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Archive for November, 2008

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

Larry Beasley’s Simple Plan, by Frances Bula Vancouver Magazine First page of a 10-page piece on Larry Beasley & co., and how other cities are adopting and adapting the “Vancouver model.” It’s a bit short on substance, but there are some interesting bits if you’re willing to scroll across all 10 pages (each page is […]

Great title for my letter-to-the-editor

Friday, November 28th, 2008

I missed this when it was published on 11/13, but my letter in response to Les Leyne’s Times-Colonist column on the carbon tax (see my blog entry about it, Cracking cement: Industry and municipalities could work together) did make it into the paper. The editor came up with a witty title for it: Cast a […]


Monday, November 24th, 2008

Sadly, my Sunday Diigo Links post didn’t appear yesterday, which means interested readers will have to visit my Diigo page and look up what I bookmarked last week. One favourite, worth highlighting, is this: Introduction: By Paul Hawken – SustainLane Great defense of cities by Paul Hawken. QUOTE Urban migration represents a kind of collective […]

Will Victoria grow its start-up muscle?

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Via an older blog entry from Richard Florida, a pointer to an article by Ben Casnocha, Start-Up Town, which describes (among other things) how Boulder, CO went from being “a little hippie college town to a little hippie college town also boasting an impressive and growing congregation of Internet entrepreneurs, early-stage venture capitalists, and bloggers.” […]

News that skews

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

This is an entry about a story of local interest, but its implications are broader. It is also about truth in newspaper reporting, about credibility, and the problems that develop under a media monopoly. The other day I came across two versions of the same article, published by two different papers in the Canwest newspaper […]

Fantasy, failure, and faux: that’s Victoria!

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

There are plenty of important things to write about (like Canada’s miserable inability to defend net neutrality), but I just realized something important about fantasy, failure, and the city of Victoria’s self-deceiving love affair with faux heritage. It’s a mind-set espoused by way too many people, and likely to contribute to our upcoming stagnation. A […]’s Visual Guide to the Financial Crisis

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

I came across this excellent graphic the other day, posted by in A Visual Guide to the Financial Crisis. Click through to’s blog post to read more.  There’s a long comments thread, too.

Low voter turnout

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Last Saturday, British Columbia held municipal elections.  Here in Victoria and the other 12 surrounding municipalities that together comprise the CRD (Capital Regional District), we too voted. There’s a problem, though: the turnout is low, low, low. The City of Victoria managed to get just under 22% of eligible voters to cast a ballot; Saanich: […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

“The secret of success* *It’s not what you’d expect” ( Interview with Malcolm Gladwell about his new book, Outliers. Rather depressing stuff in some ways. I gather that not only do I NOT work hard enough, but I was born at the wrong time of year, not to mention with the wrong background/ role models/ […]

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