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vol 47, no 2, summer 2017

EDITORIAL



CANADIAN FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE: WHAT'S WRONG AND WHAT TO DO

Ruth Hubbard

What is wrong would appear to be poor organization design, bureaucratic inefficiency and low quality in the senior ranks. Privy Council Office might handle the first problem, Treasury Board Secretariat the second, and the Public Service Commission the third one.





AND MORE ...


THE MIRAGE OF NEUTRALITY

Guy Stanley

Public service neutrality is a high-sounding moral value without much operational traction. It does not help in ensuring that the government defend the public interest nor in making public policy responsive to public need.








THE OBSCENITY OF HYPER-TOLERATION

Gilles Paquet

Toleration is too often regarded as a virtue. Yet it has a downside when it leads to the demise of critical thinking and allows impostures to prevail. Three cases triggered by Charles Taylor, Keith Banting and Roger Bernard are probed. It is argued that maximum toleration is not optimal toleration.








REGULATORY AND CANADIAN FINANCIAL INSTITUTION FAILURES

Bruce La Rochelle

The author uses conjectures derived from an analysis of past Canadian financial institutions failures to gauge the present situation in Canada. He finds that regulatory delays and inaction are still a source of concern.








THE PUBLIC SECTOR ETHICAL PROCESS IN AN AGE OF ENTITLEMENTS, DECEPTION AND SOPHISTRY

Gilles Paquet

A case is made for a shift from a fragile duty ethics to a more robust virtue ethics: from decisions to capacities, from obligations to dispositions, from what should one do to what should one be.








LETTER FROM THE EDITOR IN CHIEF

Gilles Paquet












IN MEMORIAM



OBITUARY FOR PAUL B. REED



Our colleague Paul Reed at the Centre on Governance at the University of Ottawa was not only one of the most knowledgeable experts on the voluntary sector in Canada, but also a renaissance man — as the obituary below suggests. Paul died unexpectedly on January 16, 2017. To celebrate Paul's contribution, OPTIMUMONLINE has decided to publish a revised version of one of Paul's papers (co-authored with Kevil Selbee and revised since then by the authors) that had been hotly debated at the Centre when it was published in a different form in 2003. This is a paper that was first published in Amsterdam, so it did not get as wide a distribution in Canada as it should have. The paper was rewritten afterward, and an expanded and revised version of the paper was privately circulated. This is the version we are publishing here.

The Editor in Chief









IS THERE A DISTINCTIVE PATTERN OF VALUES ASSOCIATED WITH GIVING AND VOLUNTEERING? THE CANADIAN CASE

Paul B. Reed and L. Kevin Selbee










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