Category Archives: Politics

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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If you’re serious about economic development…

Like most Torontonians who’ve been drawn into the casino debate, I’m not an expert in economics or the gambling industry.  But I share the sense of skepticism aroused by government’s desperate pressure to turn public opinion. Today, for example, the media reported that 52% of Torontonians are in favour of a Toronto casino.  This survey’s release coincided…
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Why Government Can Initiate but Must Not Lead

Having gone on and on about the effectiveness of incubators as an economic development tool, some people might think I’m advocating that governments create and run more incubators. A perky little blog may not be the place to try and tighten the focus on an issue like this, but let me try: at the municipal level…
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