Some updates; CNOY Walk, Progressive Bloggers, Winnipeg LPC Convention

Briefly – a couple of updates.

THe Brantford Coldest Night of The Year Walk in Brantford went very well. Our team Red Warmth (Captained by Danielle Takacs, my good friend and past candidate for the Liberals in Brantford-Brant in 2015) was first in Brantford at the time of opening ceremonies for the walk. We raised over $5550. We were also #1 in Brantford for most donor recipients and Top 20 in most donors in Canada. So, the team did very well. Donations are still accepted until March 18, so if you still wish to donate, the link is here. Brantford fell a bit short of their overall $40,000 goal, so […]


Celebrating 10 years of Progressive Bloggers today

Today is a pretty neat day – I’ll be in Toronto gathering with some of our blogging afffiliates past and present to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Progressive Bloggers – the original blogging aggregator of progressive blogs in Canada. It was started up in June 2005 by Wayne Chu, aided by Dan Arnold (of CalgaryGrit fame) with some advice from me and others on forming something to show the then very active blogosphere there were more then just the Blogging Tories online. (The blogosphere back then was seemingly dominated by conservative blogs – I’d like to think we helped counter that a tad).

Wayne stepped away from his admin […]


The end (or pause) of a blogging giant

You may not have caught this from CalgaryGrit, aka Dan Arnold, so I’ll post a link to it and briefly mention that he is taking a hiatus from regular blogging which he has done for the past 10 years because of job commitments with the Liberal Party that makes it rather awkward for him to blog (blogging and working as a party insider don’t mix, unfortunately).

I wanted to mention here what I have mentioned elsewhere: there are a few things Dan doesn’t mention in his piece that I am going to mention because he deserves credit for both. He was one of the original co-founders of Progressive Bloggers back […]


Congrats to Nancy Leblanc, your OLP candidate for Parkdale-High Park

My long time blogging colleague will apparently be acclaimed in that riding on May 7th for the OLP, and like BigCityLib, I am very pleased to see and hear this.

I’ll repeat what I said elsewhere: despite the fact we sometimes disagree on things, we are friends, and I wish her nothing but the best of luck

Her campaign website can be found here


Another former blogger (David Graham) running for a Liberal nomination

It seems a fair number of bloggers, or former bloggers, are deciding to try going from their grass/netroots activism and translate that into trying to get elected to office to translate that activism into change at the political level.

This week, it is the turn of David Graham to announce he is running for the Liberal nomination in his home riding of Laurentides-Labelle. If you’re not familiar with David, he has been a long time blogger (incidentally, he is and has been a big supporter of expanded and improved rail service, if you go through his archive of blogposts. Very good reading).

He has been a Progressive Blogger and […]


Bloggers will be officially accredited at the Montreal LPC Biennial Convention

The official word has come from the LPC: bloggers will be accredited to the Convention, and they are inviting applications for accreditation. Since they’ve sent out a press release, and the form is publicly available on the convention web site, I don’t think they will mind me re-posting it below (also because anyone, not just Liberal supporting blogs, can apply.. but they of course reserve the right to decide who attends. That said, I hope some non-Liberal bloggers or non-partican bloggers are approved).

The next big question for bloggers (yours truly included) is whether the travel and accommodation costs are worth covering a non-leadership convention. This will be primarily a […]


Another Liberal blogging colleague takes the political plunge

It appears to be the week Liberal political bloggers have decided to make the jump from blogging into running for office. This time, it’s Nancy Leblanc, who has been a longtime Liberal blogger at Impolitical. She has announced her attempt to win the provincial nomination for the Ontario Liberals in Parkdale-High Park:

Early in her career, Nancy practiced in a downtown Toronto law firm, McMillan Binch, and then worked as an educator, teaching law at Osgoode Hall Law School, George Brown College, and University of Ontario Institute of Technology.Nancy currently employs her considerable policy, legal and governance experience providing research, strategic advice and recommendations for corporate governance and board-of-director reforms, […]


A little shout out to an old blogging colleague running for a Liberal nomination

A brief blogpost on this day to wish my old blogging colleague and fellow Liberal, Jason Cherniak, the best of luck as he runs for the Liberal nomination in Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill:

Mr. Cherniak has shown his leadership skills in a variety of ways, as vice-president communications for the Liberal Party of Canada’s Ontario division, past president of the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill and president of the Richmond Hill Federal Liberal Association. In addition, Mr. Cherniak serves on the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce government affairs committee and advocates for the preservation of the David Dunlap Observatory.

Not mentioned here is that Jason was the original founder of […]


Collecting on a bet and meeting some folks (hopefully)

Well, it’s a quiet weekend, so I’ll just mention in brief that Jim Calder and I have settled on a date for me to come collect on my winning the Tim Hudak resignation bet. I’ll be up in Toronto on Oct 19th.. and Jim and I have decided that if others would like to meet – those who blog/tweet/Facebook politics and/or who read us would be welcome to stop by where the establishment is and say hello to us – mainly aimed at those who are members of /read Progressive Bloggers (of which I’m the site admin and Jim is a long time moderator/organizer for our website when we do […]


Best tweet on the Blogging Tories ever..

Stephen Taylor probably won’t be happy. The Ottawa Citizen’s Glen Megregor, said this on Twitter this AM about his collective of Conservative bloggers:

“Have you seen Fringe cranks are responsible for most of the content.”

If you read back in the conversation thread, apparently some Conservative bloggers were claiming Justin Trudeau fabricated his 5K finish and didn’t really finish a stride behind General Leslie this past Sunday in the Army Run, which Glen kindly pointed out a photo showing they were wrong; he did finish behind General Leslie. (I’m not sure which Blogging Tory blogger(s) made these claim; I don’t make it a habit of visiting the Blogging Tories […]

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