Monthly Archives: January 2013

If you’re serious about economic development…

Like most Torontonians who’ve been drawn into the casino debate, I’m not an expert in economics or the gambling industry.  But I share the sense of skepticism aroused by government’s desperate pressure to turn public opinion. Today, for example, the media reported that 52% of Torontonians are in favour of a Toronto casino.  This survey’s release coincided…
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If casinos are the answer, what was the question?

There are heroes in our city who oppose casinos at their peril.  Reputations and relationships are at risk for those resisting the pressure from Paul Godfrey and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), their consultants and lobbyists, and the team behind our once-and-possibly-future Mayor, Rob Ford.  Remember who these champions are when the next…
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Colleges as corporations

Which is more surprising – that community colleges struggle in a highly competitive environment, or that I’m just starting to understand why?  After five years of working around these institutions, their way of doing things is making more sense to me. In the 45 years since provincial legislation brought them into being, everything has changed…
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