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6 tips for innovation

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The challenges facing cities are far-reaching and complex. Across the globe, urban and rural areas are grappling with the effects of climate change, shifting demographics, ...

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Avoiding the costs of a bad hire: How intake strategy sessions can improve your hiring process

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We’re all aware that bad hires are costly. And, it’s not just the money, which can often be a six-figure loss considering time, training, onboarding, ...

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Run it like a "business"

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I have heard it said frequently and have read it in emails and articles: government would be in a whole lot better shape “if we ...

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OMAA focuses on municipal innovation and engagement

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The impact of innovation, the growth of new technologies, and the need for greater engagement with both municipal staff and the public at large were ...

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OSUM 2019 offers insights into Ontario’s municipal challenges

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If small urban communities make up the body of the province, then the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities (OSUM) provides them with its voice. OSUM is ...

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Creating a community for young entrepreneurs

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How can a community, particularly a small one, create a space where young entrepreneurs want to develop? How can it attract not only new residents, ...

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Being a mayor is a tough job

Last fall, there were more than 1,000 municipal elections in seven provinces and territories across Canada. For those of us who delight in following municipal ...

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8 strategies for municipal crisis communications

A mass shooting. An embezzling scandal. A mall collapse. A train derailment. A flood. A member of council who finds themselves on the wrong side ...

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Understanding ergonomics and pain in the workplace

As of April 2019, municipalities across Ontario will be undergoing review and inspections from ministry ergonomists. Recently, the Ministry of Labour implemented – with the ...

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Preventing pain in the workplace

As of April 2019, municipalities across Ontario will be undergoing review and inspections from ministry ergonomists. Recently, the Ministry of Labour implemented – with the ...

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7 common traps for new hires

It’s relatively easy for a newcomer to join an organization and learn the reporting relationships; the budgeting processes … all the structural things. It’s not ...

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