Questioning the obsession with economic growth

Growing up immersed in the environmental movement of the 1970s, my thinking on economics was definitely shaped by concepts such as resource sustainability and limits to growth. Then came the 1980s and 1990s, when western societies seemed to reject such ideas as hopelessly naive, assuming instead that limitless growth was not only possible but essential […]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone and, if you’re a reader of the Toronto Star’s print edition, yes it is 2009 even though this morning’s newspaper might have had you checking the calendar for a moment. The front page of today’s Star features the iconic blue ribbon nameplate which had been removed in a 2007 redesign. John […]

LiveDeal sold to online yellow pages operator

Online classified advertising network LiveDeal, Inc has been purchased by YP Corp, operator of “America’s local online yellow pages”. LiveDeal will become a subsidiary of YP Corp, and current LiveDeal shareholders will receive shares in YP. YP Corp says it plans “to use LiveDeal’s innovative technology platform to converge its four principal marketing channels – directories, mobile […]

Canwest pulls out of Vancouver and Ottawa free papers

CanWest MediaWorks is pulling out of a partnership that publishes the free Metro newspapers in Vancouver and Ottawa. The two other partners in the papers — Torstar and Metro International SA — will now each own approximately half of the businesses. The two companies already jointly own the Metro editions in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton. From a news […]

Star mashes map for Doors Open event

Congratulations to thestar.com for publishing a Google map [rendered at reduced size above] showing the 150 sites for this weekend’s Doors Open Toronto. It’s a perfect complement to the official Doors Open site, which has lots of data about the buildings that will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, but really lousy […]