In yet another embarrassing display of incompetent governance, Toronto City Council this week loudly — and proudly — exclaimed to the world “We don’t understand business and we want none of it here!” First, City Councillors spent an entire day debating a staff report that …

Happy Birthday, Toronto! Toronto is 180 years old today.  Well, a few square blocks of Old Toronto is 180.  But, the Modern Toronto I live in is not celebrating a birthday today. The Modern Toronto I live in, turned 16 this year – not 180.  …

In today’s Toronto Star, columnist Royson James provides a classic example of why Toronto voters elected Rob Ford.  He all but advocates for a return to the Star Chamber form of aristocratic governance that was spurned by voters in 2010. In his column, James notes Olivia …

So, John Tory has decided. That, alone, is news.  The people of Earth have been waiting for days, weeks, years even… for John Tory, afternoon radio host at Toronto’s Newstalk1010, to decide whether he will run for mayor of Canada’s biggest city.  Finally, he has …

As debate continues across Canada regarding how our government treats our military veterans, there are many simple things that governments could do to show they care.  They would costs little or nothing and could be put in place at the municipal, provincial and federal levels …

When one of Canada’s most senior politicians – a federal cabinet minister – disgraces himself – and by extension, all of us – by acting with disrespect for our country’s veterans, it’s time to speak up. Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino’s behaviour towards a group …

It’s budget time in Toronto.  Then again, it’s always budget time in Toronto.  It starts in January and it ends the next January, and that is one of the key problems with our city’s government.  Instead of being strategy-led, it’s budget-driven. Whether this is the …

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne refuses to meet with the elected mayor of the province’s largest city. Is she right? Absolutely not. And, yes. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford asked Tuesday for an urgent meeting with Premier Wynne to discuss financial support to the city after a …

On Saturday, January 11, two seemingly disconnected things happened in far apart places.  Both involved newspapers.  Both got me thinking about how newspapers serve our communities, about how goodness is not always rewarded, and about what we should expect from our media. On Saturday, The …

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