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December 5, 2017: A paper I wrote with Alexandra Flynn was recently released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. The paper, entitled “Re-Imagining Community Councils in Canadian Local Government”, is available here.

November 29, 2017: I presented some research on citizen attitudes towards smart city development to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Innovation Network advisory group in Toronto. More information on the network can be found here.

November 14, 2017: I participated on a panel for the UWO Local Government Program, DPA Alumni Conference in Toronto, entitled “Disruptive Innovation: New Partnerships, Policies and the Role of Government”.

October 13, 2017: I presented new research on Uber conducted with Gabriel Eidelman and Austin Zwick at UWO’s Local Governance Seminar Series. More information on the talk can be found here.

October 11, 2017: Alison Smith and I published a post on the Urban Affairs Forum. The post, entitled “The Local Autonomy of Canada’s Largest Cities,” can be found here.

September 29, 2017: I provided some comments to the London Free Press regarding the 2018 municipal election. The story can be found here.

September 22, 2017: Along with Nicole Goodman, I presented gave a talk on smart city development to the Open and Smart Communities Forum. Information on the conference can be found here.

September 21, 2017: I provided some comments for a TVO story on millenials and neighbourhood associations. The story can be found here.

September 14, 2017: I provided some comments for a TVO story on neighbourhood associations. The story can be found here.

September 1, 2017: I presented a paper with Nicole Goodman and David Wolfe on smart city development in Canada at the American Political Science Association meeting in San Francisco, California. More information on the presentation can be found here.

July 24, 2017: A new post on smart cities from Adam Churchard, Nicole Goodman, David Wolfe and I appeared on the Cities@UofT blog. The post can be found here.

June 28, 2017: I wrote a review Bish and Filipowicz’s “Governing Greater Victoria” for Canadian Public Administration. The review can be found here.

June 17, 2017: I presented a paper at the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations annual State of the Federation conference. More information on the conference an my talk can be found here.

May 31, 2017: I presented three papers addressing Uber and Smart Cities at the Canadian Political Science Association annual conference in Toronto. Information about the papers can be found here and here.

May 29, 2017: I presented a paper at a forum on inter-municipal cooperation at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. The presentation, which examined accountability and transparency in inter-local servicing collaboration, can be found here.

May 27, 2017: I’ve launched a new online document warehouse and research hub for the study of inter-local cooperation in Canada: interlocalcooperation.ca

May 16, 2017: Nicole Goodman and I presented some research on smart cities at the annual Laboratory on Local Elections conference in Montreal. More information on the conference can be found here.

May 3, 2017: Nicole Goodman and I presented some research on smart cities at the 4th annual Creating Digital Opportunity Partnership Meeting in Montreal. More information on the conference can be found here.

April 27, 2017: I provided some comments for a London Free Press story about rapid transit construction. The story can be found here.

April 24, 2017: Along with the editorial board, I’ve launched a new open-source academic journal entitled the Canadian Journal of Local Government, with support from the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks, and Treasurers of Ontario. More information on the journal, including the submission process, can be found on the journal’s website.

April 22, 2017: I presented a paper co-authored with Gabriel Eidelman on government responses to Uber at the Urban Affairs Association conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More information on the presentation can be found here.

February 28, 2017: I was part of a panel discussing municipal shared services at the recent Ontario Good Roads Association conference in Toronto. More information on the panel can be found here.

February 16, 2017: Local Government Studies recently published some of my new research on accountability in inter-local collaborative relationships. The article is available online here.

January 30, 2017: I provided some comments for a London Free Press story on the introduction of municipal ranked ballots. The story can be found here.

January 18, 2017: An op-ed I wrote on smart cities and local autonomy appeared in the Waterloo Chronicle. The article can be found here.

January 12, 2017: I participate in a discussion for the Public Record at the Pub event on the roots of Hamilton’s urban/suburban divide. Details of the talk can be found here.

January 11, 2017: I appeared on AM 610 CKTB to discuss the federal government’s cabinet shuffle. You can listen to the show here.

