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streetcars saving time on king

I only have time for a quick note on the King Street Pilot, which prioritizes streetcars on the busiest surface route in Canada’s biggest city. Perhaps I’d have more time to comment if I spent less time in transit.  We all spend too long getting from place to place in Toronto. So it may have…
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The King Street Pilot as relief line?

Giving credit where it’s due, I’d like to commend Mayor Tory for prioritizing streetcars in the area covered by the King Street Pilot. There, I’ve done it.  Now come the caveats. It’s too little and too late.  And it was neither his idea, nor even his preference, I suspect.  The most I can say with…
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your democracy is functioning well when…

When it resists the most overt attempts at manipulation, you know your democracy is functioning well.  Even when it produces the wrong outcome, you can be confident that it’s still working correctly and will eventually outlast the geniuses who think they’re gaming it.  That’s the lesson I took from stories told in the recent books…
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disruption: public spaces

Harkening back yet again to a night of speakers on disruption (The Walrus Talks), the disruption of public space was addressed in two ways. First, Jon Kim Bell, who is an esteemed composer, conductor, writer, entrepreneur, and (intentionally last) Aboriginal man.  He made a point that resonated strongly with me: disruption is necessary when all…
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