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Government, Leadership

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...

Mel Boutilier – One of the few True Giants

There are few true giants in the world. People who impact everything they touch. Who have the strength to lift up people and communities. My friend Mel Boutilier was one. When he passed away this week at the age of 92 the world lost a champion. A champion for good. For conviction. For raising people...
Energy & Environment, Government, Leadership

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...
Government, Leadership

Failing One Child, Is Failing Our Province

Last week CBC reported on the story of a family whose autistic child was removed from Landmark East because they couldn’t handle him. At the end of the day this is the story of a boy named Adam, but it is also the story of so many like him, and the systematic failures of an education system that requires...
Government, Leadership

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...