Entries by Paul Hughes from 12/2012

Alberta: All We Want For Xmas Is A Calgary Municipal Ombudsman

| Posted 12.07.2012 | Canada Alberta

Creating capacity in municipal governance isn't really something the elves can build and throw in Santa's toy bag. It will take politicians and citizens committed to a superior democratic structure to make this one happen. It would be the best Xmas ever if Alberta embraced this exceptional opportunity to craft a truly democratic society.

Resurrect The Urban Hen Egg Laying Pilot Project In Calgary

| Posted 12.14.2012 | Canada Alberta

The volume of the City of Calgary official policy that supports both the concept of a pilot project and the removal of the bylaw against egg laying hens is simply enormous.

SCREW 2013: A Call To Five Prairie Mayors

| Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Alberta

Five Canadian prairie cities: Saskatoon, Calgary, Regina, Edmonton and Winnipeg (SCREW) share multiple parallels and symmetries. Of course each city is entirely unique, yet in many ways, they're nearly identical. Dionne Quintuplet identical. Is there a way for these prairie cities to work together to save taxpayers money, create efficiencies, improve service delivery, optimize citizen engagement, minimize bureaucracy, increase ROI, share ideas and reach their respective sustainability targets? Could they become better cities by SCREWing things up?