August 02, 2018

Doug Ford's plan to streamline Toronto City Council is… “racist”?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

(Ezra Levant is on his way back from England, where he reported on Tommy Robinson's successful appeal, so David Menzies is guest hosting...)

In light of the Doug Ford Progressive Conservatives cutting the size of Toronto City Council by almost half, the outcry from soon-to-be-unemployed career politicians and their useful idiots in the media came fast and curious.

But when I initially addressed the council-cutting issue in this space a few days ago, I joked that at least Ford wasn’t being labelled a racist by this move — because when it come to things the loony left doesn’t like, the race card is their trump card.

Then yesterday, the Toronto Star ran a column entitled:

“Ford’s attack on Toronto is an attack on urban diversity.”

This wondrous piece of fish-wrap is penned by Mariana Valverde, who is, of course, a professor at the University of Toronto, specializing in urban governance and law.

One particular excerpt stands out regarding the protest that took place at City Hall last Friday by the usual suspects.

“One impressive speaker was Ausma Malik, who in a streetcar would be just another Torontonian but who would stand out on council because she wears a hijab. Several Black Torontonians with experience addressing violence and poverty are also running for council, such as Walid Khogali, also spoke.”

Surely this is not the same Ausma Malik who was involved in the rigging of a student council election when she attended the University of Toronto? And who spearheaded a fund-raising drive for the families of the Toronto 18 terrorists?

And if the name of the second individual Velverde mentions rings a bell, Walid Khogali, that’s because he’s one of the founders of that racist collection of agitators known as Black Lives Matter Toronto.

In the final analysis, hopefully the progressives will come to understand that the vast majority of normal people are currently suffering from Outrage Fatigue, meaning that the left’s constant accusations of racism is now becoming so much ambient noise that people are simply tuning out.

Because at the end of the day, if everything is racist, then nothing is racist...

NEXT: One fan of Ford's plan is Toronto City Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, who joins me tonight to explain why. 

THEN: The always erudite Ian Lee, Associate Professor at the Sprott School of Business, comes on to discuss the Liberals' shaky carbon tax policy.

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commented 2018-08-06 02:15:57 -0400
See Andrew… I knew you would get it I knew you would finally understand and that CO2 was only plant food… We’ve had modern plans for ever and our plant stretch way back to the beginning of history and everything in between but I’m so glad to see that you finally understand that CO2 is absorbed by plants and gives back oxygen which helps cool the planet and add moisture to the atmosphere
commented 2018-08-04 13:29:26 -0400
“flatwater.. flatearth commented 15 hours ago
See Andrew… Once again you have it right when you were stating that CO2 is plant food… Studies have proven that the CO2 in the atmosphere has been as high as 7000 ppm in the past on the planet was greener a whole lot greener than it is now… "

Modern plants wouldn’t be able to handle 7000ppm for long periods of time- their photosynthetic enzymes are optimized for lower levels after half a billion years of evolution since that was last seen. It would certainly be interesting to see all the trees die and be replaced by ferns that still use the more primitive fixation cycles. Rubisco, the primary fixation enzyme operates efficiently down to about 100ppm.

Incidentally, greenhouses can temporarily raise their internal carbon dioxide to that sort of range, useful for pest control since it rapidly kills any animal life exposed to it – it’s not an inert gas and is used for pH regulation (carbonate/bicarbonate buffer system), high levels kill you via respiratory acidosis. Humans find much above about 700ppm uncomfortable, the sense of “stuffiness” is mild air hunger due to that very effect.

“Good for you Andrew I’m glad to see that the older you get the more mature you get and you understand that there are two sides to the story … :

Yes, and both of those “sides” say that it’s imprudent to dump industrial byproducts and hope that there are no consequences. I don’t mind paying carbon taxes, especially if the revenue goes to cutting my income tax, which puts more money into my pocket.
commented 2018-08-03 22:38:37 -0400
See Andrew… Once again you have it right when you were stating that CO2 is plant food… Studies have proven that the CO2 in the atmosphere has been as high as 7000 ppm in the past on the planet was greener a whole lot greener than it is now… But I’m glad you’re starting to see through the haze and you’re coming around to understand that the leftist spin you have been practising is now as you understand it just that spin… Good for you Andrew I’m glad to see that the older you get the more mature you get and you understand that there are two sides to the story … One side they want to lie to you to control every aspect of your life and the other side of the story is liberty and freedom where you control your own life.. Man has always florist better when his throat has never had the press of the heel into it where he couldn’t breathe and less he reached into his pocket to pay a handful of Sheckels to the man standing on his throat . There is an example of a carbon tax enforced .!! Well done Andrew… There may just be a human being under that liberal exterior that’s just dying to be loved and accepted again.
commented 2018-08-03 15:14:06 -0400
- The problem for locking yourself in a hive mind & banning all opposing views from you presence is that you lose your connection with reality but never know it because everyone you surround yourself with think exactly the way you do. Enter the far left. Everyone else is racist except them because they all preform the same virtue signaling to the same far left volcano goddess. So everyone that isn’t them is racist, sexist, etc.

- There are two types of councilors – the ones who see themselves as public servants & are happy with a smaller, more functional council & the ones who see themselves as career politicians who are trying to build a bunch of bureaucratic empires. Good for Giorgio Mammoliti for siding with the people on this.

- Liberal policies were based on Hillary Clinton winning the US election in 2016. When she lot it was kept because 1) They thought the deep state could get rid of President Trump & 2) They don’t really know what they’re doing.

