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Liberals to repay $10,000 paid to wipe computers
Toronto Star
Under pressure from opposition parties, the Liberals have pledged to repay $10,000 billed to taxpayers for the alleged scrubbing of computer hard drives in former premier Dalton McGuinty's office. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the move in the wake of Ontario Provincial Police revelations about the payment, uncovered in an 18-month probe of deleted documents in the $1.1 billion gas plants scandal.
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'London is still dragging its feet'
London Free Press
A slump in big-ticket building projects cost the London area 800 construction jobs over the past year, new figures show. The loss — as the city climbs back from the 2008 recession that knocked it on its heels, with a new jobs report and other economic indicators pointing to a solid 2015 ahead — shows up in year-end 2014 figures. Construction officials point squarely to a decline in the commercial and industrial sectors.
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Ontario Power Authority employee fired after trading investigation
Toronto Star
The Ontario Power Authority has fired an employee accused of profiting from the decision to scrap the controversial Oakville gas plant. The Star first reported in October that the OPA was conducting an internal investigation into allegations an unidentified employee profited as a result of negotiations between the agency and TransCanada over the cancellation of the Oakville gas plant.
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Premier Wynne says Ontario ready to play leading role in economic growth
The Globe and Mail
Premier Kathleen Wynne says Ontario is ready to shield Canada from the economic tsunami caused by declining oil prices and a sinking dollar. While petroleum-dependent provinces such as Alberta are taking a financial walloping, Ontario's manufacturing heartland is poised to take advantage of cheap gasoline and a weak loonie this year.
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New plan aims to get Toronto traffic moving again
Toronto Star
Toronto's new public works chair is hailing a series of proposals to speed up major road-construction projects and unlock congestion as the beginning of a "new course" for a city desperate to get moving again. At the first meeting of the year, the committee will consider recommendations from city staff aimed at addressing what Councillor Jaye Robinson (Don Valley West) dubbed the "No. 1 issue" of the recent mayoral election.
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Milton Velodrome ready to ride
Toronto Star
For more than 25 years, Canadian track cyclists had nowhere to call home. The steep wooden oval at the Montreal Velodrome, constructed for the 1976 Olympic Games, was ripped up in 1989 and ever since, our racers have had to go all the way to Los Angeles to train on a competition-calibre 250-metre track.
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Sudbury Accent: Highway 69 by 2017? Seems unlikely
The Sudbury Star
It has been more than 12 years since Kelly Henderson and her young twin sons, Corbin and Jordin, died in a crash on Highway 69, and more than four years since the deadly S-curve blamed for the tragedy was replaced with a new ribbon of highway. It has been some time, too, since the Community Rallying Against a Substandard Highway 69 committee, or CRASH 69, has been vocal in pressing for the full four-laning of the corridor connecting Sudbury to Parry Sound.
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Toronto condoms still getting a rise
Toronto Sun
To compliment Toronto's phallic landmark — the CN Tower — the city has come out with its own brand of condoms. CondomTO launched in June following similar successful campaigns in New York and Los Angeles as a way to encourage residents to practice safer sex. Since then, all of the 288,000 condoms have been distributed.
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Ontario dealt credit downgrade over 'heavy debt burden'
Toronto Star
Ontario has been hit with another credit downgrade as a New York rating house warns "difficult actions" lay ahead if Premier Kathleen Wynne is to erase a $12.5 billion deficit in four years as promised. Fitch Ratings lowered the province to AA negative from AA, saying that "budget options are likely to prove more limited... risks remain to achieving its goals."
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 Management Resources


The art of giving and receiving advice
Harvard Business Review
Seeking and giving advice are central to effective leadership and decision making. Yet managers seldom view them as practical skills they can learn and improve. Receiving guidance is often seen as the passive consumption of wisdom. And advising is typically treated as a matter of "good judgment" — you either have it or you don't — rather than a competency to be mastered.
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How do you defuse an argument at work?
The Globe and Mail
Work with any colleague long enough and you're bound to encounter a difference of opinion. If you're like most people, the majority of your workplace disagreements are resolved amicably. But every now and then, you find yourself immersed in a conversation so emotionally charged it seems to have nothing to do with the issues you're actually discussing.
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How we trick our brains into feeling productive
Fast Company
I'd been working from home last week when I found myself furiously scrubbing the grout between the kitchen tiles in the middle of the day. I had a deadline and didn't feel up for tackling the task. Somewhere along the line, I must have figured scrubbing grout would be a noble substitute. After all, I wasn't mindlessly clicking around the Internet or watching cat videos. Surely cleaning was a productive use of my time. Right? That's a way to rationalize it, but current research in psychology says we're only fooling ourselves when we do.

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Ontario authorities take action on doctors who deny birth control
The Globe and Mail
Ontario doctors will be able to deny birth control prescriptions, abortions and vasectomies to patients on the condition they refer them to another physician, according to a new policy created by the province's regulatory college. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario will release a policy today that attempts to find a middle ground between the need to provide fair, non-discriminatory treatment while respecting the rights and beliefs of individual physicians.

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Toronto police 'carding' policy to be assessed by third-party
Toronto Star
The 14th-floor boardroom in the east tower of City Hall is barely big enough to fit the people in chairs crammed around the table and in seats against the wall, who have come to hear U.S. academic Phillip Atiba Goff explain how he will measure racial attitudes in the Toronto Police Service. Goff, a UCLA associate professor and co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity, was brought in as an independent third party to assess the effectiveness of the force's Police and Community Engagement Review, an internal report that recommends ways to improve the controversial practice of carding and the perceived racial bias of officers.

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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


New Provincial Regulations come into effect for 2015
AMCTO
A number of new regulatory and legislative changes took effect in the province of Ontario on January 1, including a new OPP billing model for non-contract municipalities, new measures to limit the sale of tobacco to minors, and changes to the building code to improve accessibility in the province, amongst others. Learn more about these new regulatory changes here.
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New study set to examine 'civilianization' of policing
AMCTO
A new study, funded by Public Safety Canada, is set to examine police force "civilianization," an idea that has gained prominence recently as cash-strapped governments are increasingly looking for innovative approaches to lower the cost of policing services. The report, which is slated for publication in July, will attempt to determine whether for not greater reliance on civilian members actually reduces costs, by comparing the experiences of various jurisdictions across the world.
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OEB releases new energy conservation guidelines
AMCTO
The Ontario Energy Board released a new set of guidelines before the holidays, which caps the amount of money that natural gas utilities can spend on conservation planning at $30 million and eliminates the requirement for industrial customers in the "high volume" category to mtaintain conservation programs. You can learn more about the guidelines here.
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