Category Archives: Politics

Systems Are More Than The Sum Of Their Parts

Yesterday I was reacting to the way a health agency minimized a terrible problem by presenting data in a misleading way, and I framed it as predictable behavior by a bureaucratic system.  While I may find the charts fascinating, this is a terrible way of introducing people to the healthcare challenges of people living in…
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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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Can a goose play chicken?

[caption id="attachment_3205" align="alignleft" width="400"] why can't it just stand on its own two feet?[/caption] Toronto as a City State… the idle speculations of big thinkers like Jennifer Keesmaat and Richard Florida seem like faint and distant memories now. As predicted here, the Premier’s hits on the City just keep coming, and no one will intervene…
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Toronto as a city state?…

A place to live, a place to grow, Ontari-ari-ari-Oh! The people who govern Toronto periodically bemoan the constraints on their authority.  In Canada, cities are the constitutional children of provinces. There are two approaches to fixing problems in the governance of cities.  The one favoured by provinces is the shrinking of problems through amalgamation and…
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