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What are you doing to improve performance in your organization? April 23
If there is one thing governments spend a lot of time doing, it’s thinking about, and reporting on, performance. And this is a good thing. Since, if we  read more...

Capturing investment capital: A social enterprise strategy April 22
Social enterprises are the wave of the future. There are more than 10,000 in Ontario that present a huge opportunity for all parts of the economy on issues  read more...

Off and Running April 21
Elections can bring a change of government. They certainly bring a change in the face of government, as some ministers lose their re-election bid and others  read more...





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Ontario makes court information available online April 17
Ontarians will now have access to court information online, thanks to an initiative carried out by the Ministry of the Attorney  read more...

Ontario and Alberta band together for innovation April 11
Ontario and Alberta have joined forces to encourage the development of research projects that will stimulate job growth, bring new products to market, and improve the products that already exist in both  read more...

Partnership between western provinces supports post-secondary education April 9
The government of Alberta has banded together with British Columbia and Saskatchewan to bring open resources to its post-secondary institutions. The Open Educational Resources Initiative is part of the Building Alberta Plan, and is dedicated to  read more...

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Leveraging the healthcare cloud April 11
The Canadian healthcare system is famously slow to adopt new technologies. The current shift toward cloud-based technologies is a recent and illustrative example.  read more...

Crowdsourcing takes flight April 8
The government of Canada’s 2013 budget pledged to reduce public service travel costs via digital infrastructure, notably telepresence capabilities for video conferencing. In 2014, the U.S. federal government went a step further and crowdsourced the challenge of more efficient travel directly to staff.  read more...

Data, public safety, and the economy March 31
It may not seem immediately obvious, but public safety is an important contributor to economic growth. When a crime is committed, it devalues the appeal of the city to potential businesses and residents...  read more...

Bookshelf

  • Off and Running

    Elections can bring a change of government. They certainly bring a change in the face of government, as some ministers lose their re-election bid and others are shuffled by the returning prime minister.

  • Recalibrating fixed beliefs

    Evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould warned that “the most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.” He was referring to sacred cows, beliefs that don’t stand up to scrutiny and lead us astray if clung to zealously.

   
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The fallout of favouritism
on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 14:50
I have had the unique privilege of reading tens of thousands of anonymous survey comments from public servants at many…

The fallout of favouritism
on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 15:33
Hey Mark, That's an incredibly interesting dissection, and an interesting question on its own. I was actually hoping to get…

The fallout of favouritism
on Monday, 14 April 2014 09:05
Hi Kent, There is a rather uncomfortable and tricky distinction that needs to be made between route of entry, and…

Web renewal: The success of a Pal
on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:18
Why not use the term XML, and meta data?

Appointment by merit or connections?
on Friday, 04 April 2014 09:58
I believe there is a gap here in this line of thinking. If all of this testing and interviewing were…

As certain as death and taxes March 24
Benjamin Franklin said that "in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." I think he missed three others. The Law of Power Cords says that if a power cord can get caught on something it will...  read more...

When urgency becomes the norm February 13
"This is urgent," the poobah said. "If you don’t put this contract in place right away the consultant is going to find a contract somewhere else. I want that consultant, so you have to do it now: it is urgent."  read more...

What's in a word? January 24
Last month I wrote about accountability for procurement. I like this definition of the term: “If you are accountable for something, you are in a position that requires you to report to or answer to someone for your actions and decisions.”  read more...

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Protecting Nova Scotia's ecosystems
On August 1, 2013, the Province of Nova Scotia released Our Parks and Protected Areas: A Plan for Nova Scotia, and announced that it was legally protecting  read more...

Ontario strategy earns greenest employer award
A focused, four-part strategy – employee engagement, strategic leadership, executive participation and partnerships – with short- and long-term goals has  read more...

BC sets North American benchmark for carbon neutral communities
In 2008, British Columbia committed to taking leadership on climate change, including world-leading policy initiatives such as the Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax.  read more...

    What are you doing to improve performance in your organization?
If there is one thing governments spend a lot of time doing, it’s thinking about, and reporting on, performance. And this is a good thing. Since, if we can’t improve on our ability to meet the  read more...

A public servant's guide to new governments
CGE columnist David Zussman, Jarislowsky Chair in Public Sector Management in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, has published a new book, Off and  read more...

Live Webinar: Digitize to Survive
To engage and serve their citizens, public sector organizations are looking to e-government strategies and solutions. Join OpenText CEO Mark Barrenechea to learn how e-government is radically  read more...

 
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