Thursday, 23 October 2014

Election night thoughts .....

Well, well.... I am doing a 1 am radio show tonight so took a 2 hour nap and woke up with a new mayor and city councilor ! I haven't read anything other than the results, so here are my raw, unfiltered opinions on the Mayor's race and in "Danny Mac"....

Congrats to everyone who ran in a campaign. It is a thankless part of the democratic process that we cherish. Take time to get caught up on your laundry, reunite with the family you've neglected and stay involved in your community !

Election sign house !


I had to rub my eyes a couple of times before believing the mayors results. Did Bowman really beat JWL by more than a 20% spread?! Wow. Didn't see that coming. 

That's not vote splitting or any other voting quirk. That's an old fashioned election night whooping. (Late addition: Note that adding JWL, RFO AND Steeves' votes together, she would have barely beaten Bowman.)

Either JWL's support had a nuclear meltdown in 48 hours, 20% of them forgot it was election day or, perhaps this is another case of iffy election polling results, that people sitting around at home with a land line telephone were of a demographic more likely to support Judy than one of the other candidates.

Good for Bowman in that scraping out a win by a couple of percentage points means you'll always have additional chirpers pointing out that you barely have a mandate. A 20%% (late addition: 23%) victory is a decisive margin and a sign that people want you to lead.

I voted for Bowman with a bit of an asterisk. He was pretty centrist, as was JWL for that matter, but made some lofty promises that he'll have to keep. Katz was once the businessman outsider who first won on a series of feel good promises, (eliminating business tax downtown, free transit for seniors, all traffic lights synchronized in 4 years), all of which he walked away from before the first term was even done. Will Bowman be a repeat ?

Kudos to Falcon Oullette. I actually stood and stared at my ballot for a full minute before voting for mayor. My heart was with him but I went with my head. I am certain that he mobilized many people to vote who have never participated before. Also, he overcame probably one of the worst campaign starts one could have to finish a decisive third.

I don't like to gloat over a losers campaign but Steeves not breaking the 10% mark is a good thing. Bad campaigns should be punished and he went from the man who could easily have been the winner to a single digit percentage finisher. 

He ran an uninspired, "no we can't" campaign. Framed differently, he could have turned the exact same platform into a positive one and ran with it, but it came off as chiding and negative. On two occasions, (the wife thing and when he fell to third in the polls), he cancelled public events and disappeared from media sight. Um, as mayor you have to face up to bad news and controversies, most of which are not of your own making. Turning and running is not an option in a top public service job.

Kudos to all the candidates. Each of them brought something unique to the table. Some very interesting choices.

Danny Mac

After the close race last time, 9300 votes cast with just 350 separating Smith, Gilroy and Bellamy, the same three squared off to a 1,000 vote spread with Gilroy winning by 500.

Good for her. She's smart, has worked as a constit assistant for Kevin Chief so has a pretty good idea of some of the retail political issues that a depressed area of town faces and did a term as school trustee.

Farewell to Harvey. You had a good run on council but timing has caught up with you. "Danny Mac" is not some sleepy suburb with a minimum number of problems, most of which will get looked after by default.

The ward includes some of the poorest census tracts in the country with high crime rates, gang involvement, poverty, housing and infrastructure issues. It needs a vibrant, creative, engaged, activist representative to get the "over and above" things that the ward needs done. Merely voting the right way and tossing in the odd gimmick isn't going to cut it. Honestly, I am still surprised that 3,200 people voted for Smith.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Radio Edition - Pledge-o-Rama Episode !

Update: Join me and guest Katie tonight on 101.5 UMFM Monday at midnight for three hours of … stuff !  It's part of the week-long special Pledge-o-Rama nightime programming !

There will be comedy by Bob Newhart, David Steinberg and Wayne and Shuster. Short stories from the Brothers Grimm, Guy de Maupassant and Ralph Connor. Also, a full episode of The Shadow, the 1930s radio drama starring a then unknown Orson Welles, that appeared in the opening lineup of the original CJUM / UMFM in 1975.

Music will include the Kubasonics, the CFL Sessions album, Red Alix, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Florence and the Machine, Viet Cong, fifth, Eagle and Hawk, the Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack, Tanya Tagak and lots more - because it’s three freaking hours long !

Billboard, January 27, 1979

 Winnipeg Free Press, September 16, 1998


Tonight on West End Dumplings - The Radio Edition, something a little different for Pledge-o-Rama !

UMFM has had two incarnations, from 1975 to 1980 and 1988 to present. My guests will be John Robertson (station manager 1975 -1976), Chris Epp (news director 1998 - 1999), Sara Stasiuk (program director 1998 - 1999), Jared McKetiak (current station manager) and hopefully a few pop-ins !

I will, of course, talk about Pledge-o-Rama, the great schwag that's on offer, and my Winnipeg Historic Hotels Pub Crawl. If you would like to donate to UMFM through the show you can do it by following this link or call in during the show - operators will be standing by ! No donation is too small !

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Historic Winnipeg Hotel Pub Crawl Oct 25th !


October 17 - 24, 2014 is UMFM's Pledge-o-Rama, when the station asks listeners for donations to help fund the station's operations and the numerous community events it sponsors. The goal this year is $28,000 which represents about 15% of its operating budget.

There's a lot of great UMFM schwag to be had, including CDs, t-shirts, travel mugs and hoodies. Be sure to check out the list here, and if you do pledge, please mention my show :)

The Pledge Masters ask show hosts to try to come up with something of their own to sweeten the pot for listeners that donate through their shows. Here's my bright idea: a Saturday afternoon historic hotel pub crawl !

