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Aid effectiveness: Strategic relationships and alliances April 17
Canada’s contribution to development and humanitarian assistance is recognized around the world. Its official development aid is $5 billion  read more...

Step out of the organizational box April 16
Leaders in government are focused on transformative change – or at least they should be. A recent report from McKinsey suggests that organizational and  read more...

Canada post-2015: Confronting our own development challenges April 14
Deliberations and negotiations in the United Nations are intensifying on what the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals should be as the MDG  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...

Technology
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

  • 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.

  • Communication starts when your message is understood

    Governments monitor monetary inflation, and have kept it in check in recent years. But there’s another inflation, rampant, that isn’t monitored and walloping all of us: communications inflation. Technology allows us to connect – and communicate – in a host of ways not available to us just a few years ago, let alone a couple of decades ago.

   
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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...

    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...

A fresh perspective
After seven years in the public service it was time to readjust. It was time to pursue new challenges, benefit from a different perspective, and work more closely on public sector issues that are  read more...

How to hire the best and brightest
One of the challenges facing the public service is recruiting and retaining younger, bright college students. It is often assumed that they are not interested in working for this stodgy, maligned  read more...

 
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