Category Archives: Government Structure

Democracy Needs a “Face-lift”

The article, “Levac vows to fight for job” shows that democracy in our province, our cities and our country needs a “face-lift.” Mr. Dave Levac may not be leaving Eagle Place, but it’s up to the citizens of Brant whether … Continue reading

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Are Correctional Services Community-Based or Centralized?

The much overused and often incorrectly used words “community” and “community-based” are favourites of organizations and governments.  These words are sometimes touted as a panacea for an issue.  What is fascinating is how easily these words become out of favour … Continue reading

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Improve the Management of Cities

What can Ontario taxpayers learn from the following two headline-grabbing issues? Toronto’s Sheppard Subway Extension Proposal Brantford’s Saga of the South Side of Colborne Street, the latest installment:  Laurier/Y Proposal These are examples of how Ontario city governments suffer from dysfunction … Continue reading

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Every City Employee Provides Customer Service

Within a city government, from the mayor to the custodian, customer service is everyone’s business.  It is that simple.  For a city to deliver excellent customer service it does not have to hire a consulting firm or add a customer … Continue reading

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To Improve Ontario Cities, It Is Time To Say Good-Bye to The Ontario Municipal Board

The issue of abolishing the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) needs to be a talking point in the 2011 Ontario election campaign.  It is time for Ontario cities and towns to rally around this issue. Christopher Hume of the Toronto Star … Continue reading

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Premier Danny Williams Gets It

The resignation of Premier Williams of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada shows that he is a rare public servant.  He understands that having a leadership role in the public service is not something one does forever.  He got into public service … Continue reading

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Term Limits! Term Limits! Term Limits!

Many of the results of the recent municipal elections in Ontario, Canada indicate that in order to preserve, improve and renew the democratic process and municipal government, the following changes need to be legislated: 1) Three term limit (twelve years) … Continue reading

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The Need for Term Limits

It’s time for Brantford, Ontario city councillors Mr. Richard Carpenter and Mrs. Marguerite Ceschi-Smith to sail off into the sunset, and for former mayor, Mr. Chris Friel to keep on sailing.  Mr. Carpenter and Mrs. Ceschi-Smith have served five terms.  … Continue reading

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