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Green car thinking should include size

A common theme that has been running through some of my recent public transportation-related posts (not nearly as frequent as I would wish, my apologies) has been about the vast amount of urban real estate committed to accommodating personal vehicles.

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Posted in Canada, Economics, Environment, Public Transit, Transportation

Accounting commuting cost complexities

I confess it’s been overwhelming keeping up with all the debate over the Metro Vancouver public transportation plebiscite, but no matter where you come from, the Moving Forward project by Discourse Media has certainly made an earnest attempt to present

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Posted in Economics, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

The 125 Dollar Challenge

Jordan Bateman, local spokesperson for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and leader of the No side in the upcoming Metro Vancouver referendum, is fond of saying that there’s a disadvantage in this campaign to implement a 0.5% sales tax increase to

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Posted in Economics, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

Anti-authority/Anti-tax positions misplaced in Public Transportation vote

News of the No side taking the lead in a poll on the upcoming Metro Vancouver public transportation referendum has some questioning the wisdom of putting the proposed 0.5% sales tax increase up to a vote. Those leading the opposition

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Posted in Economics, Environment, Metro Vancouver, Politics, Public Policy, Public Transit, Transportation

Ebola demonstrates how easily personal risk draws attention away from our Dynamic potential (#NaBloPoMo Day 17)

What truly separates the public interest from the self interest is change, with which comes countless new possibilities, many of them practical and exciting.  The positive aspects of these opportunities are accessible to everyone, but unfortunately, it is easy to

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Posted in 4D Framework themes, Economics, Politics

Everyone should have a Magna Carta (#NaBloPoMo Day 9)

‘We’re just a million little gods causing rainstorms, turning every good thing to rust.’ Arcade Fire’s words from Wake Up perfectly sums up the tone these days in the developed world when it comes to many social issues.  Much of

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Posted in Economics, Politics

With baseball, you get what you get (#NaBloPoMo Day 7)

Players like Alex Rodriguez are the product of baseball’s design The return of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez to the news has me altering my #NaBloPomo plans again a bit. Was intending to write this post sometime over

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Posted in Economics, Environment, Sports

The dichotomy of Freedom (#NaBloPoMo Day 6)

The polar extremes of self and public/broad interest are especially distinct when applied to freedom Yesterday, amongst other things, I talked about how values can be paired as polar opposites on a continuum with a self interest basis on the

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Posted in 4D Framework themes, Economics, Human Rights

Viewing public interest as an inspiration (#NaBloPoMo Day 4)

Public interest should aspire beyond mediating conflicts between individual interests After yesterday’s impromptu post and getting ahead of myself for tomorrow’s which is significant for radicalists and historians (presume @towncrier96, fellow NaBloPoMo participant, knows all about that), fallen behind today’s

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Posted in 4D Framework themes, Economics, Politics, Public Policy

Why a dialogue on Public Interest is needed (#NaBloPoMo Day 2)

In my opinion, public interest is the most important idea that needs to be addressed in free and democratic societies today.  I had written a recent post on this subject and was in the process of writing a follow up

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Posted in 4D Framework themes, Economics, Politics