Paul Martin: Street 'urchins,' London, UK, 1893 (Courtesy: www.phaidon.com)

Charles Dickens on Homelessness

In essay XIII of The Uncommercial Traveller, Charles Dickens writes of the prevalence of homelessness, as it was found in the London of 1860. The essays that formed the book were drawn from essays written for his weekly periodical All the Year Round, which had a circulation as high as 300,000. London at the time…

Surviving Government – Four Seasons of Political Disarray – Hendrik Slegtenhorst (2017)

Surviving Government, a book in 27 chapters and 246 pages in length, describes four seasons of political disarray, through technical and personal commentaries from an inadvertent town manager. Publication is scheduled for the summer of 2017. The book presents an understanding of local government for the individual citizen, and how each citizen can influence, modify,…

The Milltown Monument (St. Stephen, NB) (Courtesy: chocolatetown.ca)

Amalgamation and Community Identity

Civil Thoughts Series As published in: Municipal World (St. Thomas, ON), 118/11, 43 (November 2008). Amalgamation and Community Identity (Municipal World, November 2008)   Amalgamation is a touchy subject. But it is a common and preferred instrument employed by the Canadian provinces to solve—ostensibly—municipal problems. Should municipalities be reorganized? Who wins, who loses? Does amalgamation…