January 10, 2017: I appeared on CHCH News to discuss the federal government’s cabinet shuffle. You can find the clip here.

January 2, 2017: I appeared in a CityNews Toronto clip about the anniversary of Toronto’s amalgamation. The story can be found here.

December 19, 2016: My book, The Boundary Bargain: Growth, Development and the Future of City-County Separation, was named one of the best books of 2016 by the Hill Times.

December 12, 2016: An article I wrote with Kate Graham was just published in the December edition of Canadian Public Administration. The article, entitled “Preparing to Lead: Mayoral Transition Planning in Canadian Cities,” can be found here.

December 11, 2016: An article I wrote on informal inter-municipal service sharing was just published in the December edition of Canadian Public Policy. The article, entitled “Governance by Handshake? Assessing Informal Municipal Service Sharing Relationships,” is available here.

December 9, 2016: I provided some comments for a London Free Press story about London City Council. The story can be found here.

November 30, 2016: I provided some comments for a Toronto Star story about a de-amalgamation campaign in Scarborough. The story can be found here.

November 17, 2016: I appeared on AM 610 CKTB to discuss the election of Niagara’s Regioanl Chair. The show can be heard here.

November 16, 2016: I appeared on CBC’s Ontario Morning radio show to discuss maternity leave and pay for municipal councillors. The show can be heard here.

November 15, 2016: I provided some comments for a London Free Press story about proposed changes to the Municipal Act that would include parental leave. The story can be found here.

November 14, 2016: I provided some comments for a Toronto Star story about the governance of Metrolinx. The story can be found here.

November 2, 2016: I provided some comments for a London Free Press story on the medical leave of a city councillor. The story can be found here.

November 1, 2016: I presented a paper with Gabriel Eidelman at the Munk School of Global Affair’s Innovation Policy Lab. More information on the talk, entitled “Regulatory Responses to Uber in Ten North American Cities,” can be found here.

October 26, 2016: I appeared on the Public Record radio show with Joey Coleman, discussing LRT in Hamilton. The show can be heard here.

October 21, 2016: An editorial I wrote on shared servicing appeared in the Edmonton Journal. The editorial, entitled “Forced Co-Operation Recipe for Bad Blood Among Alberta Municipalities”, can be found here.

October 20, 2016: I spoke at the AMCTO Zone 4 meeting about smart cities in Canada. Information on the meeting can be found here.

October 13, 2016: I wrote a post for the CD Howe Institute‘s policy intelligence memos blog. The post, entitled “Inter-Municipal Cooperation, Not Amalgamation, the Better Way Forward for Canadian Cities,” can be found here.

October 12, 2016: The CD Howe Institute released a report co-authored by Adam Found and I entitled “Thinking Regionally: How to Improve Service Delivery in Canada’s Cities.” The report can be found here.

September 29, 2016: An article I wrote on accountability and transparency in inter-local contracting appeared in the latest issue of Municipal World. The article, entitled “Local Accountability and Transparency: Closing the Accountability Gap in Intermunicipal Contracting and Service Sharing,” can be found here.

September 15, 2016: I was a guest on the Niagarians podcast with Greg Miller, discussing my new book, The Boundary Bargain. The podcast can be heard here. More information about the book can be found here.

September 14, 2016: I appeared on AM 610 CKTB Niagara to discuss Tom Mulcair’s leadership of the NDP heading into the NDP national caucus meeting in Montreal. The show can be heard here.

September 10, 2016: I have been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to further my research into inter-local cooperation in Canada. More information on the grant is available here. In the coming months, more details about the project will be announced, including a new website for the collaborative study of inter-municipal agreement formation in Canada.

September 8, 2016: I appeared on AM 610 CKTB Niagara to discuss the prorogation of the Ontario legislature. The show can be heard here.

September 6, 2016: I made a presentation on electoral reform for an open house hosted by the Member of Parliament for Perth-Wellington, John Nater. More details about the event can be found here. The Stratford Beacon-Herald wrote a story about the event, which you can read here.

