Tag: public affairs

The conundrum between policy substance and branding

Image via Reuters/The Nation

Now that the Ottawa bubble has had its say on the SNC-Lavalin affair, much of the media will be focused on tomorrow’s Federal Budget speech by Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau.

In the meantime, this morning, I came across a retweet from Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight that struck a chord.

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Talk about funding transit with one voice

While I partially agree with this tweet by “urbanist” Adam Chaleff (a term I absolutely detest by the way), it set me off. The article Chaleff referred to was about finding innovative ways to fund the Waterfront East LRT according to Mark Romoff.  Romoff included a land value capture model that is being used to revitalize Mimico GO Station and leveraging the use of the Canada Infrastructure Bank.  The latter is an idea that I fully supported, and so did Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.  Critics have stated infrastructure banks similar to ones in Chicago and Los Angeles, have gotten off to slow starts.  One of the reasons is that we tend to work in silos.

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