Today's Spectator article on the Hamilton Economic Summit feels like a preemptive strike meant to keep people from asking tough questions about the summit.
The organizers try to make it sound like the summit isn't supposed to be measured by actual physical changes in the city, but rather an attitude change. Then the article finishes with a long list of actual tangible goals that have been set at each summit and are not happening in real life.
In my opinion, these summits haven't changed our attitude at all. We're still a city full of bright people with bright ideas and passion for our future. Unfortunately the list of actual real life changes is virtually invisible.
Heck, I don't think we even accomplished the 'one big idea' goal set out during the Spec's special report a few years ago. I think the final result was to plant a million new trees in the city, or something to that effect.
The only areas we ever seem to make progress in are suburban big box stores and highways. In other words, bidness as usual.
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