We should pay more attention to our cities and what economists call functioning urban areas, agglomerations of economic strength that cross official municipal boundaries such as the Greater Toronto Area or the swath of high-tech activity in Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge.
Walk this way: Large cities really matter the most, though so do the smaller or midsize communities that form part of their functional urban area. Being within 90 minutes driving time of large urban areas increases economic opportunity. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
TORONTO—For all the euphoria over improved economic data, there remain nagging concerns over how well the economy is really doing—and is likely to do based on present trends.
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PIPSC president Debi Daviau says amount spent on outsourcing has increased ‘despite commitment by the government to reduce spending on external consultants to 2005 levels,’ at union’s annual general meeting.