Summary: Proposes a system for public budget-making, in order to increase effectivity and engage citizens in the planning process.
Summary: Examines the news media in Metro Toronto, and the extent to which it serves the public and influences decision-makers on municipal matters.
Summary: Analysis of the planned mixed-use Metro Centre, the lack of enough information made public and the impact it would have on downtown Toronto.
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: In light of conflict between the public and the parks department over the withholding of information about the poisoning of ducks that could also affect residents, the bureau surveys the legal requirement of revealing such information.
Summary: Better accountability in budget making requires more transparency in information and more clarity regarding tax assessments.
Summary: Five provisions in Bill No. 45 "An Act Respecting the City of Toronto" specify emergency use of funds without informing electors or ratepayers. Taxpayers should inquire into the reason for all proposed expenditure.
Summary: Analysis of the Metroplan's goal to reduce dependency on downtown Toronto and instead establish another major centre in Scarborough and North Yonge.
Summary: Outlines the key issues for the Municipal Improvement Association for 1915, including: the financial system, civil service commission, fire department, purchasing department, and transportation commission.
Summary: Discusses the length and inefficiency of City Council meetings.
Summary: Provides recommendations to alleviate the problems faced by expropriated owner-occupants.
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: Provides details on estimated expenditures out of taxation and grants for the 1944 civic budget, analyzed according to object of expenditure. Outlines the need for more timely information about the budget prior to elections. Suggests staggered two to three year terms for city councillors.
Summary: The Bureau suggests possible changes to improve inadequate supervision of quality control in residential construction.
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: 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: The bureau is sceptical about the possibility of making planning progress with the new Metroplan project. This project requires civic engagement in many different areas in the city without enough centralized and professional planning capacity - while endorsing unclear consultation models.
Summary: Outlines budgetary spending on high schools and collegiates, as well as the need for accurate information and advanced accounting methods in order to provide taxpayers with a better picture of these budget figures.
Summary: Advocates for "full and frank treatment" of important civic business in order to keep the public engaged.
Summary: Discusses the taxation of governmentally owned public utilities and crown companies, and increased structural efficiency in the municipality.
Summary: Analysis of survey by the Bureau in 4 Ontario municipalities, in order to assess the reasons for low voter turnout in municipal elections, and ways to increase voter turnout in the future.
Summary: Argues that the new budget gives more detailed information than in the past about salaries and wages but could still give the people even more detailed an account of how the budget is managed.