AMCTO Municipal Minute
Aug. 5, 2015

Moving Ontario's ticket-fighting system online could infringe rights
CBC News
The Ontario government is trying to come up with a way for people to fight traffic-related tickets and charges online, but some critics worry the move could infringe on democratic rights. In the past year more than 10,000 infractions brought people to the provincial courthouse in Ottawa on Constellation Drive to fight parking tickets, speeding violations and other minor offences — a process that leads to high court costs.More

Ontario begins public consultations as it moves to regulate police street checks
The Hamilton Spectator
The provincial government says it's launching public consultations on police street checks — commonly known as carding. The public consultations are to begin next month and include community organizations, police, academics, civil liberty organizations and members of the public. The province is looking for input on the circumstances when police may ask people for information, the rights of those being asked, training requirements, and data collection and retention. More

Are fish getting high on cocaine?
Both prescription and illegal drugs such as morphine, cocaine and oxycodone have been found in surface waters in Canadian rivers. New research from McGill shows that wastewater discharged from wastewater treatment plants in the Grand River watershed of southern Ontario has the potential to contaminate sources of drinking water with these drugs.More

City councillor Jim Karygiannis confronts UberX driver with criticism
680 News
A Toronto city councillor known for his opposition to the Uber ride-sharing service confronted one of company's drivers recently, questioning him about the legality of his job. Reports differ on the interaction between Jim Karygiannis, councillor for Ward 39 (Scarborough-Agincourt) and the UberX driver.More

Ontario premier slams Harper's 'unnecessary' early election call, pledges to campaign for Trudeau
National Post
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is wasting no time in plunging into the federal election campaign, challenging Prime Minister Stephen Harper's early election call. Wynne plans to campaign hard for the federal Liberals and leader Justin Trudeau, just a year after her party won an unexpected majority government in Ontario. Never one to shy away from confrontation with Harper, Wynne lambasted his decision to kickstart an 11-week campaign.More

Halton demands province change Development Charges Act
Inside Halton
The Province must amend its Development Charges Act (DCA), says Halton Region. Without changes, Halton can't accommodate growth, Regional councillors said this week. "We are asking the Province to amend the DCA so that municipalities can recover the full costs of growth," said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. "For too long we have been limited in what we can recover for growth-related infrastructure, resulting in a shortfall that amounted to more than $148 million within the last 15 years."More

7 interview questions that determine emotional intelligence
Determining who you hire for a job plays a big part in forming your company's culture and ensuring its future success. Selecting informative interview questions can be a key factor in finding the right employees -- as well as weeding out the ones that won’t fit. A candidate’s answers can be telling.More

Federal Election Kicks-off

Federal parties began campaigning on the weekend, as the 42nd Canadian federal election got underway. The election, which promises to be one of the longest in Canadian history, will take place on October 19th. For a municipal perspective on the election, check out FCM's Roadmap for Election 2015. More

AMCTO MEA Submission Released

AMCTO has released its submission as part of the Municipal Elections Act Review, launched by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in late spring. AMCTO's submission contains 23 specific recommendations under the themes of modernization and clarity. You can find a copy here. More

Community Infrastructure Fund Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for the government's infrastructure fund for critical infrastructure projects in small, rural, and northern municipalities. Learn more here. More