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MRC D'Argenteuil, Quebec: A Model for Rural Sustainability

May 2016 | SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE
The link between local food and sustainability is widely accepted, but MRC D’Argenteuil, Quebec’s successful linkage of food production and social justice is garnering interest across Canada. Last year, the regional county municipality (population 32,510) embarked on a community agriculture project with the goal of serving 400 disadvantaged families.
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APPLYING THE BALANCED SCORECARD TO PUBLIC SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS

Mar 2016 | THE MARCH ISSUE
Public sector organizations are increasingly adopting performance measurement systems in response to the need to improve organizational performance, and ultimately produce better results for citizens. Performance measurement frameworks are critical to linking an organization’s vision to its daily activities.
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RESPONDING TO THE WATER SHORTAGE IN THE WESTERN U.S.

Sep 2015 | The Water Issue
For many years, obtaining clean, usable water in the United States has been as simple as turning on the faucet. So simple, in fact, that water is often taken for granted.
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ONTARIO’S RING OF FIRE DEVELOPMENT

May 2015 | THE MAY ISSUE
Ontario’s Ring of Fire holds vast opportunities for mining and economic development. Discovered just seven years ago, the Ring of Fire covers a 5,120 km2 area in the James Bay lowlands. Situated approximately 500 km north of Thunder Bay, this expansive mineral deposit is still undeveloped.
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SOCIAL MEDIA: A TOOL FOR OPEN GOVERNMENT

Jun 2016 | Open Government
Love it or hate, social media has become an integral part of government communications strategies. It’s also an effective way to engage citizens – one pillar of most municipal open government plans.
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THE RISE OF THE NIGHT MAYOR

Aug 2016 | THE NEW LOCAL GOVERNMENT
A new trend is taking hold across world’s major cities. Led by Amsterdam, European cities are appointing night mayors to oversee their cities after dark. The idea is to foster 24/7 economic activity while also increasing safety.
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TIM KAINE: FROM MAYOR TO VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

Sep 2016 | INNOVATION IN FINANCE
As the United States of America gears up for the election of its 45th President on November 8th, 2016, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump are, not surprisingly, taking center stage in what is proving to be a contentious race.
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UNDERSTANDING THE LACK OF MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY IN CANADA

Oct 2016 | LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A profound power imbalance is a problem facing Canadian federalism, an institution that has long structured Canadian government. While citizens vote for and are governed by federal, provincial, and local governments in practical terms, municipalities have very little legal power in the Canadian federal system compared to the federal and provincial governments.
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BERKELEY’S SODA TAX: ONE YEAR LATER

Nov 2016 | Community Health
Last year, Berkeley, California implemented America’s first soda-tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, like soda, in an effort to fight obesity and its impacts on health. Over a year later, it looks like it’s working as planned. A study by UC Berkeley found that consumption of sugary beverages decreased by 21 percent in the city’s low-income neighborhoods.
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GENDER MAINSTREAMING IN VIENNA

Dec 2016 | YOUR FUTURE CITY
Women experience cities in a significantly different way than men. For Vienna, Austria, this became apparent more than two decades ago when the City first embarked on its gender mainstreaming initiative. As part of the initiative, the City surveyed residents of its ninth district in 1999 to find out how often and for what reasons they used public transportation. The results were insightful.
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Fostering Public Engagement in Planning Processes: Lessons from ReTHINK London

Jun 2017 | Modernizing Government Rules & Regulations
Municipalities provide essential services that enable individuals to go about their daily lives, from the provision of roads to water to garbage collection. Given that local governments provide numerous services directly to residents, the general lack of engagement with municipal governments is puzzling.
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