Tag Archives: Open Government

User Guide to Your Local Government

July 3, 2014

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I have always wanted to see an accessible user guide to our local government.  Something that could be easily used by: residents who want to better understand how City Hall works people interested in running for Council to learn more about what would be expected of them members of Council and City employees to assist […]

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Why do we need open government?

June 2, 2014

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Over the past few months, I have noticed that some people, including the media, do not always “get” what open government is all about. Fair enough – we are breaking new ground. They often equate open government with transparency and the release of information. While open government does foster greater transparency and accountability, it’s much bigger than that. […]

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Health Jam

May 7, 2014

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As part of Guelph’s open government initiative, we are experimenting with new ways to bring government and community together to develop shared solutions. What might that look like? Health Jam 2014 is a perfect example. This is a free, two-day workshop to generate real solutions that break down barriers to healthy living in our community. […]

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Open Government Conference and Workshop

October 17, 2013

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I mentioned in an earlier post that the City of Guelph is co-sponsoring a conference and workshop on Open Government. Here are the details and you can book online: GovMaker Day – Open Gov Conference + Workshop MaRS Discovery District Friday, November 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM (EST) Toronto, ON There is growing recognition around […]

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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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Come and talk about the economic potential of open data!

October 2, 2013

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On Friday, October 4, I will be hosting a session on open data at Innovation Guelph from 12 – 1.30p.m. The event is open to business and any interested parties. The City is committed to pursuing an even more open, accountable, transparent and engaging municipal government—one that empowers the Guelph community to work together on […]

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Inside Guelph: Meetings with Provincial Ministers

September 9, 2013

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Mayor Farbridge talks about successful meetings with Provincial Ministers at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference held last month in Ottawa and students starting school in Guelph.  

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Great outcomes at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference

August 29, 2013

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Last week, I attended the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Conference held in Ottawa, August 18-21, 2013. We had several successful meetings. Together with representatives from neighbouring cities (Mayors, Wardens, Regional Chair and Councillors), we met Transportation Minister, Glen Murray. Our request was simple. We need to improve the transportation network in our region […]

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Open Government in Action

August 26, 2013

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 As we develop our Open Government Action Plan, we need to practice and pilot new ideas along the way.  The City of Guelph Community Engagement team, in coordination with colleagues in Parks and Open Space, Communications and Web Services, are piloting a new and innovative online community engagement tool: MindMixer (cityofguelph.mindmixer.com).  This tool will allow interested community […]

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Privacy is dead

August 17, 2013

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I read a thought provoking book a couple of weeks ago – Citizenville. There was a chapter on privacy.  There were some intriguing lines: “Privacy is dead” “Worrying about privacy at this point is like worrying about how to stop a tsunami.  You can’t do it.  You can only prepare as best you can for the consequences” […]

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