Tag Archives: accountability

Surprise, surprise: Province finds no need to audit City finances

February 26, 2014

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I have received a Letter from Minister Linda Jeffery confirming the Province will take no action on a petition from the GrassRoots Guelph group requesting an audit of the City’s finances. The Province has confirmed there is no cause for concern. I am not surprised, as the City’s performance and reputation are strong. We will continue to lead […]

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Time for everyone to step up

November 20, 2013


The Overtime Audit finally landed at Council’s Audit Committee yesterday. The intensity of the comments, since it entered the public realm, is reflective of the transformation our new internal audit practice is leading – in my opinion not just for our local government but others. Our Internal Auditor confirmed she received the full co-operation of all […]

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Normalizing continuous improvement

November 17, 2013

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The 2013 City of Guelph budget – all in – was $425,239,200. Yes, almost half a billion dollars. That is the scale of the business. So when the organization moves on a corporate level to embrace better ways to deliver service and work efficiently, the numbers won’t be trivial. Optimization of investment practices in Finance […]

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Government as platform

October 15, 2013

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Open Government is about changing government to serve as a platform – a platform for solutions, a platform for people to help themselves, help each other and to build community. We have been building the foundations of this platform for many years – changing the way we do business as a local government in incremental […]

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Building Public Trust

April 5, 2013

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Our first internal audit will be considered by our Audit Committee next week. It is significant in many ways and not just because it is our first. I learned about the role of an Internal Auditor during a module on Audit Committees and their financial oversight responsibilities.  This was part of the curriculum of The Directors […]

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Accountability and Transparency Measures

June 8, 2012

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Our City Clerk has recently consolidated and updated our accountability and transparency measures. They can be found on the following webpage – Accountability and Transparency Measures.

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Inaugural update to Council

February 1, 2012

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It’s been a little over a year since I gave my inaugural address at the first meeting of this term of Guelph City Council. During the first Council meeting of 2012, I provided an update on our progress during the first year and looked ahead at our priorities for the rest of the term. You can […]

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What happens when things change?

September 13, 2011


In 1967, Guelph, Wellington and Dufferin freely entered into an agreement to amalgamate the Guelph Public Health Unit with that of the Wellington-Dufferin Health Unit. A newly-constituted Board of Health was established to provide the governance for the delivery of public health programs in the three municipalities. There are risks with any partnership. What if […]

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Reporting to the taxpayer

August 5, 2011

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Not unlike the shareholder of a company, taxpayers want to know two key things about how the money is used:  There has been no fraud or misappropriation of funds Quality of decision making (has it delivered results) Taxpayers elect members of Council to ensure that management is accountable for the funding that is entrusted to […]

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Advancing accountability and transparency

May 11, 2011

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The City of Guelph takes the issue of public accountability and transparency seriously and continues to push forward on a number of fronts to align our practices with our principles.  The Human Resources Annual Report, presented this week to the Finance, Administration, Corporate and Emergency Services Committee, represents management’s accountability to Council for the responsibility they have been delegated to manage  human […]

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