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As 2012 comes to a close, AMCTO would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the Municipal Minute, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

10. Residents urge municipality to enact regulations for pits and quarries
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From Sept. 26, 2012: North Grenville council members showed they are listening to the cries of residents living in and around Bennett Road and are taking the first step in exploring whether they can enact bylaws on pit and quarry operations within the municipality. During the Committee of the Whole meeting held at the Burritts Rapids Community Hall, Forbes Symon, director of planning and development, circulated a draft letter he had composed to council. The letter will be sent to the Ministry of Natural Resources' district planner Anda Rungis to seek direction on what pit and quarry operators can and can't do and how the municipality can act. More

9.Point and click voting studied in Cambridge for 2014 city election
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From Oct. 17, 2012: Two years from now, in the next municipal election, you could be using your computer to elect the next mayor and city council. Will that likelihood — plus the option of telephone voting — get you off your big comfy couch on Oct. 20, 2014 when civic duty calls via the internet? "With any luck, we'll get an increase in voter participation," city clerk Alex Mitchell told Cambridge's general committee. "We're selling convenience to our voters. We're opening up 80,000-plus voting stations through the municipality." So Mitchell got unanimous approval from the committee to proceed with plans. More

8. Ontario Liberals defying environmental rules
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From Sept. 26, 2012: The Liberal government is defying the will of the legislature and ignoring the public's right to be involved in the development of policies to protect the environment, Ontario's environmental watchdog recently said. "It astounds me to report on the degree of disregard and contempt that is shown to statutory requirements of the Environmental Bill of Rights," Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller said as he released part one of his annual report, Losing Touch. More

Scytl Canada Modernizes Elections
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7. Ontario Liberals go to 'all-out war' with teachers
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From Sept 19, 2012: War was declared between Ontario's teachers and the normally teacher-friendly government of Dalton McGuinty. The Liberals passed legislation that mandates a two-year wage freeze, as well as halving sick days and banning teachers from striking. In response, the province's teacher unions asked members to stop running extracurricular activities and coined new "McGuinty Mondays," telling teachers not to attend school meetings on the first day of the week. More

6. Toronto plastic bag ban upheld
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From Oct. 10, 2012: Toronto's controversial plastic bag ban will stand after council failed to get enough votes to reopen debate on the issue. Although 27 councilors voted in favour of reconsidering the ban, compared to 18 who were against it, the motion failed because it required two thirds of the total vote. The plastic bag ban is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013. "I'm disappointed," Ward 34 Council Denzil Minnan-Wong told CP24. He said the ban was "done on the fly" and it exposes the city to legal action from retail groups. More

5. Public hearings on Ontario teachers' bill end after less than 24 hours
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From Sept. 12, 2012: Lightning-quick public hearings on anti-strike legislation for Ontario teachers ended after less than 24 hours. An all-party committee wrapped up its examination of the controversial bill, which also imposes a new contract on the majority of teachers and education workers in the province. The bill imposes a two-year wage freeze on veteran teachers while allowing younger ones to still move up the salary grid, and mandates three unpaid days off in the second year of the contract. More

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4. Peter Jaworski: No warrant required for bylaw officers in Ontario
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From Sept. 26, 2012: In Ontario, municipalities may pass bylaws that permit their officers to enter onto private property without notice and without warrant at all "reasonable times." They can do this in order to pursue an investigation stemming from a complaint, or an inspection following an order by the city. No such similar provision exists for police officers pursuing criminal investigations. In fact, courts have strongly upheld our privacy against investigations in the criminal context. More

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3. Rob Ford to fight 'tooth & nail' to keep his job after judge ousts mayor
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From Nov. 28, 2012: Mayor Rob Ford firmly stood his ground following a judge's stunning decision to remove him from office for breaking conflict of interest rules, vowing to appeal the ruling and fight "tooth and nail" to keep his job. Ontario Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland issued his ruling in the case that revolved around Ford participating in a city council vote last February about whether he should have to repay questionable donations to his private football charity. "In view of the respondent's leadership role in ensuring integrity in municipal government, it is difficult to accept an error in judgment defence based essentially on a stubborn sense of entitlement (concerning his football foundation) and a dismissive and confrontational attitude to the Integrity Commissioner and the Code of Conduct," Hackland said in his ruling. More

2. Prorogation is an unnecessary abuse of Ontario Premier's power
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From Oct. 24, 2012: Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty recently announced his pending resignation as Premier and leader of the Liberal Party, after nine years as Premier but just one year after the last provincial election. But that's not all — he's also shutting down the legislature for an unspecified period of time. He recently visited Lieutenant-Governor David Onley to obtain a prorogation of the Ontario legislature, meaning that the legislative session ends, MPPs will not meet, and all of the work of the legislature, including committee proceedings, comes to a halt. More

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1. Ontario Ombudsman André Marin finds Ontario municipalities hold too many closed-door meetings
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From Nov. 7, 2012: This should be a no-brainer — municipal councils are required by law to work in an open and above-board way. But too many remain out of touch, still conducting the people's business behind closed doors, where the people can't see. Some work "like something out of the Twilight Zone," says Ontario Ombudsman André Marin. They're "shockingly secretive." And that needs to change. Marin has handled complaints from the public about undue municipal secrecy since 2008. The more than 300 cases investigated by his enforcement team include politicians in the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands holding a closed-door session to vote themselves a 60 per cent raise. More
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