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Blame the politicians, not Metrolinx, for UPX fiasco - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 12, 2016
UPX  Metrolinx  politics  Toronto  transit  white_elephants  politicians 
february 2016 by jerryking
Kate Taylor: Why Toronto’s Aga Khan Park risks becoming a white elephant - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 28 2015

the museum’s permanent collection, a selection of historic Islamic art drawn from the family holdings of the Aga Khan, the European billionaire businessman and noted humanitarian who is the 49th hereditary leader of the Ismaili Muslim community. The collection includes magnificent pieces of Persian ceramics dating back as early as the 10th century, a selection of fine Indian miniatures from the 1500s and 1600s and a few rare Asian robes that had miraculously survived for centuries, as well as illuminated copies of the Quran, decorated tiles and handwoven rugs.

The museum has good international connections and also offers first-rate temporary exhibitions:
Ismaili  museums  Islamic  Toronto  Don_Mills  art  white_elephants 
may 2015 by jerryking
MaRS tower struggles to find bioscience tenants | Toronto Star
By: Rob Ferguson Queen's Park Bureau, Published on Mon Nov 17 2014
MaRS  white_elephants 
november 2014 by jerryking
A Spanish lesson in economics - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jun. 20 2014

The lesson here is that public infrastructure projects are necessary to promote arts and culture, but they need to be considered carefully in terms of size, scope and cost. They should be beautiful and inspiring, but they cannot become the ego-driven projects of mayors or architects. Unlike government spending on education or health, which can be scaled up, down or redesigned over time, a huge public infrastructure project has one chance to get it right.

I’m certainly no expert on the Spanish economy, and the country and its people have so many wonderful attributes that it’s impossible to not love the place. And certainly Canada has its share of service failures, publicly funded white elephants and other blunders. The point is that economics is everywhere – even when you’re at a Spanish café gulping an ice-cold Agua de Valencia (don’t ask – just go to Valencia and order one.)
circumspection  cultural_institutions  economics  infrastructure  olive_oils  publicly_funded  Spain  Todd_Hirsch  tourism  travel  Valencia  white_elephants 
june 2014 by jerryking

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