Summary: A survey of problems in "The Ward", including (but not limited to) lack of civic pride, ramshackle buildings, lack of open spaces for recreation, and general hazardous living conditions. The Bureau highlights the need to keep these problems from spreading. Suggestions to deal with the problem of The Ward include expropriation of land, demolishing homes, and education/civic engagement through schools and community centers.
Summary: Highlights road accident fatality rates in Canada and expresses a need for regulatory changes in order to prevent them. Compares road fatality rates to the number of people killed in wars, saying "the civil war of motor accidents has lasted twenty years and shows no sign of termination."
Summary: An overview and analysis of various departments relating to public health, including hospitals, nursing, maternity and infant care, dentistry, food inspection and sanitation services. The Bureau of Municipal Research makes recommendations to improve public health, including upgrading and expanding public health office spaces modernizing administrative practices, and encouraging inter-departmental cooperation for more efficient collection of data, information and statistics related to public health.
Summary: Suggests 25 Next Steps for Toronto's Fire Department, including: training, rules governing appointments and promotions, budget estimates, inventories, and permanent record-keeping.
Summary: A pamphlet outlining Bureau of Municipal Research city policy goals, including: the adoption of budget estimates early in the year, installation of modern accounting practices in city departments, and the improvement of living conditions in health, safety, education and recreation
Summary: Discusses principles for playground planning and the need for Toronto to invest in playgrounds in areas like Regent Park.
Summary: An open letter to the citizens of Toronto, highlighting the need for better snow removal - including coordinating snow removal under one department, improving snow removal equipment, and keeping the snow removal budget consistent from year to year.
Summary: Presents important issues faced by municipal representatives in the 1982 election.
Summary: A summary of the work done by the Bureau of Municipal Research for the year ending 1948. Topics of importance include the Civic Advisory Council, co-ordination of personal and civic services, health and safety, and civic planning. Bureau expenditures and subscribers at the end.
Summary: Povides a tabulated comparison of annual estimated expenditure from 1927-1933.
Summary: Discusses the urgent need for reform in parking regulations in the city.
Summary: Outlines features of the 1928 civic budget. Notes that per capita expenditure has declined, and that this is a very "wholesome" feature. However, special services have increased - represented by deficits of private industries which the city has recently taken on, such as the civic abbatoir.
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: Provides classifications for expenditures in the 1939 civic budget. The Bureau argues that expenditure on different services such as fire safety is decreasing while debt payments are increasingly burdening the city. They suggest a thorough and independent survey of all city departments and personnel in order to ensure maximum efficiency.
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: Assesses the quality of Metro Toronto's fire departments to determine whether amalgamation would be the most effective way to provide the best level of service.
Summary: The Bureau argues that the police budget must be made more transparent and the needs of the Police more openly discussed in order to increase the efficiency of the force and public safety.
Summary: Notes an increased pressure on police services, such as the introduction of more traffic duties and increased crime. These increased services may over time mean increased costs. Calls for steps in advance to improve and coordinate policing, including the possible introduction of pocket wireless devices to improve police communication.
Summary: Publications catalogue, 1982. Sample publications topics: economy, education, environment, finances, government, housing, productivity, planning, public safety, regional government, transportation
Summary: Two steps should be taken to increase fire safety in the aftermath of the Woodbine Hotel fire: establishment of a strong central authority and a Fire Prevention Commission.
Summary: Presents a potential Fire Insurance Policy for the citizens of Toronto.
Summary: Gives an overview of police services in several US cities. This information is meant to assist City Council and the Board of Control in their consideration of the upcoming Police Estimates. Notes the need to consider more information than just city population, city area, and current size of the city police force when making decisions on police budgets.
Summary: Analysis of function and challenges of fire departments in the Toronto area.
Summary: Review of studies that have been done about the police, the police budget process, the role of the police and the need for more provision of information about its actions.
Summary: Gives an overview of police services in several Canadian cities. This information is meant to assist City Council and the Board of Control in their consideration of the upcoming Police Estimates. Notes how police expenditures in Toronto have increased relative to population and general taxation.
Summary: Discussion of need for centralized fire / fire and police department and previous recommendations for increasing fire safety efficiency. Suggests amalgamation of fire and police department. Details Bureau suggestions made for improvements to the fire department, and which of these suggestions have been implemented.
Summary: Outlines the efficacy of "safety-responsibility" legislation passed by the Connecticut Commission of Motor Vehicles. Concludes these efforts to increase vehicle safety are worthy of more study.
Summary: Outlines the cost of police services, including the loss to society from the presence of crime, and the stagnant per capita spending on police services vs the rise in the spending on all other services.
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: Provides estimated expenditures for the 1945 civic budget analyzed by the cost of main function to be met out by taxation. Questions whether city improvements that have been deferred during the war will increase taxation, and if this situation will be made worse by inflation.