All will be revealed in Regina land sale

Regina City Council was publicly criticized last week for a land sale they engaged in with an undisclosed buyer.

Some of the outcry is from adjacent property owners who may or may not have had use for the land themselves.

But any criticism from the general public about the cloak and dagger secrecy of the sale may not be fair.

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Density can’t come at the expense of massive property devaluation

Cities are becoming increasingly aware of the need to densify.

The infrastructure costs of suburban sprawl are not recoverable.

No one is prepared to pay the real costs that are imposed upon most city services because of continued expansion of suburbia.

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How smart companies will address work-from-home

Smart companies will look beyond potential cost savings and base their decision on how to best invest in their most important asset…their employees.

I’m often asked what I believe will be the impact of the work from home transition on office occupancy.

I think it’s a matter of planning and investing where the money will be best served.

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Countdown to mandatory hotel quarantine

When an economy starts slipping people may still be going out to eat or shopping but the first luxury they cut is travelling.

And one of the industries that feels that impact most closely are hotels.

With a lot of news focussing on airlines, hotels appeared to be largely left out of federal aid until later stages of the pandemic.

With new national air travel quarantines coming into effect Feb. 22, will this act as a Band-Aid for struggling hotels?

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Can Canada’s oldest retailer hang on?

From fur trading to e-commerce, the oldest and most resilient retailer in Canada has been the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) since 1670.

The company’s roots go back so far, they pre-date Confederation by nearly 200 years.

If ever there was an example of reinvention, over and over again, it will never be said that this retailer went down without a fight.

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First to close and last to open

It feels like 2020 has been the longest year on record for everyone.

Things are hardly back to normal by any standard, but it has been encouraging to see the buzz of back to school shoppers and the community embracing dining out again.

As we enter the last quarter of the year, it’s important to remember that there are some industries stuck in limbo, such as any facility that hosts crowds.

What does the future hold for entertainment venues?

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Options for Lighthouse need to be explored

The Lighthouse, which provides support to Saskatoon’s homeless and mentally ill, is vital to our community but it can’t come at the expense of our vibrant Downtown as a whole.

Prior to the global pandemic, Saskatoon’s Downtown businesses were already feeling the impact of reduced foot traffic due to safety concerns of the Lighthouse.

Now, the reported national statistics for tenant relief requests from the retail sector mirror close to what we’ve seen in Saskatoon.

As a result of economy shutting down to Covid-19, on average, 70 per cent of requests have come from retail tenants; only 30 per cent have come from the office and industrial sectors.

A game plan to invigorate our downtown retail business before it’s too late is urgent.

It’s time for the City, local businesses, and the Lighthouse to examine a Plan B if we hope to save this core neighbourhood.

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Coronavirus claims another victim: SK economy

Reporting to you live from Saskatchewan, stay tuned for more economic spinoff from the Covid-19 pandemic!

And by spinoff, I mean spinning off the tracks or wheels or whatever analogy you’d like to lend.

The Saskatchewan government delivered their budget three months late mid-June, with a big fat $2.4 billion deficit ribbon on top.

It’s a gift no one wanted, and we can’t return to sender.

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The oxymoron of office culture for remote workers

The dialogue is starting around this latest experiment in the office sector.

We’ve seen other experiments in recent years such as the open office concept and co-working concept. COVID-19 has accelerated a work-from-home (WFH) trial that might otherwise have taken years to duplicate.

Will WFH emerge as the disruptor that some are suggesting?  

Will organizations be able to maintain culture within, while the experiment is underway?

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