Accountability

2015 Trends and Answers in Corporate Governance

Richard Leblanc | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

2015 is shaping up to be a year where boards, once again, will be under intense pressure and scrutiny to get it right. Here is a list of trends and key issues, along with what boards are or should be doing in response.

Why Accountability Is Important and How To Get It

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

When dealing with myself, if I am 'off again' with accountability, I calculate what I would have to pay someone an hour to do the work I am avoiding or not holding myself accountable for doing. Then I ask myself if I would pay someone that amount of money to surf Facebook, chat on the phone with their best friend, spend an extra 5 minutes grabbing a coffee on their way into work

The Corporate Governance Game Changer That Needs to Come to Canada

Richard Leblanc | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

I teach my students and counsel board clients that shareholders elect directors; directors appoint managers; directors are accountable to shareholders; and managers are accountable to directors. This is largely theoretical.

The Dirty Secret of International Forces in Afghanistan

Corey Levine | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Corey Levine

While troop-contributing countries have been fed a steady diet of the excesses committed by the Taliban, many thousands of Afghan civilians have had to endure untold suffering through error, ignorance, negligence and over-reach of the international military forces sent in to create security and stability in the country.

Why We Need To Speak Up For Safer Care in Hospitals

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada
Kathleen Finlay

Nobody takes on a hospital or embarks on a campaign for safer care without good reason. There are a whole range of institutions and resources that are stacked against you, from big law firms to hospital patient relations departments which are there mainly to do management's bidding. Don't even think about trying to get anywhere with a hospital's board of directors. There seems to be some unwritten rule in Canada that no matter how urgent or justified the matter, a hospital board will never respond to the pleas of a family seeking answers.

What Politicians Should Focus on During Electionmania

Justin Beach | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Justin Beach

It is a good time to be a political junkie. I'm a dual (US/Canadian) citizen and the next three years will feature almost constant elections. The year 2014 will bring local elections here in Oshawa, Ontario as well as Congressional elections in the US. It is not likely that much will change in terms of personnel, incumbents tend to win and that rule is pretty universal. Elections though do provide an opportunity to raise issues and there is a long list of issues that require attention. Here are the most important issues I'd like to see addressed.

What Would Leaders of the Past Say About Politicians Today?

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

What would Abraham Lincoln or Vaclav Havel think of Rob Ford, or the growing list of other politicians fallen into an unethical swamp? Two leaders who fought against the tyranny of slavery or of communism would surely shake their heads at our sliding scale of accountability.

Hospitals Can Use Your Tax Dollars to Shut You Up

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Kathleen Finlay

One of the great unreported stories of the Canadian healthcare system is the avidity of hospitals to use limited taxpayer funds to hire lawyers, with the acquiescence of political leaders, in an effort to evade accountability or to silence families and others who raise inconvenient questions.

Feeling Generous? An Apologia for Donor Accountability

Natasha MacDonald-Dupuis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Natasha MacDonald-Dupuis

Ultimately, Canadians really haven't been giving much thought to the importance of charity transparency. There is a commonly-held belief that all Canadian charities are poor and desperately need money. In fact, some of them are surprising wealthy.

When Hospitals Do More Harm Than Good

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 11.02.2013 | Canada
Kathleen Finlay

There is a medical emergency rolling across the land and into its hospital rooms. It is the epidemic of hospital medical errors that is literally killing thousands of patients each year. There are numerous reasons that have been put forth as to why there continue to be so many medical errors. Perhaps what is required is not a no-fault culture, but one where it actually becomes unlawful not to report medical errors.

Lack of Hospital Accountability Leaves Canadians at Risk

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Kathleen Finlay

Many Canadians have learned the hard way that their healthcare system is not nearly as safe as it needs to be. My family's eye-opening experience began a few years ago with the sudden hospitalization of our elderly mother, who sustained a serious brain injury after a fall. We knew this was going to be a life-altering event. What we did not anticipate was a second trauma caused by horrific failures during her hospitalization.

Transparency? Not On Harper's Watch

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 08.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

Over the last several months, the federal government has repeatedly thrown up the claim that theirs is "the most transparent government in Canadian history," even in the face of overwhelming evidence that it is categorically untrue. Even the practice of stomping on backbenchers who push for more transparency is nothing new for this government.

