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Developer sues Brampton for $28.5 million
Brampton Guardian
A local developer's $28.5 million lawsuit against the City of Brampton claims there was political interference, undue secrecy and "bias" by city staff during the bidding process for one of the largest projects in the city's history. Inzola Group, in its statement of claim, argues that as a result it was "improperly disqualified" from bidding on a plan to redevelop Brampton's downtown, a project that could cost taxpayers more than $500 million.
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Ontario convenes new 'partnership council' to boost jobs for disabled people
Toronto Star
A new provincial panel that will explore solutions to unemployment among people with disabilities is a "stall tactic" to avoid fixing the crisis now, one advocate says. The Star has learned the province will soon announce a "partnership council" of people with disabilities, business leaders and academics to create the province's first-ever employment strategy for disabled people by the end of 2014.
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Lack of quarry rule enforcement frustrates northwest landowners
CBC News
Camp and homeowners near Thunder Bay will have to continue their fight against a gravel pit operating near Surprise Lake now that the Lakehead Rural Planning Board says it doesn't have the money to enforce the zoning rules. The chair of the Lappe Services Board, Ralph Bullough, said land in the area is being abused by companies that know there are no enforcement bodies.
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Liberals say many Tories oppose Hudak's labour law plans
CBC News
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said he would stand by his plan to change Ontario's labour laws to make union dues and membership optional, while the Liberals claimed many Tories oppose the idea. Hudak no longer uses the words "right-to-work" to describe his plan, but said a Tory government would make labour laws more flexible to try to stem the flow of job losses, especially in the province's once mighty manufacturing sector.
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New towing bylaw to regulate accident scenes
Collision Repairmag
A new towing bylaw is being written within the town to regulate how towing companies operate their businesses within the Nottawasaga OPP jurisdiction. A Collision Towing License provision would added to New Tecumseth's Business Licensing and Regulation bylaw which would drive how towers can operate near accident scenes while further placing restrictions on their towing rates.
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Ontario makes fire safety of residences for elderly a priority
Metro News
Like many Canadians, Helen Eby was horrified to hear of the devastating fire that ripped through a retirement home in L'Isle Verte, QC, on Jan. 23, killing at least 28 people and leaving four missing. But the terrible incident had a particular urgency for Eby, who is the director of seniors' services at the Region of Waterloo and the person in charge at Sunnyside Home, a nursing home run by the region in Kitchener.
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Ontario's pasteurization laws outdated and unfair, raw-milk farmer urges court
The Globe and Mail
A dairy farmer determined to defend his right to provide raw milk urged Ontario's top court to recognize that laws around pasteurization were outdated, unjust and infringed on basic freedoms. Michael Schmidt made his stand during a hearing before Ontario's Court of Appeal, as supporters packed two courtrooms to witness the latest step in a long-running legal battle between the 59-year-old farmer and the government.
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Ottawa proposes sweeping new citizenship rules to crack down on fraud, better define national identity
The Globe and Mail
The Conservative government's proposed changes to Canada's citizenship laws include such dramatic gestures as stripping terrorists of their citizenship and requiring applicants to declare their intent to live in Canada. But while many of the changes are substantive, such as the lengthening of residency requirements and a commitment to cutting citizenship wait times, they are also about conveying a message of what it means to be Canadian.
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AMCTO's 4th Annual Municipal Leaders' Forum
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Antenna Tower Siting Policy
AMCTO
Industry Canada's announcement on the Antenna Tower Siting Policy requiring telecommunication companies to engage/consult residents and municipalities over all tower installations, regardless of height was made last week. This was one among several other new requirements. Members may remember, AMCTO flagged this issue back in Match 2013 after being provided updates from FCM. For more information, please see the March 2013 legislative update.
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Joint and Several Liability update
AMCTO
On Friday Feb. 7, 2014, AMO put a call out for the support of municipal councils and councilors on two recent developments on the issue of Joint and Several Liability. For more information, including a template letter provided by AMO, please visit their website.

AMCTO has long expressed concern with the issue of Joint and Several Liability and what impacts are seen for the municipal sector. In 2010, a letter from a Past AMCTO President was sent to the former Attorney General outlining our concerns and support for action.

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AMCTO supports AMO Pre-Budget Submission
AMCTO
After review, AMCTO is pleased to pledge our professional management voice and support behind AMO's Pre-Budget Submission. This was reviewed, discussed and supported by both AMCTO's Legislative Policy and Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors. To view the letter of support, please click here.
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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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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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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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