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Public parks and the pandemic: Avoiding a standoff between city residents and officials

As cities struggle to contain the spread of COVID-19, the question of how to manage crowding in public parks has become critical. With spring weather ...

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Hidden obligations for employers during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has literally changed the way we live and work. For many municipal employees, it is a case of changing where they work. ...

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Municipalities asking Ottawa for billions in emergency funding

With communities across the country facing the possibility of austerity measures, further layoffs, and potential tax increases, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is calling ...

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Masks and public safety: Local governments can lead in protecting public health

Right this second, there is an asymptomatic carrier of the coronavirus in your community that’s slowly walking up and down every single aisle of your ...

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Earth Day Canada 2020: Keeping our distance, but taking environmental action together

In honour of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the organization Earth Day Canada is inviting citizens to take simple and concrete actions – at ...

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The power of staying positive during COVID-19

Is it time to hire a Chief Positivity Officer? Even on a typical day – and yes, life right now is anything but typical – ...

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Steps to good council communication during COVID-19

Communication with the public and municipal employees is important right now. Good communication keeps people safe and healthy, it keeps your municipality functioning well, and it keeps ...

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It’s an Emergency: Where are You?

I enjoy reading stories/books about World War Two. In particular, I enjoy the tales of heroes (both known and unknown), who fought the scourge of ...

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Five strategic planning challenges – and how to overcome them

Opposition to strategic planning has been growing for some time. The primary charge against it is that it isn’t actually strategic at all. More precisely, ...

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