Ontario to reduce enforcement of accessibility law
Ontario plans to conduct fewer compliance inspections this year, even though more than 60 per cent of businesses are still in violation of the province's landmark accessibility legislation, according to new government data.
This is despite an independent review last month that urged the province to step up efforts to enforce the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Deal with first nation good for Hwy. 69 project
The Sudbury Star
The Shawanaga First Nation is poised to accept a settlement that would pave the way for four-laning of Highway 69 through the community.
Recently, band members voted on a deal to compensate the First Nation for lands the province acquired in the mid-1930s to build a secondary highway on the reserve.
Brampton mayor supports downtown LRT route
The new mayor of Brampton says she wants the Hurontario LRT to run into or through the city's historic downtown, a route that some residents believe will interfere with its heritage character and charm.
"Downtown expects and needs that foot traffic associated with all kinds of transit. If you build the transit somewhere else, that's where the jobs and the density will be built," said Linda Jeffrey.
Once you’ve determined the remaining capacity, three solutions generally exist. They are: 1) Plan for closure, 2) Plan for closure and conversion to a transfer station, and 3) Plan for expansion of the capacity. Each solution carries with it Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) involvement and approvals.
Government employees in Ontario paid 11.5 per cent more than comparable private-sector workers
Government workers in Ontario receive higher wages and likely more generous non-wage benefits than their private sector counterparts, finds a new study by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.
"As the Ontario government grapples with a $12.5 billion deficit, it has identified government-sector compensation as a way to restrain spending. Indeed, in light of ongoing collective bargaining negotiations, now is an opportune time to scrutinize the compensation of government employees, which consumes over half of program spending," said Niels Veldhuis, president of the Fraser Institute.
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How to break 'the curse of knowledge'
Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw famously wrote, "He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches." But it's often more accurate to say, "He who can do can’t teach."
It's natural for novices to seek out experts for guidance. That's why many organizations adopt formal mentorship and training programs. Unfortunately, though, experts frequently make lousy teachers.
Federal government introduces tough new railway standards
The federal government says it will beef up rail safety inspections, demand higher insurance liability from small carriers and create a disaster relief fund paid for by oil producers — the latest response to 2013's deadly oil-by-rail tragedy in Lac-Mégantic, QC.
"With this legislation, any railway or any company that ships crude oil will share in accountability for clean-up and compensation costs in event of an accident," Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced.
Measles virus circulating in Ontario is a variant previously unknown to WHO
The Globe and Mail
The measles outbreak in Canada's largest city was already a minor epidemiological puzzle when scientists discovered something that deepened the mystery.
Of the 11 Greater Toronto Area patients diagnosed with the highly contagious illness since the end of January, none are connected to each other in any way that public health staff could discover through interviews with the patients or their parents.
Councillors opt not to have integrity commish
St. Catherine's Standard
Some thought he was a waste of money. Others thought he was good value. But at the end of the day Thursday, Niagara Region no longer had an integrity commissioner to provide oversight of councillors.
After lengthy debate, regional councillors voted 17-11 to do away with the services of an integrity commissioner.
Windsor hires lawyer to stop expansion of Ambassador Bridge
The City of Windsor is taking action against plans by Matty Maroun's Canadian Transit Company to twin the Ambassador Bridge which runs from Windsor to Detroit, officials said Thursday at a news conference.
The City has hired Toronto lawyer David Estrin to fight the privately-owned company that wants to build another bridge across the Detroit River.
Brampton staff misled council on downtown land deal, lawsuit alleges
Brampton staff misled council ahead of a March 2011 vote to approve a massive downtown redevelopment project, setting off a chain of events that led to the loss of $480,000, according to allegations in a lawsuit against the city.
Staff had told council moments prior to the vote that a key parcel of land included in the proposal for the $500 million redevelopment project had already been secured by Dominus Construction, the company that staff were recommending for the project.
Toronto food truck advocates gear up for another battle
As lunch hours wind down on a Friday afternoon, Jay Traya continues to serve a few bundled-up stragglers looking for a carton of fries out of his orange-and-white striped truck parked outside St. Patrick subway station.
But as one of only 39 new permit holders who have been willing to pay the city for the privilege of hawking street food around town from a truck, Traya said the rules imposed on vendors like him desperately need to be changed.
Menon: It wasn't a mystery tunnel, it was a man cave of dreams
Now that The Case of the Mystery Tunnel is solved, Toronto police should identify the two men behind it.
These guys deserve a parade and their own show on HGTV.
Any man can stumble into the nearest Future Shop to buy a big-screen TV for his "man cave."
How to network like you actually know what you're doing
Oprah did it, and you can do it, too. It's time to leave the comfort of your corner suite, cubicle, garage, coffee shop, or home office, get out into the world, and network.
A local TV host of AM Chicago in the mid 1980s, Oprah went on a date with the late, great film critic Roger Ebert at a Hamburger Hamlet and made the most important professional decision of her life.
How leaders should react when someone disappoints
Harvard Business Review
"Why?" the CEO of the hedge fund yelled at one of his portfolio managers. "Why would you increase that investment? What were you thinking?"
The portfolio manager muttered a weak defense which the CEO promptly and easily tore to shreds.
When the manager left his office, the CEO turned to me, exasperated. "How do you reverse a losing streak?" he asked.
The 5 types of mentors you need
When we talk about mentorship in the workplace, we often focus on finding one person who can help to guide us through the challenges we will face at work. It might be better to think about the set of people you need to have around you to help you succeed.
With that in mind, here are a few people who should be part of your mentoring team.
AMCTO Legislative Updates
AMCTO Releases Pre-Budget Statement in Support of AMO
This week AMCTO released a statement of support for AMO's 2015 pre-budget submission, which was released at the end of January. This pre-budget statement is designed to lend AMCTO's support behind the AMO submission, while also highlighting areas that are of particular relevance to AMCTO members, including: improving financial fairness for the sector; reducing regulatory red tape and excessive reporting; and, pushing for a long-term solution to emergency services and policing costs. You can find AMCTO's Pre-budget statement here.
AMCTO Finalizes ODRAP Submission
Last month the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) launched a review of the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP). AMCTO has worked with members and municipal professionals to develop a set of recommendations to improve the program. The submission will be posted on the policy issues page of AMCTO's website later this week.
Premier Announces PLT Reform and 'New Revenue Tools'
In her address to the delegates of the ROMA/OGRA combined conference on Monday February 23rd, Premier Wynne announced that the government is committed to reforming the provincial land tax for unincorporated territories in 2015, and open to discussing with municipalities' the access to new revenue tools. Read the Premier's full speech here.
Province to Conduct Climate Change Consultations
As part of its plan to introduce some form of carbon pricing, the Government of Ontario is launching a series of public climate change consultations and a new online consultation tool. Find out more here.
Minister of Rural Affairs Announces New Infrastructure Projects
Also at the combined ROMA/OGRA conference last week, the province announced the approval of 78 new projects to build and repair infrastructure in small, rural and northern communities. Find out more here.
New Private Members Bill Would Ament the Municipal Elections Act
A new piece of legislation was introduced last week that would amend the Municipal Elections Act. Bill 68, Municipal Elections Amendment Act, is a private members bill that would extend the hours when a voting place is open from 8 pm to 9 pm.
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