A Disturbing Trend in Local Government

The resignations of over a dozen mayors and councillors in British Columbia over the past two years is “a disturbing trend,” according to a veteran of municipal politics. Source: CBC – “A Disturbing Trend” “Long hours, low pay and increased complexity cited” as the main reasons. In the decade that I’ve worked for local government, […]

Complexity and Obsolescence

“The chief cause of problems is solutions” – Eric Sevareid “Solutions are not the answer” – Richard Nixon [Tweet “”Solutions are not the answer” – Richard Nixon”] In my role at the City of Revelstoke, I am confronted with years of amassed data, much of it in the City’s GIS system, but occasionally, questions asked […]

Financially Sustainable Water Utilities

In 2015 BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA), with Urban Systems, completed an assessment of the financial sustainability of Water and Wastewater Utilities in British Columbia. The assessment uses 4 financial indicators based on data from the 2013 audited financial statements for municipal governments in BC. The indicators were selected based on a review of best […]

FCM Sustainable Communities Conference 2015

I am honoured to be speaking at the 2015 FCM Sustainable Communities Conference in London Ontario in a couple of weeks time.   I am currently putting the final touches on the afternoon presentation for the one day workshop on “Asset Management and Sustainability” that links Asset Management practices with developing sustainable civil engineering projects […]

70cm of Snow in 48 hours – Revelstoke

Last week the City of Revelstoke received about 70cm of snow in 48 hours, causing all sorts of havoc on the Trans Canada Highway…  Off the highway, city crews were out cleaning up the snow, (apparently a 25-year high single snowfall event), for days after, and the arterial and collector roads were passable through the […]

APEGBC to Vote on Professional Development Requirements

British Columbia’s Engineering and Geoscience professional body, APEGBC, is conducting a survey for members on proposed changes to the bylaw regarding Continuing Professional Development Requirements. The current process of voluntarily declaring compliance to the requirements is obviously not ideal. For a profession that is self regulating, we need to do a better job of ensuring adequate […]