Monthly Archives: January 2015

Gambling with Pandas

The Toronto Zoo has been operating like a compulsive gambler.  Like most gamblers, it’s got a system and thinks it will eventually win if it keeps playing long enough.  While on one hand, the Zoo has downplayed the risk and cost of what it’s doing, it can’t resist doubling down on a losing proposition.  But the losses are mounting and the City won’t keep…
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takes three to tango

It’s encouraging that Section 37 deals are starting to get the attention they deserve.  For example, Mayor, John Tory, wants to review the practice, and columnist, Edward Keenan, has tried to explain why.  Other organizations, including the City, have sought to improve the general understanding of this practice, if only to counter insinuations that it…
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down the rabbit hole of Leafs analytics

This SAS shuttle bus has become so familiar in my neighbourhood, I failed to notice how hilarious it has become. They’re using the Maple Leafs to promote their brand. It’s funny because the Leafs have negative branding value at the moment, and SAS appears to be advertising their role in the team’s bottomless decline. Fans…
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The space between

In 2014, NetGain clients trod the dangerous ground between the public and private sectors in ways that illustrate the problems with 3P’s.  Like the example of Centennial College’s proposal for Guild Inn Park, these suffered from the misalignment of public and private sector cultures and demonstrated the need for a third party intervener. One client…
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