Category Archives: Politics

a different kind of mayor

To choose Jennifer Keesmaat as the next mayor of Toronto, you would ordinarily compare her virtues to her rival, John Tory.  But these are extraordinary times.  Despite a roaring economy, Toronto’s government was already in a delicate condition and is now under full siege. The newly elected Premier has some scores to settle against a…
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proportional representation by age

I was vacationing in Lisbon while Ontario was electing Doug Ford.  Because of the time difference, I couldn’t stay awake for final results. In the morning I suffered the usual post-election hangover.  The difference between the popular vote and the seat count was great enough for the losing side to talk about proportional representation. Indeed,…
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Prisoners of Liberty

This month’s American high school massacre is no longer the lead news story.  There are hours of funerals and uncomprehending sorrow yet to be broadcast, but the media has moved on. Santa Fe, Texas isn’t Parkland, Florida.  There the students mobilized for months of protests and media work to hold lawmakers accountable for the deadly…
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autopsy on accountability in transit planning

This blog always relates in some way to our consulting practice.  At its best, it shares privileged insights with a small group of curious decision makers across the country.  At its worst, it’s a drifty zeppelin of bloviation; informing nothing, concluding nothing, urging nothing.  This post will be no better than the worst, and no…
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