Summary: Analysis of function and challenges of fire departments in the Toronto area.
Summary: In light of the many challenges of overlapping jurisdiction, budgeting and efficiency of the multiple fire and police services, the Bureau recommends creating a unified body for provision in the Toronto area.
Summary: Suggests that assessment law and assessment practice should be modified to ensure equity in real property assessment.
Summary: Presents data on capital expenditure in Toronto. Provides recommendations to improve capital works programming and debt management functions.
Summary: The Bureau and the Citizens esearch Institute of Canada - their role and what they deal with: monitoring, making information available, analyzing what the govt. should and shouldn't be involved in.
Summary: Examines the budgetary challenges of planning of recreation facilities and their relationship with other aspects of the city budget and the wages of civil servants.
Summary: Describes changes to school funding with the new Metro arrangements.
Summary: Reproduces extracts of arguments in a Bureau brief in support of the broadening Metro's revenue base. Emphasizes property taxation.
Summary: Discusses the structure of care in housing for the elderly and challenges this housing faces.
Summary: Evaluates instruction on local government in Ontario secondary schools. Includes summaries of workshops held around the province to gain a better understanding of how to improve instruction.
Summary: Discusses presenting budget estimates prior to the elections, as an act of good governance and accountability.
Summary: Identifies amalgamation costs in light of the plans to improve efficiency and restructure council areas.
Summary: Discusses whether Metro should make capital grants for hospital construction, or the province accept greater responsibility for coordinating and financing hospital construction.
Summary: Describes of the structure of government in metropolitan Toronto and planned changes.
Summary: Describes how various Ontario municipalities handle their animal control responsibilities. The objectives, scope of services, financial costs and results of different programs are identified.
Summary: Describes trends in voter turnout and issues that could increase engagement.
Summary: Advocates for "full and frank treatment" of important civic business in order to keep the public engaged.
Summary: Metro Council's proposal to transfer local welfare services from area municipalities to Metro is seen by many as a step towards total amalgamation. It is not justified to relieve the burden of taxes on municipalities at the expense of those in need of welfare funds.
Summary: Analysis of voter turnout, and how many voters voted for each office, in the last elections.
Summary: Argues that investment for the development of Regent Park is an election issue.
Summary: Looks at the meaning of "the spoils system", and the application of the ideas of "merit", "the central personnel agency" and "the classification system" in the public personnel field.
Summary: The Bureau opposes the provision of meals to children of families on welfare at such a low cost, and also criticizes the lack of planning in provision of Child Care.
Summary: The Bureau indicates its support of a temporary increase in tax rates.
Summary: Authority and form of management of the different boards and commissions in the city
Summary: Analysis of voter turnout.
Summary: Describes possibilities to improve efficiency of civic authorities by amalgamation of departments, boards etc.
Summary: Discusses emergency housing set up in the aftermath of WWII and its costs.
Summary: Scan of all Canadian provinces and the Federal government's systems of paying for property occupied in cities in ways other than property taxes.
Summary: Report on a talk about the city-manager model, efficient administration and about a book about local government in Canada.
Summary: The bureau states its affirmative stance on a proposal to bring in universal adult suffrage.