The Winnipeg, The Garrick, The Vendome and The Woodbine. You may have passed them hundreds of times but have never gone inside. Now here's your chance !

The Saturday afternoon walk takes about 2 ¼ hours. We will stop outside each hotel where I will tell you a little about its early history. Then, at three of them, we'll go inside for a quick beer, talk some more and take a look at some old photos, ads and newspaper articles that I have compiled. We end off at the Vendome Hotel and one of the city's best kept secrets - their burger bar !

I’m offering the tour for people who pledge at least at the $40 level to the station through West End Dumplings between now and the end of pledge week. This also entitles you to the UMFM Friends With Benefits discount card and the 2014 version of the Transmissions CD. 

The date of the event is October 25, 2014 starting at 2 pm. 

If you are interested in pledging but that week does not work for you, let me know at cassidy at mts.net as I am willing to change the date or do a second tour to accommodate more people. The maximum per tour is six.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Radio Edition - October 12, 2014 *PODCAST*

Here is what is on tonight's tonight's West End Dumplings - The Radio Edition, the show about Manitoba history. Check it out at 7 pm on 101.5 UMFM. Later tonight,
Show Links

- 1918 influenza precautions poster. More about the "Spansih" flu in Manitoba.

- Lester B. Pearson wins the Nobel Prize. Here is the link to his 1965 UBC address.

- The Persons Case page at Historica.ca and the U of S.

- Syd Halter, the CFL's founding father.

Play List

- The Funky Turkey by the Jive Turkeys

- Shine On, Harvest Moon by Harry Macdonough

- Farmer's Song by Murray McLaughlin

Roger Currie's daily newscast and weekly reflections can be found at his Community News Commons site.

The short story Aunt Susanna's Thanksgiving Dinner by Lucy Maud Montgomery is courtesy of SuperUtils.com. It, and many other Thanksgiving short stories, can be found at their YouTube page.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Daniel McIntyre Race Overview and All Candidates Forums !

Here's your chance to hear from the candidates running for city council in the Daniel McIntyre Ward at a pair of all candidates forums !

The first will take place at Orioles Community Centre, 448 Burnell Street, on Wednesday, October 8th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.. Candidates will be asked questions about infrastructure and housing, then the mics will be turned over to the floor.

The second takes place on Thursday, October 9th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre, 430 Langside Street. Candidates will be asked questions about community safety, then the mics will be turned over to the floor.

2010 Election - Top 3 Results
Harvey Smith 3,251x
(click on name for 2014 election website)

Daniel McIntyre promises to be one of this year's tightest election races.

In 2010 a mere 352 votes separated the top three contenders and incumbent Harvey Smith, despite losing his long-time NDP endorsement, kept his seat with just 28 per cent of the vote. This time around, those top three are back on the ballot as well as John Cardoso, who finished a distant fifth in 2010, and new entrants Godwin Smith and Dave Donaldson.

The Daniel McIntyre Ward includes the neighbourhoods of West Broadway, Daniel McIntyre, St. Mathews, Spence and parts of Downtown.

Many of the hot-button issues will be the same as in 2010. Areas of the ward have stubbornly high crime rates, which include gang activity, annual arson sprees and street prostitution. It also has some of the oldest streets and lanes in the city. 

In the past four years, parts of the ward have seen great rejuvenation and redveloment, such as Central Park, Sherbrook Street and Portage Avenue. This has caused housing prices and rents to soar in an area where the average household income is $20,000 less than the city average.

2006 census data on Daniel McIntyre Ward
Daniel McIntyre Ward Official City of Winnipeg election site
Daniel McIntyre Ward WinnipegElection.ca (includes links to media stories mentioning the candidates.)

Sunday, 5 October 2014

The Radio Edition for October 5, 2014

The Bay, Downtown Winnipeg
Tune in tonight at 7 pm on 101.5 UMFM for West End Dumplings - The Radio Edition or check out the podcast !


My guest will be Nicolas Geddert of the Grass Routes Sustainability Festival which takes place all next week at the University of Winnipeg. We'll also hear from Maureen Dolyniuk, Keeper of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives about their collection and how you can access it.

History Links

Winnipeg's Civic Centre turns 50 (also see),  the Bay Downtown's elevator lobby murals which were donated to the HBC Archives last week, the Countess of Dufferin, the Carnegie Library on William Avenue. 

On The Trail of the Far Fur Country plays at Cinematheque on October 24 - 26, with a panel discussion on the 26th. You can hear my interview with filmmaker Kevin Nikkel from easrlier this year.

Play List

The Countess of Dufferin Waltz by Andy Desjarlais
Blood by Tanya Tagak
Spring Song by Bruce Cockburn
Its Raining Sunbeams by Deanna Durbin

A reminder the UMFM's Pledge-o-Rama is coming up October 17 - 24. Here's a sneak peek at some of the nifty schwag that is available !

On top of these items, I am also offering up a Saturday afternoon historic hotels walking tour and pub crawl for those who pledge to UMFM through our show at the $40 or higher level. The tour, which I will post more details about next week, is a 2 hour 15 minute tour that includes The Winnipeg, the Garrick, The Woodbine and the Vendome Hotel. A few minutes of history out front, then at three of the locations, we step inside for a quick beer and to look at period newspaper ads and photographs.

For more details, you can email me at cassidy-at-mts.net or, if you want to pre-pledge, as tour numbers are limited, you can do so online at the website above or by calling 204-474-7027. If you pledge in advance you are still entitled to the gifts and prizes noted on the website !