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Criminal investigation into Mayor Rob Ford 'very active'
National Post
The lead detective investigating allegations of criminal activity involving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says the case is still "very active." "I still have all of my investigators intact and we are still conducting interviews," Det. Sgt. Gary Giroux, one of the Toronto Police force's most seasoned detectives, told CP24. "The investigation is very active and in my opinion, there is a lot of work to be done."
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New test coming soon for elderly Ontario drivers
The Globe and Mail
New changes to the licence testing for people aged 80-and-over will soon be take effect. The Ministry of Transportation's new evaluation includes a vision assessment, in-class group education, review of the driver's record and two short exercises, the latter to determine if further assessment is required.
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Deal avoids human rights challenge of Waterloo rental bylaw
The Record
The City of Waterloo has sidestepped an Ontario Human Rights Commission challenge of its controversial rental housing licensing bylaw by amending rules about floor space. Councillors approved a memorandum of understanding with the commission. "We had to find middle ground and I think we've really gotten to a good place," Mayor Brenda Halloran said.
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Report on Bolton land-use dispute surfaces
Toronto Star
Months after the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing said a provincial report on a controversial land-use dispute in Caledon does not exist, the Star has obtained a document that appears to be the report. The report by the provincial development facilitator was requested at the beginning of 2013 by former Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli, who was also the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
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Hydro One to face major investigation as billing complaints mount
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's ombudsman is launching a major investigation into the billing practices of Hydro One, a perennial source of complaints from people who say the utility overcharges them and refuses to explain why. In a news release, Ombudsman André Marin said complaints to his office about the electricity giant have more than doubled in the last two years, reaching 600 since last April alone.
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Law that strips certain Canadian expats of voting rights to be debated in court
The Globe and Mail
Two Canadians who are challenging a law that strips voting rights from expatriates who have lived abroad for more than five years expect their case to be heard in court soon. Gillian Frank and Jamie Duong, who live in the U.S., were shocked to learn of the five-year rule when they tried to cast their ballots in the 2011 federal election.
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Weeks-long, 12-step process before Industry Canada writes a tweet
CTV News
Pity the poor government tweet, nearly strangled in its cradle before limping into the Twitterverse. Newly disclosed documents from Industry Canada show how teams of bureaucrats often work for weeks to sanitize each lowly tweet, in a medium that's supposed to thrive on spontaneity and informality.
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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 2014 Conference — Registration now open!
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June 8 to 11, 2014 — Niagara Falls, ON

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Ontario Regulation 332/12 (Building Code) — Barrier-free design requirements set out in Ontario Building Code
AMCTO
On Dec. 27, 2013, Ontario Regulation 368/13 was filed to amend the new 2012 Building Code, O.Reg. 332/12. The effective date of the amendment is January 1, 2015. The amended requirements will substantially enhance accessibility in newly constructed buildings and existing buildings that are to be extensively renovated. For more information on what the amended requirements cover, please view the regulatory registry posting.
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Healthy Kids — Community Challenge
AMCTO
The Healthy Kids Community Challenge offered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is seeking local communities to join them in coming together for a common goal: healthier children and youth. Municipalities can apply to be one of 30 selected to be offered community resources to support the program's success. Apply by March 14, 2014 to support healthier children, youth and families today and into the future.
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AODA Review
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Dean Mayo Moran of the University of Toronto is undertaking an independent review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). For more information regarding this review and on how to get involved, please visit the AODA Review website.
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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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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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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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Feb. 4 - 6 Economic Developers Council of Ontario Conference Toronto, ON
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