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Top 10 Feature Stories for 2020

by Municipal World
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It’s no secret that there were many important issues on the table for local governments in 2020. Municipal World’s top 10 online feature stories for the year provide perspectives and insights on some of these issues (and a glimpse into what your colleagues were reading) … and perhaps just a hint about challenges still ahead. We hope you enjoy!

1. Public parks and the pandemic: Avoiding a standoff between city residents and officials

As cities struggle to contain the spread of COVID-19, the question of how to manage crowding in public parks has become critical. With spring weather on the horizon, many municipalities are considering increasing restrictions on public parks to prevent crowds. Read More …

2. Steps to good council communication during COVID-19

Communication with the public and municipal employees is important right now. Good communication keeps people safe and healthy, it keeps your municipality functioning well, and it keeps your community calm and confident in your abilities. Read More …

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3. Masks and public safety: Local governments can lead in protecting public health

Right this second, there is an asymptomatic carrier of the coronavirus in your community that’s slowly walking up and down every single aisle of your local grocery store. The aisles are narrow; it’s impossible for them to keep six feet from everyone else. Read More …

4. Preparing for the journey to recovery

The pandemic is having profound impacts on every community, with municipalities facing an unprecedented financial crisis that could last for years. As a result, there will be numerous difficult decisions about staffing, service levels, and taxation. Read More …

5. Communicating with employees during COVID-19

When COVID-19 hit, the City of Mississauga, like other municipalities, had to adjust its workplace to allow many employees to work from home. Read More …

6. The power of staying positive during COVID-19

Even on a typical day – and yes, life right now is anything but typical – Newmarket Mayor John Taylor feels like he is under pressure whenever he checks his inbox. Read More …

7. Are we at risk of becoming policy dinosaurs? Not on my watch.

Sink or swim. For more than a decade, a fundamental social change or “shift” capable of tossing the unprepared into the maelstrom has been growing in communities, businesses, NGOs, and government. Read More …

8. Four ways to engage citizens in local government

In recent years, there has been no shortage of talk about the need for greater citizen involvement in decision making and the desire to increase institutional possibilities for public engagement. Read More …

9. 7 vital qualities to look for in your local leader

With local government elections happening this fall in several provinces, there is an opportunity for communities to give serious consideration to who will represent them over the next term. Read More …

10. How microliving can help reshape communities

From a municipal perspective, microliving has the potential to make a real difference in the future of communities. Read More …

These are just a few of the 2020 highlights, with more great content to be found in the Municipal World podcast channels. Happy reading! MW

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