Tag Archives: Ontario

Systems Are More Than The Sum Of Their Parts

Yesterday I was reacting to the way a health agency minimized a terrible problem by presenting data in a misleading way, and I framed it as predictable behavior by a bureaucratic system.  While I may find the charts fascinating, this is a terrible way of introducing people to the healthcare challenges of people living in…
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Northern Disclosure

When big, complex, bureaucratic systems know they have a problem, they try to fix themselves.  This results from a mix of motives.  There is a natural impulse to improve the system for the benefit of end users.  There is an equally natural impulse to avoid the intervention of outsiders in the repair of internal system…
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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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When the ketchup runs out, relish? The Leamington Heinz plant closure’s Plan B

After 100 years of ketchup making, closure of the Heinz plant in Leamington, Ontario is bad news indeed. No rural community in Ontario can withstand 740 direct job losses without widespread suffering.  The spin-off effects will be felt by everyone in the region.  The local Chamber of Commerce estimates that 95% of its member businesses…
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