September 3, 2016: I presented a paper at the American Political Science Association annual meeting in Philadelphia that explores municipal responses to Uber (co-authored with Gabriel Eidelman). At APSA, I was also given the Susan Clarke Young Scholars’ Award from the Urban Politics section.

August 23, 2016: I spoke at an electoral reform townhall hosted by Filomena Tassi, the Member of Parliament for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas. More information on the event can be found here.

July 29, 2016: A review of my new book, The Boundary Bargain, appeared in the London Free Press. The story can be found here.

July 25, 2016: I appeared on the midday “Opposing Views” segment on the Eric Drozd show on AM570 News in Kitchener. The show can be heard here.

July 19, 2016: I wrote an editorial for the New Hamburg Independent with Sarah Spicer arguing against a name change for the Township of Wellesley. The editorial can be found here.

July 19, 2016: McGill-Queens University Press included a Q & A with me on their blog to promote my new book, The Boundary Bargain. The post can be found here.

June 29, 2016: I launched my new book, The Boundary Bargain, at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. More information on the event is available here. The slides from the presentation can be found here.

June 28, 2016: I appeared on CBC Ontario Morning and CBC Radio in Kitchener-Waterloo to discuss my new book, The Boundary Bargain. The segment from Ontario Morning can be heard here. The book can be purchased through the McGill-Queen’s University Press website.

June 24, 2016: The Guelph Mercury wrote an article about my new book, The Boundary Bargain. The article can be found here. The book can be purchased through the McGill-Queen’s University Press website.

June 20, 2016: An article I wrote with Christopher Alcantara has appeared in the latest issue of Canadian Public Administration. The article, entitled “A New Model for Making Aboriginal Policy? Evaluating the Kelowna Accord and the Promise of Multi-level Governance in Canada”, is available here.

June 15, 2016: I provided some comments for a London Free Press story on a scandal involving the city’s Mayor. The story can be found here.

June 13, 2016: I appeared on the CBC Radio morning show in St. John’s, Newfoundland to discuss public sector salary disclosure. The show can be heard here. Later in the day, I was a guest on the mid-day show with Eric Drozd on AM 570 in Kitchener, Ontario. That program can be heard here. In the late afternoon I appeared on 610 CKTB Niagara to discuss the Ontario cabinet shuffle. That show can be heard here.

June 4, 2016: I provided some comments for a London Free Press story on a dispute on London city council. The story can be found here.

June 3, 2016: I appeared on CFAX 1070 AM in Victoria to discuss amalgamation on the Ian Jessop show. The show can be heard here.

June 1, 2016: I presented a paper that I co-authored with Alison Smith about city charters at the annual meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association. More info on the session can be found here.

May 26, 2016: My latest op-ed appeared in the Vancouver Sun. The article, entitled “Don’t Amalgamate, Cooperate”, is available here.

May 20, 2016: The Chatham Daily News wrote a review of my new book, The Boundary Bargain. The article is available here.

May 18, 2016: I presented a paper on transparency in inter-municipal contracting at a workshop on municipal responsiveness and accountability held by the Laboratory on Local Elections at the Institute National de la Recherche Scientifique in Montreal. More info on the conference can be found here.

May 17, 2016: Brock News wrote an article about the release of my new book, The Boundary Bargain. It can be found here. I also appeared on AM 610 CKTB Niagara to discuss the book. The show can be heard here.

May 13, 2016: An article I wrote on post-amalgamation governance in Ontario appeared in the latest edition of the Canadian Journal of Political Science. The article, entitled “A Patchwork of Participation: Stewardship, Delegation and the Search for Community Representation in Post-Amalgamation Ontario”, is available here.

May 12, 2016: My new book, The Boundary Bargain, was profiled by GuelphToday.com. The article is available here.

May 11, 2016: My new book, The Boundary Bargain: Growth, Development and the Future of City-County Separation, has been released. It is available through McGill-Queen’s University Press.

