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Toronto and Vancouver are joining an elite club of cities where many can't afford to buy housing.
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In many ways this summer's Olympics was a banner games for Canada. Sixteen-year-old Penny Oleksiak hauled in four medals including tying for gold in the women's 100 meter free-style swim. Sprinter And...
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Rising inequality could explain the Rob Ford phenomenon.
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Through investment missions done in cooperation with Invest in Canada, the leading lights of Canada's economic development agencies have learned two clear lessons: First, the battleground for Foreign Direct Investment is at the city level; and second, the weapons employed are the relative strength of city ecosystems and talent.
If Canada isn’t generally thought of as a “creative” country, it might have something to do with our long-standing identity as commodity economy, or “hewers of wood and drawers of water,” as we have s...
Stephen Harper's Conservative government is quick to tout all it has done to improve Canada's economic competitiveness. But like competitive companies, competitive national economies require solid economic data. In scrapping the long-form census, the Harper administration has threatened the country's long-term economic prosperity.
OK, it’s time to put away the broomsticks and masks and focus on the serious business of hauling in Halloween candy. Let’s look at it like an investment adviser would. What’s the best way to get the m...
43North.org, the world's largest business ideas competition, will steal the show in Toronto this week to open Wednesday's Startup Grind fireside chat with Age of Context co-author and legendary tech e...
If Canadians have a preoccupation these days, apart from the winter weather, it seems to be real estate. Specifically: the ever-rising prices in most of our big cities. Is this a bubble? Will there b...
Rob Ford smoked crack. So what? Oh, and he plans to run for a second term as Mayor of the Greater Toronto Area in the Fall 2014 election. Really? Here is a prescription for six actions that would be good for Toronto in 2014, even if by default they result in four more years of Mayor Rob Ford.
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There seems to be a prevalent trend in media and political commentary about New Brunswick; that our province is falling behind, in decline. There are no doubt serious challenges facing New Brunswick, including recent unemployment numbers that are the highest in the country, and a recent increase in outmigration rates.However, it is not all bad news.
Though this might have a counterintuitive ring, Canada's mayors -- the people who are directly responsible for Canada's cities and the most accountable to their citizens -- should have the power to make decisions about local needs and infrastructure, and the ability to raise the money they need to carry out their plans.
"We got this mayor, who I would argue is the worst mayor in the modern history of cities." - Richard Florida, urbanist and academic. Toronto mayor Rob Ford has been a disaster. There is no other way t...
This piece originally appeared in the Toronto Star. You don't have to be a Marxist to wonder if capitalism has run its course. Though the stock market is soaring the economic recovery is jobless, mill...
Toronto's business leaders like to think that they are helping to build a great global city, but casino building is city-ruining of the highest order. A downtown casino will tear holes in Toronto's urban fabric, create more costs than benefits, and send the message that Toronto is on the wrong track.
Entrepreneurship and innovation are important elements in promoting job creation and economic prosperity. Social responsibility -- environmental conservation for example -- is also important to social...
Good urban planning is important to preserving Fredericton's quality of life advantages that make it a desirable place to live and work. This includes promoting walkable streets, unique architecture that enhances the character of the city, and curbing generic box-store style sprawl.
Our province offers the advantage of city and town centres in close proximity to forests and rural areas. Smaller cities and municipalities can offer a strong sense of community as well as shorter commute times and a less hectic pace of life than in centres like Toronto and Montreal -- these can be attractions to potential migrants and immigrants seeking an alternative to the big-city lifestyle.
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We are living through a massive structural transformation of the economy, similar in scale and scope to the shift from the Agricultural to the Industrial Age. Canada is shifting from the Industrial to the Creative Age, in which creativity has become the decisive source of competitive advantage.
Buying a property in a neighbourhood that is in the early stages of such a process is generally considered one of the best ways to build equity in terms of real estate investments. The media constantly runs stories along these lines. Unfortunately however, they couldn't possibly be further from the truth.
In this exclusive excerpt for HuffPost from Richard Florida's new book, the author reveals that scientists and engineers, architects and designers, artists and entertainers and the growing ranks of professional knowledge workers -- what he labels as The Creative Class" -- now number more than five million in Canada, or roughly 30 per cent of the workforce. So where do they live?
Canada, get ready to resent Toronto even more. The country’s largest city has placed as the 18th most powerful metropolitan area in the world in a wide-ranging “survey of surveys.” Richard Florida, a...