Civic Efficiency Group

The Civic Efficiency Group is a volunteer effort to find civic best practices and e-government opportunities in Canadian cities, that influenced Montreal declaration and other global civic efficiency efforts. It existed initially to research urban issues and advocate related accounting reform, active exchange of civic best practices especially emergency preparedness and public health techniques. Using ISO 19011 and GAAP as a base, it proposed an urban health observatory strategy and on this basis opposed urban sprawl and so-called "economic growth". It strongly supports well-being measures.

It also promoted open content and Share Alike built on a free software base like Linux in routine operations - though they make some exceptions for panicware - and merging routine and emergency tools so that a single set of protocols and simpler training evolves, and so that even many routine services will continue through an emergency.

municipal governance

CEG in Canada has advocated more municipal autonomy and municipal regulations that support sustainable trades especially in green building, zero e-waste hardware with low ecological footprint, use of Simple English where feasible, high waste diversion and healthy telecom. See Green Bay box for one example that demonstrates how all of these are combined.

They advocate extending the Federal Accountability Act so that every Municipal Auditor General in Canada is subject to the federal Auditor General's ecological and social indicators, and so that commitments to greening of government operations, green procurement, quality management in government, GHG, etc., are accounted for using the ICLEI Triple Bottom Line report and ICLEI ecoBudget methods. Signatories to the Montreal declaration should also be held to account for those commitments.

[+] active in Toronto in 2004

[+] went global in 2005

[+] open to all

process activism

CEG is at present a loose activist group whose list of process papers/proposals and list of position papers include some for wiki outreach and democratic structuring of media and Internet.

They advocate academia and bureaucracy cooperating with citizens in tighter feedback loops. A few examples:

CEG provided in-depth input to InfraGuide.CA regarding that service's many deficiencies as a best practice exchange. See CEG re InfraGuide.

global - municipal best practice

At COP 11, at the UN Fourth Municipal Leaders Summit on Climate Change, 2005-12, in Montreal, CEG presented the ECG global urban climate change prevention strategy in the form of the 6C declaration. This was influential on the final Montreal declaration. Elio Di Iorio, Erin Shapero, Kate Holloway, and John Godfrey, led the effort to include monetary reform, best practice exchange, continuous municipal performance audit and green procurement priorities in communiques.

next steps

By 2007 CEG will have incorporated these goals:
energy use, localized food supply and water supply and sewage treatment, resilient mesh networks, etc., all relying on DC power systems

Longer term goals include:

[+] in Canada - application to political parties

in Canadian cities - application to electoral reforms

The Sharing Water, Imagine Halifax initiatives, and BSTV+C+P and B5AV+C+P efforts, all benefited from the CEG studies particularly with respect to municipal electoral reforms. This work continues mostly in Toronto which is considering a preference vote for strong mayor, and matching grants replacing rebates for those who donate to municipal candidates in that City. Dan King continues to spearhead that effort.


Anyone interested in CEG work in Toronto or Ontario should contact Dan King 416-595-1782. Anyone interested in Atlantic Canada or Quebec should contact Craig Hubley ca at yahoo.com

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