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/ Hughes, Sara; Chu, Eric K.; & Mason, Susan G. (Eds.). — Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2018.
xii, 378 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps (some colour), tables, bibl. — (The urban book series).
The papers in the book explore theoretical and international case study examples of multi-level government, citizen-engagement and city network arrangements in support of innovative urban climate change mitigation and adaptation governance. Topics addressed include inter-governmental cooperation and governance, urban planning, waste management as mitigation (Montréal), citizen participation in climate risk management planning, climate resilient smart cities, innovations in financing for climate change strategies, and the role of entrepreneurs and multi-level governance for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Canadian cities.
/ Delisle, Pierre. — 2e édition — Brossard, QC : Wolters Kluwer Québec Ltée, 2019.
xxix, 647 pages : index.
The book explains the rules governing the creation of the assessment roll and the various remedies available to appeal property assessment in the context of Québec. It also provides a brief history of property taxation reform in the province. Chapters address municipal responsibility for property assessment, the property assessment process, property tax exemptions, property tax dispute resolution and remedies, updating the assessment roll, payments by the federal and provincial governments to municipalities in lieu of taxes, municipal taxation, tax collection, specific tax legislation in Québec, school taxes, and taxation by regional and metropolitan agencies.
/ Garvin, Alexander. — Washington, DC : Island Press, 2019.
XIV, 248 pages : illustrations, maps, index, bibl.
The book explores the current state of American downtowns; the appeal of downtowns; how and why downtowns are changing; actors and organizations responsible for rejuvenating and redeveloping downtowns in the U.S.; best practices for redeveloping downtowns into vibrant, mixed-use and transit-friendly spaces; five exemplary cases of successful expansions of downtowns in the U.S. (i.e., New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and Boston); and planning and procedural changes to support further redevelopment of downtowns through enhanced business improvement districts (e.g., mandatory business improvement districts, improving access to information, granting BIDs power to approve modifications to zoning and procedural regulations, and using tax increment financing).
/ Cuff, George B. — Union, ON : Municipal World, 2019.
viii, 172 pages.
The book explores what leadership means in the context of local government in Canada and how to engender leadership in local politicians. It covers the essence of leading, the roles of the mayor and councillors as leaders, the different styles of leadership, necessary information to lead effectively, the separation of management and leadership roles in municipal government, requirements for good leadership, when and how leaders should lead, and a Local Government Leader's Code.
Monitoring the state of Canada's core public infrastructure: Canadian infrastructure report card 2019
/ ASSOCIATION OF CONSULTING ENGINEERING COMPANIES - CANADA, CANADIAN CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION, CANADIAN PARKS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION, CANADIAN PUBLIC WORKS ASSOCIATION, CANADIAN SOCIETY FOR CIVIL ENGINEERING, CANADIAN URBAN INSTITUTE, CANADIAN NETWORK OF ASSET MANAGERS, & FEDERATION OF CANADIAN MUNICIPALITIES. — [Ottawa, ON] : Canadian Infrastructure Report Card, 2019.
1 online resource (55 pages) : graphs, PDF.
The document provides an update on the state of publicly owned and municipally owned infrastructure in Canada in 2019. It covers seven asset classes: roads and bridges; culture, recreation and sports facilities; potable water systems; wastewater systems; stormwater systems; public transit systems; and solid waste management infrastructure. It also looks at asset management practices and compares the findings with 2016 results.
/ ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT. — Paris : OECD Publishing, 2019.
1 online resource (239 pages) : graphs, colour maps, tables, glossary, bibl., PDF. — (OECD regional outlook).
The first part reviews productivity and globalization trends; adapting regional development policies to future megatrends; disruptive technologies (e.g., automation's effects on the workforce, autonomous vehicles and digital innovation in cities); preparing regions for demographic and environmental transformation (e.g., population decline, global urbanisation, tourism and climate change); and innovative multi-level governance to address regional development. The second part comprises papers exploring regional development policy responses to megatrends. The final part contains profiles of the regional development policy approaches, policy changes and institutional arrangements to prepare for global megatrends of OECD member countries.
/ Breen, Sarah-Patricia W.; Collins, Danielle; Gaspard, Valencia; Lowery, Brennan; Main, Hannh; Minnes, Sarah; & Reimer, William. (Eds.). — [Place of publication not identified] : Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, 2019.
1 online resource (63 pages) : colour illustrations, bibl., PDF.
The report assesses the data deficit for a number of key issues facing rural and remote communities in Canada with case studies. It looks at availability and access to data, data analysis, knowledge mobilization for the following subject areas: economy, demography and workforce; health and well-being; Indigenous Peoples; the environment and climate; food and agriculture; and culture. Policy recommendations support educating people of the importance and application of data in rural settings, generation and collection of consistent and longitudinal data, local capacity to collect and analyze data, and making the data available in databases.
The report was launched at the Sustainable Communities Conference on October 2, 2019, in St John's, NL.
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