Regional Boards and Councils: What are they Good For?
Join the On-Line Discussion Forum!
The Harris Centre has developed an on-line moderated forum with the
hope of launching a debate on the size and authority of regional
boards and councils.
Successive governments have attempted to effectively manage local
services in the face of rapidly changing social and economic
conditions. The processes they introduced for managing health care,
education, economic development and municipal government at the
local level is the process of regionalization. Until now, no one
has looked across these four sectors to compare the strengths and
weaknesses in managing change, and to look for lessons as regional
governments evolved to meet increasingly demanding changes.
In order to better understand the effects of regionalization, and
in order to stimulate informed and constructive debate on this
important public policy issue, the Harris Centre has initiated an
innovative four-part process:
- The Centre provided funding in response to a proposal by two
political scientists at Memorial University, Dr. Stephen Tomblin
and Mark Braun-Jackson, to examine regionalization across four
policy sectors or “silos” in Newfoundland and Labrador:
education, health, economic development and municipal government.
- The Centre engaged communications specialist Wade Kearley to
draft a synthesis report based on the Tomblin and Braun-Jackson
report, and to interview key governmental and non-governmental
stakeholders operating in the four "silos". The result of this
process was a second report which integrates the comments received
by the stakehholders. Read
the Kearley report.
- The Centre has created an on-line forum, where interested
persons may participate in the discussion about this important
issue of public policy. The Centre will seed the discussion by
asking questions that provoke thought and debate. Click here to join the
- The results of this process will be reported during an
international conference organized by the Harris Centre, scheduled
for St. John's on October 16-18, 2008. Click here to obtain
more information about this conference.
For more information about the regionalization process, contact the
Harris Centre at
or by calling (709) 737-6186.