Commentary

Depending on how municipalities respond to it, adversity can be the final detractor, a missed opportunity, or a timely reformist. Typically, our response to hardship, both as individuals and organizations, is designed to revert to a previous normal; we aim to recover. There is, however, a marked philosophical and practical difference between recovery—‘rising every time we fall’—and resilience—rising faster, taller, and more resolutely. Recovery is survival; resilience is growth. Recovery is fine; resilience is better. Read more...

The relationship between municipalities and their provincial and territorial counterparts in Canada has been evolving over the years. There is a growing understanding of the need to recognize municipalities as independent governments with the autonomy to deal with local issues. But we’ve also been hearing a lot about the challenges facing municipalities as they increase their scope of power, particularly in times of fiscal restraint. Read more...

All successful organizations must evolve to meet a changing environment. Canada's Public Service is no different. It is adapting to meet Canada's needs, while respecting our code of values and ethics to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the federal Public Service. Over the past several years, our focus has been on renewing and transforming the federal public service, delivering on a dynamic policy agenda, and re-engineering many of our internal and external services. We have made significant progress in positioning our institution for the future. Read more...

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By August 3, 1914, most of Europe had committed to fighting what would eventually become one of the greatest wars ever known to man. But the world's greatest economic and military power, the British Empire, remained outside the fray. It was unclear how Britain would respond should Germany invade 'little' Belgium, who the British had sworn to protect nearly a century earlier. The Germans got their answer shortly after crossing the Belgian border in early August. In London, Parliament responded with an ultimatum to Kaiser Wilhelm II: leave Belgium or face the wrath of the mighty British Empire. Read more...

Don't get me wrong. The land use plans that are developed to set the vision and guide our communities are important documents. However, the process of preparing the plans should be regarded as equally, if not more, important. A case in point is the process we undertook in Barrie over the past four and a half years involving the preparation of two large Secondary Plans for lands in the south end of the city. Together, the plans call for significant population and employment growth, more than 40,000 people and 10,000 jobs over the next couple of decades. Read more...

If you put mayors of ten cities in one room, you can be quite certain the topic of transportation would come up fairly rapidly. For a good reason: the impact of rapid and increasing urbanization on our transportation systems is a fact most of us need only look past the front hood of our car at rush hour to confirm. And citizens' priorities have quickly become our elected officials' priorities. Read more...