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X-RAY OF A DISCONTENT:
OFFICIAL BILINGUALISM FOR OTTAWA REDUX


Gilles Paquet

A controversy followed the publication of the paper by Gilles Paquet in the September 2014 issue. The author reminds the readers of the central issues. Then he tries to explain the discontent around the controversial topic by certain mental prisons and the action of certain catalysts. Then he refutes a recent attack that claims that the September paper was “full of errors and insults”, before suggesting that for a next step a test of the political will to come up with reasonable accommodations on which all parties might agree be proposed.







ILLUSTRATIONS IN PUBLIC HEALTH OF A MORE COLLABORATIVE PUBLIC SERVICE

Wayne Foster and Christopher Wilson

The authors present some experiences illustrating the slow but significant shift from top-down governing to collaborative governing and partnerships in Canada. The cases studied are the Canadian Partnership against Cancer, the BC Provincial Health Services Authority, and Alberta Health and Wellness. In each case, some lessons learned are mentioned, and evolving patterns of practice are also identified.







IMPROVING MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH IN BOLIVIA:
COLLABORATIVE-NETWORKED GOVERNANCE


Normand Ouellet

How to mobilize the different stakeholders and to encourage collaboration in the maternal and child health networks in Bolivia is the challenge. The author uses the approach to wicked problems and to social learning by experimentation and action in his on-going research-action project to develop collaborative-network governance. This is an early progress report.







LETTER FROM THE EDITOR IN CHIEF

Gilles Paquet

Lettre du rédacteur en chef













DETERMINANTS OF HOUSEHOLDS SAVING AND FINANCING OF ASSETS IN CANADA: A BALANCE SHEET APPROACH

Jean-Marie Gagnon and Denys Gagnon and Nabil Khoury

The authors examine the evolution of household savings and the financing of assets in Canada over the last forty years. They take into account portfolio management variables largely ignored in earlier studies. Portfolio variables appear to be significant determinants of whether balance sheets are book or at market values. Policy implications are laid out and discussed.







REPAIRING THE MANAGEMENT VACUUM AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL IN CANADA

Ruth Hubbard and Gilles Paquet

The authors propose two innovations: the creation of boards of management for departments and agencies, and the adoption of a competencies approach in the human resources management regime. They summarily show what these innovations would entail, how they would work, and the resistance to be expected from the personnel in place. Six departments or agencies are identified as plausible candidates for an experiment.











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