Jim Legh has a blog called Amalgamate Greater Victoria and he has two interesting recent posts.
The first is about the decision by the City of Victoria not to build rail as part of the Johnson Street bridge project. Quite rightly the City took this decision as there is no benefit to the vast majority of residents. Should it be used for commuter rail, the people benefiting will be taxpayers on the Westshore. Why should the people in the City pay for an amenity the Westshore wants?
The second post he has is about Winnipeg and how much better their decision making process is because they have a single local government not hemmed in by arbitrary boundaries Good decisions are made quickly and acted on quickly.