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: Adoption of new principles in the Tax Collection Division resulted in increased efficiency
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: 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: Need for accountability and more transparency in reporting on deficits.
Summary: The roles, authority and limitations on municipal auditors in Ontario, including jurisdictional scan and political challenges.
Summary: Criticizes the lack of community planning of welfare work, and improper raising and expenditure of philanthropic funds.
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: Argues that many notices sent to city residents as though informing them of their rights and of planned action are in fact not clear, not helpful, and do not supply sufficient information.
Summary: Suggests possible steps to increase efficiency in Toronto's metropolitan government, including: reducing the number of members of City Council, abolishing the ward system, and establishing an administrative board to centre executive responsibility.
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: 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: This publication suggests improvements in the collection of funds and the distribution of social services by civil society organizations, and proposes a federation of philanthropic institutions.
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: Municipal corporations must run more efficiently, more like businesses and with a central organization.
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: 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: 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: Suggests the ability of citizens to influence government at the local level. Emphasizes the importance of active local representative instiutions.
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: Evaluates the impact of cost-saving innovations in Canadian municipalities, as well as factors which led to the success or failure of those innovations. Examines five case studies.
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: Identifies structural implications of municipal reform and re-defining of municipalities in Ontario.
Summary: Advocates for "full and frank treatment" of important civic business in order to keep the public engaged.
Summary: Citizens are encouraged to write suggestions regarding civic services on attached cards, and submit them to the Bureau of Municipal Research for investigation.
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: Outlines the Bureau's mission statement, highlights press clippings, lists sample publications and outlines how to support the Bureau by becoming a subscriber.
Summary: Analysis of requests and approvals of conference attendance for city council members in light of public criticism of attending these conferences at the city's expense.
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: Adequate planning for community welfare work relies upon effective administration of welfare agencies and financing of community welfare programs. This can only be obtained through city-wide co-operation.