Using Data to Remain Relevant

Using Data to Remain Relevant Those who work with industry/sector associations are aware of how critical it is to be able to leverage publicly available data. This is very useful to help figure out the challenges that their members are facing. Even with the efficiency of sharing and collaborating through the use of the internet, […]

How Transparency Promotes Municipalities

How Transparency Promotes Municipalities Transparency in politics has become a hot-button topic, especially over the last five years. Government mistrust is at a peak and people are demanding answers and access to information. Voters calling for transparency was witnessed in this past Federal election of a minority government. Federal and provincial politics are having an […]

What is Open Data?

Open Sesame to Open Data The only time I can recall exclaiming “Open Sesame!” was when I was a young lad. Quite often the expression had to do with opening a secret passage to a hidden world. There was also bit of magic attached to those words. Today, in many ways, there is that same […]

Technology Can Make You Bigger

Municipal technology

Technology Can Make You Bigger Do you remember the Wizard of Oz? One of my favourite thoughts around the Wizard of Oz story was the illusion created by the all-mighty Wizard himself. He had a big, booming voice, made loud noises and used his grand persona to hide the truth – that he was really […]

Costly Collaboration Practices Provide a $34,200/hr Savings Opportunity for Municipalities

Costly Collaboration Practices Provide a $34,200/hr Savings Opportunity Some of the well-intended collaboration practices within the Canadian Municipal Industry come with a hidden cost, providing a cost savings opportunity of $34,200/hr! Before I explain the logic behind the number, I must say that one of the most impressive attributes of the public sector is the […]