Local Government in Action: A Simulation

Local Government in Action: A Simulation

By: Gary N. Wilson (author), William D. Kennedy (author)Paperback

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Local Government in Action is a simulation about a fictional, medium-sized municipality called Summerville. It provides an interactive teaching tool with a focus on governance and community development in small and medium-sized municipalities in Canada. It also examines the major issues faced by resource-based communities and communities on the peripheries of metropolitan areas. Participants in the simulation play the roles of municipal politicians, administrators, and community members in order to respond to a series of issues and challenges that confront Summerville. The simulation provides participants with a sense of what real decision-making is like by requiring them to deal with competing interests, conflicting points of view, and the occasional clash between "common sense solutions" and the actions that are permissible under law. It also demonstrates the processes involved in council meetings, the roles played by municipal staff, and the nature of the relationship between elected officials, appointed officials, and the public. Additionally, this exercise offers participants the opportunity to practice the skills required to make effective presentations, to participate in public meetings, and to lobby. The text is accompanied by an instructor's manual on CD-Rom that mirrors the content of the workbook and provides goals and ideas for making the simulation more successful in terms of pedagogy.

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William D. Kennedy served for over thirty years as a senior local government administrator and taught local politics at the University of Northern British Columbia. Gary N. Wilson is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern British Columbia. His research and teaching interests include comparative federalism, northern studies, and local government and politics.


1. Acknowledgements 2. Introduction 3. Workbook Organization 4. Simulation Organization 4.1 Council Meetings 4.2 Roles 4.3 Issues 4.4 Newspaper 4.5 Starting the Simulation 4.6 Simulation Time 5. Conducting a Council Meeting 5.1 Rules of Order 5.3 How to Get a Motion Considered by Council 5.4 How to Bring an Issue to a Vote 5.5 How to Bring an Issue to Council 5.6 How to Make Views Known at a Public Hearing 6. The First Council Meeting 7. Council Meeting #2 8. Subsequent Council Meetings 8.1 Council Meeting #3 8.2 Council Meeting #4 8.3 Council Meeting #5 8.4 Council Meeting #6 8.5 Council Meeting #7 8.6 Subsequent Council Meetings 9. Summerville: A History 9.1 Geography 9.2 Early History 9.3 Industrial Development 9.4 Maturity 9.5 Demographies 9.6 Land Uses 10. Issues 10.1 Election of an Acting Mayor 10.2 Resolution of Congratulations 10.3 Completing the Current Year Budget 10.4 Water Treatment Plant 10.5 10.6 Financial Support for Girls' Volleyball 10.7 Beauty Salon Rezoning 10.8 Centrum Hotel and Casino 10.9 Summerville Sash and Door 10.10 Regional Government Fire Protection 10.11 The "Wild Flower House" 10.12 Riverside Acres Building Permit 10.13 Trade Mission to India 10.14 Wedding Shop Issue 10.15 The "Too Big" House 10.16 Fees for Public Skating 10.17 Massage Therapy Issue 10.18 Are Five Cars Too Many? 10.19 Skateboard Problems 10.20 "Big Box" Retail 10.21 Speeding Taxi Driver 10.22 Non-Resident Use of City Recreation Facilities 10.23 Renewal of Downtown Sidewalks 10.24 Accessing Pornography at the Library 10.25 Purchase or Lease? 10.26 Imposing Development Cost Charges 10.27 "It Was, And Is, A Good Deal" 10.28 Economic Development Commission 10.29 Surplus Federal Lands 10.30 "It's Ours To Spend" 10.31 Commuter Suburb 10.32 Retirement Resort Characters 11.1 Auto Wrecker 11.2 Beautician 11.3 "Big Box" Developer 11.4 Building Contractor 11.5 Building Inspector 11.6 Casino Developer 11.7 Chair, Chamber of Commerce 11.8 Chair of the Recreation Commission 11.9 City Administraor 11.10 City Clerk 11.11 City Planner 11.12 City Treasurer 11.13 Councillor #1 11.14 Councillor #2 11.15 Councillor #3 11.16 Councillor #4 11.17 Councillor #5 11.18 Councillor #6 11.19 Door Maker 11.20 Elementary School Teacher 11.21 Hardware Store Owner 11.22 Librarian 11.23 Massage Therapist 11.24 Newspaper Reporter 11.25 President of the Fire Fighters' Union 11.26 Pub and Motel Owner 11.27 Public Health Inspector 11.28 Real Estate Developer 11.29 Ridgeview Drive Resident 11.30 Riverside Acres Owner 11.31 Riverside Anglican Church Minister 11.32 Royal Heights Resident 11.33 Solicitor 11.34 Speedy Taxi Driver 11.35 Sports Parent 11.36 Wild Flower Lady The Election 12.1 Election Legislation Appendices Appendix 1 - Council Procedure By-law Appendix 2 - Legislative Extracts Appendix 3 - Role Preference Form Appendix 4 - Sample Ballot Paper Appendix 5 - City of Summerville Nomination Papers

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/04/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781551119120
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 141
  • ID: 9781551119120
  • weight: 360
  • ISBN10: 1551119129

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