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Affordable housing is never a bad idea. Or is it?

[caption id="attachment_3115" align="alignleft" width="295"] Once upon a time... the City built affordable housing on its own[/caption] 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…
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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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Politicking In Government

It’s not hard to distinguish between the role of a political party and the role of a government. One is a purely partisan group that works to gain power. The other serves at the will of the people to deliver on the promises made while its members were politicking. Between elections, politicians become governors. Whether…
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A false dilemma about Section 37 deals

I’ve been urging that we manage public-private partnerships differently, and that we use Section 37 agreements to better effect.  I should be more careful what I wish for. Affordable housing is already possible under Section 37 of the Provincial Planning Act.  Only a small portion of the developers contributions have been used for this purpose.The City…
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