Tag Archives: Toronto

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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unusual spaces: new solutions

NetGain has become identified with the cultural community because that’s where we started, in the arts.  However, we quickly discovered that the challenges facing arts organizations were troubling organizations in other fields of non-profit management, as well as in government and the corporate sector.  Soon, our work broadened from the performing and visual arts to…
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the tragedy of loss unites us

For 50 years, I've been a fan of the Maple Leafs.  It wasn’t my choice.  My grandfather was a boulevardier in old Toronto, playing saxophone in speakeasies and playing industrial league hockey, back when this was still a small town.  He used to hang around the old Mutual Street Arena, and when Maple Leaf Gardens…
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your democracy is functioning well when…

When it resists the most overt attempts at manipulation, you know your democracy is functioning well.  Even when it produces the wrong outcome, you can be confident that it’s still working correctly and will eventually outlast the geniuses who think they’re gaming it.  That’s the lesson I took from stories told in the recent books…
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