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Short-term rentals - the big picture (Part 3)

At the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) conference in San Antonio, consultant Ulrik Binzer gave a presentation on the challenges around short-term rentals. Part 1 ...

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Canada 150 & the truth in our history

What is history? When did it start? How old does something have to be, to be historic? Whose stories do we tell and commemorate? These, ...

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Canada's aging population signals need for more inclusive, accessible transportation system

As the number of Canadians aged 65 and older continues to grow faster than any other age group, so too does the need for a ...

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Empowering women in local government

Recently, four strong female leaders in municipal government participated in a panel discussion – Empowering Women in Local Government – at the Western University Local ...

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Join a Christmas bird count group!

Started in 1900, the Christmas Bird Count is North America's longest-running Citizen Science project. Counts happen in over 2,000 localities throughout the Western Hemisphere. The ...

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Short-Term Rentals - 10 best practices for enforcement (Part 2)

At the 2017 International City/County Management Association (ICMA) conference in San Antonio, consultant Ulrik Binzer gave a presentation on the challenges for communities addressing short-term ...

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Short-term rentals - local regulation strategies (Part 1)

Short-term rentals – whether through large sites such as AirBNB or HomeAway, or any of the myriad of smaller, niche options – are rapidly becoming ...

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The world to our doorstep: pending cannabis legalization an opportunity for Canada

The pending legalization of recreational cannabis is on the horizon, and it is already causing significant controversy in communities across the country. However, as Cam ...

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Lessons from the olympics

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things When you look at the great things that are being done in your community, it is most often the result ...

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A council's "DNA"

A question frequently heard in the world of local government is this: Why does the council act as it does? This question sometimes refers to ...

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The changing dynamics of the municipal-federal relationship

The federal government understands that municipalities are central to Canada’s success – it is the communities where the country-wide initiatives are taking place. Recently, Clark ...

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Why the wise ask why?

In the long-distant past, I’ve had the dubious opportunity to teach people how to use either a computer or some sort of computer application. Quite ...

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