Summary: The Planning Act Review and Comay Report challenge municipal councils to make use of increased authority, and provincial government to develop effective more effective planning policies.
Summary: The proposals of the Robarts Report aim to bring power down from the Province and give greater authority at the Metropolitan level. BMR counters that further study is needed before internal boundaries are changed.
Summary: Reviews the history of individual user charges for municipal services, and outlines the political and social reasons for their limited use.
Summary: Summarizes topics covered at the 64th Annual Conference of the Governmental Research Association (an umbrella organization of research agencies). The conference focused on sharing information between Canada and the United States.
Summary: Productivity and quality of working life are mutually reinforcing. This report examines experiences in both public and private sectors in the United States and Canada
Summary: Outlines the major issues faced by municipal representatives in Metropolitan Toronto, London, Hamilton, Ottawa, Windsor, and Sudbury in the 1978 Municipal Elections.
Summary: School vandalism should be dealt with through standardized definitions and damage reports, increased awareness of social and financial costs, and allayed fears of police involvement.
Summary: Analyzes the Downtown Revitalization Program, which allocates provincial funds to municipalities engaged in commercial development of the downtown area.
Summary: Summarizes a seminar which explores the relationship between local government and the media, and public access to government-held information. Emphasis is placed on the importance of freedom of information in democratic societies.
Summary: The London Public Library is an effective community I&R agency, despite the struggles of the London Urban Information Centre.
Summary: Presents the outline of a program for the development of local transportation in London, and provides a summary of the city's prior strategies for transportation.
Summary: The report recommends that the TTC should be placed under the direct jurisdiction of Metro, to create additional revenue and stop the decline in ridership. The TTC is in essence a public service, and transit planning has not been effectively co-ordinated.
Summary: Municipalities can play a larger role in more efficient use of energy and establishment of renewable resources, to reduce the energy waste crisis.