The Three CEOs

I have been employed by a large firm that went through a dramatic restructuring. I will not tell you which one, though some of you know and some will guess, but I can tell you that we were a publicly traded company operating in a duopoly environment, meaning there was limited competition. I was hired…

Speed and Pedestrian Fatalities

The momentum behind a movement to reduce residential speed limits is building, not just in Winnipeg but in larger cities all over the world. Calgary city council recently voted to reduce their residential speed limit to 40 km/h. The UN and WHO are pushing for reduced residential speeds. Outspoken individuals and advocacy groups have sprung…

Do We Need Private Liquor Sales In MB?

There is an impression, often a correct one, that governments and consumers don’t mix. Let government set the rules and the taxes and allow the private sector handle retail and service delivery. I buy into that, generally. When cannabis was legalized, allowing private retailers to distribute it was undoubtedly the right approach. I have to…

Building Under A Flight Path

Winnipeg City Council might be on the verge of condemning a vast area of central Winnipeg to being a concrete wasteland for decades to come. The area in question is the former site of the Winnipeg Stadium adjacent to the Polo Park mall. Two development companies have proposed an elaborate project, integrated with the Polo…

Safe Speeds Winnipeg

On September 24, MPI issued a warning that 2019 was trending towards a new record for pedestrian fatalities in Manitoba in a single year. For every fatality there are on average over 13 injuries, according to MPI’s data. A week ago, two more pedestrians were hit by a driver and sent to the hospital in…

The State of the CFL

There is still a hint of giddiness reverberating through the city of Winnipeg in the wake of their unexpected trouncing of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week to win the Grey Cup. After decades of pain and disappointment, all is finally well in Bomberville. “Hopefully it won’t take 29 years to win our next one” people…

Another illegal parking lot

Winnipeg has a rich history of illegal and offensive parking lots. There is, for example, the case of ‘Jelly Bean Park’ whereby a quaint little park on Portage Avenue was converted into a primitive gravel parking lot in a business deal involving convicted cocaine trafficker Ray Rybachuk prior to his mysterious death by snowmobile accident.…

The Pan Am Place Iron Ride

Founded in 1968, the Pan Am Boxing Club, located in the heart of the Exchange District, is a Winnipeg institution and the oldest boxing gym in the city. For decades, the not-for-profit boxing club has been training fighters and whipping people into shape. More recently it has become the anchor of Pan Am Place, a…