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Tories prepare for further spending restraint due to cheap oil
The Globe and Mail
The Conservative government is warning for the first time that falling oil prices could trigger new spending cuts in order to deliver on a promised balanced budget. On the heels of the surprise decision to delay the federal budget until at least April, the government is putting Canadians on notice that it is prepared to cut spending further rather than abandon its goal of balancing the books.
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After years of oil boom, jobs set to move back East
The Globe and Mail
For the first time in about a decade, demand for skilled professions such as engineers, construction workers and software developers may move away from Western Canada amid an anticipated shift in economic growth. Lower oil prices are expected to slow economic activity and in turn hiring in resource-rich provinces such as Alberta and Saskatchewan, while the lower Canadian dollar and strengthening U.S economy are helping drive business activity further East in manufacturing centres such as Ontario and Quebec.
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$8 million from feds for Georgian Bay/Lake Simcoe projects
Muskoka News Watch
Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Tony Clement has announced $8 million in funding for 32 environmental projects aimed at improving the ecosystem health of Lake Simcoe and South-eastern Georgian Bay. He made the announcement in Parry Sound on behalf of Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council.
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Gas tax funds fuelling public transit renewal and expansion in Brampton
Brampton Guardian
Even as federal tax coffers take a hit from falling gas prices, Canada's finance minister made a stop in Brampton this morning to highlight the local transit projects that have been fuelled by those taxes. Mayor Linda Jeffrey and Brampton West MP Kyle Seeback joined Finance Minister Joe Oliver at the city's transit facility on Sandalwood Parkway for a news conference arranged to spotlight the Government of Canada's latest Gas Tax Fund contribution to Brampton.
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Hamilton bike share rolls out first bikes
CBC News
After months of delays, SoBi Hamilton is rolling out bicycles for its hotly anticipated new bike share program — in the dead of winter. About 200 bikes will be installed for a "winter season test" throughout the day, while the full fleet of 750 bikes will hit the streets in March for the program's official launch.
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Canada, U.S. keep talking in Buy America standoff
The Globe and Mail
The deadline in the standoff between Canada and the United States over the potential imposition on Canadian soil of Buy America provisions has been extended to Jan. 21, with Ottawa weighing the use of an obscure anti-sanctions law should it not get its way.
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Annoyed Aurora man mails his uncollected trash to GFL
Toronto Star
On a recent Saturday, Jeff Ketelaars double-bagged the gross parts of his trash, along with the more pleasant dry parts, and packed both into sturdy cardboard boxes. Then he mailed his garbage to the company responsible for waste collection in Aurora. "I just couldn't leave this alone. I didn't want to be helpless. I came in and I told my daughter, 'I'm going to mail my garbage,' and she looked at me like I had two heads," he says.
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Auditor says so far, so good, as deadline looms on city hall expansion report
Brampton Guardian
The report isn't due until the end of the month, but the auditor hired by Brampton to investigate a controversial city hall expansion deal has suggested there is no clear evidence of corruption or underhandedness in awarding the winning bid. "I'm going through the documents one by one... and so far everything looks pretty good," said George Rust-D’Eye, a municipal law expert hired last September to look at the secretive tendering process used to award the city hall expansion, and related contracts, to Dominus Construction Group in 2011.
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Mayor Tory goes against campaign pledge and hikes TTC fares
The Globe and Mail
Toronto Mayor John Tory is abandoning his campaign pledge to freeze transit fares, pushing the price of a monthly pass above $140 as riders are asked to shoulder about half the cost of a long list of service improvements. Children under 13 will ride free but most customers will pay more for the restoration of bus routes and crowding standards for riders that were changed under the last mayor.
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Claurus: Zinc and nickel price upside 'imminent'
Financial Post
There has been a lot of bullish talk in the metals community about zinc and nickel over the past couple of years, as many insiders believe those commodities are poised for a rally. You can include Clarus Securities analyst Mike Bandrowski in that group. He published a detailed note that suggests zinc and nickel have "imminent" upside and will perform very strongly over the next two years as inventories disappear.
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Surprising — no, astonishing — Detroit revival taking root
Toronto Star
Returning home by helicopter one day in 1967, Bill Ford, a scion of the Ford auto dynasty, looked down and saw that huge swaths of Detroit were ablaze in one of the worst race riots in U.S. history. He turned to his father, Henry Ford II, then CEO of Ford Motor Co., and said: "My God, it's all over. We've lost our home."
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Nemak to add 80 jobs, boost production with $1.5 million from province
The Windsor Star
Nemak of Canada Corp. will spend $15.7 million retooling its Windsor plant — an investment that will create 80 new jobs and position the facility as one of the few North American plants to export parts to the fast-growing Chinese auto market, the company announced. The Windsor plant will upgrade its production line for the assembly of two-litre, four-cylinder aluminum engine blocks for export to Shanghai General Motors in China, the globe's largest auto market.
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 Management Resources


The new meaning of workplace mentorship
Fast Company
When it comes to generational stereotypes, millennials are known for being tech savvy. So it may come as a surprise that, in one recent survey, far more young people said they preferred to learn from coaches and mentors than from e-learning options. If you think about it, though, "This makes perfect sense," says Amanda Mitchell, founder of Our Corporate Life.
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Decoding leadership: What really matters
McKinsey & Comopany
Telling CEOs these days that leadership drives performance is a bit like saying that oxygen is necessary to breathe. Over 90 per cent of CEOs are already planning to increase investment in leadership development because they see it as the single most important human-capital issue their organizations face. And they're right to do so: earlier McKinsey research has consistently shown that good leadership is a critical part of organizational health, which is an important driver of shareholder returns.
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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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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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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Internet Voting and the 2014 Municipal Election
AMCTO
The Centre for e-Democracy is hosting a webinar at the end of January to discuss the findings of its Internet Voting Project. The webinar will present the key findings of the Centre’s research and provide an overview of where Canada sits on electoral modernization compared to other jurisdictions across the world. It will also address whether an online option motivates non-voters to get involved in elections and the financial implications for municipalities who are interested in allowing Internet voting. Learn more, or register for this webinar here.
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Environmental Commissioner Releases Energy Conservation Report
AMCTO
Last week Ontario's Environmental Commissioner released his annual Energy Conservation Progress Report, entitled Planning to Conserve. Amongst the findings, the Commissioner commended the government for adopting a long-term energy plan, while voicing concern about its decision to do away with many of its interim conservation targets, and noting that most local electricity distributors have missed their energy reduction targets. You can read the full report here.
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Infrastructure Coalition Releases New Report on Wastewater
AMCTO
The Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OSCI) released a report last week detailing the findings of its Wastewater Infrastructure Needs Assessment Project. The report, which is was intended to help the municipal sector in Ontario determine whether or not it needs a framework for risk-based wastewater infrastructure prioritization, includes a series of recommendations for the sector going forward. You can read a copy of the report here.
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IPAC Conference Focuses on Public Sector Leadership
AMCTO
The Institute of Public Administration Canada (IPAC) is hosting a conference at the beginning of February, which will focus on public sector leadership. Of particular interest to public servants working in the municipal sector, is a panel on the leadership qualities of CAOs, featuring several past and current municipal executives. Learn more about the conference here.
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