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

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...

Imagine you are a city employee thinking of new ways to create goodwill between your city police department and citizens. Would you create a series of in-person meet-and-greets between the police department and the community or would you go to social media and create a hashtag for citizens to freely comment on why they love the police department and post pictures? Would you do both? In April 2014, the NYPD asked Twitter users to post photos of themselves with officers while using the hashtag #myNYPD. The idea backfired. Read more...

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...