Election Link-Off: What You Need to Know for #elxn42

It’s Election Day in Canada. That doesn’t have as good a ring as Hockey Day in Canada but there’s probably a reason why they don’t have elections in Canada on Saturdays. Between kids playing at the local rink and families watching on TV, hockey might get in the way of democracy. Today, though, it’s all about finding the next Prime Minister in one of the most hotly contested and bitter campaigns in Canadian history.

Before you vote, we have some last minute links to help you if you need it.

If you want to see how your views stack up against the rest of the parties, try Vote Compass. It took me like ten or fifteen minutes and gave me a pretty clear top and bottom ranking (the other two tied, actually). (Vote Compass)

Or if you’d rather get a crash course in where everyone stands, MacLean’s has a summary of the major issues and policies. You may want to read that Taxes primer because one party has a middle-class tax cut and it isn’t the blue guys. (MacLean’s)

And just in case you need some info on where to go or what to bring to the polls today. Elections Canada has you covered. (Elections.ca)

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Sunday Link-Off: Harper Strikes Back

jessica-pare-esquire14-02It’s the beginning of another week which means that it’s time for us to give you another set of links. I’d like to think of the start of this post as Canada-centric while it finishes a more nationally agnostic. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be something for everyone in here.

But let’s start off with something Canadian. Since Mad Men is back on Sunday, here’s Jessica Pare.

The Fair Elections Act is going to cripple democracy in Canada but most Canadians aren’t arsed about the impending death of their democracy. Why are they so apathetic? (CBC News)

In news that should surprise no one, an upcoming UN report will suggest that Russia did everything in its power to make sure the secession of Crimea happened as they planned. (Foreign Policy)

A retiring SEC lawyer used his farewell speech to denounce the commission’s soft stance on traders who caused the recent financial crisis. I don’t think he’ll find many people off of Wall Street who will disagree. (Bloomberg)

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Have Attack Ads Outlived Their Welcome?

harper-vs-trudeauA funny little poll came out late last week. It was the first national poll conducted after the Liberals selected Justin Trudeau as their new party leader. Oddly enough, the results of the poll showed that the Liberal Party holds a seven point lead over the governing Conservatives.

While there are plenty of explanations that one could attribute to the reason for the swing in polling numbers, my theory is that it comes down to the Conservative response to Trudeau’s election. Rather than promote themselves, the Conservatives have gone back to the well with attack ads about Trudeau’s inexperience and past statements. Could this mean that their old attack ad strategy might not be working anymore?

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The Humanoids: New and Improved Flavour

With the return of summer, I figured that July was a good time for the return of The Humanoids column. I’ve been trying to figure out what’s been missing from the blog and I’m selfishly thinking that my rants are part of it. Well, I’ve decided to revive The Humanoids with a new format. The format is more question-based than topic-based so I can go on a few more tangents than I used to. Will this new format actually get some traction? The only way to find out is to hit the jump. Continue reading

Lowdown Radio #50: March 30, 2010

It’s finally arrived. Tonight was the event two-and-a-half years in the making: The 50th episode of The Lowdown on radio. Tonight’s episode started with Steve’s failed plug for the presenting sponsor of the episode. The show really kicked off with a return to the wild world of politics with Tuesday Night Raw is CPAC. On this edition of Raw is CPAC, Stephen Harper calls out Barack Obama and you’ll never believe what happens next. It Came From YouTube was next with a boxing/heavy metal mashup. After the break is entertainment featuring Jackie’s single of the week and a look at the latest celebrity lawsuits. That’s followed up with the debut of Steve’s third album. Jackie immediately follows that with a special edition of The Worst of Music. The show wraps up with the boys kicking off their Road Trip To End Highway Profanity which goes well for everybody but Steve. As always with our April Fools’ episodes, it’s another instant classic. And, as an added bonus, these downloads are the “too controversial for radio” versions of the show. Yes, about two minutes had to be cut from our original submission to satisfy the censors.

Click here to download the 10 MB podcast version.
Click here to download the 26 MB high-quality version.

On the Extra, the show starts with a little reminiscing about all the bad luck that’s befallen Steve. After Raw is CPAC, the boys talk about the Hart/McMahon match at WrestleMania XXVI. After the break, a new artist wins Steve’s WoM award for the week. More of Steve’s new album is revealed. In total, there’s 20 minutes more Lowdown action on this week’s edition of Lowdown Extra. As usual, that comes to you uncut and uncensored.

Click here to download The Lowdown Extra.

Note: This episode contains satirical humour and irrevert comedy. Some listeners may be unintentionally offended.

Wednesday Link-Off: The Deal Breaker

kate-beckinsale-esquire-4Here’s this week’s sexiest woman alive Kate Beckinsale.

 The Phoenix Coyotes may be bankrupt but the news isn’t all bad for the NHL. They have the highest proportion of visitors making over $75,000 of any of the big four sports leagues. (Wall Street Journal)

How did Rio de Janeiro win the 2016 Olympics? The Governor of Tokyo says that political deal brokering earned them the votes they needed. (Around the Rings)

The Erin Andrews peephole videographer was arrested over the weekend. The FBI got a tip from TMZ that the man had tried to sell them the video. They’ve been sitting on that information since January and Deadspin’s A.J. Daulerio has been doing some sluthing. (Part 1, Part 2)

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