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Mounties refuse to pay Rogers fees for tracking suspects' cellphones
The Globe and Mail
The RCMP and many other police forces are refusing to pay new fees imposed by Rogers Communications for helping track suspects through their mobile phones. Police say the telecommunications firm is legally obligated to provide such court-ordered services and to cover the cost as part of its duty to society.
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Police: Liberals did not commit criminal offence in Sudbury by-election
The Globe and Mail
Ontario Provincial Police have determined the provincial Liberals did not commit a criminal offence in spurning a potential Sudbury, ON, by-election candidate. Andrew Olivier, the party's candidate in last June's general election, says he was asked by Premier Kathleen Wynne to step aside because she had another candidate in mind, which she later revealed to be NDP MP Glenn Thibeault.
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OLG's online gambling site launches provincewide
The Sudbury Star
Ontario-sanctioned online gambling has arrived in the province. The online games range from Blackjack to single-person poker to "Kitty Glitter," and gamblers can "play for free" or "play for real." OLG spokesman Tony Bitonti said an invitation-only preview proved successful and so the decision was made to go ahead with a full province-wide launch.
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Linamar gets $101 million from Ontario, Ottawa, to create 1,200 jobs
Toronto Star
Queen's Park and Ottawa are teaming up to hand over $100 million to a Guelph auto parts giant to create 1,200 jobs. Premier Kathleen Wynne said Ontario would grant Linamar Corp. $50.25 million, while the federal government was lending the company an additional $50.7 million to develop the next generation of automotive transmissions.
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Jim Watson meeting with police chief in wake of 2014 shootings
Ottawa Citizen
The city's leaders are to meet at 5 p.m. Monday to discuss a strategy for dealing with the record number of shootings in 2014. On his first day back at City Hall after a short vacation, Mayor Jim Watson plans to meet with Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau, Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, the minister for community safety and correctional services, and Coun. Eli El-Chantiry.
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Hébert: Security-related debates will give Canadians insight into leaders character
Toronto Star
At a time when Canada is headed for the political trenches for a take-no-prisoners fall election, the final sitting of the current Parliament would normally have been reduced to a venue for self-serving partisan rhetoric. But fate has decreed otherwise, with more adult policy conversation on the agenda of the House of Commons between now and Canada Day than voters or their politicians are accustomed to.
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Toronto is looking at a new political map: Should that mean more city councillors?
N ational Post
The City of Toronto is looking at drawing new ward boundaries, its first new set since 2000. It's also thinking about changing the number of wards and therefore the size of Council. Chris Selley, Matt Gurney, and NOW's Jonathan Goldsbie debate how many councillors would be too many and how few would be too few.
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Hundreds of hospital privacy violations go unreported
Toronto Star
Five staff members snooped into the medical records of 22 patients at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health last year. A clinician from St. Michael's Hospital posted an inappropriate comment on Facebook about a patient's behaviour during a healthcare procedure. While standing in line for pizza, a Toronto East General Hospital doctor chatted on his cellphone about the private details of a patient, unaware the patient's relative was in the same line.
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Carbon pricing coming to Ontario, strategy to be unveiled this year
The Globe and Mail
The Ontario government is closing in on a plan to put a price on carbon emissions after nearly seven years of delays. The Liberals have promised to make corporations and consumers pay for burning carbon — an effective way to battle global warming — since 2008, but have put off making a decision.
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James: Let's clear our heads and rethink this transit mess
Toronto Star
Over three decades of writing about transit in the Toronto region has landed me in a stupor, unable to give readers the straight goods on our transit needs. One day, the subway demagogues beat me into submission and I want a subway to every corner of the metropolis. The next day the LRT nerds kick sense into my brains and it is crystal clear that the Scarborough subway extension to McCowan and Sheppard is a colossal overbuild and egregious waste of money.
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 Management Resources


The roots of becoming a more effective leader
Forbes
If I had my way, any face-to-face leadership development program on the planet would first start with the facilitator showing a picture of General Sherman. No, not General William Tecumseh Sherman — military strategist and General of the Union Army during the United States Civil War in 1861 through 1865 — rather the giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) tree located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in Tulare County, California.
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How to fend off those toxic people
The Globe and Mail
Most workplaces have some emotionally toxic people who create unpleasantness for colleagues. And no matter how competent we are at dealing with the idiosyncrasies of others in the workplace, toxic people — folks who are overly negative, irrational or needy — can drive us to distraction, our skills melting like snow in the spring.
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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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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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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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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Canadian Premiers set to meet in Ottawa
AMCTO
Premiers from across the country are planning to gather in Ottawa at the end of the month for a series of meetings that will be chaired by outgoing Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz. While a full agenda has not been publicly released, it's expected that the meeting, which includes all 13 provincial and territorial Premiers, will cover the economy, the implications of failing oil prices, and how to "leverage" economic competitiveness. The Prime Minister, who has not participated in a First Minister's conference since 2009, is not expected to attend.
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Province rolls out Jobs and Prosperity Fund
AMCTO
Last week the province rolled-out its long-anticipated Jobs and Prosperity Fund, first mentioned in the 2014 budget as a mechanism to improve Ontario's ability to attract new businesses. The fund, which will hand out $2.5 billion worth of grants over the next ten years, is committed to funding projects in three streams: new economy, strategic partnerships, and food and beverage growth. To learn more about this new fund, you can read this report, written by 14 Canadian business leaders.
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Ministry of the Environment seeking feedback on Drinking Water Quality Discussion Paper
AMCTO
The Ministry of the Environment has released a new technical discussion paper on Ontario Drinking Water Standards and is seeking feedback. Interested stakeholders have until February 16, 2015 to submit their comments, and can learn more about the process or review a copy of the discussion paper here.
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Survey on municipal responses to PTSD
AMCTO
The Ontario Municipal Human Resource Association (OMHRA) has prepared a survey about municipal responses to treating emergency services workers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which AMCTO is pleased to share with its members as well. If you, or your municipality, have experience implementing programing or services for emergency responders with PTSD, please take some time to fill out the survey. To avoid duplication, we would also ask that you check with your Human Resources department to ensure that they have not received it directly from OMHRA. The survey, which you can access here, will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
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Update on the AMCTO Municipal Management Internship Program
AMCTO
In December, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced that it would no longer be funding Ontario's successful municipal internship program. While AMCTO is sincerely disappointed with the Ministry's decision, it is nevertheless looking for ways to continue the program for 2015-16, if there is sufficient interest within the province. If you, or your municipality, are interested in participating in this program, you should submit a brief expression of interest to Rick Johal (rjohal@amcto.com or 905-602-4294 x 232) by this Friday January 16, 2015.
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