Monthly Archives: June 2012

Deep Pockets

Well, after all of the money and energy that has been poured into the Downtown, you’d think we wouldn’t have to now give away assessments to have private interests invest there. Wasn’t that the whole idea in the first place? … Continue reading

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Naysayers, Or, Why Bridget is right (mostly)

There is a thread on the 59 Carden St. blog that’s tossing around the merits of a post by “Bridget”. In it, Bridget’s main point is that downtown merchants must be more creative and determined in their efforts to be … Continue reading

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We can always fix it with (more) money

Earlier this week, a frustrated contractor described a fiasco of sorts to me in trying to park across from City Hall. Apparently the parking on Carden Street was such that a number of vehicles were circling the block, one being … Continue reading

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It was already over.

There is a bit of graffitti on the side of Exhibition Park Arena. Stenciled in black paint, in two-inch high letters, a sentence on an otherwise large and blank wall. It reads: “It was already over.” Only the person who did it knows … Continue reading

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Peak Oil Politics

It would seem that the transformative shifts that we will be required to make due to rising energy costs, and where we invest in public infrastructure, doesn’t necessarily mean we should rethink the sustainability of building and then operating and maintaining bigger … Continue reading

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First Principles

First principles. Dad, Bill Chamberlain, managed agricultural supply co-operatives in Ontario. Dad was transferred to various communities in the province to help turn around ailing co-ops, working long hours against small profit margins. Dad and Mom, Fran, were a team in … Continue reading

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