Local Government

5 Ways To Enhance Local Government And Democracy In Surrey

Alex Sangha | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Surrey needs to return to the ward system. A candidate doesn't need thousands of dollars to run a city-wide campaign or to seek the nomination of a political slate. Independents would have a good chance of getting elected. This is because the elections would be held in smaller neighbourhood districts or wards. This would give Surrey the same representation as Vancouver -- which is more than appropriate considering the growing size and stature of Surrey.

Financial Reporting Season Opens At City Halls Across B.C.

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

It's that time of year again, when local governments across B.C. grit their teeth and post their annual statements of financial information for all and sundry. Depending upon your perspective, they're either a veritable treasure trove of news stories or a minefield of PR disasters waiting to happen.

Why Canadian Cities Should Look to Phoenix

Steve Lafleur | Posted 12.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Steve Lafleur

Municipal politicians are in positions in which they may abuse the public trust. These controversies should be a launching point for a broad discussion of how to improve municipal governance. Canadian cities need a new model, and for accountability, transparency, and efficiency, there is no better governance model than that in Phoenix, Arizona.