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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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OSUM 2019 offers insights into Ontario’s municipal challenges

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

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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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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Vending machine democracy

In ancient Greece, Socrates warned that unless citizens are trained to think politically and about the common good – current and future – then they ...

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Former Rancho Cordova air force base a beacon to veterans facing homelessness

The former Mather Air Force Base in Rancho Cordova, California, is providing the foundation to new, critically needed, and permanent supportive housing for homeless and/or ...

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Sacramento's Civic Lab offers government, community partnership insights

Civic Lab not only brings together cross disciplinary teams to tackle challenging issues related to transportation and land use while piloting innovative solutions with local ...

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San Antonio engages communities through civic technology

San Antonio has experienced a rapidly growing technology and startup ecosystem in recent years, but has struggled to engage this sector, particularly startups that find ...

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Award-winning Pullman police drone program takes flight

When Pullman, Washington Police Chief Gary Jenkins began researching the use of drones in law enforcement, he undoubtedly didn’t predict he was launching what would ...

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