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Our aging, shifting population

Every day, all over Canada, decisions are made that will ultimately shape our cities. These decisions dictate how and where cities will grow and shrink. ...

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Cultural regeneration

The case for cultural regeneration in European capital cities has been made for at least two decades in Europe. More recently, however, second-tier cities have ...

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Expropriating contaminated land

When a municipality expropriates contaminated land, can it deduct the full cost of remediating the contamination from the amount paid to the reluctant seller? Surprisingly, ...

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Micromanagers deliver micro-results

It continues to surprise me how many people end up in leadership positions while they lack the necessary people skills. They rise through the ranks ...

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Building a culture of prevention

In today’s organizations, strong leaders recognize that solid health and safety performance drives business results. They realize the importance of promoting a culture of health ...

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For electric utilities, energy is the holy grail

The billion-dollar question is, how can we cheaply and reliably store energy for the grid? The picture is clear: coal-powered electrical utilities and the oil-powered ...

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It takes two to tango (part 1)

The above aged expression refers to the fact, as Pearl Bailey sang in 1952, that a relationship – like a marriage or like the tango ...

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Problems! Glorious problems!

C. K. Chesterton penned a quote that I’m especially fond of: “It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It’s that they can’t see the ...

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Shifting communities

When the Kenyan priest arrived to take up residence at the local Catholic Church in Yellowknife Northwest Territories, he expressed some concern over his safety ...

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Innovations in municipal service delivery

Innovations in service delivery are helping municipal governments cope with the public’s demand for improved service and reduced costs. While some municipalities, both large and ...

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City of Windsor - a city reinvented

In August, our team was excited to attend the annual conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, hosted by the City of Windsor. It ...

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