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A culture of better service and use of minimal force are key to improving public confidence in the South African Police Service. GCIS/Flickr

South Africans have low trust in their police. Here’s why

Perceptions that South African police treat people disrespectfully, lack impartiality or transparency, and are prone to brutality undermine public confidence in them.
WE Charity’s Marc Kielburger, left, and Craig Kielburger, right, appear as witnesses via videoconference at a House of Commons finance committee hearing in Ottawa in July 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

WE Charity demise shows why trust, transparency are so critical for NGOs

On paper, WE Charity could have been the best partner to implement the federal government’s student grant program. But the failure to be transparent eroded the public’s trust and led to its demise.
Parents and the public are in the dark about how Alberta developed its back-to-school plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Alberta’s COVID-19 back-to-school plans lack transparency

Vague references don’t cut it. The public deserves to know exactly how Alberta is relying on science, realism and high-quality problem-solving in its back to school plans during COVID-19.
Most Australians have had enough of the opportunistic point-scoring that characterises politics today and want leaders who put the public interest first. Mick Tsikas/Lukas Coch/AAP

New research shows Australians lack faith in our political parties to provide real leadership

According to a new survey, nearly a third of Australians believe the Coalition shows no ‘leadership for the public good’. Labor fared little better.

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