AMCTO Municipal Minute
May. 28, 2014

London, ON mayor pleads not guilty to fraud charges
CTV News
The mayor of London, ON, admits that as a member of Parliament he altered a contract that he submitted for expenses, but the $1,700 the government paid out was not for his son's wedding, his lawyer said. Joe Fontana, who has refused to step down as mayor while his case is before the courts, pleaded not guilty to fraud, uttering a forged document and breach of trust by a public official on the first day of his trial.More

Ontario election: Wynne stays in the north, Horwath and Hudak go south
CTV News
Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne is staying in the north today to campaign in Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury following her debate with NDP Leader Andrea Horwath in Thunder Bay. Horwath has stops planned in Toronto, St. Catharines and Fort Erie, while Tory Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak has a morning event in Pickering. Horwath recently went for the jugular as she and Wynne debated northern Ontario issues.More

5 ways for executives to cut stress at work
The Globe and Mail
Are you concerned about the lacklustre response from your team lately? Are you seeing low productivity and quality of work slipping? Are your staff complaining about workload and time constraints? Are they off sick more often? You are not alone. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 47 per cent of Canadians are reporting feeling stressed anywhere from several days a week to all the time.More

'Close friend' of Mayor Susan Fennell got $1.1 million in Brampton city contracts
Toronto Star
A man who has been living in a house belonging to Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell owns a company that has received $1.1 million in city contracts and millions of dollars to stage the mayor's annual private fundraisers, according to documents obtained by the Star. The City of Brampton documents show Malcolm Scott Ching's company, Meri-Mac, a Brampton-based event planning and promotion firm, was hired by the city and the Brampton Downtown Development, an arm's-length agency of the city, for 453 contracts since 2001.More

Proposed bylaw would allow as many as eight pets in London, ON homes
London Free Press
The fur has been flying for a while over London's pet bylaw. So far, it's the dogs that have been winning — residents can have up to three dogs without an issue. But there have been tighter restrictions on cat owners. It's been one adult for every two cats in a home, making it difficult to foster rescued felines and find homes for kitties.More

Markham: Progress made on animal services
YorkRegion.com
Markham says it is making headway with its new animal services strategy that puts the focus on responsible pet ownership instead of animal control. The city recently announced its new two-year contract with the Ontario SPCA. Markham also announced its new wildlife services contract with the Toronto Wildlife Centre, which is in the process of moving into the Rouge Park area. More

Over budget and behind schedule, Toronto Union Station project may miss Pan Am games deadline
The Globe and Mail
Marred by years of mismanagement, internal squabbling and contract disputes, the massive renovation of Canada's busiest transit hub is running millions over budget and behind schedule, raising concerns that one of Union Station's main entrances may not be ready in time for the 2015 Pan American Games.More

Windmill proposes 15-storey building for Chaudière Island
Ottawa Citizen
Windmill Development Group's plan for Albert and Chaudière islands is part of the company's larger, billion-dollar development known as the Isles, which includes former Domtar lands on both sides of the Ottawa River. Of the seven development districts, Chaudière west, Chaudière east and Albert Island are under the City of Ottawa's jurisdiction, which last week posted the company's detailed applications to its development website.More

AMO Party Platform Summary
AMCTO
AMO has developed a document on how Ontario’s main political parties are addressing municipal government issues as part of ongoing election campaigns and platforms. While AMCTO does not engage in the political realm, this information serves as important context for members and can be useful in understanding the issues being debated. Click here to view this document.More

PPP Canada Fund
AMCTO
On April 14, PPP Canada launched the renewed P3 Canada Fund. Applications must be submitted by June 13, 2014. For more information, please click here. More

AMCTO 2014 Conference — Still time to register!
AMCTO
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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. 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

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