Category Archives: Sprawl

Stimulating sprawl

(April 4, 2009) Sprawl in Toronto just got its biggest boost in 50 years, thanks to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s decision this week to stimulate the economy through a $9-billion spending spree on transportation infrastructure. Continue reading

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The right enticement for rural life

(July 5, 2008) A devastating new report from Canada’s Senate – Beyond Freefall: Halting Rural Poverty – shows how hopelessly dependent, dysfunctional and uneconomic rural Canada has become. Continue reading

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Spreading sprawl

(February 2, 2008) Canadians are becoming more and more dependent on the automobile, Stats-Can told us last week, citing figures showing that 74% of Canadians are full-time drivers, up from 70% in 1998 and 68% in 1992. Continue reading

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Why did sprawl get out of hand?

(November 12, 2005) Urban elites and the left have for decades savaged the suburbs, arguing that the suburb is environmentally unsustainable, an aesthetic blight on the landscape, homogeneously white bread and morally defective. Continue reading

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Schoolyard bullies

(April 2, 2005) The church may have never before been host to three hours of almost uninterrupted jeers, sneers, and self-righteous invective, much of it directed at people unwelcomed in the neighbourhood. This was not a Christian fundamentalist gathering of homophobes and racists. This was not Alabama or some northern Canadian backwater from some pre-enlightened era. Continue reading


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