From the Editor: Where you sit is where you stand

Written by  Patrice Dutil It’s hard to believe we are still talking about this, but the numbers confirm the anecdotal evidence. The reality is that government departments, even after years of efforts in weeding them out, harbour more jerks than what is endurable. We’re talking about abuse, but it is more than that. It is...

Evidence-Based Advice to Innovative Public Servants

Public sector innovation, once dismissed as a contradiction in terms, is now increasingly seen as an imperative. Last November, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) hosted an international conference on “Innovating the Public Sector” and announced that it has been building a database on public sector innovation. Many federal government departments are setting-up...

Janice Charette’s First Annual Report

“Public institutions are the cornerstone of our democratic system” is the starting line of the Clerk of the Privy Council’s Annual Report to the Prime Minister. This is Janice Charette’s first instalment as Clerk, and in this year’s version she has articulated an ambitious set of priorities and concerns about the federal public service. The...