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Subsequent to the October 27, 2014 Ontario municipal election, I wanted to offer my list of the good and bad of the Waterloo Region municipal election results, with a focus on my community of Waterloo.

The good:

– Dave Jaworsky, the candidate elected as Waterloo mayor really worked hard for the job, knocking on over 20,000 doors.

– Waterloo mayoral candidate Erika Traub had a strong second-place showing in her first-ever political campaign, with her own high level of commitment and care for the citizens of the community.

– That being a regional weatherman for over 40 years shouldn’t automatically make you the top candidate or get you elected, especially by refusing most interviews and not campaigning much during the summer, which ultimately resulted in a third place finish.

– The candidate who ran for Waterloo councillor because he was “bored” came in last place.

– The former Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo who suddenly declared for Waterloo regional councilor just before the deadline and didn’t get to or choose to participate in any media and voter vetting exercises besides a Rogers debate didn’t get elected.

– The number one challenger to Ken Seiling for Regional Chair, Jay Aissa, didn’t get elected after discrediting the anti-LRT (light rail transit) movement with his various antics, such as his failed court challenge with a shell organization consisting only of himself, unauthorized emails from anti-LRT petition signers to regional councillors, obnoxious robocalls, misleading flyers, a false debt projection claim, a legal threat for some Facebook posts and allegations of sign interference.

The bad:

– The return of both incumbent Waterloo regional councillors, Sean Strickland and Jane Mitchell.

– In 2010, Sean Strickland had said a 9% tax increase proposal was too high for light rail transit, only to support a 12.9% tax increase after the election.

– Prior to the 2010 election, Jane Mitchell had said she was against raising property taxes to pay for the light rail transit plan at the time, only to also support a 12.9% tax increase after the election.

– Not a single anti-LRT candidate elected, but understandable given some of the points mentioned above in the good section.

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Appearing on the May 27, 2012 episode of The Progressive Radio News Hour with Stephen Lendman, guest John Kozy declared (at 30:09):

When Hillary Clinton said that she thought that America was still a force for good in the world, I almost puked. I mean, it was never been a force for good in the world.

I know how easy it is to be down on America, especially from within its [k]ozy confines, but to say that it has never been a force for good in the world is something that even self-avowed communist, Slavoj Zizek, wouldn’t agree with, when he said “[c]apitalism is the most productive social order in the history of humanity,” with America being the lead promoter of capitalism since WWII, as opposed to free enterprise, which it was initially built upon and what brought it real prosperity as opposed to the illusory prosperity that will soon become evident as this decade unfolds.

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