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Crude oil shipments, tanker punctures top of agenda at rail talks
CBC News
The Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF) is hosting a meeting of representatives of Canada's rail companies, government regulators, the Department of National Defence and even the United States Embassy to examine, among other items, the risks of growing rail shipments of crude by 111 rail tank cars.
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Toronto Regional Champion Campaign Protégée Program to help increase women's presence in local politics
Toronto.ca
Toronto's 15 women councillors are launching the 2013 Toronto Regional Champion Campaign in efforts to increase women's participation in municipal government. To address the lack of women in politics, Toronto's women councillors will coach 30 young women from diverse communities about the job of a municipal councillor.
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Sudbury may wait for province to ban smoking on outdoor patios
Northern Life
A majority of bar and restaurant owners who participated in a survey on banning smoking on outdoor patios supported the idea, with 60 per cent saying it would hurt their business. In total, 57 per cent of the respondents said they were in favour of the ban, which will be debated at a city council meeting. However, most bar and restaurant owners who would be affected by the ban didn't participate in a survey.
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Ontario power price jumps 16 per cent
Toronto Star
The raw price of electricity jumped 16 per cent in 2013, according to the agency that runs Ontario's power market. The average price of a kilowatt of power jumped to 8.55 cents in 2013 from 7.37 cents the year before, says the Independent Electricity System Operator. That's just the energy portion of a hydro bill, which typically makes up about half the total. Charges for delivery, administration and debt retirement are added to make up the rest of the bill.
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Guelph's clean water at risk without contaminant control
Guelph Mercury
Guelph sits on one of the best aquifers in the world. It is situated where surface water is also in good supply. And environmental activists also inhabit this city. So if any city is poised to minimize the environmental footprint it leaves on our water supply, it is Guelph, said Beth Parker at a recent lecture at Guelph Civic Museum.
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Report: Ontario municipalities spending more since amalgamation
Global News
Amalgamating Toronto, Scarborough, York, North York, East York, and Etobicoke has cost taxpayers more money, not less, according to new research out of the University of Western Ontario. But it's unclear what caused those increased costs. Western University professor Timothy Cobban led a team of researchers who found that in the 15 years since amalgamation municipal governments across Ontario grew significantly.
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Ontario's opposition parties urged the Liberal government recently to quickly provide disaster relief money to communities hammered by the pre-Christmas ice storm that knocked out power to more than 600,000 homes and small businesses. Branches, and in some case entire trees, weighed down by ice crashed down onto power lines after the storm, leaving hundreds of thousands across southern Ontario shivering in the dark for days during the holiday period.

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Clear your sidewalks of snow: It's the law
Windsorite
While many home and business owners think the city is responsible for clearing away the snow from the city sidewalks, this is not the case. The City of Windsor has a snow removal bylaw which requires the owners and/or tenants to remove snow or ice in front of their property within 12 hours after a snowfall.

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Hwy. 407 debts no reason to deny vehicle permits to bankrupt drivers
Toronto Star
Outstanding Highway 407ETR bills are not a valid reason for the province to withhold the vehicle permit of a bankrupt driver, Ontario's Court of Appeal has ruled. A series of recent court battles have attempted to resolve a key question that pits federal legislation against provincial: If a driver doesn't pay the 407ETR toll, should the province take away their vehicle permit?

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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


AMCTO Supports MFOA Positions
AMCTO
Over the past two months, AMCTO and its Board of Directors have supported MFOA as partners on two advocacy items. This included support for maintaining O.Reg 284/09 — the Budget Expense Regulation and most recently agreeing to the suggested reforms put forward by MFOA on the Development Charges Act. To view each of these submissions, please click on the respective letters below:

O.Reg 284/09 — Budget Expense Regulation
AMCTO Supports Reforms to the Development Charges Act

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Small Change to Appeal Fee for the Line Fences Act
AMCTO
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing amended the fee associated with filing an appeal for the Line Fences Act. This increased fee (for appeals) has been raised from $50 to $300 and does not directly impact municipalities. For more information, please visit the MMAH website to access the revised Guide to the Line Fences Act.
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Resources for the Working at Heights Training Program Standard
AMCTO
This Working at Heights Training Program Standard sets out the requirements that must be met for delivery to Ontario workers. The Program Standard is designed to support consistent and quality training for workers with respect to the core competencies required for working at heights.

The package of materials to support those in the sector regarding this standard is listed below:
Executive Summary of the Standard,
The Standard itself, and
Detailed FAQs.

These materials outline the next steps and help answer any questions on the Standard and were provided by Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer.

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