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: Suggests that city service departments should be coordinated under one commissioner, responsible to council - reducing the work of departmental purchasing, streamlining accounting, and making the use of personnel more economical.
Summary: Encouraging use of the suggestion box run by the bureau; citizens can inform the bureau of local infrastructure problems and/ or other matters of local interest.
Summary: Identifies various cost-saving innovations in municipalities in Canada, as well as other countries. Documents efforts at the local level to save money through the use of innovative management and/or technological changes.
Summary: Outlines the Bureau's mission statement and achievements from 1914-1936. Brief summary of the Bureau's influence on policy as well as praise from Bureau publication subscribers.
Summary: Analysis of the use of the referendum in Canada.
Summary: Comparative analysis and recommendations for curing the illness of the Toronto municipal system, including changing term length, abolishing the ward system, reducing city council size, increasing efficiency.
Summary: The roles, authority and limitations on municipal auditors in Ontario, including jurisdictional scan and political challenges.
Summary: Need for accountability and more transparency in reporting on deficits.
Summary: In this publication, the Bureau argues that vacant positions in the civic service must be filled based on merit and not patronage or politics.
Summary: Adoption of new principles in the Tax Collection Division resulted in increased efficiency
Summary: A summary of publications and achievements of the Bureau of Municipal Research from 1914-1926. Outlines Bureau mission statement and long-term goals to influence public policy. Detailed listing of Bureau publications and subscribers.
Summary: Argues that city workers' salaries can be reduced in light of the increase on purchasing power with the Great Depression
Summary: Outlines the Bureau's mission statement, highlights press clippings, lists sample publications and outlines how to support the Bureau by becoming a subscriber.
Summary: Concludes that the distribution of philanthropic giving is limited to a restricted and largely unvarying group of givers. A systematic and cooperative method would reduce waste energy and maximize the potential of these donations.
Summary: Municipal corporations must run more efficiently, more like businesses and with a central organization.
Summary: A public address by Dr. W. A. Mackintosh about what the government should and shouldn't be doing in terms of responsibilities for services and infringement on the personal and economic freedoms of the residents.
Summary: Mobilizing experienced citizens to shape municipal financial policies.
Summary: Argues that the Harbourfront division of authority is archaic and in need of review in order to ensure that the population benefits from the waterfront.
Summary: Analysis of how provincial budget cuts affected social services in Ontario municipalities and the lack of sufficient information to account for spending on these issues.
Summary: An open letter highlighting a specific case of patronage and possible misconduct in city appointments - in which the Control Board attempted to appoint a man and his wife to city positions without listing their qualifications for the positions.
Summary: Describes the benefits of the the Neighbourhood Workers Association of the Federation for Community Service in response to the influenza epidemic in Toronto.
Summary: Highlights the need for increased efficiency in running the city's matters at wartime. Suggests a lack of planning for the future is wasteful, that council sessions frequently waste time, and are too dominated by the Board of Control. Suggests that candidates who run for city council are not of sufficient calibre, and that increasing term limits would remedy this issue.
Summary: Urges citizen vigilance in monitoring expenditures which may put the city's credit as risk, which could in turn increase taxation. Reminds citizens to vote, and to keep credit and expenditure issues in mind when voting.
Summary: Efficient processes for salary cheques saves the time of the City Treasurer and City Auditor, as made evident by the reduction in countersigned cheques from 1913 to 1914.
Summary: This publication suggests a federation of Toronto philanthropic organizations, which would incorporate the nine Neighbourhood Workers' Associations into a greater scheme of charity work.
Summary: Identifies structural implications of municipal reform and re-defining of municipalities in Ontario.
Summary: Highlights the need for careful review of all civic services to ensure efficiency before reaching decisions about salaries and benefits for city workers.
Summary: Advocates for "full and frank treatment" of important civic business in order to keep the public engaged.
Summary: Responses to Education in Citizenship Story No. 1 - Helping Citizens to Grow. Focuses on the cultivation of good citizenship at home, school, and in the community at large.