2017-06-08 Thu


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We must remember that people in the nation of Tuvalu probably have as good an idea of Canada’s size and population spread as Canadians have of Tuvalu’s primary exports and balance of trade. And Canadians are supposed to be the world-conscious nation.

So we should not be surprised if Tuvaluans (see how little I know?) look at a map like the on above and come to the conclusion that the light-blue areas of Canada dominate whatever is going on.

In this case “what’s going on” is related to the recent election, by 250,000 members of the Conservative party, of their party leader. The map is NOT about national or provincial elections. The map IS about elections by a small segment of society.

Nonetheless, the map appears to show that a huge part of the country is dominated by light-blues (in this case “not Social Conservatives”).

For Canada, as for Australia, the truth is that about 90% of the population live within so-many miles of the border of the country, so that vast light-blue hinterland of Canada generally accounts for not very much in terms of population, general voting population, productivity, services, industry and so on.

In Australia I believe the separation is even more pronounced. For example, Western Australia at one million square miles is one-third of the land mass of Australia, yet all the management of wealth is in Perth, a city which measures about 60 miles north-south and 30 miles east-west. The next major city is Adelaide, about 1,750 miles to the east.

Again, in this case we are looking at a map that shows the 250,000 party members at vote. Next week it could be how many hamburgers are eaten, or number of rubber-duckies sold in dollar stores. The map will look the same, and it will convey the same impression to people in Samoa – that a minority of the nation, adjacent to the border with the U.S.A., has been greatly influenced by U.S. politics!


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So! It isn’t a Canard after all!


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I am not surprised that the Dutch are on the ball with small but driverless run-abouts that will seat 12 passengers.

What a great idea. Me, I would block off the downtown core of Toronto – say Bloor to Front street and Parliament to Bathurst – and run these little buses hither and thither, step on, step off, Fully Funded Public Transit right across the downtown core.

Also, perhaps, from subway stations to nearby parking lots.

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No Wait! There’s More!!

Another article discusses driverless boats in Amsterdam.

Now I was in Amsterdam last year and a friend gave me a short guided tour of the area near the railway station, a tour which included walking across several bridges of several canals.

I was struck by the geometric orderliness of Amsterdam’s Canals, laid out in concentric arcs, with radial spokes. Quite different from Venice’s more haphazard arrangement.

That ought to make for a simpler algorithm for scheduling intersections of boat routes.