Category Archives: Economic Development

How Canada’s drinking problem can help the cannabis industry

For some reason, the universe seems to be provoking me.  I had laid to rest the topic of disruption as a component of strategy development.  In particular, my argument was that profound cultural change happens at its own pace, and cannabis industry efforts to accelerate consumer acceptance of pot, as a recreational alternative to alcohol,…
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exceptions are not solutions: creating a special property tax class

In the social swirl of the holiday season, I’ve been caught in conversations with people who are enthusiastic about the creation of a special property tax class for creative enterprise hubs (announced earlier this year and covered recently by Murray Whyte in The Star, an article which includes our friends at Akin Collective - whose…
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disruption: public spaces

Harkening back yet again to a night of speakers on disruption (The Walrus Talks), the disruption of public space was addressed in two ways. First, Jon Kim Bell, who is an esteemed composer, conductor, writer, entrepreneur, and (intentionally last) Aboriginal man.  He made a point that resonated strongly with me: disruption is necessary when all…
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disruption: food

If we are what we eat, must we eat what we are?  Christ, I hope not!  Based on behaviour, homo sapiens isn’t very appetizing.  Continuing on the theme of disruption, Irwin Adam at The Walrus Talks recently reminded his audience that our method of sustaining ourselves is unsustainable.  He wasn’t warning or threatening us, as…
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