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General NHL News & Views / Re: 2021-2022 NHL Thread
« on: Yesterday at 06:48:51 PM »

Plot twist - it’s Barzal. ;D

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Federal Election 2019
« on: Yesterday at 04:33:16 PM »
If you lump Conservatives and PPC together, you get about 39% of the vote. The liberal-leaning group more-or-less gets the rest. Still a fairly even split, surprisingly to me.

That’s been the rough split for a long time now. We are, as a whole, a left-leaning moderate nation.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Federal Election 2019
« on: Yesterday at 12:21:51 PM »
So we heard coming in that the PPC was going to split the conservative vote. Now that it's all said in done, do we think it really effected the outcome?

In a significant way, probably not. Maybe it winds up costing them a few seats but that's always impossible to tell.

I wonder if they had more of a psychological impact than they did at the actual ballot box. Did their more prominent presence impact the CPC platform on some level? Did the appearance of a divide on the right motivate some voters on the left or push some right-leaning moderates to the Liberals? Also very difficult/impossible to really tell.

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Former Leafs: Ex-Files / Re: Minor Ex-Leaf News
« on: Yesterday at 12:17:14 PM »

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Federal Election 2019
« on: Yesterday at 11:26:11 AM »
It's definitely got some upsides but it would be hard to get away from the optics problem of the Liberals pushing for an electoral system that would probably help them the most.

That, and I have a hard time envisioning much, if any, support from the NDP or the BQ, as they'd both come out on the short-end in a ranked ballot system. I don't see the CPC supporting it, either, though I suspect they might gain some benefit from it.

Electoral reform, while a worthwhile endeavour, is just such a political landmine. It's no surprise that it hasn't received much by way of serious consideration by a sitting parliament.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Federal Election 2019
« on: Yesterday at 08:29:56 AM »

CBC calling a Liberal Minority. Looks like the CPC may eke out another plurality in the popular vote although after the mail-in votes are counted that may disappear.

I said it after last election, I'll say it now. I don't see a substantial change coming in Canadian politics until there's actual shifts in the parties and what they're selling and not just cosmetic changes in who's trying to sell it.

I think the only way we see change is when we get rid of first past the post and move to a form of Proportional Representation.  The NDP got more than twice the popular vote of the BQ and yet ended up with 5 less seats and the disparity is even more pronounced between the Libs and the PC

A lot of the disparities are regionally driven, which makes proportional representation problematic, as well. Provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan vote so heavily Conservative that it skews the popular vote. Considering the vast difference between regions in the country, I think, at the very least, we'd need to have a system that takes that into account. A ranked ballot system would probably most fairly represent the political leanings of the country, but it comes with its own problems.

I suspect, though, in a PR system, we'd see fairly different voting patterns, and, ultimately, end up with a parliament similar to what we have now.


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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2021-22 Toronto Maple Leafs General Discussion
« on: September 20, 2021, 11:01:18 AM »
William Villenueve showing a case in point about why defensemen shouldn’t be evaluated solely on points produced.

Just poorly defended, all around. Yikes. Good thing it's only a rookie tournament.

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Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: 2021-22 Toronto Maple Leafs General Discussion
« on: September 17, 2021, 07:02:13 PM »

Interesting

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: September 17, 2021, 11:24:42 AM »
https://covid19tracker.ca/provincevac.html?p=ON

Unless I’m looking at the wrong source, it’s says 75% 1 dose and 69% fully vaccinated for Ontario.

Also says 67.4% 1 does and 60.5% fully for Alberta. I think you'd looking at eligible numbers for Alberta but overall numbers for Ontario.

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Do they have any top tier goalie prospects we can nab for a mediocre RFA goalie?

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Federal Election 2019
« on: September 15, 2021, 10:59:34 AM »
Why would anyone with real integrity want that when they can get more lucrative and similarly prestigious positions in the private sector?

That's something I really do wish people understood. When I was a civil servant just about everyone who was in a senior position who left government work for the private sector would get way more money wherever they went. It was sort of a running joke amongst the people who stuck around.

I certainly wouldn't say everyone in government is great or anything but the vast majority of the people I know still in those roles are genuinely there because they believe in the job.

Yeah, and that's on the bureaucratic side, where they get less public criticism aimed at them individually (unless they're near the top of the food chain). The civil servants definitely mostly believe in the job. The elected officials, on the other hand, I'm not so sure. I think those that really believed in the job would find ways to do the work that come with less unnecessary public scrutiny and partisan politics.

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General NHL News & Views / Re: European Game cancelled Due to Violence
« on: September 15, 2021, 10:51:46 AM »
Or, as the NHL calls it, playoff hockey. :-X

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Federal Election 2019
« on: September 15, 2021, 10:45:35 AM »
That's a sad truth.
I've been considering running for City Council for a few years now, but I really don't know if I'm ready for the punishment. It's impossible to do a "good job".

That's a growing issue with politics. Not only is it impossible to do a "good job," your failings are blasted to everyone, everywhere. Why would anyone with real integrity want that when they can get more lucrative and similarly prestigious positions in the private sector?

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: September 14, 2021, 01:52:33 PM »
No one ever accused the "Live Free" movement of being an intelligent group.

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Non-Hockey Chatter / Re: Coronavirus
« on: September 14, 2021, 10:17:54 AM »
Extremely well said. On top of that, if your source of research is going to be "reading facebook articles" you cannot discount the articles that smack your theories in the face. That's not even forming an opinion. That's searching for the answers that best suit your desired response.

Yup. While it still wouldn't be great, if people were reading articles from all sides of the debates, they'd at least be able to form a more balanced (though, still poorly informed) opinion. Most of the anti-vax crowd are basically living in an echo chamber.

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