Commentary

Open government is quickly becoming a strategic priority of municipalities across North America as the public's expectation grows for greater transparency and accountability in the public sector. Open data is one central pillar of any open government strategy, but for most municipalities, it remains the most challenging to address. Open data programs require at least basic technical skills for proper implementation, as well as some sort of investment in a technology or program for hosting data. As a result, open data places a greater demand on the human and financial capacity of municipal government than most other elements of an open government strategy. Read more...

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Drinking water quality is a major public health concern which has been long overlooked by Canadian federal regulators. Our outdated attitude towards this issue has been strangely complacent. After all, does Canada not have a seemingly inexhaustible abundance of fresh water? Why should we be worried? Well, we live in a different world now, where global transport of environmental contaminants, accelerated by climate change and driven by the relentless push to raise the bottom line on economic output and GDP, now affects every water body on the planet. Read more...

Throughout the world, a new set of marketplaces are shifting economic patterns by allowing people to buy goods and services directly from one another rather than from traditional businesses. Collectively known as the "sharing economy," these platforms facilitate transactions between users by making them easier, more convenient, more affordable and more trustworthy.1 Through these innovations, these marketplaces are unleashing a significant amount of economic activity, changing the dynamics of the transportation, accommodation, services, retail, and financial sectors. Read more...

Government finance offices are embracing the concept of resiliency. When an organization is resilient, it has built the mindset and adopted the practices to be able to maintain strong public service capabilities over the long-term, come what may. It requires planning to help build an organization to be well prepared for the future. More importantly, resiliency aims not to merely maintain healthy organizations, but to leave them in a better condition. Read more...