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MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2015

The big news today is happening directly to our north, where they do elections a little differently. Quick campaign seasons; the party with the most seats in Parliament gets to pick the chief executive; there's three national parties and one regional party. But one aspect's becoming more like US races: the right-wingers are spending lots of money to call the other guys the "big spenders."

WEATHER

Cool with more showers today. Dry and partly sunny Tuesday; showers may return Wednesday.

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O, CANADA?

The Great White North elects a new parliament and prime minister Monday. Will big-oil lackey Stephen Harper get his (way overdue) walking papers? Will Pierre Trudeau's son Justin score a victory deemed unthinkable just three months ago? Will any related national euphoria help the Blue Jays win the AL pennant?  (Joel Connelly) (image: CBC) 

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

"Independent expenditure committees" could make this year's city council races the most expensive ever. (KING)

A new PAC supporting Council candidate Pamela Banks has been started by a Puyallup Republican who's previously been involved with pro-prisons lobbying. (Seattlish)

ON THE STREETS

A UW student is starting a crowdfunding program to provide new sleeping bags for the homeless. (KING)

"Almost 3,000 students" are currently homeless in the Spokane area. (KREM)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Doug Trumm argues that the ex-Public Safety Building block should have included affordable housing, not been sold off cheap for an office/condo tower. (The Urbanist)

More allegations of "economic evictions," this time at a 109-year-old Capitol hill apartment building. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

FEET FIRST

A proposed city rule change would make it much harder for construction crews to close sidewalks. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

OIL'S NOT WELL

The Feds are canceling the next couple years' worth of Arctic oil leases, citing "low industry interest." (Joel Connelly)

Environmental activists did help get Shell out of the Arctic, by encouraging strict regulations on drilling that, when combined with falling crude prices, helped to make the whole project fiscally implausible. (Newsweek)

VANISHING SEATTLE

The Zion Lutheran Church building on Aurora is 100 years old. It got sold to Chinese developers, to be razed for condos. Some parishoners want tht stopped. (KING)

MAYHEM

Even if you failed your first driving test, at least you didn't drive a car through the front window of your driving school, like a Bellevue student driver did last week. (KIRO-FM)

What do yo do if you have an "insatiable appetite for denim"? Here's what you don't do: hire folks to steal jeans for you. (KIRO-TV) 

THE PLANE TRUTH

UW social-sciences lecturer Polly Myers has a book about the history of women working at Boeing, from the "Rosie the Riveter" days through today's ongoing struggles for equality and respect. (PS Biz Journal)

The 787 Dreamliner may never turn an overall profit. (SeaTimes)

Why did the Dreamliner cross the road? To move to the Museum of Flight's new addition. (KING)

BIZ

The India-based company that bought local restaurant-review site Urbanspoon has shut it down. (SeaTimes)

SUDS

The Pike Brewery (and its brewpub) are getting bigger. (PS Biz Journal)

PHILM PHUN

Local guy marks a documentary about fifth graders, finds them way more complex than he'd expected. (KUOW)

Lynn Shelton, whom we still call "a Seattle filmmaker" though she's currently busy in LA on the sitcom "Fresh Off the Boat," will direct a film based on a "This American Life" segment about a corrupt private-eye agency fronted by soccer moms. (Deadline Hollywood)

There's also a French remake of Shelton's "Your Sister's Sister," locally premiering Friday at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

A resolutely spoiler-free report from the "Twin Peaks" reboot shoot. (Seattle Mag)

SPORTS

Another porous O-line performance and another fourth-quarter collapse featured in the Seahawks' 27-23 loss to the Carolina Panthers. At the 49ers Thursday night.

The UW Huskies lost a seemed-closer-than-it-really-was game to the U of Nike (aka Oregon Ducks), 26-20. At Stanford Saturday.

Sounders FC came out with another 1-1 draw, this time at Houston (knocking the latter team out of playoff contention). Home vs. Real Salt Lake Saturday.

TONIGHT

DIIV, No Joy, Sunflower Bean. (Neumos)

OC Notes, Diogenes, Grape God, Rob Castro. (Crocodile)

Robert Reich discusses "Repairing America's Broken Capitalist System." (Town Hall)

Author Dave Goulson discsusses "A Buzz in the Meadow: The Natural History of French Farm." (Town Hall)

"The Serious Business of Children," multimedia installation by artist Robert Twomey. (Gallery 4Culture, thru Oct. 29)

"Booktoberfest: Bookish Happy Hour," opening of two weeks of book-related events around town. (Diller Room)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

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