A Senateless Canada Might Not Be As Effective As We Think

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

At present, Canadians are of the belief that the political class has sunk so far beyond redemption that little of importance remains in the Senate. That's an illusion, and deserves some further thought and reflection. While there are non-trivial problems within the Canadian senate, it still serves a purpose.

Stop The Ministerial Spin Cycle for a Better B.C. Government

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 07.20.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

Since 2009, the Liberals have shuffled ministers in and out of the Ministers of Citizens' Services and Open Government role so quickly that there's hardly been a chance to make any meaningful progress.

The Home Builder Video Controversy Reminds Us of Democratic Values

Kelly Ernst | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Alberta
Kelly Ernst

There is nothing wrong with encouraging your fellow citizens to be involved in the political process by supporting candidates, voting, making donations, or even by trying to persuade them to vote for candidates more in line with your (and, hopefully, their) interests. All of these behaviours are part of a healthy democracy. Given the low voter turnout in many elections, more rather than less such engagement is required.

Citizen Collaboration

Paul Hughes | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

Our towns and cities do not function in isolation. They do not exist in a vacuum. Municipalities can learn from one another's experiences. More importantly, citizens can too.

2012 Tough Year For B.C. Information Rights

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

In B.C. and across Canada, the past 12 months have seen information rights make headlines on a regular basis. And usually not in a good way. At the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association, much of our year was spent (once again) in sparring matches with the provincial government over access, transparency, and privacy issues.

Give the Gift of Transparency This Holiday Season

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

This holiday season, consultation on the deficiencies in the Access to Information Act provides all of us with a chance to do our best Jacob Marley and remind the Info-Scrooge Conservatives that they once campaigned on the position that government works best when open and accountable. Don't miss your chance to participate.

Why CFOs Need to Care About Sustainability -- Now

Tyler Elm | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Business
Tyler Elm

Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and Chief Operating Officers (COOs) are increasingly accountable for sustainability. A study by Deloitte -- Sustainability: CFOs are coming to the table -- found their accountability for sustainability had jumped sharply during the last year. Here are some of the drivers for the CFO's involvement in sustainability.

B.C. Government Drags Heels On University Subsidiary Accountability

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

The B.C. government sure does love secrecy for its educational institutions -- or at least their subsidiary companies. What the information and privacy commissioner said would be a relatively simple change to definitions was, according to a B.C. minister, a much bigger issue requiring consultations and even changes to other sections of the act. So, a year later, what has been done? In a word: nothing.

B.C. MLAs Break Word On Expenses, Disrepect Taxpayers

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Last week, the Legislative Assembly Management Committee, chaired by Barisoff and made up of both Liberal and NDP MLAs, agreed to post quarterly expense reports online -- but continue to withhold actual receipts, ensuring the public is kept in the dark on where public money is actually going. For two parties who are at each other's throats on nearly every issue facing this province, it is astounding that the Liberals and NDP continue to walk in lockstep when it comes to hiding these receipts.

How to Become Accountable in 2 Easy Steps

Sue Jacques | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada Alberta
Sue Jacques

As employees and business owners, we each have a duty to honour the commitments we make, whether that means being on time, completing tasks efficiently or fessing up when things don't go as planned. Every time we take responsibility for our actions we enhance our level of integrity, leading us to gain the reputation of being reliable while earning the respect of the people we work with and serve. This element of professionalism is dependent on one critical component: accountability.

Watching the Watchdog: Will Microsoft Produce the Next Walter Cronkite?

Tim Knight | Posted 09.19.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Once upon a time when the world was young and had hope, and global warming, the one per cent and social media hadn't yet been invented, there truly was a golden age for TV news in North America. Could Microsoft bring that golden age back since its split from MSNBC?

Canadians Share Accountability Concerns With the Developing World

Donald Lenihan | Posted 09.10.2011 | Canada
Donald Lenihan

As things stand, the task of finding a balance between a preoccupation with rules and too few rules falls to governments. And that is like leaving the fox in charge of the henhouse.