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Municipal World announces 2019 Awards of Distinction

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Municipal World has announced the winners for its 2019 Awards of Distinction. Presented in six categories and voted on by Municipal World members, the awards ...

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Five keys to being a "player" politician

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Anyone interested in being an effective political force should take stock of the attributes of “player” politicians. Fortunately, the vast majority of elected officials fit ...

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The trendwatching trend

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Poets can be wrong. Some 250 years ago, Thomas Gray wrote, “Where ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise.” These days ignorance is rarely ...

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The dysfunctional council

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When one councillor seems determined to make life miserable for the “team,” the absence of effective rules becomes glaringly evident. But that doesn’t mean dissent ...

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Good Leadership: A vaccine for the organizational flu

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Little did the taxpayers know they were paying an extra five percent for the multiplex site servicing work in their small town. Why? Because bidding ...

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Constructing resilient communities at the local level

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The motto of the 2019 Local Government Alumni Conference was “Caution! Change Ahead: Constructing Resilient Communities.” This was reflected in the presentations and conversations taking ...

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7 tips for making the most of social media

More and more, people are beginning to expect a high level of service, transparency, and responsiveness from their municipal governments. Today, it’s now common to ...

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I have to write that down

A collection of amusing, silly, and confusing things, as overheard in council meetings People say a lot of things at municipal council meetings. Councillors, for ...

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