AMCTO Municipal Minute
May. 14, 2014

Kathleen Wynne dismisses Tim Hudak's job cuts as 'pink slips over paycheques'
Toronto Star
Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne is mocking Progressive Conservative rival Tim Hudak's push to cut 100,000 public sector jobs as a "pink slip pledge." Wynne stepped up attacks on the Hudak plan during campaign stops at a training centre for carpenters in Liberal-held Vaughan and a classroom for truck technicians in the NDP riding of Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.More

Ontario mandatory supplemental plan won't start anytime soon
Pensions and Investments
Ontario's proposal for a mandatory provincial defined benefit plan to supplement the Canada Pension Plan is a long way from being put in place. For starters, the government, which made the proposal in its 2014-2015 Ontario budget plan, has to win an election first. Then, assuming the ruling coalition retains power, there are the plan's details to be hammered out, such as tax ramifications, investment policy and governance. More

Peel Regional Police: 'Racist' Brampton flyer broke no laws
The Hamilton Spectator
An anti-immigration flyer that sparked outrage for singling out the Sikh community when it was distributed in Brampton last month is "racist and offensive" but does not warrant hate crimes charges, Peel Regional Police say. "We understand the deep hurt and harm incidents such as this cause our community," police said in a statement announcing no charges would be laid.More

Councillors: Ottawa needs go beyond sewer and transit
Ottawa Sun
The city needs more from the province than just money for better sewers and transit lines, councillors say. Sure, $1 billion for LRT extensions and $65 million to help build a sewage-intercepting tunnel downtown are tops on the wish list of City Hall, but there are other issues that should receive airtime ahead of the provincial election, according to municipal politicians.More

Vaughan to appeal Ontario court ruling that allows nudity in body rub parlours, extended hours
York Region
Vaughan plans to appeal a court decision to strike down part of its groundbreaking body rub parlour bylaw. Ontario Court Justice Rhonda Shousterman agreed with the complainant, Vaughan Spa owner Eric Tsui, who took exception to being ticketed by police for allegedly keeping his establishment open after the prescribed hours of the bylaw, which allowed such venues to remain open until 10 pm Monday to Friday, 6 pm Saturdays and 5pm Sundays.More

Council approves compromise on Cobourg Legion development
Northumberland Today
Opponents to the redevelopment of the Cobourg Legion property are unmollified that a proposed Minutes of Settlement between the Town and the developer agree to a five-storey building instead of a six-storey one. A recent Cobourg council meeting saw a bylaw passed that would authorize the town to execute the agreement with TVM Cobourg, in order that a compromise can be presented at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing that will be held in Victoria Hall council chambers in hopes of preventing an expensive, protracted hearing with an uncertain outcome.More

How a growing GO Transit is keeping the GTA from standing still
The Globe and Mail
Lots of executives say they are excited about the organizations they head, but Greg Percy has better reason than most. GO Transit, the regional commuter service he has quarterbacked as president since November, is on a roll. More and more commuters are choosing to ride its growing fleet of green-and-white trains and buses.More

Hudak would clamp down on energy prices
York Region
The Progressive Conservatives will slow the rise in electricity rates in Ontario if they win the election, ensuring the typical household bill will be lower than previously estimated, Opposition leader Tim Hudak promised. The Tories would import energy from Quebec and the United States, cut the "bloated" bureaucracy at Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One as part of a promise to slash 100,000 jobs in the public sector, and have fewer energy agencies, added Hudak. More

AMO Establishes Key Municipal Priorities for the Provincial Election
AMCTO and other key associations met last week to lend our support for the policy positions established by AMO. AMCTO has agreed to help share this information with our members and provide avenues to broader dissemination across the sector. For more information, please see AMO's announcement or click here to view their "Good Ideas, Bad Ideas" one-pager. More

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Ontario and federal pension plan pitches: Why both are smart policy
The Globe and Mail
The budget issued by Ontario's Liberal government proposed a new retirement pension plan that will undoubtedly become a talking point in the provincial election campaign that. The federal government issued a proposal for a type of workplace pension where employers and workers share the risks. Both the Ontario and federal plans are designed to make people better prepared for retirement, and they're both smart policy.More

Bylaw on drug paraphernalia up in smoke?
Orillia Packet
With little interest from Orillia council members in the development of a bylaw prohibiting the sale of drug paraphernalia to minors, Councillor Patrick Kehoe has asked for more time. "It is a long shot, but I'd like to explore this once more before bringing it back," Kehoe said during a council committee meeting.More

Rob Ford beat pal Sandro Lisi on night of crack video, claims man who shot it
Toronto Star
Mayor Rob Ford assaulted friend Sandro Lisi and repeatedly used a highly offensive racial slur on the night he was filmed smoking crack cocaine, according to the 20-year-old drug dealer who shot the recent video. Ford repeatedly used the n-word to refer to the drug dealer, and described former Toronto Community Housing boss Eugene Jones, whom he supports, with the same word, the man alleged.More