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4. Astonishing new marker of career accomplishment in public and voluntary sectors: accomplishment.

A couple of weeks ago I had a social lunch with a true Mandarin, retired now from a succession of huge mandates in the public and voluntary sectors.  We talked as usual about developments around us in Toronto and the people who were pulling their projects forward, and those who were dragging against progress. Having…
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2. Non-financial assets and liabilities determine more outcomes than any balance sheet

An eminent player in the development business, and a highly connected arts advocate, wrote to congratulate me about the opening of MOCA in September.  For many practical reasons, I had to decline the praise.  MOCA isn’t just a building, it’s also a corporation.  In 2014, we began working on the corporation, under the direction and…
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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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Two tens for a five?

I haven’t been blogging much for the past year. Things have been happening too fast. By the time I register a reaction to one thing, something new is impressing itself on me. The themes and issues get stacked up in my mind, like airliners circling a runway, waiting for permission to land. One preoccupation over…
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