Mapped: the childcare deserts where nearly half of Canada’s young kids live

Almost one in two preschool children in Canada live in a “childcare desert,” where they have to compete with at least two others for childcare, a new report has said. This amounts to 776,000 kids without sufficient support. The findings come from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), a think tank, which mapped out every licensed childcare centre in Canada for the...

Engaging on Engagement – Developing the City of Edmonton’s New Public Engagement Policy

In April 2017, the City of Edmonton approved a new Public Engagement Policy (C593), developed using a collaborative process involving City Council, City Administration and members of the public. The Council Initiative on Public Engagement was the vehicle used to review the City’s practice of public engagement and develop a new policy. In Edmonton, Council...

Game Changers: Lisa Witter and Robyn Scott, Co-Founders of Apolitical

We would like to introduce a new section on Canadian Government Executive – Game Changers. In this section, we will profile executives who are contributing to making a difference to the public sector community both in Canada and overseas, as a game changer. In this inaugural Game Changers piece, we are excited to announce Game...

How to scale up social impact — the challenge of the 21st century

“Nearly every problem has been solved by someone, somewhere. The challenge of the 21st century is to find out what works and scale it up.” Boiled down, Bill Clinton’s famous dictum has three parts: innovate, learn and scale. He was half right about the innovation, and only half, because that problem solving hasn’t stopped. Every...

The right skills: How to fight inequality with middle-income jobs

Headlines about the world of work are often dominated by the two ends of the spectrum: one day, it’s tech genius millionaires amassing more wealth; the next, it’s the plight of the “gig economy” precariat stuck on the bottom rung. But what about the in-betweeners? Stable, unromantic middle-skilled jobs – often defined as those that...

Human and social services affect us all, an interview with Martin Joyce of KPMG

In this episode, J. Richard Jones sits down with Martin Joyce, KPMG’s national sector leader for human and social services. They discuss the challenges and the vital role that human and social services play in helping to improve economic and social well-being. Also, hear about the announcement of a new report that will shed much-needed light...

Half a billion children are left behind by UN development goals, study finds

Over half a billion children live in countries that are falling significantly short of globally agreed goals on health, education and violence. The first report into the Sustainable Development Goals, published by UNICEF, estimates that on average an extra 800,000 children under five will die every year between now and 2030 if targets are not met....

Considerations for Creating Smart Traffic Intersections

According to a recent McKinsey study there is a potential for a $4 trillion to $11 trillion economic impact in the year 2025 derived from Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Within that report up to $1.7 trillion of the estimate focuses on cities which includes public safety and health, traffic control, and resource management. In...

Once ranked worst in the OECD for preschool, Canada has a radical plan

For policymakers around the world, Canada frequently leads the way on issues such as gender equality, migration or labour laws. In early childhood education though the country has less cause for celebration. An OECD study published in 2006 exposed Canada’s status as a “ policy laggard ”, ranked last of 14 countries in terms of expenditure on early childhood education and care...

Defence Procurement in Canada: Major Actors and Approaches to Risk

Over the past decade, major Canadian procurement projects have encountered increasing difficulties, ranging from multi-million dollar cost overruns, decades-long delays, and lackluster capabilities. Military programs, partly due to their large capital outlays, are particularly vulnerable (albeit, by no means unique, as the Phoenix pay system debacle illustrates). Potential causes for these issues include the increasing...