Four In The Afternoon: Of Snakes And Serpents

1 THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING SNAKE Right now, when you vote for a political party, that party receives $2 per vote. It’s a good system that helps level the playing field between the parties. Conservative leader Stephen Harper, however, has promised to scrap the per-vote subsidy given to political parties if he wins a majority. This is bad. Because the Conservatives have the wealthiest supporters, this move would benefit them immensely and badly harm parties like the NDP and Greens. Harper is the former head of the National Citizen’s Coalition and in that role he fought election spending limits.

Canada’s richest people have the most ability to contribute to politicians. A person who fights election spending limits believes that the people who have the most money should have the most influence in our democracy. Bad.

2 TORONTO ALT-WEEKLY KICKED OUT OF CITY HALL BY OVER-SENSITIVE SNAKES Some people say prairie dog is mean. Pshaw. My friends, this is what mean looks like. Of course when you have a terrible, awful, no-good very bad mayor like Rob Ford, there’s an argument for mean.

3 YOUR RENT IS RISSSING, HISS LANDLORDS,  I got my 25% rent increase notice last week. My rent’s been really low for years, so I’ll be okay. Unlike the poor people living in this building. We need rent control; we also need a bunch of new apartments to cool off the market. This is ridiculous.

4 NEW YORK’S ANKLES BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF The Bronx Zoo cobra was apprehended yesterday afternoon. I’m told we’ll have an interview with her in our next issue.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

2 thoughts on “Four In The Afternoon: Of Snakes And Serpents”

  1. Rent “increase”?? I thought journalists now called that a “market correction”.

  2. Even under Gordon Campbell, even as the rental market has become just as unhinged as the real estate market, BC has long had some form of rent control tied to inflation (inflation+2, meaning 2011’s maximum rent increase is 2.3%). And of course, when a suite becomes vacant, the landlord is free to price as highly as he or she believes the market will bear. So, y’know, once you manage to actually secure a place to live (rental suite viewings out here are often anxiety-driven cattle calls where prospective tenants compete with each other to pay 75% of their income for a windowless basement suite a half-hour walk from transit), you can kind of rest easy that you’re not going to be forced out (unless, of course, the landlord sells the building to make way for supercondos, or decides to pull a renoviction, which is totally illegal, but tough to fight). This freewheeling rent increase business you’ve got in Saskatchewan is appalling and inhumane. It creates a new generation of working poor almost overnight. It hurts women and families disproportionally. It’s a recipe for social disaster. Good luck with that.

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