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2015 Federal Election
#1
You can tell the writ is about to drop when Ottawa starts tossing vast amounts of briberymoney around the region. Three cases in point... 

UW to build massive computer server farm 
Quote:The University of Waterloo will use its share of a $30-million federal grant to install 11,000 servers in a former BlackBerry building as part of a huge increase in the computational power of a national computer research network.

Kitchener-Waterloo MP Peter Braid announced Thursday that UW, the University of Toronto, the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University will share equally in $30 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

Federal funds launch new program to help university grads find jobs 
Quote:University graduates unable to find work could benefit from a new program at The Working Centre in Kitchener.

It's designed to match recent arts graduates who haven't been able to find a job in their chosen field of study with work in Waterloo Region's tech sector.

Now, there may not seem to be much common ground between the arts and technology fields at first glance.

But the program intends to support students in finding a six-month paid internship in such occupations as technical writer, marketing analyst and communications in the science, technology, engineering and math sectors.

"No tech industry can survive without appropriate support from non-tech people," Kitchener Centre MP Stephen Woodworth said Wednesday in announcing a $210,675 federal investment in the project.

Ottawa, Queen’s Park to announce Toyota investments 
Quote:The federal government will announce a multimillion dollar investment in Toyota’s Ontario manufacturing plants Friday, an announcement that was moved up ahead of the expected election call this weekend.

Conservative MP Gary Goodyear, the federal minister of state who oversees economic development initiatives in southern Ontario, will make the announcement Friday.
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#2
It certainly feels a rather lot like the "give little bits of money to lots of different things" that the Conservatives were lambasting the Liberals for back in 2006.
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#3
(07-30-2015, 05:19 PM)ookpik Wrote: You can tell the writ is about to drop...

Writs are drawn up, not dropped.

Steve Paikin to the rescue!  I didn't know this until last year's provincial election.
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#4
Dropping the writ 
Quote:The phrase "drop the writ" is a debased form of the phrase "draw up the writ", and is still considered stylistically inappropriate in some contexts. For example, in 2005, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation circulated a memorandum on style, directing its journalists not to use the phrase. However, it is commonly used, and has passed into the vernacular.

And yet several years later even the CBC couldn't follow their own stylistic rules. Writ drop marks campaign's official kickoff 
Quote:For weeks now, the phrase "drop the writ" has been popping up in election stories. But what exactly is the writ and why is it being dropped?...

York University political science professor Bob Drummond said writ-dropping day is something every political junkie looks forward to as the campaigns officially kicks off. "I’m not sure why they use ‘dropping the writ,’ where that came from but it’s a catchall term for the beginning of the election," he said.
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#5
Yeah, it's a pretty simple linguistic corruption:
drawn up
drawnup
draw'up
drawp
drop

And then we all forget that it was ever "drawn", and suddenly we have this cultural momentum that forms around the mental image of something physically dropping.
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(07-31-2015, 01:03 AM)Markster Wrote: Yeah, it's a pretty simple linguistic corruption...

It's one of many. It's a natural evolution of language.

Quote:And then we all forget that it was ever "drawn", and suddenly we have this cultural momentum that forms around the mental image of something physically dropping.

And what's wrong with that? There's a long historical tradition of dropping a flag to start a race so "dropping" a writ to start an election race is actually quite evocative. 

I do appreciate Pakin's point that the original term was to draw up a writ. This bastardization of the term is far better than the grating use of, say, "should of" for the correct "should have."

In any case, let the campaign begin...
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#7
(07-31-2015, 08:51 AM)ookpik Wrote: And what's wrong with that?
Absolutely nothing!
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#8
Until the last three posts, I had never associated "dropping the writ" with physically dropping something. Now I won't be able to get it out of my head!
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#9
(07-31-2015, 10:27 AM)panamaniac Wrote: Until the last three posts, I had never associated "dropping the writ" with physically dropping something.  Now I won't be able to get it out of my head!

I picture the writs being dropped in the same fashion that one does a mic drop.
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#10
(07-31-2015, 10:27 AM)panamaniac Wrote: Until the last three posts, I had never associated "dropping the writ" with physically dropping something.  Now I won't be able to get it out of my head!

So the penny finally dropped -- without anyone having to drop a dime on you Wink
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