From the looks of things on Twitter and Facebook, it seems like many, many (many!) people in Toronto are trying to figure out how the Toronto election results ended up being what they were last night.
As I proved in my own Twitter stream last night, I'm no political expert. Far from it. I know I have lots to learn in this field. That said, as a total political layperson, the thing that struck me most about the results--and reaction to it--was how divided Toronto seemed to be. I was also struck by how much anger there was--whether it was anger directed at the "gravy train" concept or anger directed at "those who are angered by the "gravy train" concept." From an emotional (and again, totally *not* politically savvy) standpoint, it was this divisiveness that I found most disconcerting. Also, the 50% voter turnout, which I'm told is high for a municipal election. Glad it improved from 30-40%, but still a sad statistic overall.
So today, I'm trying to learn from the following:
ArtsVote's assessment's of the arts-friendly councillors who were elected.
David Meslin's presentation on how we live in a world that actively discourages civic engagement (thanks to Torontoist for the link):
Naheed Nenshi's presentation on how Calgary got to the verge of becoming a different kind of divided city:
Gerald Hannon's Toronto Life profile (October 2010 issue) on Rob Ford and his appeal and Shawn Micallef's report for Eye Weekly on his visit to a Ford Fest
So that's where I'm starting. If there's any links you've found helpful while dealing with the election results or Toronto political situation, feel free to post.
(Image of Toronto wards from the CBC)
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Posted by Leah Sandals at 4:37 PM