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NDP: Ontario paid $1 billion to dump excess electricity in 2013
Toronto Star
Beleaguered Ontario ratepayers last year paid $1 billion to dump cheap electricity into neighbouring states and provinces, NDP energy critic MPP Peter Tabuns claims. "We've done the math, we found that last year (2013) Ontario subsidized power to people in the United States and Quebec and Manitoba to the tune of over a billion dollars," the Toronto-Danforth MPP told reporters.
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Ontario government appeals Ontario wind decision
Net News Ledger
The Ontario Government is seeking to overturn itself in a court hearing in Toronto, Ontario. Wind Concerns Ontario states, "The rare and endangered Blanding's turtle had a good day last July — the Environmental Review Tribunal revoked the Ontario government's decision to allow a wind turbine project at Ostrander Point in Prince Edward County on the grounds that the project would cause 'serious and irreversible harm' to the endangered turtles native to the area."
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Spending scandal catching up with Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell
Toronto Star
Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell's ongoing spending scandal could jeopardize her bid for a fifth straight term in office, according to a new poll of the city's voters. A Forum Research poll conducted shows that right now Fennell would lose by a wide margin to current Councillor John Sanderson, whose name has been mentioned for the mayor's job.
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Pothole-free roads? Yes, it's possible with better asphalt
Toronto Star
There is a man in Kingston who says he can build roads that defy aging. Imagine roads free of potholes and cracks. That would lead to fewer repairs, fewer traffic jams and maybe, just maybe, a significant reduction in road rage. It sounds like utopia and Simon Hesp sounds like a man given to hyperbole — a rogue in the industry, as a chemical engineer in a field that belongs to civil engineers.
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Ontario tuition grant extended to private colleges
Toronto Star
In a move that has puzzled many in the post-secondary sector, the Ontario government has extended a 30-per-cent off tuition grant to students attending private career colleges. "The priority of the provincial government should be to make public post-secondary education more affordable, not find new ways to fund and promote private institutions," said Anna Goldfinch of the Ontario branch of the Canadian Federation of Students.
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Why is Toronto so awful at dealing with food trucks?
Toronto Life
El Gastrónomo Vagabundo, known as one of the province's best food trucks, was lauded in the Globe and Mail and featured on national television. But as of recently, the truck's owners have given up on trying to make their otherwise successful mobile business work in Toronto. The reason, they say, is that city bylaws make it too difficult to turn a profit.
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Peter MacKay rules out legalization, municipal regulation of prostitution
Toronto Star
Casting an eye on what he called the "significant harms" flowing from the sex trade, Justice Minister Peter MacKay says prostitution is too complex to be legalized outright or regulated by municipal laws. In an interview published in the Prince Arthur Herald, MacKay appears to shut the door on a decriminalized approach.
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Canada Job Grant endangers programs for vulnerable workers
The Globe and Mail
Ontario is warning it will soon have to cut training programs aimed at vulnerable Canadians including youth and the disabled as negotiations drag on over Ottawa's proposed Canada Job Grant. The new training scheme was first proposed by Ottawa in last year's federal budget and was supposed to begin April 1, but there is still no deal with the provinces.
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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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Hydro rates: Time of use rates haven't spurred conservation
Toronto Star
Ontario's time of use hydro rates haven't significantly reduced over-all energy use by householders, says a new study. The time of use rates went hand in hand with the installation of "smart meters" across the province, at a cost of more than a billion dollars.

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City report recommends Toronto allow e-bikes in bike lanes
National Post
City staff are recommending that Toronto should allow electric bikes, or e-bikes, to use bicycling lanes, bringing the city more in line with other cities in Ontario. The report will be considered at the city's public works and infrastructure committee, and it has drawn a crucial distinction between two types of motorized bikes.

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 AMCTO Special Announcements


AMCTO Comprehensive Education and Professional Development Strategy
AMCTO
While developing the Association's current strategic plan, the Board of Directors decided that AMCTO should undertake a needs assessment of educational program gaps in the municipal sector, and develop a comprehensive education and professional development strategy to address those gaps.

Click here to read a summary outlining the process for developing the plan, as well as the key objectives outlined in the completed strategy.

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Municipal Accreditation Survey
AMCTO
AMCTO is interested in your opinion regarding municipal professional accreditations and has asked Dr. Andrew Sancton of The University of Western Ontario and Dr. Zachary Spicer of the Munk School on Global Affairs at University of Toronto, to gather and analyze this information and ultimately assist with improving the organization's credentialing system. Please click on the link to complete the quick survey regarding the credentialing marketplace. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/75PLHLD
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


AMO Pre Budget Submission highlights
AMCTO
AMO has recently just released its 2014 Pre Budget Submission titled "The Fork in the Road." Highlights of the report can be found by visiting the AMO site or clicking here.
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MFOA responds to C.D. Howe's budget commentary
AMCTO
The C. D. Howe Institute released its "Baffling Budgets: Canada's Cities Need Better Financial Reporting" report on Jan. 15, 2014. The report analyzes certain municipal financial practices, including cash based budgeting, and outcomes, including differences between budgeted amounts and year end results in 24 large Canadian cities, many of which are located in Ontario.

Click here to access the full C.D. Howe Report. MFOA responded comprehensively to aspects of the report and their full response can be viewed by clicking here.

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Health and Safety Awareness training materials
AMCTO
A new regulation will require health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor under Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The regulation comes into force July 1, 2014, allowing municipal workplaces time to prepare.

Click here for more information and access to additional training resources.

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Jan. 22 - 24 Human Resources Professionals Association Trade Show and Conference Toronto, ON
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