Friday, January 4, 2013

#Fail on Transparency

The "Corporation" aka City of Calgary, has significant corporate culture and behavioral hurdles to overcome to reach TIRE (Transparency, Inclusiveness, Responsiveness & Engagement) targets.
imagineCalgary targets that include the establishment of an Ombudsman's Office by 2008 are not being met. Numerous official policy documents are completely ignored by the city. Why do we bother to develop, vote and adopt policy if we're not going to follow/implement the policy? Because that's what bureaucracies do. It is up to citizens and politicians with integrity to ensure that the Municipal Government Act 5(b) is enforced.

Here are two recent blog posts on the failure of the City of Calgary (#YYCCC on twitter) to achieve anything close to transparency:

1. imagineCalgary: Open Government Initiative Betrayed by Bureaucrats
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/paul-hughes/open-government-initiative-betrayed-by-bureaucrats_b_2221446.html

2. Alberta: All We Want For Xmas Is A Calgary Municipal Ombudsman
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/paul-hughes/calgary-municipal-ombudsman_b_2259932.html

3. imagineCalgary, Lost in the BureaucraZy
http://paulin8.blogspot.ca/2011/05/imaginecalgary-lost-in-bureaucrazy.html

This is from City website on Engagement:  (Another huge #FAIL)


Onward/ Sustainability Direction: By 2020, The City’s programs and services will reflect the voice of citizens, and citizens can play active roles in their communities and The City’s processes.


As of 2013, the standard is #FAIL, achieved via the deadly bureaucratic combination of incompetence and apathy.