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Casinos and the public service: a collision of motives

The Province’s hard driving campaign to promote gambling in Ontario has become an ethical train wreck.  The surest sign is the sudden defection of people from high levels of public trust into the employ of casino promoters.  Their recruitment by the industry is a sign of desperation.  Their unconcealed service of private interests, while engaged…
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A Wynne-Wynne for Gambling in Ontario

I was hoping that the new premier would act on her convictions and take a stand against a Toronto casino.  Unfortunately, she doesn’t think that her convictions are affordable.  Instead she makes the argument that we need more gambling to reduce the provincial deficit. While the OLG’s media blitz seems to have ended, and I’d…
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Reconsidering Colleges as Corporations

My astute new colleague, Genevieve Tran, took me to task for blithely suggesting community colleges should make it a priority to improve their performance as corporations.  I had argued that they weren’t designed for the competitive environment they find themselves in 45 years after they were founded.  Genevieve didn’t disagree; however, she makes a strong…
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Plodding to “yes” on an economic no-brainer

Skeptics have an easy time dismissing claims about failsafe investments in the economy.  My favorite example, the $40 million Downsview Aerospace Campus, probably suffers from this.  The return on investment sounds too good to be true, and skepticism tends to trump opportunism when public sector spending decisions are made. When governments demur from an expensive…
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