Grande Cache

11 Oct: Dissolving Grande Cache

Grande Cache in Alberta, which touts itself as a mountain oasis surrounded by spectacular wilderness, has announced its intention to dissolve as an official municipality and fold into the surrounding Municipal District of Greenview. The reason for this decision is primarily sited because of the economic downturn in Alberta. Mayor Herb Castle noted that, “it’s…

First Nations

11 Oct: The Value of Joint Communications Partnerships with First Nations

More and more, municipalities are seeing the value of collaboration and creating joint strategies including economic development, and emergency communications. The importance of looking to surrounding First Nations for this same effort is invaluable in coming together to learn from each other and work on common priorities. When considering the join communications approach with First…

Cannabis Education

11 Oct: Developing an Effective Cannabis Education Campaign

On October 17, 2018, cannabis will be legal in Canada. The federal government introduced legislation to legalize cannabis in November 2017 and since then, there has been extensive public and stakeholder engagement by all levels of government. If your municipality hasn’t already adopted a framework for the impending cannabis legalization, it’s time to start looking…

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25 Aug: Municipal Budget – Mobilizing Citizen Engagement

Municipal Budget – Mobilizing Citizen Engagement Budget season is here for many munis and it’s time to start considering what tools for mobilizing citizen engagement you’ll employ. Notice there isn’t an option of whether an engagement strategy will be used, only what kind. Gone are the days when a budget/corporate plan is prepared behind closed…

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27 Jul: The VR Experience: Hacking Engagement & Empathy

The VR Experience: Hacking Engagement & Empathy As digital spaces become more personal, communicators can use the virtual realm to create a shortcut to empathy for users. Sometimes it seems as society transitions into more digital spaces, feelings of empathy and understanding become fewer and far between as we increase the physical degrees of separation between…