Commentary

Millions of dollars each year are poured into our federal trade initiatives around the world and to a lesser degree our provinces follow suit, at least most of them do. And, while its fine to say that we should be relying on the services of the International Trade Ministry and our Foreign Trade Services and Consul offices, will it be sufficient to get us what we want (or as much as we want) – namely, more trade opportunities in more markets for our own local businesses and more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) coming into our respective communities?

The final leg of our cross-Canada rail tour brought us from the interior of British Columbia to the beautiful west coast. Passing through the town of Hope BC, the site of one of Canada's infamous World War Two internment camps for Japanese Canadians, then continuing to wind through the endless Rockies, it became clear that much of British Columbia is still pristine wilderness, connected only by rail, the Trans-Canada Highway, and the province's vast river system.

In March of this year, PSD published an article entitled, "The Top 7 Most Intelligent Communities: How 3 Canadian Cities Made the List." This article was extremely well received. We have noted your enthusiasm for the subject, and have decided to build on this article by partnering with the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), as well as the cities of Kingston and Stratford, to deliver an engaging and informative webinar entitled, "Small Communities, Intelligent Communities."

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Much has been written about forms and styles of leadership. So much so that leadership theory has become its own multi-disciplinary field in academic research. One important contribution to the normative theory of leadership is Oran R. Young's seminal work, Political Leadership and Regime Formation: On the Development of Institutions in International Society. Though Young's theory of leadership focuses on regime formation in the international context, his typology and assessment of leadership styles have a much wider application. In a time of political leadership renewal across Canada, Young's leadership theory suggests that any great leader should be able to successfully combine different leadership styles.

Hazel McCallion's success as mayor of the sixth largest city in Canada is clear, and historic. She is currently in her 11th term as mayor, and barring unexpected health issues, intends to run for the 12th. McCallion's political achievements are founded on "hard work", "common sense", "communication", and "good judgment." These skills are ordinary and prerequisite in a leader. Their consistent, sincere, and forceful application, however, is what validates McCallion's place in history, and her celebrity.

Society depends on police officers to be unrelenting agents of public trust and security. Just and effective policing is a highly cooperative exercise that requires professionalism and accountability from both police officers and the public. Recent advancements in camera, battery, and cloud-based technology have the potential to greatly enhance the professionalism and accountability of both parties. The cost of outfitting police officers with portable body cameras is no longer prohibitive. These cameras can be comfortable mounted on the lapel, glasses, or head, and are made of remarkably durable materials. In addition, they have all-day battery life and can record and upload high quality images–in any lighting condition–to a cloud-based database for storage. This stored content can then be easily accessed and examined by authorized parties.