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Getting Our Priorities Straight

Getting Our Priorities Straight

Will our new leaders seize the day? Words by Don McVie Citizens caught an important break with the outcome of the recent municipal elections. Not only does Mississauga elect a smart, young and…

It’s “Only” City Government—Who Cares?

It’s “Only” City Government—Who Cares?

With upcoming municipal elections across Ontario, we face a big challenge in that much of our thinking public is disengaged, ill-informed and ambivalent despite the vital importance of electing outstanding…

Guest post: Debunking the E-Waste Myth

Guest post: Debunking the E-Waste Myth

Words by Ken Wong Electronic waste or e-waste is a complex issue. Like the oil sands, e-waste sits at the crossroads of industry and environmental concerns. Thankfully, the issue is…

Starting at Yes!

Starting at Yes!

Collaborative efforts and aspiration pay off in Vancouver. Words by Don McVie A few weeks ago I found myself driving across Vancouver at rush hour on my way to the…

Opinion: PC Leaders Don’t Learn

Opinion: PC Leaders Don’t Learn

Until PCs learn Wynne is safe… And that could be a long time Words by Mike Douglas The front page of Wednesday’s Globe and Mail featured an article describing the…

Opportunity at Risk!

Opportunity at Risk!

Are we jeopardizing prosperity in a sea of red tape? Words by Don McVie Back in the 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s, the developer was king in this city. Men…

Getting on with Smart

Getting on with Smart

It’s time we get on with the job of proving our critics wrong. Words by Don McVie “Objectives are not fate; they are direction. They are not commands; they are…

Raise Your Spirit

Raise Your Spirit

“No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it. We need to see the world anew.” —Albert Einstein Words by Don McVie 2014 is an election year in Mississauga. Not only will…

Unleashing the Creative City

Unleashing the Creative City

Words by Don McVie  In our feature piece on creative spaces and places, Chris Carriere, Michael Spaziani and Artscape’s Tim Jones reflect on the shortage of artist spaces in Mississauga.…

The Wake-Up Call

The Wake-Up Call

The time for inertia is over. Words by Don McVie It’s a sad reflection on human nature that even decent, well-intentioned people like us require a great big jolt of…

Being Cool with Change

Being Cool with Change

Let’s reach an age of reason. Words by Don McVie I’ve often wondered why it is that old men frequently come off as angry and bitter when they put in…

The Brave New World of Reinvention

The Brave New World of Reinvention

Are we really ready to harness the power of “re”? Words by Don McVie Is there any prefix in the English language that conjures up more great possibilities than “re-”?…

Riding the Rock ’n’ Rollercoaster

Riding the Rock ’n’ Rollercoaster

Confessions of a serial entrepreneur. Words by Don McVie “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you…

Editorial: The Entrepreneurs Issue

Editorial: The Entrepreneurs Issue

Hello again, Congratulations. Once more we have successfully prevailed over an interesting winter. Beating back the cold February blues with laughter was on the minds of show producers across Mississauga.…

Leadership: Embracing the Void

Leadership: Embracing the Void

It’s time for a new champion to emerge. Words by Don McVie With Mayor McCallion playing out the last half of her final term in power, Mississauga faces a daunting…

Editorial: The Leadership Issue

Editorial: The Leadership Issue

Hello again, The cover image for this special leadership issue of Spirit of the City (above) evokes the challenges facing society’s leaders as they help to guide us through the…

Editorial: The Spirit of Giving

Editorial: The Spirit of Giving

Hello again. The Spirit of Giving is our compelling theme for this special edition of Spirit of the City. It’s better to give than to receive goes the old adage,…

Cents & Sensibility

Cents & Sensibility

Big decisions will shape the future and they will need the benefits of full disclosure to the citizens who will pay for them. Words by Don McVie In this issue…

Reinventing Our Mississauga

Reinventing Our Mississauga

Now that the city is built out, will Mississauga change the way it grows? Words by Don McVie “Nothing endures but change.” Heraclitus (540 BCE – 480 BCE), from Diogenes…

Creating Identity

Creating Identity

On election night we’re told the whole country will be watching to see what happens in Mississauga and Brampton as harbingers of a potential Conservative majority government, or not. The…

SMART MONEY

SMART MONEY

Hello again. Our cover this month portrays the one true hero of all political schemes and budget plans – the valiant Taxpayer – super provider of treasure to the nation,…