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Building a connected city
Local government is in the business of making connections. Whether it is connecting commuters to workplaces, older adults to recreation centres, students to campuses, or ...
The public library: Where culture comes to you
In any community, cultural vitality relies on a web of collaborative relationships between a number of organizations and individuals. Local culture thrives when art galleries, ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...