Category: Government

Issues of government

Municipal Budgeting In the Age of the Pandemic

The budget process slowly drags on at City Hall. Or, I suppose over Zoom in virtual council and committee meetings. The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) created headlines with proposals to cut fire and other services in order to address a cash shortfall resulting from COVID-19. While councillors quickly responded to lessen the cuts, it is […]

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Stakeholder Engagement – International Conference on Ocean Energy Remarks

The following are remarks by Andrew Younger at the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE), held in Cherbourg, France in June 2018. Andrew was a guest speaker on stakeholder engagement, ocean energy, and corporate responsibility. You can download the presentation here:  icoe2018_letsworktogetherincanada_andrewyounger   It’s a pleasure to be here as part of today’s panel. Working […]

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Campaign Promises & the Marketing of Politicians

This article originally appeared in, and was written for, the Council of State Governments newsletter to North American legislators by Andrew Younger in 2015.   In 1956 Adlai Stevenson told the Democratic National Convention “The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal – that you can gather votes like box […]

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An Education System Premised On Volunteering Was Always Headed For Trouble

Maybe you think the fight Nova Scotia’s teachers are embroiled in with the provincial Liberal government is all about wages and service awards. Or maybe you see it as being about the burden of classroom issues impacting students. Regardless of which side you come down on, and or whether you support the government position, the […]

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