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With Kathleen Wynne's election as leader, Ontario Liberals make history
The Hamilton Spectator    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fearful of becoming political history, Ontario's Liberals have opted to make history — in every way. By electing Kathleen Wynne, they have chosen the province's first woman premier and — let's not be coy — the first openly lesbian leader: A politician who has broken barriers and changed attitudes throughout her career. More

Ontario elementary teachers can strike with repeal of Bill 115
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There's nothing stopping Ontario's elementary teachers from going on strike now that a controversial piece of legislation has been repealed, according to lawyers for the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario. Speaking before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, ETFO lawyer Howard Goldblatt, said now that the provincial government repealed Bill 115 — the legislation that imposed the terms of teachers' contracts — negotiations can resume and the union is in a legal strike position. More

29 front-line public employees fired, corruption probe grows
The Hamilton Spectator    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The city's decision to fire 29 front-line public works employees and suspend two more is only the first stage of an ongoing probe into widespread wrongdoing in the department. The city is now in the second round of its investigation, which will focus on supervisors and superintendents, as well as allegations that the employees were selling city asphalt. More

Scytl Canada Modernizes Elections
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Ajax councillor Renrick Ashby admits mistake
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An Ajax councillor facing three liquor related charges says it was "premature on the municipal bylaw" to lay the charges. Ward 2 Local Councillor Renrick Ashby was charged after a liquor compliance sweep found his nightclub operating without a liquor sales license in December. He is facing three charges under the Liquor Licence Act. More

Wynne won't rule out tolls for transit
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Toronto could be on track for new transit tolls or taxes with incoming Premier Kathleen Wynne in charge. Wynne recently blitzed radio stations and made it clear she's prepared to support new revenue tools for transit, won't let a casino be imposed on a municipality that doesn't want it and is willing to work with Mayor Rob Ford. More

OMB hears challenge to Wellington North bylaw
The Wellington Advertiser    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing was recently held to hear an appeal by Jens Dam. The Wellington North resident is challenging the township's handling of its revised development charges bylaw and whether council was allowed to make the charges retroactive to Jan. 1, 2012, after the bylaw was passed at the end of May. More

Hamilton massage parlour rubbed wrong way by city's fee hike
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Darlene Miller knows council doesn't like her occupation. But lately, she can't help but feel that they're legislating her out of existence. Miller owns the Garden of Eden spa, an erotic massage parlour on Kenilworth Avenue North. She got a rude awakening last year when her new manager went to city hall for a licence to be a body rub parlour manager. In one year, it had increased from $307 to $1,235 — a steep fee for a minimum-wage position, she said. More

Cobourg sets emergency-response policies
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Cobourg council voted, in committee of the whole session, to approve a policy that will allow the town to respond promptly to render assistance in case another municipality has declared a state of emergency. "I believe this came about as a result of two requests in recent months, one from Goderich and one from Thunder Bay," Councillor Forrest Rowden said. More

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Port Hope takes steps toward new police station
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Port Hope councillors have started the ball rolling on a new police station. Councillors will seek out the advice of an architect, for $6,000, to help identify what criteria be included in any tenders for designing the future police station. "We will spend $6,000 to put together some potential documents to design a police services building and yet at one time, we were talking about the potential of a dual facility," Councillor Greg Burns said. More

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 AMCTO Legislative Updates

AMO announcement — policing update, January 2013
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The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) recently attended a Summit held by Public Safety Canada on the Economics of Policing. The event included nearly 300 representatives from across the country. AMO provided an update on their website that speaks to the escalating costs of policing and emergency services in Ontario.

Greenhouse gas emissions reductions in Ontario
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The Ministry of the Environment has released the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions in Ontario: A Discussion Paper. This paper is being used to elicit input and on the development of a greenhouse gas reduction program. The paper has been posted for a 90 day public review and comment period starting Jan. 21, 2013. The report itself and other reference documents can be found on the Environmental Registry or by clicking here.

2012 OMERS Review releases Final Report
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The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing released the OMERS Review Final Report that was undertaken by Tony Dean. In 2006, the Review Act required that an independent review of the governance model created by the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System Act, 2006. The report provides a series of the reviewer's observations and recommendations.

For additional background on the OMERS Review, please visit: or

 Municipal Career Opportunities

City of Guelph — Financial Analyst — Taxation

City of Barrie — Manager IT Planning and Portfolio and Manager Application Services

Township of McNab-Braeside — Treasurer

Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge — Chief Administrative Officer

Municipality of West Perth — Municipal Clerk

 Upcoming Municipal Events

Date Event Location
Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, 2013 Ontario Library Association Super Conference Toronto, ON
Feb. 5, 2013 Provincial-Municipal Government Liability Conference Toronto, ON
Feb. 5 - Feb. 7, 2013 Economic Developers Council of Ontario Conference London, ON
Feb. 7 - Feb. 9, 2013 Kenora District Municipal Association Dryden, ON
Feb. 13 - Feb. 15, 2013 FCM Sustainable Communities Conference Windsor, ON
Feb. 21 - Feb. 22, 2013 Stormwater & Urban Water Systems Modeling Conference Toronto, ON
Feb. 24 - Feb. 26, 2013 ROMA/OGRA Conference Toronto, ON

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