Blog Posts by Andy Radia

  • TVO host Steve Paikin and his son, Zach. (Facebook)Monday was an eventful day for the Paikin family.

    First, 22-year old Zach Paikin, son of TV Ontario host Steve Paikin, made headlines for announcing that he's dropping out of a Liberal nomination race because Justin Trudeau allegedly broke his promise about holding open nominations.

    [ Related: Trudeau ‘broke his promise, so I’m withdrawing my candidacy’ says Zach Paikin ]

    Later in the day it was Steve Paikin who was at the centre of a Twitter storm.

    Paikin's 'transgression' was a blog post he published on Sunday about having trouble finding female guests for his popular political panel talk show, The Agenda.

    Here's an excerpt from his blog:

    Why can't we get more female guests? I don't think it's the case that we're not trying hard enough.

    In that "Binders Full of Women" program we did [in 2012], we learned some of the reasons why it's so hard to find female guests. For example, if we're doing a debate on economics, 90% of economists are men. So already you're fishing in a lake where

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  • Ontario is financially much worse off than California: report

    Premier Kathleen Wynne has been accused of lying about the state of Ontario's finances. CP/Frank GunnCalifornia has become synonymous with financial dire straits.

    In recent years, when discussing the most indebted jurisdictions in the western world, some politicians included California in the same conversation as Greece and Spain.

    While that might have been a bit of a stretch, things were pretty gloomy.

    Well, surprisingly — or maybe not — a new study by the Fraser Institute suggests that Canada's most populous province is actually worse off than America's most populous state.

    The study, released on Tuesday, notes that by any measure, Ontario's debt level trumps California's.

    "To many in the United States and Canada, California represents the epitome of irresponsible government spending coupled with poor cash management," notes the study titled Comparing the Debt Burdens of Ontario and California.

    "In this context, discovering that Ontario’s financial position is far more precarious should serve as a wake-up call to Ontario policy makers and citizens alike."

    [ Related: Are Canadian

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  • A teenaged Zach Paikin meets Justin Trudeau.

    Since becoming leader, Justin Trudeau has has to face a flurry of attacks from the Conservative Party and the NDP — by most accounts, he's handled it well.

    Let's see how he deals with an attack from within his own party.

    On Monday, a young but high-profile Liberal nomination candidate announced that he's dropping out of the race because of Justin Trudeau going back on his word.

    22-year old Zach Paikin, son of TVO's Steve Paikin, announced his 'resignation' on Facebook.

    "Last week, Justin Trudeau broke a key promise to hold open nominations in every riding by blocking the candidacy of Christine Innes in downtown Toronto," Paikin, who was aiming to be a federal Liberal candidate in a Hamilton area riding, wrote.

    "I cannot, in good conscience, campaign to be a part of a team of candidates if others seeking to join that team are prevented from doing so if their ideas or ambitions run contrary to the party leader's interest. Therefore, after spending the weekend consulting with friends

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  • Crimea: What’s the next move for the international community, Russia?

    The international community is circling the wagons, so to speak, following the weekend referendum in Crimea which predictably resulted in a virtual consensus to secede from Ukraine.

    While legislators in Crimea and Russia — buoyed by a 97 per cent vote — move quickly to unite, Canada and its G7 brethren continue to denounce the action.

    "The so-called referendum held today was conducted with Crimea under illegal military occupation. Its results are a reflection of nothing more than Russian military control," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement on Sunday.

    "This 'referendum' is illegitimate, it has no legal effect, and we do not recognize its outcome. As a result of Russia's refusal to seek a path of de-escalation, we are working with our G7 partners and other allies to coordinate additional sanctions against those responsible.

    "Any solution to this crisis must respect the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine as well as the constitution of Ukraine.

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  • Canadians outside of Quebec fed-up with sovereignty talk

    "Why can't the rest of Canada have a referendum to vote Quebec out?"

    While that's unlikely to ever happen, it's a question that has flooded my email inbox since the beginning of the election campaign in La Belle Province.

    It's a theme we're seeing more and more in the Yahoo Canada comments as well. Many decry the specter of a third sovereignty referendum and the $9.3 billion in equalization payments that they receive from the Canadian taxpayer.

    [ Related: An independent Quebec would be among the West's most indebted countries ]

    Pundits, analysts and bloggers are also writing about the rest of Canada's 'Quebec-fatigue.'

    Here's an excerpt from a recent Rex Murphy column for the National Post:

    Damien Penny, a blogger from Nova Scotia, Tweeted this week: “I went to Montreal for the ‘please don’t go’ rally in 1995. I will not be going again.”
    That’s where ‘separatism’ now stands in the other provinces. English Canada has exhausted its sympathies and energy for the topic. It’s no more
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  • Joke candidate Rob Ford wins student election at UBC

    Meet UBC's 'Rob Ford.' (Facebook/Harsev Oshan)

    The way things are going for the Toronto mayor, this may be the only time this year that we write these words: 'Rob Ford wins the election'.

