The Ontario coroner is now investigating what happened. No matter what details may get changed a little, it is a tragedy.
There it is. A 2 year old child at Lakeridge Hospital has CODED and died on the floor on the hospital. A 2 YO CHILD DEAD ON THE FLOOR OF AN ONTARIO HOSPITAL. Watch this clip. It’s heartbreaking.— Christine Cooper 💪🙋♀️🦹♀️ (@coopSpeak) December 7, 2022
This is on Ford & Jones. https://t.co/lK3RKvn2Zo
Here are the stories I have been noticing lately:
Maybe with any luck they'll reinvent newspapers the same way streaming services accidentally reinvented cable— Mark Shatraw (@09mshatraw) December 6, 2022
Scrimshaw Unscripted: Evan Scrimshaw is talking about next Monday's federal byelection in Mississauga-Lakeshore:... I am aware of no public correspondenc by anyone with long knowledge of the Gallery who supports the board or the new staff leadership.Senator Patricia Bovey has some advice for Rodriguez. Bovey, a Trudeau appointee from Manitoba, is a former director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and a former board member of the NGC. So she knows board responsibilities, the work of a museum CEO, and the legislative process. She’s just sitting there in the East Block waiting for someone to ask for advice. What’s her advice for Rodriguez? The prompt creation of a search committee to look for a new permanent director of the NGC. Public announcement of that committee’s members, who should include people with superb records in art history and museology.Honestly at this point, the minister shouldn’t need to be told to do that. But Sen. Bovey has another tip: Rodriguez should meet, and publicly announce he has met, the seven former senior curators who wrote him to sound the alarm. Mostly so they’ll feel heard. Also because they are heroes of Canadian art. They include Diana Nemiroff, who co-curated the Gallery’s first major Indigenous survey exhibition 30 years ago and who literally wrote the book on women leaders of the Gallery. And Charlie Hill, who was the Gallery’s chief curator of Canadian art for 34 years and who marched for gay rights on Parliament Hill in 1971. Hill has spent his life seeking — and not shying away from — brave conversations. I remember when a minister of Canadian Heritage would have met a group like this in the first few days of a national controversy.
Routine Proceedings: Dale Smith is covering the arguments between the Auditor General and the CRA over whether Canadians have really been doing so much cheating with pandemic government support funds - The Auditor-General is not Infallible:...The Federal Liberals are defending their least-safe Mississauga seat, won by just over 6% in 2019. If the Tories are going to win the next election, they don’t have to win this seat, and anyone who claims that a theoretical Liberal win says very much about Poilievre’s appeal is full of shit, but they need to win some number of seats kind of close to this. It’s a suburban seat, obviously, and the kind of seat where the Tories have struggled in recent years because of the Global Fucking Realignment (start the drinking game now, I guess).My instinct is the Liberals will win it, but that it doesn’t matter. The Liberals are running Charles Sousa, Kathleen Wynne’s former Finance Minister and MPP for the seat, while the Conservatives are running a cop of seemingly limited notoriety. Byelections in recent years have been wonky......Poilievre has been nowhere recently and Lakeshore isn’t exactly fertile ground for Skippy’s brand of conservatism....A Conservative win is absolutely possible for two reasons – it’s the kind of seat that would be very close on provincial swing and byelection turnout effects are wild and can be extremely variable – but there’s nothing that makes me think that this potential result would be indicative of much....To be entirely consistent, however, a Liberal win is nothing to write home about and shouldn’t be taken to mean fuck all for 2025.
...My bigger problem is the fact that this disagreement is somehow scandalising because we have an unhealthy veneration of Officers of Parliament and the Auditor General most especially in this country. A virtual cult has been built around them, particularly by media, who love nothing more than watching the AG go to town on criticising the government of the day, no matter which stripe of government it is, and they will uncritically believe absolutely everything the AG says because they are independent, and therefore must be inherently credible. There are similar problems with this lack of critical engagement with the Parliamentary Budget Officer (and the current one has been a real problem around that, as he picks methodologies out of thin air), and again, his word is gospel. But they’re not infallible. The previous AG ballsed up the Senate audit really badly, and it was an absolute mess, but nobody wanted to talk about it because you can’t badmouth the Auditor General. It’s like a cardinal sin in this city. And departments should be allowed to have disagreements, because the AG isn’t going to get it right every time. That’s just a physical impossibility, and we should acknowledge that fact, but as we see, when it happens, it’s like heresy. People need to grow up, and media needs to be more critical of these Officers, because media is the only check they have.
