What if we could live in the future, today?

The most recent episode of The 905er. We spoke with Mike Moffatt on the reasons why housing in the province does nothing but go up. If you live in Ontario, I highly recommend you listen:

We’ve been paralyzed in this province by a lack of vision.

Too long the people of the province are caught between developers and NIMBY’s. Development in our province is reduced to an all or nothing proposition. Often it’s either small town Ontario, or Downtown Toronto. In the end developers win and we are left with a mish mash, hodge podge looking community.

It is clear density is needed, if we are to preserve our farmland and greenspace. Yet that doesn’t mean we need to stuck into a binary argument. This pandemic has presented options that we never needed to contemplate before. Working is becoming decentralized. The old model of planning of creating suburbs for people to live while commuting to a larger city on highways is outdated and quite frankly dead.

We have seen that working from home can be the wave of the future. If our community planners would embrace this as the model for the future, imagine the cities and communities we could live in? More viable greenspace and parks for people to enjoy, public wifi access in urban centres, denser living but more hospitable to humans. We could live in truly 21st Century environment.

We just need the will to do it.

Trudeau’s Trip to Africa is Important…but Not for The Reasons You Think.

Prime Minister Trudeau meets with Senegal President Macky Sall
Senegal’s President Macky Sall walks alongside Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, upon arrival at the Presidential Palace in Dakar, Senegal, on Feb. 12, 2020.

No doubt you’ve read stories in the Canadian press highlighting Prime Minister Trudeau’s trip through Africa. The immediate purpose is to advocate for Canada’s seat on the Security Council of the UN. This is admirable and I am happy to see Canada take on such a role internationally.

The news of his trip caught my eye though for a different reason. For years, China has been heavily investing in African countries. At the same time Chinese business has been offshoring much of the manufacturing and low wage work that we used to associate with their economy to African nations. However, a major handicap for African nations has traditionally been poor infrastructure to facilitate a robust industrial manufacturing sector. To offset this, China has been building major infrastructure projects themselves throughout the continent.

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