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Ben Wedge
Sustainable transportation evangelist, wannabe outdoorsman, member of the . Studying at . Former chair at . EN/FR/DE
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Ben Wedge 48m
Anything with no tailpipe, approximate width of a cargo bike, and not capable of going above 25 km/h on level ground is fine by me
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Ben Wedge 2h
It helps fund the transition to cleaner vehicles, but it's incredibly regressive due to generations of failed planning causing lower income residents to have long commutes. There's no easy fix for that.
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Ben Wedge 4h
Replying to @brewnoser
Not that long ago!
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Ben Wedge 9h
Replying to @DartmouthDerek
Odd, given that they haven’t raised the gas tax since ~1992, so gas cars are not paying enough for highway maintenance either. Maybe scrap the gas tax and do a mileage tax so that it’s a fair fight.
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Ben Wedge 9h
Replying to @dianamchard
My main hope at this point is that the candidate is not eligible for Medicare, but a non-traditional nominee would be the ideal
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Ben Wedge 11h
Replying to @benwedge
In any case, an interesting talk. Bonus: I’m always surprised at how little entourage there is for current or former prime ministers and cabinet ministers in commonwealth countries. He was wandering from meeting to meeting like a normal person.
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Ben Wedge 11h
Replying to @benwedge
Speaking of good deals, he warned that the US is likely to sign something significant on trade, and then lose focus on side issues like security. The risk is that this creates global turmoil due to the US’ inconsistency.
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Ben Wedge 11h
Replying to @benwedge
Another big point is that there are many shifts underway in China, but that doesn’t mean we should rush to sign treaties. Instead, be patient and ensure we are getting a good deal.
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Ben Wedge 11h
Interesting talk last night by on relations with China. Some key takeaways: middle powers like Canada need to state firmly that they value being a liberal democracy, that the US is an ally through thick and thin, and trade negotiations start from there.
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Ben Wedge 11h
Replying to @dianamchard
I’m hoping this is a good thing. Since it’s first-past-the-post (essentially), he should increasingly splinter the vote for bland candidates and create room for a differentiated candidate to come out ahead
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Ben Wedge 11h
Replying to @MatthewSpurway
Yeah - a quick scan of those numbers yesterday showed that the further you are from one of the cities, the more opposed you were. Which basically tracks historic third party support...
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Ben Wedge 11h
Replying to @brewnoser
I think it’s always been a microcosm, but with two parties constantly battling it out it wasn’t as stark. I can’t recall a previous government being shut out of either the urban or rural constituencies on the island.
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Ben Wedge Apr 24
It's a good Q. Since it looks like none of the parties want to make a deal this won't be the election where we test this idea though.
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Ben Wedge Apr 24
I guess it comes down to our understanding of the word "advice." My understanding is that if Maclauchlan were to say "I don't have the confidence of the house, but my MLAs are willing to support a government led by Bevan Baker, you should give him a shot" then she must do so
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Ben Wedge Apr 24
So what you're saying is they're hardier than the ordinary commuter, thus more willing to bike in bad weather? Remind me how a bike lane on Hollis impacts port operations either way?
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Ben Wedge Apr 24
Replying to @OrcaTheGreat
When pigs fly!
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Ben Wedge Apr 24
Also Slate Retail and Slate Office are branches of the same firm, Slate Asset Management
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Ben Wedge Apr 24
Slate cut their dividend in half recently, it’s about 6% now, and they seem to be having some cash flow issues. They’re divesting lots of their holdings right now.
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Ben Wedge Apr 24
Replying to @cjdobsonpei
It’s at best suburban, I would argue exurban. In any case, it has more in common with Alberton than downtown Charlottetown
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Ben Wedge Apr 24
Replying to @mammm43
I don’t have a simple answer, but this polarization is rising, so politicians need to sort it out
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