- Great job as always Menzies.
commented 2018-08-03 13:40:26 -0400
Don’t you dare cut my job, ‘cause if you do, then you’re a racist. That’s the stupidest sentiment yet.
commented 2018-08-03 11:28:11 -0400
Bruce Atchison commented 14 hours ago
Regarding Professor Ian Lee and carbon dioxide, any school child knows that it’s plant food. They need CO2 as part of photosynthesis. Pumping that life-giving gas underground is suicidal. Imagine how much greener the planet would be if people emitted MORE carbon dioxide. But the lunitic and reprobate left want us to live with poorer crop yields because they imagine a warmer planet will be the death of us. Study the middle ages in Europe and you’ll see how a colder world caused more starvation and death. "
A schoolchild’s understanding is, needless to say, quite superficial, so it’s not surprising you’d allude to them before making a very superficial argument.

Carbon is generally not the limiting factor in plant growth. Usually it’s fixed nitrogen, or phosphorus, sometimes water. You basically need a carefully controlled greenhouse where everything else is already available in excess to see a carbon fertilization effect. Most plants evolved optimized for ice age carbon levels, which were much lower than today and climate change can cause imbalances in the ecosystems – so sequestration won’t hurt anything.

Until the mid-20th century, the world was cooling, and food production increased throughout. It’s still increasing, except in regions where climate change (esp. desertification) has ruined farmland.
commented 2018-08-03 03:18:40 -0400
What a shock they played the race card. In other words they have no true argument.
commented 2018-08-03 02:35:15 -0400
Let the leftist heads bubble and pop.!!!!
commented 2018-08-03 02:34:04 -0400
And please consider expanding your horizons to the federal arena as a place to throw your hat in.!
commented 2018-08-03 02:33:19 -0400
Doug Ford… stay the course and be strong… you were elected by the majority and always remember that… Not just a majority but a landslide majority. What you are doing is why you were elected. Do not fold to the anti-patriots and remember they are the minority you were elected by the majority… Carry-on Mr. Ford..!!
commented 2018-08-03 01:50:58 -0400
As for calls already to push Doug Ford for PM, that may be a tad premature… But we sure as hell can’t eventually survive as a nation under the “leadership” of the Boy Blunder or his opponent The Smiling Chipmunk…
commented 2018-08-03 00:59:50 -0400
The bottom line is – Doug Ford first of all being elected, then following up on his promises, is driving Ontario into it’s own form of Trump Derangement Syndrome, at least in Toronto… And the really good part is that this is resounding in the Boy Blunder’s Ottawa as well… They are having a royal “oh poop” moment each and every day now… Thanks Doug, from Canadians from coast to coast…
commented 2018-08-03 00:01:31 -0400
Good opening Menzies, you are a fine guest host indeed. Glad Ford is holding his ground, and that the liberal gov has backed off….a bit. Now the rest of the provinces need to take it all the way. Carbon dioxide is not the problem. Climate Barbie is. Raping tax payers will not help climate change, or the economy. The rest of the world except for a few small loser UN brainwashed countries in Europe, are laughing. The big emitters know its a joke. A good thing too, plants need carbon dioxide to live. Man can’t stop the cycles of the earth from changing. As omnipotent as our government thinks it is, their efforts will slow nothing but the economy. Good interview with Ian Lee.

Thumbs up to Giorgio Mammoliti, sounds like he is a Giuliani fan by what he is proposing. Sounds like positive steps. And David thank you for revealing the true identities of two of the speakers at the city Hall protest last Friday.
Political Islam and Black lives matter proponents, both representing extremist views, both using the same method to win people over to the lie. Victimhood peddlers.
commented 2018-08-02 23:38:27 -0400
I hear Jagmeet Singh is squealing and squawking like a crazed magpie about Ford’s plan to cut the size of Toronto’s city council.
Please, somebody refresh my memory. When was the last time Mr. Singh tossed his name in on a by-election or a general election?
Hint: it’s been a while…
commented 2018-08-02 22:59:17 -0400
One can only hope that Doug Ford will become PM of Canada before Canada reaches the point of no return.
commented 2018-08-02 21:19:08 -0400
Fun Boy 3 got it wrong, it’s the leftist loons who are running the asylum. They’re wearing out our patience with their irrationality.
commented 2018-08-02 21:18:48 -0400
Great show David.

Oh boy, the Minister of AirMiles is beyond confused at the moment…. “but, but, I’m the climate crusader, I’ve told everyone how important my plan is to saving the world…now what?!” I see a cabinet shuffle coming up!!
commented 2018-08-02 21:15:58 -0400
Regarding Professor Ian Lee and carbon dioxide, any school child knows that it’s plant food. They need CO2 as part of photosynthesis. Pumping that life-giving gas underground is suicidal. Imagine how much greener the planet would be if people emitted MORE carbon dioxide. But the lunitic and reprobate left want us to live with poorer crop yields because they imagine a warmer planet will be the death of us. Study the middle ages in Europe and you’ll see how a colder world caused more starvation and death.
commented 2018-08-02 20:55:37 -0400
Climate Barbie wrong? Say it ain’t so, whatever shall we do.
commented 2018-08-02 20:51:59 -0400
Thanks, David! Great show and good job!
commented 2018-08-02 20:49:36 -0400
David, asking the Liberals “to come clean” is like putting lipstick on a pig.
commented 2018-08-02 20:46:25 -0400
Tommy Robinson appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight.
commented 2018-08-02 20:23:47 -0400
The left will never suffer from outrage fatigue.