May 2, 2016: I appeared on the midday “Opposing Views” segment on the Eric Drozd show on AM570 News in Kitchener. The show can be heard here.

April 28, 2016: I provided some comments for a London Free Press story on approval ratings for London city council. The story can be found here.

April 14, 2016: I wrote an editorial for the Kitchener Post responding to proponents of amalgamation in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The article, entitled “Framing the Amalgamation Debate”, can be found here.

April 13, 2016: I provided some comments for a London Free Press story on a lawsuit stemming from the last municipal election. The story can be found here.

April 10, 2016: I provided some comments for a Global News (Toronto) story on municipally-owned golf courses. The story can be found here.

April 1, 2016: I appeared on AM 570 News in Kitchener to discuss the salaries of municipal councillors. The show can be heard here.

March 31, 2016: I was a guest on the Rob Snow Show on AM 580 CFRA Ottawa to discuss compensation for taxi plate owners. The show can be heard here.

March 29, 2016: My latest post appeared on the IRPP Perspectives blog: “Is the Sunshine List Helpful?”. The post is available here.

March 14, 2016: I provided some comments for a London Free Press story on municipal property tax increases in London, Ontario. The story can be found here.

March 7, 2016: I provided some comments for a London Free Press story on a local political lawsuit. The story can be found here.

March 3, 2016: I wrote a short post for the Raise the Hammer blog discussing Hamilton’s municipally-owned golf courses. The post, entitled “City Should Consider Getting Out of Golf Business”, can be found here.

February 19, 2016: I provided some comments on federal marijuana policy and municipalities for Yahoo News. The story can be found here.

February 18, 2016: I provided some comments on public consultation in London, Ontario for the London Free Press. the story can be found here.

January 24, 2016: An article I wrote with Michael McGregor on the relationship between homeownership and vote choice has been released in the latest edition of the Journal of Urban Affairs. The article, entitled “The Canadian Homevoter: Property Values and Municipal Politics in Canada,” is available here.

January 13, 2016: I provided some comments on London, Ontario’s municipal budget and potential tax increases for the London Free Press. The story can be found here.

December 22, 2015: My latest article was published in Canadian Public Administration. The article, entitled “Cooperation, Coordination and Competition: Why Do Municipalities Participate in Economic Development Alliances?”, can be found here.

December 18, 2015: My latest post appeared on the IRPP Perspectives blog: “Should We Be Discussing Compensation for Taxi Owners?” The post can be found here.

December 16, 2015: My latest article on inter-municipal cooperation in Canada appeared in Public Sector Digest. The article can be found here.

December 15, 2015: My first book, The Boundary Bargain: Growth, Development and the Future of City-County Separation, is available for pre-order through McGill-Queen’s University Press. More info can be found here.

December 14, 2015: I appeared on the AM 570 News midday panel with Eric Drozd. The show can be heard here.

December 11, 2015: Some thoughts on the multilevel nature of the Uber/cab dispute appeared on the IRPP Perspectives blog. The post, entitled “The Curious Multilevel Nature of Cab Regulation”, can be found here.

December 10, 2015: An article Lydia Miljan and I wrote for Municipal Monitor about de-amalgamation in Ontario was just released. It can be accessed here.

November 22, 2015: I provided some comments for a Niagara Falls Review story about a business trip by senior city officials. The story is available here.

November 9, 2015: My latest paper on municipal organization in Ontario was published in the American Review of Canadian Studies. The paper, entitled “Adapting (Municipal) Form to (Provincial) Function: City-County Separation and the Introduction of the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager System in Ontario, Canada”, is available here.

October 30, 2015: My thoughts on a potential federal “urban agenda” appeared on the IRPP Policy Options blog. The post, entitled “What will Trudeau’s urban agenda look like?”, is available here.

October 29, 2015: I provided some comments for a London Free Press story about council-staff relations. The story is available here.

October 23, 2015: I gave a presentation about inter-local cooperation to Ontario Association of County Clerks, Treasurers and Administrators annual conference at Blue Mountain Resort. More information about the presentation is available here.

