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Rob Ford awaits his fate
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Rob Ford's controversial tenure as Toronto mayor is hanging in the balance. An Ontario Divisional Court heard final arguments in his appeal of the ruling that kicked him out of office last November. As expected, attorneys for both sides of the case finished their presentations in a single day, meaning the immediate future of Canada's largest municipal government now rests with a panel of three judges. Ford's lawyer, Alan Lenczner, began the day by arguing that Justice Charles Hackland made four errors of law in the November 26 decision that found that the mayor broke the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act at a February council meeting. More

IBC applauds Ontario's increased municipal infrastructure support
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The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has applauded the Ontario government's announcement that it is increasing support for critical road, bridge, water and wastewater projects under its Municipal Infrastructure Strategy. Up to $90 million will be available over the next three years for critical infrastructure projects for communities across Ontario that are having difficulties funding those projects. "Our infrastructure will continue to face challenges due to the effects and impact of severe weather,"said Ralph Palumbo, the bureau's vice-president, Ontario. More

Windsor not ready to offer sidewalk snow removal
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Windsor residents and businesses are responsible for clearing city-owned sidewalks abutting their property. However, that could change if the city continues to pursue seniors and bill Windsor as a retirement community. "The debate may be coming," said Coun. Fulvio Valentinis, who also chairs the city's environment, transportation and public safety committee. Valentinis said the city's mind set may change as the population ages and more people, such as downtown college and university students, for example, choose to walk rather than drive around town. More

Scytl Canada Modernizes Elections
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Ontario environment ministry to inspect Marineland's mass animal graves
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Marineland is set for a sweeping inspection of its mass animal graves by Ontario's environment ministry. The Niagara Falls tourist attraction will have to open its doors to government inspectors, who had no idea these mass graves existed because the park has no permits. There are reports that Marineland has dug pits for decades to dispose of its animals, using heavy machinery to cover them up. Staffers have told reporters that there are four mass graves, two of them containing more than 1000 animals. More

Water rates in Sault Ste. Marie going up 75 per cent over 10 years
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The price of water is going up in Sault Ste. Marie. In 2013, Sault Ste. Marie's Public Utilities Commission will be raising water rates by 10 per cent for five straight years and another five per cent for five straight years beginning in 2018, for a total increase of 75 per cent. The reason for the increase is the cost to replace aging water mains across the city, the majority of which were implemented between 1948-1981 with another large group implemented in about 1987. The rate increase funds will be used for the capital replacement projects on the horizon. More

Wynne says municipalities need more control over green projects
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Kathleen Wynne wants municipalities to have more control over green energy projects. The provincial Liberal leadership candidate recently released her plan to support Ontario communities and enable them to prosper, including her intentions regarding the renewable energy sector. "We need to move forward with our clean energy agenda in a thoughtful and collaborative way," Wynne said during a media teleconference to outline her plan. "I know that we didn't get it perfect the first time around, but I will work with partners and communities across the province to get it right," she said. More

Dog breeders face bylaw violation
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Despite a fresh round of legal trouble, the Amish couple at the centre of a dog-breeding controversy say they have no intention of getting rid of their animals. Recently, two officials from the Township of Perth East returned at Menno and Viola Streicher's farm, this time with a warrant and summons to appear in court. The Streichers previously turned the same authorities away because they didn't have a warrant. This time, the officials again came with a police escort in tow, and gained entry to the second floor of their barn and took pictures of the couple's dog kennel. More

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Toronto gives notice to appeal shark-fin ruling
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The City of Toronto has given notice that it intends to appeal a court ruling that struck down a bylaw that banned the sale, possession or consumption of shark fins and related food products in the municipality. Ontario Superior Court Justice James Spence declared the bylaw invalid because it did not have a legitimate "municipal purpose" and as a result was outside the powers of the city. A Notice of Appeal of that ruling was served to the lawyers representing four members of the Chinese business community who successfully challenged the bylaw. The formal documents outlining the grounds of appeal are expected to be filed in Ontario Divisional Court. More

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Potential Ontario premiers debate transit, priorities
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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's potential successors gathered in Ajax, ON, recently to debate questions about transit and health care, as well as the priority issues they will pursue if elected party leader. The governing Liberals are in the midst of choosing a new leader, a renewal process that was triggered when McGuinty announced in October that he was stepping down after 16 years as party leader. McGuinty agreed to remain in his position until his party chooses a new leader. More

Kingston finalizes 2013 budget with 2.5 per cent property tax increase
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This may come as little consolation to some homeowners, but property taxes in Kingston are going up the equivalent price of a cup of coffee each week. At their final meeting of the year, councillors finalized the necessary bylaws to implement a $309 million municipal operating budget for 2013, along with a 2.5 per cent property tax increase. That works out to an extra $85 a year for the average-sized house. "It's the lowest tax rate increase since amalgamation," said mayor Mark Gerretsen. "So really, the tax increase to run the city amounts to just 1.5 per cent," he added. More

 Municipal Career Opportunities

Town of Ajax — Recreation Supervisor

Town of Milton — Supervisor Licensing and Enforcement

Town of Arnprior — Marketing and Economic Development Officer

Town of Marathon — Parks and Recreation Manager

City of Dryden — Fire Chief-Community Emergency Management Coordinator

 Upcoming Municipal Events

Date Event Location
Jan. 23 - 25, 2013 Human Resources Professionals Association Conference Toronto, ON
Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, 2013 Ontario Library Association Super Conference Toronto, ON

TENAQUIP Customer Appreciation Days
January 9-10, Toronto Congress Centre. 50,000 sq.ft. with over 110 leading brand manufacturers, 18 industry leading seminars, and no admission fee! Doorprizes include an iPad, a $250 Via Rail Voucher, and much more! Free parking, food and refreshments. For additional details and to register, visit MORE
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