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The incivility continuum

Political incivility and what local governments can do. Civic engagement is a topic that is gathering considerable attention these days. But, what happens when public ...

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True moral leadership requires empowering women

True moral leadership seems to be in short supply today. Yet, it’s something that communities and organizations continue to crave. What is true moral leadership? Leadership ...

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New report underscores importance of local planning for healthy living

In her report, Designing Healthy Living, on the state of public health in Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, examines the connection between ...

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On being a CAO in Canada

I have long been concerned with the proposition that not only public servants, but also all citizens, are necessarily “independent moral actors.” The phrase derives ...

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Why 0% tax increases cost so much

Short-Term Gain, Long-Term Pain In 1986, I attended the Western Canada Water and Sewage Conference in Calgary. A comment by the keynote luncheon speaker, a ...

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New councillors: "keep your stick on the ice!"

10 Rules for Surviving Political Body Checks Now that you new councillors have a few meetings under your belt, I will wager 10-to-1 that you ...

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New sidewalk labs district aims to help make Toronto a leading edge smart city

Waterfront Toronto and Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to Create Neighbourhoods That Blend People-Centred Urban Design with Cutting-Edge Technology “Sidewalk Toronto” Aims to Make Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront ...

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Is a leadership audit in order?

The City Manager (CM) knew he had a problem. In an effort to clean up a financially troubled department, a hard-driving numbers person had been ...

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Rethinking disability employment relationships

Mark Wafer recently addressed the importance and benefits of an inclusive workplace at the Ontario Municipal Administrators' Association 2017 Fall Workshop Fifteen percent of Canada’s ...

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2017 community futures Ontario awards

On September 7, 2017, the Community Futures Ontario conference was held in London, Ontario to celebrate the initiatives and achievements of individuals and organizations that ...

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UBCM offers community emergency preparedness funding

Enhance the resiliency of communities and their residents in responding to emergencies Local governments and Treaty First Nations in BC will be eligible to apply ...

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