Monthly Archives: December 2014

P3’s – Better well hung than ill wed

Ontario’s Auditor General is calling attention to the general failure of public private partnerships.  Intuitively we’ve known about this for a long time. Every P3 mega deal seems to go awry.  The MaRS bailout is only the latest and by no means the most embarrassing.  Highway 407 is Ontario’s favourite example. Developed first  by Liberal…
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Jesus Christ, food banks, and moral hazard

Edward Keenan is right about how food banks duplicate what grocery stores already do. In fact lots of product goes to food banks directly from the manufacture/distribution/retail system because of over-production, stale-dating, damaged packaging, mislabelling, etc. Bulk food goes to food banks that would otherwise go to landfill, saving industry tippage fees. There is so much…
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Canada Post: the new business model of non-delivery

Viewed from a customer perspective, it seems that Canada Post is better at delivering punch lines than delivering mail. Its latest plan hinges on cancellation of home delivery.  So, soon the mail won’t reach the address on the envelope.  Canada post will only take it as far as a rack of mailboxes it plans to…
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media manipulation and “the Big Mo”

I made a presentation in a City Hall committee room the other day.  It was received graciously, despite obvious skepticism from some in attendance.  An earnest and courteous discussion ensued.  There was agreement to disagree. Is this the Tory effect?  I truly hope so.  It might be a coincidence, but I prefer to think that…
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