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Ontario to raise minimum wage to close to $11
Toronto Star
Ontario's minimum wage workers are getting a raise. After a four-year freeze at $10.25 and a provincial advisory panel's call Monday to peg future minimum wage increases to inflation, the Wynne government is poised to boost the rate retroactively, sources say.
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Orillia senior with 10-foot snowbank fined, but has nowhere else to put snow
Owen Sound Times
Wayne Miller, 67, has nowhere else on his property to pile the snow that keeps falling on his driveway, but that might not stop his city from fining him for it. The senior was fined $235 in early January by the City of Orillia in central Ontario after a snow bank taller than himself had tumbled down on the nearby sidewalk and road.
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Caledon taxpayers could be on the hook if Canadian Tire warehouse cancelled
Toronto Star
Taxpayers could end up paying cancellation costs for a massive warehouse in Caledon, not long after a scrapped Mississauga gas-fired power project left the province on the hook for $275 million. Canadian Tire is building the warehouse to house one of the largest distribution facilities in Canada.
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Canada-U.S. to share 'real-time' border-crossing details
Toronto Sun
Canadian and American authorities will automatically be notified of every border crossing by a citizen, immigrant or visitor almost instantaneously a under vastly expanded border control system, QMI Agency has learned. Canada and the U.S. have been sharing the names, ages, nationalities and other biographical information of all permanent residents and visitors crossing the common land border since last summer.
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In Vaughan, developers are going big — very big — while they still can
The Globe and Mail
When the palatial Versailles-inspired mansion in the tony development of Vaughan Wood Estates — sometimes called the Bridle Path of the North — was listed for sale, it wasn't just those in the neighbourhood who took notice, but anyone curious about just how lavish a house with $17.8 million price tag on it could be. It's the most expensive house that's ever been put on the market in Vaughan – and a style of abode on the brink of extinction.
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Booming e-cigarette industry may reverse anti-smoking gains
CTV News
It hasn’t been that long since it was normal to walk into bars or coffee shops and be immediately greeted by a haze of smoke. Now smokers are forced to stand outside, even in the frigid temperatures, if they want to light up.
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Propane shortage has Ontario pressing for federal intervention
The Globe and Mail
Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli is putting pressure on the federal government to take action in the face of a propane supply crunch that has caused wholesale prices to double since early October, hitting record levels.
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Rob Ford leaves trade board dinner after speech lambasting leadership
Toronto Star
Mayor Rob Ford arrived at the Toronto Region Board of Trade's glitzy annual dinner amid confusion over whether he was actually invited, only to hear a drubbing from the high-powered board's president about "distractions" and "the question of leadership."
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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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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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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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Ontario privacy commissioner: Canada needs independent watchdog to prevent NSA-type breaches
National Post
Canada needs an independent watchdog reporting directly to Parliament to prevent privacy breaches by the Communications Security Establishment Canada, the foreign spy agency that intercepts phone and email traffic around the world, like the U.S.'s National Security Agency, Ontario's information and privacy commissioner says.
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AMCTO's 4th Annual Municipal Leaders' Forum
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AMCTO's 4th Annual Municipal Leaders' Forum, a premier event for CAOs and Executive Leaders from Ontario's municipal sector. Developed in partnership with OMAA (Ontario Municipal Administrators Association), the focus of this year's event is Leading and Managing in a Politicized Environment.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


AMCTO releases guides on conducting accessible elections
AMCTO
Continuing AMCTO's leadership in both accessibility and municipal elections, we are pleased to share our newly updated and revised Guides to Accessible Elections. We encourage municipal staff and partner associations to share these guides broadly to help bring awareness and understanding to how accessibility influences the democratic process of elections. We are happy to offer the following three guides for 2014.

Voters' Guide to Accessible Voting
Candidate's Guide to Accessible Elections
Clerk's Guide to Conducting Accessible Elections

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Ontario Power Authority — Large Renewable Procurement interim engagement
AMCTO
The Ontario Power Authority is hosting regional community meetings to receive further feedback and input on the development of the Large Renewable Procurement interim recommendations report and the development of the new large renewable energy competitive procurement. For more information, please click here.
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McKinsey & Company Report — How to Make a Great City
AMCTO
An interesting and relevant report was released by the McKinsey Cities Special Initiative that highlights aspects that make up a "great" city. Naturally, this research shares the insights and thoughts of municipal and city leaders on improving performance and overall relevance of cities.

Click here to access the report.

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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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