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A Muddy Affair: Paul Ainslie’s Selective Moralizing

Paul Ainslie is asking for our sympathy.  He says the Mayor has been a bully and a liar, and he just can’t take it anymore. I can’t take it anymore either.  Here is yet another Councillor acting like a victim after having enjoyed the power and privilege of being on the Mayor’s team. Councillor Ainslie…
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CETA’s Minimum Thresholds Problematic for Toronto

Today, PM Harper, Old Testament God-style, let us know that the Canada-EU trade agreement was complete.  No real public consultation, and still no details, yet this bolt of lightning from the Twitterverse: “The #CETA trade negotiations are the most transparent and collaborative that Canada has ever conducted. http://ow.ly/pWzgc #cdnpoli“ A few weeks ago, we downloaded summary…
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Edifice Complex: Toronto’s billion-dollar “spectator sport”

I want to understand why the erection of Frank Gehry’s towers, or the gleam in David Mirvish’s eye, makes thoughtful people like Christopher Hume weak in the knees. A year ago, I wrote about all the ways we sabotage our plan for the City of Toronto.  It was a response to how Mirvish had tied Toronto’s…
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Scarborough Subway: A Ride to Nowhere

The triumph of Scarborough subway advocates is demoralizing.  I felt the same way at the height of the Toronto casino debate, but this is worse.  Much worse. The casino debate was like a gold rush.  Everyone was afraid of missing out.  Otherwise decent public servants and politicians turned into lobbyists for a plan that would…
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