Tag Archives: transparency

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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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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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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How much money should Guelph Councillors make?

November 5, 2013

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How much money should Guelph Councillors make? That is the question a group of citizens will be asked to answer over the next couple of months. It is that time in the term of Council, that a Citizen Review Committee is established to review the compensation of members of Council prior to the beginning of […]

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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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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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Closed meetings

July 12, 2011

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Unlike other levels of government, municipal government does most of its decision making in open meeting – that is to say our meetings are open to the public to attend. There are only few instances that Council can meet in closed session – they are prescribed by legislation.  There has always been a lot of […]

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