The long and winding road

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 10/3/2011 6:00:00 PM

There are three days to go until the provincial election and by this time most reporters on the trail are so familiar with each of the leaders' sayings and anecdotes that we can probably write their campaign speeches.

While they may not repeat themselves as much as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (who doesn't know "stop the gravy train" and "respect for taxpayers"?), it has been a repetitive campaign.

And some of the experts I've been speaking to reveal that it's also been a pretty boring one. While they may have used a more academic term, many believe voters just aren't inspired enough to really change the  make-up of the legislature. Whether that means the Liberals will gain another term or there will be a close minority government remains to be seen but some think that people won't be voting for the leaders but rather the brand.

I understand that repetitiveness ...

Local vs. Provincial

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 9/25/2011 10:40:00 AM

Alright, some of this may be obvious but indulge me for a second here. Let's go through some topics that could fall under either category.

Local: Farmer's market happens every Saturday in a shopping centre parking lot.

Provincial: Healthcare gets a boost in funding.

Local: Pothole on Main St. gets residents upset because of damage to their cars.

Provincial: New tax comes into affect.

Local: Speedbumps added in area to slow traffic.

Provincial: Liberals vow to stop construction on Mississauga-Toronto power plant if re-elected.

The problem is, the Liberals didn't alert any reporters covering the provincial election campaign that there would be an announcement Saturday morning on the power plant because they called it a local issue. That reasoning is flawed on a few levels.

First, the plant would have provided power to the provincial grid, not just the group of homes and businesses nearby. Secondly, while many of us ...

The Spin

Posted By: Katie Franzios · 9/21/2011 4:18:00 PM
When most people hear the word "spinning" they have a mental image of a gym full of sweaty people on stationary bikes, climbing an imaginary hill with an instructor shouting supportive but forceful remarks.

But for any journalist covering a political campaign (or politics in general) it's the what staffers do best: throw tidbits of information our way with quotes from the opposition that, in some way, supports their agenda. Sometimes, it's something you can use, other times you try to conceal an eyeroll.

And it's no ones fault. If I didn't get the emails and the news releases they wouldn't be doing their jobs. But during an election campaign you can get so many things cluttering your Inbox and Twitter feed that your eyes start glazing over. There are only so many "party X thinks party Y is bad because..." notes you can read in a day.

I should ...