Recent Posts by Doug

What’s News With You?

Sometimes the most astonishing aspect of news isn’t in the headline or the fine print, it’s the priority we give to certain stories. Last month I was in Victoria, the capital of our third biggest province.  On the front page of the daily paper I read that an octopus had attacked a bald eagle in…
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Business Strategy – It’s Not Tiddlywinks

We often produce strategic plans for clients, despite the clients being uncertain about what strategy is and how it differs from other kinds of planning.  Illustrations are often drawn from either sport or war.  From the perspective of a former rugby player, there is little difference. What sport and war have in common is a…
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The New Urbanism – Future to the Back?

My ruminations about Toronto as a city state have attracted a furtive trickle of readers over the past year (Toronto City Planning: Can a Goose Play Chicken? and Toronto as a City State.  My posts are repellent to web grazers in part because the issues seem intractable, and in part because my writing is dense…
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Extinction of the Raptors that start with a “C”

Today I listened to a couple of respected NBA pundits who discussed a rather long short list of eight teams they considered to be prospective finalists next season.  They thought the length of the list was remarkable because the experts can normally isolate half that number as plausible contenders at the start of a season.  …
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