Politics

But that’s how the civil service works, in practice. Each department is controlled by the people who it’s supposed to be controlling… Why, for instance, do we have comprehensive education? Who wanted it? The pupils, the parents? The National Union of Teachers wanted it. They’re the chief client of the Department of Education, so the […]

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I photographed this year’s Walter Gordon Symposium.

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Anyone can now watch the formal presentation of the Toronto350.org divestment brief to President Gertler. Shortly, we will be sharing this link with all the university officials who we invited to the event but who were unable to attend.

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When voice fails to convince the client to support the analyst’s policy choice, the issue advocate may be forced to turn to exit as his only means of influence. He may seek other, more receptive, clients in the bureaucracy or he may leave the bureaucracy in order to be able to promote his policies from […]

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Yesterday night, Toronto350.org formally presented our fossil fuel divestment brief to a representative of the Office of the President at the University of Toronto. I have a few photos of the event. The lecture was recorded from a couple of different angles, and we will but putting together a good quality video soon.

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Agenda-setting – identification and definition of problems and advocacy of action, Policy formulation – specification of goals and choice of means for achieving them, Policy legitimation – mobilization of support and enactment, Policy implementation – mobilization of resources and application to goal achievement, Policy evaluation – measurement of results and redefinition of goals or agenda, […]

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As part of campus engagement, Toronto350.org organized a divestment dance party tonight. I have some photos on Flickr.

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The policy analyst is a producer of policy arguments, more similar to a lawyer – a specialist in legal arguments – than to an engineer or scientist. His basic skills are not algorithmical but argumentative: the ability to probe assumptions critically, to produce and evaluate evidence, to keep many threads in hand, to draw for […]

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An international effort is being made today to fight back against internet surveillance. If you wish to take part, I suggest doing so by downloading a version of the GNU Privacy Guard for your operating system, in order to encrypt your emails. Gpg4Win is for Windows, while GPGTools is for Mac OS. Downloading the TOR […]

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350.org is looking to hire a Canadian organizer. I hope some exceptionally qualified and energetic candidates apply. As a decision gets made one way or another on the Keystone XL pipeline, attention will shift toward other ways of keeping as much as possible of Canada’s massive stock of fossil fuels safely underground.

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