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Ontario municipalities fighting for affordable contracts after arbitration
Sun News Network
Ontario municipalities — concerned about the affordability of arbitrated settlements for firefighters and police officers — want more attention paid to the impact of these decisions on property taxes. "The cost of emergency services is out of control," Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, chair of the Large Urban Mayors' Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO), said. "In the Region of Peel, the police budget is the biggest part of the budget. And the fire department in Mississauga is a very, very high cost."
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Toronto councillor got $275,000 in loans from realtors he backed
CBC News
A Toronto politician who helped a pair of real-estate investors get permission to place advertising billboards next to a major highway later received at least $275,000 in mortgage loans from them, a CBC News investigation has found. The loans to Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti were, in each case, issued two years after he successfully put forward motions at Etobicoke York community council meetings to allow the billboards on properties alongside Highway 401.
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CAA offering refunds on international driving permits for southern Ontarians
Global News
South Central Ontario chapters of the Canadian Automobile Association are offering a full refund to travellers who bought an International Driving Permit, following Florida's announcement that they would not enforce the new law with Canadians driving the state. Customers can bring their IDP and receipt back to stores within 30 days for a refund on the $25 permit as well as any passport photos purchased during the rush.
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Ontario's new premier could prove to be a Wynn-win situation
The Toronto Star
Kathleen Wynne is not only the first female to hold the Premier position, but she is also the first to have been a former Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. For the GTA and the province, it is advantageous to have a premier that understands the land development, homebuilding and professional renovation industry and the challenges we're all facing as residents of his great region, as well as opportunities ready for the taking.
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Peel council passes bylaw to reduce second-hand smoke
The Toronto Star
Peel Region Council passed a bylaw that aims to protect children from second-hand tobacco smoke by banning smoking in recreation areas and municipal buildings. "As of Labour Day, children will be protected from the effects of second-hand smoke in the places where they play and no resident will have to walk through a cloud of tobacco smoke when they enter an arena, community centre or other municipal building," said Dr. David Mowat, the Medical Officer of Health of the Region of Peel.
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Endangered Species Legislation impacts economy
Net News Ledger
Ontario's Endangered Species legislation needs to reflect reality. "A key component of this proposed regulation is the recognition by the Government that forestry activities already provide for the protection of species at risk and their habitat," says Jamie Lim, President & CEO of the Ontario Forest Industries Association. "This regulation does not give the forest industry a free ride: it guarantees that the recovery of species at risk will continue, while also ensuring that economic development activities, such as forestry, will be allowed to proceed without unnecessary impacts," contends Lim.
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Wynne: Casino must follow Greenbelt
The Hamilton Spectator
Premier Kathleen Wynne says the City of Hamilton will have to meet laws governing the Greenbelt if it backs locating a casino at Flamboro Downs. Supporters of a casino for the downtown have raised the argument that the Greenbelt will restrict development of a casino at the Highway 5 facility. The Greenbelt protects 7,000 square kilometres from Niagara Falls to Peterborough. It is only open for the development of roads, aggregate extraction, golfing, skiing and farming.
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Cycling bylaw: Stintz wants to dump bylaw requiring single-file riding
The Toronto Star
Councillor Karen Stintz is asking the city to eliminate a bylaw that requires cyclists to ride single-file at all times on Toronto streets. The bylaw is redundant because the Ontario Highway Traffic Act already governs how and where cyclists can ride and legislates against cyclists blocking the road, said Stintz.
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City-level fights around shark fins heat up across Canada
The Dominion
The Ontario Superior Court overruled Toronto's shark fin ban following a challenge from the Fair and Responsible Governance Alliance, a group opposed to the ban, particularly where it prohibits the consumption of shark fins. The final decision whether to appeal the Ontario Supreme Court ruling will be made in late February.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates

AMO calls for more efficient, accountable and transparent interest arbitration system
On Feb. 14, 2013 AMO and other municipal leaders called on all three political parties in Ontario to work together to bring forth meaningful improvements to the province's interest arbitration system. AMCTO members will know this issue very well as our membership raised concerns surrounding it several years ago as an emerging area of concern regarding the financial sustainability of many municipal corporations.

Along with the announcement and news release, AMO has included an Interest Arbitration Checklist that seeks to set out measures that would make the system more efficient, accountable and transparent. For more information on these recent developments and materials, please follow the links below:

• Click here for AMO's News Release, Checklist and Backgrounder
• Click here for AMO's Breaking News Announcement

For any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact: Rick Johal, Director of Government Relations and Legislative Services
905-602-4294 Ext. 232

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 Municipal Career Opportunities

Township of Severn — Director of Planning and Development

Town of Oakville — Commissioner of Community Services

Town of Ajax — Planner

Niagara Region — Vacancies — Corporate Services and Financial Management and Planning

City of Kenora — Corporate Service Manager

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