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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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Going out to play
Municipal World is partnering with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities to raise awareness about the program and the value it can bring to communities, and to ...
Bottled water - sustainable solutions for a circular economy
In the midst of a Canadian summer, demand for all kinds of bottled beverages is on the rise. Consumer trends suggest that Canadians are increasingly ...
Riding the momentum of Pokemon Go!
With its launch here in mid-July, Canadian communities were suddenly swept up in the latest video game craze: Pokémon Go. The game combines the popular ...