Commentary

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...

Featured Research Articles

It's a conversation that most families would rather not have, but it is one that local leaders are hearing about far too often. Cash-strapped homeowners are questioning their ability to pay down their mortgages. Would-be renters are wondering if they will ever find rental units they can afford. Struggling families are expressing doubts about whether they will ever get off the waiting list and into a shrinking number of social housing units. There are few options for the homeless and they are growing more and more desperate every day. Read more...

The cases involving Alan Schoenborn in British Columbia, Vince Li in Manitoba, and Guy Turcotte in Quebec, were horrific tragedies for everyone involved. No words of mine, nor anyone else’s can ever ease the pain felt by the victims and their families. And as the Prime Minister rightly stated: "we cannot change terrible things in the world. Terrible things are going to happen. But we can create a system that is reasonable." That is what the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act aims to do. Read more...

If you asked any ten public sector professionals what they think about doing strategic planning, you'd likely get responses ranging from negativity to apathy. A few might acknowledge that it could be useful, but I'd be surprised if you'd get much enthusiasm. This negative attitude toward strategic planning isn't surprising. It arises from the way strategic planning is generally done. When we go into organizations to do vision and strategy work, we most often find one of three things: no real planning, an externally imposed plan, and a boring process with an unrealistic outcome. Read more...