Volume 94, Issue 2
Friday, May 19, 2000
Prelude to an election
The elections for London's new mayor are set to take place in November.
No one has announced their official candidacy at this point, although there is a rumour Deputy Mayor Anne-Marie DeCicco may step up to the plate today. Still, several other councilors seem to be quietly plodding towards running for the position. I think I'll announce myself as a candidate. I might even have a shot at winning. Our current mayor, Dianne Haskett, didn't even run a campaign last election and she was voted in. I think I'll hop on the political bandwagon.
Maybe I could say it's against my moral principles to do any form of work. It is not quite as sound as Haskett's moral protest during her non-campaign, but it might just sway the voters. My campaign team will consist of my six-year-old sister and a monkey. My only policy free ice-cream.
Seriously though, in London people vote for you even if you lack a campaign. My advice to the new candidates: Announce your intentions, then sit back and relax. You may just be London's next mayor.
Speaking of Mayor Haskett, she plans to serve out the rest of her term commuting from Washington, D.C. because her husband, Jack Kotowicz, has accepted a job in the American capital. By living in Washington, she can apparently spend more time with her family and have a less hectic schedule. What a great idea! In London, politicians don't have to run campaigns and city officials can work part-time. Sign me up. I'm dropping out of school and running for office.
On a side note, has everyone heard about Ananova, the Internet cyber-anchor? Apparently, Ananova continuously searches over 10,000 Web sites around the world to deliver breaking news and information. In the long run, Ananova may potentially put print and broadcast journalism out of business, but she also gives me an idea. If you don't need to run a campaign, or live in London to be mayor, why don't we have a cyber- mayor? Let's break in the new millennium and be the first city in the world to have computer intelligence hold political office. When it comes to politics in this town, stranger things have been known to happen.
Speaking of strange, as of September the children of Ontario will be required to pledge their allegiance to the Queen every morning in school. The "pledge of citizenship" is part of the Tories new code to crack down on school violence. Many critics say the pledge will do nothing to stop school violence, (a truly shocking insight). The pledge is a joke. I'm not disputing the fact that our nation's history is interwoven with Britain, but let's have the kids pledge allegiance to someone with whom they can identify. Suggestions: Regis Philbin, Jerry Springer or Britney Spears.
Quick comments: London is finally getting a new downtown arena. The bigger problem: Getting people to go downtown. The feds want to raise the tobacco taxes again: I can already hear the jangle of coins ringing in the coffers at the reserves. The federal conservatives: I didn't know you could become a ghost without actually dying. The Canadian Alliance: New name, same game. The Liberals: Why won't Chretien retire already?
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