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Municipal World honours 2024 Women of Influence in Local Government

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Sheilagh O’Leary, deputy mayor of the City of St. John's, Nfld., has been named as the 2024 honouree of Municipal World’s Women of Influence in ...

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Vancouver’s Gastown goes car free this summer

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Part of Vancouver’s historic Gastown neighbourhood is going car-free this summer to make the area more pedestrian-friendly. Over July and August, part of Water Street ...

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Report finds Vancouver, Toronto housing “impossibly unaffordable”

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A recently released report on housing affordability has found Vancouver is the least affordable place to have/own a home in Canada and the third least ...

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Public sector sole-source dilemma revisited

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In 2011, I wrote an article entitled “The public sector sole-source dilemma,” which was published in purchasing B2B as well as Caveat Emptor. In some ...

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Mayor Sandra Masters: Running to address unfinished business

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For several years now there has been a clear trend of incumbent mayors from across the country choosing not to run for re-election. This has ...

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Vancouver, First Nations unveil new UNDRIP action plan

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Many communities across Canada recently marked National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 and held events and programs throughout the month about Indigenous cultures and ...

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It’s not just about housing. We need innovations in municipal finance

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Canada needs more housing, but to get there, we need the infrastructure – water lines, streets, sewers, storm drains and all the other essential municipal ...

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Municipal funding, homelessness, emergency preparedness top FCM discussions

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The annual conference of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) wrapped up last week, bringing together more than 3,100 attendees and delegates from over 2,000 ...

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Conference life helps overcome professional obstacles

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Municipal employees face many obstacles that make it difficult for them to maintain essential services. But, like their elected counterparts, staff also face a constant ...

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Surrey, Mississauga latest cities to launch e-bike programs

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More cities across Canada are adding e-bikes to their public transportation networks. In late April, Surrey, B.C., and Mississauga, Ont., became two of the latest ...

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