Evaluating Olivia Chow’s First 100 Days
The conclusion of my series at The Local following the crucial first months of Olivia Chow’s mayoralty! What has she gotten done? What’s still on the to-do list? Read the full thing.
P. S. Thanks to WordPress’s integration with ActivityPub, this post will also appear at the account
@firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you reply to it with your fediverse account (Mastodon, etc.), it will show up as a comment! Neat, eh?
A New Approach to Homelessness on the TTC?
Last week I took a field trip to Scarborough Civic Centre for new chair Jamaal Myers’ first TTC board meeting! As winter approaches, the TTC proposes a new approach to homeless people on the TTC, but it sounds an awful lot like just pushing people out of sight. Read on for details.
A Return to Pre-Budget Consultations
In my latest for The Local, I interview budget chief Shelley Carroll about what the 2024 budget will be like. Spoiler: the David Miller years are back, baby.
Olivia Chow’s Financial Plan Takes Form
Last week, Olivia Chow’s brand-new Executive Committee unanimously recommended new revenue tools to stave off financial catastrophe. But can she get it past City Council—and what happens if she doesn’t? Read my latest for The Local.
A Leftward Tilt for the City’s Committees
Last week, Mayor Olivia Chow revamped City Council committees with her own slate of progressives, dramatically shifting the balance of power. Plus, the by-election churn continues in the wake of Scarborough councillor Gary Crawford’s resignation. Read my latest column at The Local. (And check out the nice interactive data visualization they made for me, too!)
What Can Olivia Chow Do About Climate Change?
My latest column for The Local is out! I discuss how climate change is pushing Toronto weather to extremes, Council’s patchy track record on going low-carbon, and the large and small things Olivia Chow can do to change that. Plus, the literal train wreck in Scarborough and two special upcoming meetings at City Hall.
Rejoice, Winamp users, the CBC MP3 streams are back! Many thanks to commenter AJNorth for finding a list of still-working MP3 URLs, and GitHub user canuckken for providing the Wikipedia page with radio station call letters.
Once more, here’s the playlists with all the stream URLs on Codeberg, and see the original blog post for more details.
Another update on the CBC radio stream URLs: as various people have kindly let me know,
the MP3 links are down, probably for good. The M3U8 links still work, and most modern apps and devices should be able to handle them. However, I’m afraid legacy users are out of luck. Update, July 30: the MP3 links are back!
I’ve also moved the repo to Codeberg; however, the changes should be automatically mirrored on Github.
For more details, see the main blog post.
Tracking Olivia Chow’s First 100 Days as Toronto Mayor
In Olivia Chow, Toronto has its first progressive mayor in 12 years. How will she tackle the city’s many critical issues? Will City Council’s power balance shift? My new column for The Local tracks Chow’s first 100 days. In the first installment, I look at how the mayor—and organizers on the ground—addressed the asylum seeker crisis that unfolded at 129 Peter St. Plus, a few key items from this week’s Council meeting.
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In a previous blog post, I recommended some Mastodon servers for people moving to the Fediverse. Since then, the great migration of November 2022 happened, and an awful lot of those servers turned out to be horrifically ill-equipped for the increase in users. I don’t mean in terms of technical infrastructure, but governance and moderation.
So instead, I’m going to talk about what to look for in a server, rather than recommending any particular ones. Continue reading How to Choose a Mastodon/Fediverse Server