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Public, municipalities urged to rally against MNR changes
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Sweeping changes to the Ontario Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act could lead to ecological warfare in Ontario communities, the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (APFA) warns. The deregulations — named as efficiencies by the government — will remove important questions and processes currently in place to increase safety and prevent accidents, provide alternatives to lethal enforcement in conflict situations and, at times, end needless slaughter of young and at-risk wildlife. More



Hamilton public school support staff ratify collective agreement
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Custodian and maintenance staff at Hamilton public schools have ratified their two-year collective agreement with the province. The decision occurred in the shadow of ongoing labour strife between the Ontario government and the unions representing the province's public elementary and secondary teachers. The teachers have been protesting the controversial Bill 115, which allows the province to impose contracts and clamp down on teachers' strikes. More

Gord Miller: 'Ontario government can save energy and money in province's schools'
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Ontario's Environmental Commissioner, Gord Miller, says more money could be spent on in-classroom education, if the Ontario government and the province's school boards improved their efforts to reduce their electricity and natural gas bills. Miller released Volume Two of his 2011 Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report. This report annually reviews reductions in energy usage, increases in energy efficiency, and the progress and barriers to energy conservation. More

Scytl Canada Modernizes Elections
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Energy plan calls for more amalgamation
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PowerStream is one of the few energy distribution companies already in line with the Ontario government's review on the future of the province's electricity distribution sector. The distribution sector review panel, consisting of representation from all three major political parties, was tasked with providing the energy ministry with recommendations on a new distribution model. The panel recommended merging the province's 80 local electricity distribution companies into eight to 12 regional distributors within the next two years, which includes two distributors for Northern Ontario, one in the east and one in the west, leaving about 10 regional distributors in the south portion of the province. More

Health colleges given go-ahead to make cautions public
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Ontario's health ministry has given colleges that regulate doctors, dentists and other health care workers the green light to make public the cautions issued for mistakes or improper behaviour. A Star investigation revealed patients are being kept in the dark about the warnings issued to health care workers by the colleges that oversee them. More



Toronto Taxpayer Coalition supports casino proposal development for city
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A group representing Toronto taxpayers says a casino in the city could help fund a $400 million subway expansion plan. "A casino would be the cornerstone to a fully funded subway expansion plan that doesn't raise taxes one cent," said Toronto Taxpayer Coalition president Matthew McGuire in a news release. "Putting this revenue towards expanding our subway network means Toronto wins." More



Half your tax money goes toward police, fire and ambulance
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City councillors received some shocking figures that suggests nearly half the money collected via the tax levy goes towards just three municipal departments. At a budget steering committee, finance manager Maureen Adams provided councillors with numbers that show since 2003 the portion of the tax levy that goes to pay for police, fire and land ambulance services in Cornwall has jumped to 49 per cent from 36. More

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Resort giant appeals zoning bylaw one day late
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The former owner of Red Leaves is trying to win his way in Muskoka Lakes despite being late on the draw to appeal a zoning definition. Ken Fowler, of Ken Fowler Enterprises and former owner of Red Leaves, has long had big plans to create a resort village in the town of Minett, a plan which has been addressed in the township's official plan. The problem is the township's new definition of a tourist resort doesn't fit what he had in mind. More

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Wainfleet council: Disband the OMB
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Getting rid of the Ontario Municipal Board makes sense to Wainfleet aldermen, but not to the mayor. In a recorded vote, aldermen voted 4-1 in favour of supporting a request from Toronto city council to call for disbanding the board. The Ontario Municipal Board, or OMB as it is called, is an independent administrative board which hears applications and appeals on municipal and planning disputes, including appeals under the Planning Act. Members are appointed by the provincial government. More



 Municipal Career Opportunities

City of Kingston — Manager Communications

Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan — CAO-Director of Planning and Economic Development

MPAC — Manager Valuation and Customer Relations — Timmins

Town of Whitby — Risk Management and Insurance Analyst

City of Dryden — Fire Chief-Community Emergency Management Coordinator



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






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