October 19, 2015: I provided some comments for the London Free Press’ Voting Day Primer. The story is available here.

October 7, 2015: I was part of a pre-election panel at Brock University, discussing urban issues in the latest campaign. More information on the panel is available here. A story from Brock News on the event is available here.

October 6, 2015: I provided some brief comments for a National Post story on polling at the federal election. The story is available here.

September 29, 2015: I appeared on AM 570 News in Kitchener to discuss the federal election and Bill C-24. The show can be heard here.

September 18, 2015: I provided some comments for a London Free Press article on police budgets. The story can be found here.

September 14, 2015: I appeared on the AM 570 News midday panel with Eric Drozd. The show can be heard here.

September 1, 2015: I’ve been appointed as an Assistant Professor at Brock University. More information can be found here.

July 24, 2015: I appeared on AM 570 News to discuss the Sandy Shantz ruling. The show can be heard here.

July 23, 2015: An op-ed I wrote with Lydia Miljan about amalgamation appeared in the Victoria Times Colonist. It is available here.

July 15, 2015: An op-ed on de-amalgamation I wrote with Lydia Miljan appeared in the Financial Post. It is available here.

July 9, 2015: I appeared on the AM 570 News midday show with Eric Drozd to discuss the suspension of Woolwich Mayor Sandy Shantz due to campaign finance irregularities. The show can be heard here.

July 7, 2015: A paper I wrote with Lydia Miljan on de-amalgamation in Canada was just released. Information on the paper, entitled “De-Amalgamation in Canada: Breaking Up is Hard to Do”, can be found here. Some press reaction can be found here, here, here, here and here.

July 6, 2015: I appeared on the AM 570 News midday panel with Eric Drozd. The show can be heard here.

July 5, 2015: Chris Alcantara and I published a piece in the latest Policy Options about the lessons we can learn from the Kelowna Accord. The editorial can be found here.

July 2, 2015: My latest article in Municipal World, entitled “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Uber?” has just been released in print. The table of contents is available here.

June 30, 2015: I appeared on the AM 570 News midday show with Eric Drozd to discuss the procedure for filling a recent vacancy on Waterloo regional council. The show can be heard here.

June 15, 2015: A paper I wrote on inter-local cooperation appeared in Canadian Public Policy. The article, entitled “Regionalism, Municipal Organization and Inter-local Cooperation in Canada”, can be found here.

June 11, 2015: Presented the findings of a recent paper on amalgamation in Ontario to the municipal governance committee of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. A copy of the paper can be found here.

June 4, 2015: Presented two papers at the annual meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association in Ottawa. The first, examines the use and non-use of community councils in Ontario. The paper is available here. The other, co-authored with Alison Smith, presents an index to measure local autonomy in Canada and is available here.

May 26, 2015: A paper I wrote with Lydia Miljan on the impact of amalgamation in Ontario was just released. Information on the paper, entitled “Municipal Amalgamation in Ontario”, can be found here. Media reports about the paper can be found here, here, here, here, and here.

May 12, 2015: My latest paper on inter-local cooperation was released by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. The paper, entitled “Cooperation and Capacity: Inter-Municipal Agreements in Canada”, can be found here.

April 1, 2015: I published an op-ed in the Waterloo Record about the continued relevance of Ontario’s Sunshine List. The article entitled “Sunshine List is All Breadth and No Depth”, is available here.

February 10, 2015: I was a guest on the AM 570 News midday show with Eric Drozd discussing the charges brought against former Woolwich Mayor Todd Cowan. The show can be heard here.

January 28, 2015: I published an op-ed in the Waterloo Record on Uber’s interest in Waterloo Region. The article, entitled “Uber Decision May Be Out of Region’s Hands”, is available here.

January 6, 2015: I wrote a post for the LISPOP blog, Opinion-Policy Nexus, about polling and leadership races – specifically the ongoing Ontario PC Party leadership race. You can find the post here.

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