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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Local governments are looking for the best to be their chief executives and top managers. The meaning of 'the best' has evolved with the changing role and composition of local governments, as well as the general dynamics of the public sector. Over the decades, poor fiscal management resulting from an overcommitted local government has placed immeasurable pressure on the current cohort of senior managers. Balancing this with competing political and ideological demands requires a unique set of skills. Ambitious public servants must also be strategic in highlighting their talents and qualifications as they advance through their career paths. The following is a brief account of trends in recruitment for American city managers.

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.

In Ontario, water shortage events are occurring in some watersheds with increased frequency. These events are a significant concern in sub-watersheds where the land base is largely comprised of irrigation dependent agriculture. A detailed watershed scaled drought management plan needs to be robust and scientifically defensible. It also needs to be realistic, practical, and locally owned and endorsed. Accordingly, some vulnerable watersheds have undertaken various initiatives towards developing such a plan. As an example, the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) has leveraged several projects and initiatives to help ensure that the stakeholders of the Innisfil Creek sub-watershed are adequately prepared for future adverse low water and drought conditions. Like many watersheds across Canada, the Innisfil Creek sub-watershed faces most of the water stressors described above.