Merry Christmas 2019!

I hope you’ve had a really great year! Our family has had its ups and downs over 2019, but we’ve come through it with some big changes and a positive outlook on the year(s) to come!

Evie celebrated her first birthday back in April, and she continues to surprise us every day with new words and strong opinions she shows off.

We moved in to a new house (our home) in June, and couldn’t be happier with where we end our days! There’s still some big and small projects we’re planning to make the place just perfect, but overall we’re just excited our months of following real estate paid off (and that it’s over).

I’d like to wish all of you reading this a merry Christmas, a happy and healthy holiday season, and a fabulous new year! Thanks for being a part of my life!

Blog Vote Compass 2019

Ways to Improve the CBC Vote Compass (Conclusion)

See my preamble for this exercise and analysis of each of the policy questions here: 2019 CBC Vote Compass Analysis.

First things first, let’s tally up the questions based on whether they simply ask for a policy position (good/OK), whether they could use more information for context (bad), or whether they’re based on an extremely racist proposal (awful).

Good Questions: [2, 5, 6, 25, 26]

OK Questions: [8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 21, 24, 27, 29, 30]

Bad Questions: [1, 3, 4, 7, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 28]

Awful Questions: [17, 23, 31&32]

By my count, that’s 5 good questions, 11 that are OK but could probably use more context, and another 12 that are just bad. Overall, in my opinion, that is just not a great ratio, never mind the 4 outright awful questions.

These bad (not awful) questions usually involve asking whether voters support ‘more’ of something without ever saying what the current state of the policy is. These kinds of questions allow me to give truly unhelpful answers, unless I happen to already know a ton about the topic.

There are also a bunch of bad questions, mostly having to do with racist or bigoted views, and it’s really unfortunate we’re at a point in politics where we need to ask if Canada of all places should admit more immigrants.

The good and OK questions from the survey all describe a policy relatively clearly, but the OK ones could definitely use some extra links on the page for information in case voters want to inform themselves before deciding what they think about a policy.

I find the Vote Compass quite accurate most of the time for me, but I’m not sure everybody else feels that way, and given the large number of people who actually use it (over a million in this election), adding some context to the questions would probably go a long way towards informing voters!

Anyways, thanks for reading, and get out on the 21st and vote!

Blog Proposition Vote Compass 2019

Propositions 31 & 32 (QOTD): Religious Symbols Ban

I hate this new law so much. It’s so clear from the way it was put in place and the way it’s been defended that it’s just about racism against Middle Eastern people, mostly women specifically.

The two ‘Questions of the Day’ when I took the Vote Compass were all about this law, and though they are different questions, I can’t imagine most people answering them on different sides of the political spectrum (I guess it comes back to the question about the independence of Quebec).

I don’t know much about the way that the government of Canada could challenge the laws in Quebec, but given how racist the law is, I hope it is widely contested by whatever civil liberties bodies could be responsible for standing up for the rights of these civil servants.

Once again, the question itself is fine, with the exception that there could probably be some contextual information on the page about the specifics of the law available. It pains me to see that places in Canada would come up with something like this, but that’s where we are now.

Summary: Disagreeing with a law that most reasonable people would consider racist (was there a problem with religious people interfering with their civil duties, or is the problem with people using civil services complaining about feeling uncomfortable with non-Christian religious ‘symbols’ like burqas and complaining about it) shouldn’t be political. Do better and get back to me.

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