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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.

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.

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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.

The City of Victoria, British Columbia, is one of Canada's most unique, beautiful, and temperate communities, but this world renowned tourist attraction and retirement haven is not without its challenges. Few know this better than Victoria's outgoing city manager, Gail Stephens. Stephens arrived in Victoria in 2009 after an already illustrious career serving as the City of Winnipeg's very first chief administrative officer, as VP of finance and services for the University of Calgary, and as CEO of BC Pension Corp.

Ontario is undergoing a reconfiguration of its electrical distribution system, with the province gently nudging municipalities to consider amalgamating their utility assets. The following experts consider the pros and cons of selling municipal utilities. The Sale of Norfolk Power: Council's Choice Dennis Travale, Mayor of Norfolk County Holding on to Power: Deciding the Fate of London Hydro Joni Baechler, City of London Considering the Consolidation of Ontario's Municipally-Owned Electrical Distribution Companies Dr. Philip R. Walsh, Ryerson University The Privatization of Municipal Utility Assets: A Legal Perspective Scott Stoll, Jody E. Johnson, & Jonathan Bright, Aird & Berlis LLP