Tag Archives: City of Toronto

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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By creeps and clowns – Toronto going forward

I delude myself about our ability to deliberate, decide, plan, and act.  This sequence of steps sounds so logical, it’s absurd to do otherwise. Yet we often talk the talk, without walking it. Maybe the military has the rigor to pull this off, maybe sports teams, and occasionally corporations follow their intentions through to execution, but…
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Affordable housing is never a bad idea. Or is it?

You know what’s wrong with good ideas?  They demand that we shed our preconceptions and act on a new premise.  You cannot with sincerity say, “what a great idea!” without next thinking, “we really ought to try that”.  Because of that compulsion to act, the best ideas often remain undeclared, are politely ignored, or are…
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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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