    Harsev Oshan was a candidate to represent the Alma Mater Society in the UBC Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS). He won a spot earlier this week, beating out seven others.

    He did it, however, being Rob Ford.

    Oshan actually ran as Rob Ford — that's the name he submitted for the ballot. He set up a Facebook page and made campaign promises, according to the Ubyssey newspaper, which included abolishing tuition and providing free alcohol. He even warned students about his drunken stupors.

    Low and behold, the scheme worked. He earned 240 votes and is now one of five new AMS Reps.

    [ Related: Vandalized Quebec election posters showcased on new website ]

    As you might imagine, AUS officials at the university are not pleased.

    "It’s not fair that he pushed out more serious candidates," Courtney Lee, AUS elections coordinator, told the Ubyssey.

    On Thursday,

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  • NDP, Tory MPs outed for ties to separatist parties

    In the United States, they had the Salem Witch trials in the 1600's — a series of court hearings against women accused of practicing witchcraft. In the 1950s, there was the hysteria over McCarthyism and the outing of that nation's communists.

    In this country – at least in the media — we seem to enjoy outing those who have flirted with the sovereignty movement in Quebec.

    In recent years, there has been much ado about NDP ties to the separatist parties.

    MP — and former interim leader — Nycole Turmel was a member of the separatist Bloc Quebecois for five years and quit only weeks before announcing she would run for the NDP in 2011.

    Meanwhile, MP Alexandre Boulerice was a campaigner and donor for the separatist provincial party known as Quebec Solidaire.

    “I talked to Mr. Alexandre [Boulerice], he supported the referendum. In '95 he was a member of the [separatist] Quebec Solidaire," former Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe told Yahoo Canada News in an interview last year.

    "Just prior

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  • Wednesday marked the end of Canada's 12-year mission in Afghanistan.

    As explained by the National Post, since 2001, Canada contributed over 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces and millions of dollars in order fight the insurgency and rebuild that country following the U.S.-led response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    Our nation also paid the ultimate price, losing 158 soldiers and four civilians.

    Over the past week, journalists and pundits have done an excellent job analyzing our efforts and outcomes — here, here and here. Some believe that Canada deserves credit for bringing peace, for rebuilding the country's infrastructure and for facilitating the education of thousands of girls. Others, however, suggest that the country's problems continue and that advancements cannot be sustained.

    [ Related: Toxic stew' of militants lurk in Afghanistan as NATO heads home ]

    The Canadian public — or at least a large sample size — have now had the chance to weigh-in with their opinions.

    Pollster Angus Reid

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  • Vandalized Quebec election posters showcased on new website

    If the Quebec election campaign isn't entertaining enough for you — the purveyors of a new website have invented a new 'game' to spice things up.

    Trash Ta Pancarte asks Quebecers to vandalize election signs, take pictures of said signs and then submit them to their Facebook page.

    To date, the site includes images of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's mug atop the head and shoulders of a PQ candidate, a Krusty the Clown picture on top of PQ cabinet minister Jean-François Lisée's face and some noodles coming out of the head of Liberal leader Philippe Couillard.


    It's unclear what the group's message is or what exactly they're trying to accomplish. The organizers didn't reply to email requests from Yahoo Canada News.

    On their website, however, they decry the state of democracy and suggest that an election won't bring any real change.

    [ Related: PQ candidate steps down over anti-Islam Facebook post ]

    We don't encourage vandalism but you can check out their Facebook page here.

    Photo from Trash Ta

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  • PQ candidate steps down over anti-Islam Facebook post

    Welcome to election campaigns in the era of social media.

    It looks like the Journal de Montreal is 'Facebook stalking' all the candidates running in the Quebec election.

    Earlier this week, they spotted a post by Parti Québécois candidate Jean Carrière. Carrière, who was running for Lafontaine, had posted an image of a half-naked woman with text that read "F#$% Islam."

    On Thursday, he took to Facebook again to announce that he was bowing out of the race. He also explained the reason for the picture: He wrote in French that there are two types of Islamists — moderates and radicals — and claimed that the post was intended to show his disgust of some practices that oppress women.

    The PQ has accepted his resignation.

    [ Related: Should Stephen Harper speak out against the PQ's fantasies? ]

    On a much lighter note, the French-language newspaper also uncovered some Facebook pictures of a Coalition Avenir Québec candidate Steven Fleurent baring his butt.

    Fleurent, 21, will however stay in the

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