing blues on top has seen Harper’s boys drop to an uncomfortable third. Does this mean they’re done? No. We’re some six or seven weeks out from the election. Anything can happen. Putting too much stock in early polls doesn’t do anyone any good.
Anyway, if it’s Wednesday, it must be time for us to do the links. Let’s change things up and kick things off with Rachel Mortenson.
Sun Media ace David Akin went to town on the ethical track record of Prime Minister Harper and the governing Conservative Party. (National Observer)
I think it’s too early to call it a two-way race but the Liberals have vaulted the Conservatives for 2nd in the polls. (CTV News)
How do you ruin a Conservative election campaign? By catching the candidate peeing in someone’s coffee cup. I’m serious. It happened. (CBC News)
I think that I’ve mentioned it before but there are three linkdumps a year that are exceptionally difficult to do: The one following July 4th, the one of the two following Christmas because you can only run so many year-in-review links and this one following US Thanksgiving. We do have some links for you but not as many as usual.
However, to make up for the relative lack of links, here’s the return of an old favourite. It’s American model Rachel Mortenson.
With the recent protests in Ferguson and support protests in Toronto, we shouldn’t be settling for “we’re not as bad as them” as a positive for Canadian society. (Toronto Life)
It’s not just 18-year-olds or Ferguson that has to deal with police racism. A 12-year-old in Cleveland was shot for having an airsoft gun and the police are trying to justify it. (Gawker)
And I’m not the only person who thinks there a shift in the discourse about sexual assault. It looks like the Ghomeshi story has started making investigating sexual assaults a big deal. (MacLean’s)
It’s a slightly shortened version of the links today. For some reason, I just couldn’t find much in the way of interesting stories to link. That’s just the risk you run with regular linkdumps. Some days are better than others.
Anyway, let’s get the links going. Here’s returning favourite Rachel Mortenson.
A Toronto judge says there’s a video of Rob Ford inhaling from a glass pipe. Reporters at City Hall asked Mayor Ford what was in the pipe. Jesus Christ! What do you think he was inhaling? (The Globe and Mail)
Russia is answering American sanctions against prominent Russians with sanctions against America’s political elite. (New York Times)
It wasn’t just international relations hurt by Ed Snowden’s NSA revelations. A number of US tech companies were hurt financially by news that the NSA was accessing their data. (Times of India)
It’s the end of another week… or is it the beginning of a new one. That’s the problem with North America and Europe disagreeing on whether Sunday or Monday starts a week. Anyway, it’s Sunday which means that it’s time for the links. Let’s start with Rachel Mortenson.
Funny story, after the Lisi fella was arrested, a co-worker asked if I actually thought the Rob Ford crack video existed. He thought it was all fake. Well, the Toronto Police Chief says he was wrong. (Toronto Star)
And Mayor Ford also called into a news talk radio show under a pseudonym to defend himself. Smart move. (Boing Boing)
Meanwhile, in federal government, Prime Minister Harper isn’t responsible for anything going wrong in Parliament… Unless he is to blame. (National Post)