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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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Spinning Straw Into Gold: What Happened to ‘Garbage In, Garbage Out’?

Elsewhere I’ve gonged the media for uncritically reporting misleading polling results, spinning headlines from them like Rumplestiltskin spinning gold from straw. It’s a problem because it actually sways uninformed viewers, listeners, and readers in ways that encourage acceptance of future falsehoods. In this case, it might seem more comical than offensive. On first blush, you…
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Thinking inside the box: The City’s approach to innovation

When Edward Keenan points out that the City of Toronto hinders innovation, he doesn’t go halfway far enough in his critique. This is unusual, because Keenan often writes what I think, sometimes before I think it, and always more intelligently than in my overwrought postings. His general point is that the City inhibits innovation in…
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down the rabbit hole of Leafs analytics

This SAS shuttle bus has become so familiar in my neighbourhood, I failed to notice how hilarious it has become. They’re using the Maple Leafs to promote their brand. It’s funny because the Leafs have negative branding value at the moment, and SAS appears to be advertising their role in the team’s bottomless decline. Fans…
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