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Mall madness fires ‘em up

| June 7, 2009 | 0 Comments

(originally published in Toronto Sun) There are ways to make people feel totally disengaged from community planning consultations, and intentionally or not, this happens too frequently. Case in point: Last week Burlington city councillors approved plans to redevelop the aging Appleby Mall in the city’s east end into a series of standalone buildings. The mall […]

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Water you waiting for? Run out and tap some

| April 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

(originally published in the Toronto Sun) As teenager, I wouldn’t have dreamed of spending my limited cash on something so mundane as bottled water. I could get water free, from fountains, taps, and restaurants. It never made sense to pay for it. Plus, forgoing bottled water left more money in my pocket for really important […]

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Hunting for payoffs in city politics

| January 18, 2009 | 0 Comments

(originally published in the Toronto Sun) Are developers buying municipal elections in the 905? That screaming headline hit the papers last week in the wake of a study sponsored by Vote Toronto and the CSJ Foundation for Research and Education. The study, by York prof Robert MacDermid, examined the financial statements of candidates in the […]

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Whistler shows growth isn’t a downhill slope

| January 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

(originally published in the Toronto Sun) When you think Whistler, you think skiing. But the British Columbia town is also positioning itself as a leader in managing growth. Once a community of 500 people scattered along Whistler valley, the population of year-round dwellers is now 14,200, with at least that many more as seasonal residents […]

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Struggling Hospitals

| November 23, 2008 | 0 Comments

(originally published in the Toronto Sun) Ontario’s hospitals are struggling. There can be no doubt about that, given the steady stream of news about infectious outbreaks, deficits, service reductions and restructuring. There can also be no doubt about this: there’s no quick fix. The cupboards are bare, at both the provincial and federal levels. When a Conservative […]

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