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Teachers: Ontario's all-day kindergarten classes overcrowded
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's elementary school teachers say they are concerned that the province's ambitious rollout of full-day kindergarten has resulted in overcrowded classrooms and few resources on how play-based learning is supposed to work. In a letter to Jim Grieve, assistant deputy minister of the early learning division, the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario said classrooms that were once built for 20 students are now holding more than 30 four- and five-year-olds.
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OPP: Distracted driving leading cause of death on Ontario roads
CTV News
Ontario Provincial Police say distracted driving was the number one cause of death on roadways in 2013. A new report published by the OPP shows 78 people died in distracted driving-related collisions in Ontario last year. That's compared to 57 impaired driving deaths and 44 speed-related deaths in the same year.
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James: Joe Pennachetti speaks truth to politicians
Toronto Star
Ever so slowly, Toronto's top bureaucrat is gaining courage. City manager Joe Pennachetti stuck his toe in the water again in a speech to business and legal types and, y'know, a tidal wave of controversy didn't wash up against the city walls.
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Ontario's big industries plead for lower hydro rates
Toronto Star
Ontario industries pay more for electricity than their competitors elsewhere in North America, according to a survey by Ontario's biggest power users. That's creating a growing risk of industries and jobs bypassing Ontario for lower-cost jurisdictions, says the Association of Major Power Consumers of Ontario (AMPCO).
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Rob Ford: Is the U.S. laughing with us or at us?
Toronto Star
Everywhere Rob Ford goes, he seems to elicit laughter — from late-night comedians, Hollywood celebrities and even bemused passersby, who clamour to snap photos with the infamous mayor. But Ford's latest jaunt to L.A. to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live begs the question: When U.S. viewers laugh at our mayor, are they laughing at Toronto?
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The inZone gets unanimous nod from Oakville council
Inside Halton
Some say it's red carpet wrapped in red tape, others that it will move Livable Oakville, the Town's Official Plan, forward. The inZone project — regulations on what, where and how buildings can be constructed in Oakville — were unanimously passed by Town Council at a special Planning and Development Council meeting.
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    Ontario proposal would let municipalities adopt ranked-ballot voting (The Globe and Mail)
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Parents, unions don't agree on EQAO testing
Toronto Sun
Those pesky EQAO tests that every student in every school in the province take part in are a thorn in the side for unions representing both Catholic and public school teachers. Increasingly, unions are ramping up pressure on all political parties to dump the testing in favour of a less pervasive test.
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Public health unit unveils plan for outdoor smoking ban in Wellington County
The Wellington Advertiser
Council members here were the first in Wellington County to get a look at a smoke-free outdoor environment envisioned by local public health officials. Mapleton council heard a presentation from Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) on the recently-completed Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces Survey.
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Please visit the AMCTO website to provide your input to our new online poll question:
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What current regulatory requirement/reporting is most challenging to complete for your municipality at this time?

1. Source Protection Plans
2. GHG / Energy Reporting
3. AODA Accessibility Standards
4. Municipal Performance Measurement Program
5. Other

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AMCTO's 4th Annual Municipal Leaders' Forum
AMCTO
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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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Regulatory Registry Posting — Delegated Authority for Bereavement Sector
AMCTO
The Ministry of Consumer Services (MCS) posted a summary of the regulations necessary to delegate authority for administering the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 to a new Delegated Administrative Authority (DAA) for the bereavement sector on the regulatory registry. MCS is inviting comments on the posting until April 14, 2014.

Click here to view the regulatory registry link.

The ministry continues to consult on the proposed governance structure of a single regulator for the bereavement sector. The above posting only addresses the regulations necessary for delegation and does not address any discussions about the structure of the new DAA.

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Province set to provide 'ice-storm' support to municipalities
AMCTO
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced that the provincial government would be providing financial assistance in response to a series of requests for assistance from municipalities after this winter's ice storm. For more information, please view the backgrounder and/or the government media release.
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Prompt Payment Act — Consultation Hearings
AMCTO
The Prompt Payment Act, a Private Members Bill proposed by Liberal MPP Steven Del Duca seeks to set strong limits on municipalities' freedom of contract for construction and infrastructure projects. The municipal concern rests around the fact Bill 69 provides for extremely short payment timelines that will not allow for appropriate review of work and certification of the payments process. The Bill could result in costly work stoppages and restarts and potential litigation to settle disputes.

Municipalities are being encouraged to write to the members of the Standing Committee, the party leaders and their local MPPs. For more information including a sample letter, please visit the AMO website.

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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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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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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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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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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
April 7 - 11 Public Procurement Law and Practice Toronto, ON
April 9 - 10 Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Toronto, ON
April 9 - 11 Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association Niagara Falls, ON

 


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