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Municipalities caught off guard by $14 billion infrastructure fund details
The Globe and Mail
The national body representing Canada's cities and towns says it has been caught off guard by new infrastructure rules announced before the multibillion-dollar Building Canada Fund is set to launch. On a visit to Gormley, ON, north of Toronto, Prime Minister Harper provided the first details of a $14 billion, 10-year fund that was part of last year's budget and will take effect on April 1.
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Hazel McCallion wants Peel to cover $563,000 in legal fees
Toronto Star
Peel taxpayers could be on the hook for almost $600,000 in legal fees incurred by the mayor of Mississauga last year to defend herself against allegations she broke conflict of interest rules.
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Line 9: Journey along the pipeline
Toronto Star
This is the story of a pipeline and the people whose lives it passes. It was built in 1975, of quarter-inch steel made in Hamilton, coated in a single layer of polyethylene tape, designed to be reversible, to change with the ever-fluctuating oil markets. It was called Line 9.
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Conservatives' proposed election reform prompts note of caution from the U.S.
Toronto Star
A participant in the bruising American battle over voting rights warns that Canada is treading on dangerous ground with its proposed electoral reforms. One of the lawyers who helped strike down the voter ID law in Pennsylvania last month says legislation tabled by the Harper government will inevitably wind up depriving some people of their voting rights.
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Noise bylaw could stifle windmills
The Belleville Intelligencer
Strength in numbers could provide municipalities with protection against unwanted developments including wind farms. Warren Howard, a councillor from North Perth (Listowell) in southwestern Ontario appeared in front of Prince Edward County's committee of the whole to determine if there was any interest in joining a municipal coalition to establish a noise regulation bylaw.
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Cities running out of cash for snow removal as icy Canadian winter hits hard
The Globe and Mail
Toronto depleted its entire winter maintenance reserve fund dealing with the massive ice storm that plunged large parts of the city into darkness just days before Christmas. And as much of Southern Ontario deals with a fresh wallop of snow — Environment Canada is calling for up to 10 centimetres to fall — the weather is continuing to wreak havoc on the City of Toronto's budget.
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    Developer sues Brampton for $28.5 million (Brampton Guardian)
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Toronto police to test out lapel cameras
Toronto Star
Toronto police will roll out a pilot project to test the use of body-worn cameras on front-line officers this year, following up on a recommendation in a 2013 report. Deputy chief Peter Sloly said the project, approved last week by Chief Bill Blair, will go ahead this year, though most details still need to be hashed out.
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Ottawa seeking public input on rewriting prostitution laws
CTV News
The Conservative government wants to hear from the public about how to rewrite the prostitution laws that were struck down by the Supreme Court late last year. A month-long, online consultation period on the Justice Canada website will run to March 17.
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NDP warn they won't support Liberal budget if taxes hiked on middle class
CTV News
Ontario's New Democrats are warning they are not prepared to tolerate any tax hikes in the minority Liberal government's spring budget, but won't say if they're ready to trigger an election. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has written Premier Kathleen Wynne warning that she "will not support any new taxes, tolls or fees that hit middle-class families."
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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 reaffirms position with Attorney General on Joint and Several Liability
AMCTO
Following AMO's recent call for municipal support on two recent developments related to the matter of Joint and Several Liability; AMCTO has reaffirmed its long-held position by writing to the Attorney General in support of government action four years after first raising the matter. Click here to view the AMCTO President's letter to Attorney General John Gerretsen.
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MPAC pilots new online service for potential electors
AMCTO
On Feb. 10, MPAC released the following memo to indicating support for this year's municipal and school board elections through its pilot www.voterlookup.ca. This site is an online service where potential electors can confirm, and where appropriate, update their information (citizenship and residency) in a few easy steps.
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New Building Canada Fund
AMCTO
On Feb. 13, details surrounding the new Building Canada Fund were announced which included a $4 billion National Infrastructure Fund and a $10 billion Provincial/Territorial Infrastructure Fund, whereby $1 billion is being set aside for a Small Communities Fund. Ontario is set to be allocated $2.7 billion over the next ten years.

For more details on this announcement and the fund, please visit AMO's website.

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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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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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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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Feb. 23 - 26 Rural Ontario Municipal Association/Ontario Good Roads Association Combined Conference Toronto, ON
Feb. 26 - 27 International Conference on Stormwater and Urban Water Systems Modeling Toronto, ON
Feb. 27 Provincial/Municipal Government Liability Conference Toronto, ON
March 25 - 28 Parks and Recreation Ontario Educational Forum Niagara Falls, ON
March 26 Municipal Government Liability and Litigation Toronto, ON
March 28 AMCTO Municipal Leaders Forum in Partnership with OMAA

 


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