The lazy, hazy – and regenerating – days of summer

Our summers were a collage of friends, exploration, interaction, self-discovery. We were doing everything. Our kids deserve the same

The lazy, hazy – and regenerating – days of summerMillions of Canadian children are no doubt thrilled as summer holidays begin this week, after months of classrooms, tests and teachers. Most of us remember the long and lazy days of summer – an entire two months of winding down after a structured 10 months of schooling. For many of us raising kids today, summer…

Creative class millennials revolutionize small-town life

Big cities were going to be nirvana for artists, designers and technology freaks. But high costs are leading them to happy lives in rural settings instead

Creative class millennials revolutionize small-town lifeWay back in 2003, urban planning guru Richard Florida was in Calgary to lecture on creative capital, the emerging millennial wave and the new cool concept of Bohemian index. Big cities like Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal were going to become the new nirvana as a wave of musicians, artists, designers, architects, writers and information technology freaks swarmed…

Has the urbanization tide turned?

Industrialization, the primary engine behind urbanization, may finally be running out of steam, with unforeseen consequences

Has the urbanization tide turned?Urbanization may finally reach its peak as one of the most persistent economic trends in modern civilization reverses course. There are some gigantic cities in today's world. Tokyo-Yokohama, with 37.8 million residents, is the world's largest metropolitan area by population. But it's not alone. The much faster growing Jakarta, Indonesia, has 30 million people, while Delhi, India, and…

Loss of Ontario cropland exaggerated

Ontario cropland has increased since the 1950s, while farming efficiency also improved

Loss of Ontario cropland exaggeratedBy Glenn Fox and Kenneth P. Green The Fraser Institute In the song Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchell beautifully encapsulated angst about the way we use land: “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” This lyric resonates…