Monday, September 17, 2007

Welcome to my Blog

As my first blog entry, I want to briefly explain why I’m getting into the blog arena, and also give an intro my background. Later I plan on posting why, as you’ll no doubt discover, why I’m a Liberal and some of my political beliefs.

I was born and raised in Brantford. This is your average city, that has grown very well over the last few years, with much of the thanks going to Wilfred Laurier Brant campus coming about, the debatable presence (for a later date) of the growing Casino which occupies the nice building which was built originally for a communication-information centre, and also by the great companies which have (Massey Ferguson) and currently do call Brantford home, such as Ferrero Rocher and SC Johnson Wax.

For the last 5 years, I have been living in the “centre” of Canada – Toronto. One cannot deny that Toronto is influential and dare I say “distinct”, with the amount of multiculturalism and economic output that the city produces, as well as with the many fun things to see and do during any time of the year. I know some people hate it, but oh wel, it is what it is. I spent four years at the University of Toronto studying the field of Peace and Conflict, and then a year trying on a few different jobs. That year consisted of travelling in Asia & Alaska, and working in three diverse yet complimentary fields – Elections Ontario, a Non-governmental Organizational, and with the Liberal government of Ontario. I also helped resurrect from the dead a Brant Young Liberals club in my hometown that is now going strong.

Two weeks ago, I moved to Guelph to pursue my MA in Political Science. Already the work load is tremendous, and lending a hand to a few campaigns is definitely taking a toll on everything, so how often I will be posting on here is hard to say, but I hope to post 3-4 times a week. There are many things I already want to discuss with you and I hope that I get the chance to do so.

I enjoy politics and am looking forward to learning more about the politics of the region and sharing my thoughts about the political region with you, as well as reading and considering your own comments. I will especially comment on Golden Horseshoe events, and hope to interview regional politicians from any and all levels of government and parties. If you’d like to arrange an interview, please feel free to e-mail me at

As for the name of this blog, I describe the Golden Horseshoe as the Niagara-Hamilton escarpment, stretching to London and the region of Kitchener-Waterloo-Wellington. This is an area I am quite familiar and fond of – from Chicoppee Ski Club and Oktoberfest in KW, the drive-in movie theatre in Woodstock, to the International Village Festival in Brant, partying in Hamilton (as no one parties in Brantford), and enjoying the unique Niagara region.

So I started a blog because 1) I have actually wanted to do so for quite sometime and being wrapped up in school I never got around to it. But during my year away from school, I got tired of thinking about it and promised to actually do it. Secondly, the Ontario election provided a great reason to finally start my blog. There’s plenty to talk about and this is the time that most people, even those not usually interested in politics, are interested in what political junkies like us bloggers have to say.

So I look forward to covering this exciting time in Ontario with you and then once it’s all said and done, you’ll definitely be hearing my thoughts on all the aftermath. I also won’t forget about federal politics, but I’ll leave most of my posts on that till after Parliament gears up again after the Ontario election.

So I welcome people of all parties to come here, discuss, argue, whatever. The blog may be about my thoughts, but I’d like to hear from lots of others too. Talk to you soon.

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