Drezner's World: Daniel Drezner has an interesting article about Back to Old School Blogging:
CERB was a new program, rolled out in 3 weeks during #COVID19, by a workforce mainly working from home. It was imperfect policy, it had holes and flaws, and was completely necessary at the time. What I am not hearing from anyone else is what their alternative would have been.— Neil Before Zod™ (@WaytowichNeil) December 7, 2022
Phillips's Newsletter: Military analyst Phillips O'Brien now has a substack where he discusses the broader impact of Ukraine's attacks on Russian airfields - How one might judge the importance of a 'battle':... three things killed the old blogosphere good and dead. The first was money. Big-time bloggers were willing to “take the Boeing” and work for more established media outlets. The second was Twitter, which (compared to blog updates and comments) was a far superior focal point for finding quick links, reactions, and responses to those reactions. The third thing was the advent of the smartphone — not just because of the dopamine hit, but because the vertical shape of the screen made normal-sized paragraphs look like tedious blocks of unindented text. This further encouraged tweet-length ideas over anything longer.As it turns out, each of these trends has now been partially reversed. A lot of mainstream media outlets that had previously embraced blogs are now spurning them. I left the Washington Post because the Post didn’t want to renew my contract. WaPo’s more recent decisions suggest that this was part of a larger trend to focus on news and investigations at the expense of analysis or commentary. At the same time, the Substack phenomenon has enabled some to earn an income without the constraints of mainstream media editors.As for Twitter, well, there’s no need to recap what is happening there since Elon Musk took over...it ain’t good. The site has not completely crashed but it’s starting to get pretty buggy. An awful lot of the folks who made the site entertaining for me have taken their ball and gone to Mastodon or Post. I’m at those places too, but the proliferation of microblogging sites dilutes the focal point advantages of Twitter and makes old-style blogging a more viable enterprise.Finally, Substack’s subscription-based distribution has also conquered the phone problem. Folks read blogs as newsletter emails straight to their phone. I know it seems like a trivial difference, but if folks read emails on their phone they’ll rad Substack posts in the same way. That makes it more accessible to general readers.
Finally, here's some other commentary on the day:...it’s a calculation between the cost of forces deployed versus cost of forces destroyed. An engagement therefore is only of value if the losses inflicted on the other side are worth the cost to inflict those losses. If its not, it’s a real problem.That’s why the Bakhmut offensives for the Russians have struck me as very strange since June. There have been regular bloody attacks for months to seize a town/area of no strategic importance. Yet to take Bakhmut (so far unsuccessfully) the Russians have launched attacks for months and seem to have suffered significant losses. ...Another thing I am generally skeptical about is seeing something as a ‘political’ success. Yes politics matters, but the taking of a small town, or indeed the launching of some drones on Engels airfield, are unlikely to make a significant difference to the political calculation of the war. Only something that would affect the political willingness of the two sides to keep fighting—or (and this really is important) the political willingness of outside powers such as the USA or China to aid either side to keep fighting, really matters. That kind of major political success/failure in war is rare. Its important when it happens, but too often small events are described as politically important when they are not.Which brings me back to the attacks on the Russian airfields. Ultimately I think they are only important if they deprive Russia of the force needed to attack Ukraine (unlikely), if they divert Russian resources to now defend those airfields thus distorting the way the Russians fight in the future (maybe a small amount) or politically make a difference in how the Putin government prosecutes the war (doubtful)...
Alberta is rapidly becoming the laughingstock of Canada - keep Wexiting, guys:
Why can our press not understand such a clear answer? Again tonight, a panel who obviously just choose to hear what they want! Any misinformation spread by the Conservatives is just supported by the press and away we go! My favourite is that the Liberals aren't clear! Really!— Frizz46 (@Frizz461) December 9, 2022
“Raise my allowance or I’m moving out!” says unemployed sixth grader.— David Moscrop: Subscribe to my Substack. It’s fun! (@David_Moscrop) December 9, 2022
This comment is relevant too:
Another fun fact is Alberta makes next to no revenue from these world famous parks because they don’t charge any PST🤦♂️.— John Wright (Prosody) 🐌🌻 "on topic" replies only (@BadLibrarian) December 8, 2022
Years ago a guy came to a book talk I gave who was absolutely outraged when he found out that five permanent members of the UN security council could veto anything, and he asked me if our Supreme Court knew about it.— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) December 9, 2022
I assured him that they had been briefed. https://t.co/HAVTR1BW6P