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Train derails in Northern Ontario, heightening safety fears
The Globe and Mail
A second fiery derailment near a Northern Ontario community is adding to concerns that federal rail-safety regulations — brought into effect after the 2013 tragedy in Lac-Mégantic — do not go far enough in addressing the dangers of shipping crude oil by rail. The accident, which occurred early Saturday morning, marks the second time in less than a month that a Canadian National Railway train carrying crude oil has derailed and caught fire near the community of Gogama, ON.
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Hume: Toronto's killing streets as deadly as ever
Toronto Star
It doesn't matter that you die, only how you die. If, for example, 22 seniors were murdered on the streets of the GTA during a single year, there would be outrage across the land. But when that many pedestrian seniors are killed by cars, as was the case in 2013, we wring our hands and carry on.
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2030: How 4 smart cities are gearing up for the future
Mashable
While the future (as a whole) is very much unwritten, the future of what our urban centers will look like is less uncertain. We can assume, to a degree, that they'll become more crowded and, as a result, more prone to delays as time goes on; 75 per cent of the world's population, in fact, is expected to reside in cities by 2050, putting more stress on already overburdened urban infrastructure and public transportation systems.
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Liberals eyeing prompt payment legislation amid Pan Am dispute
Our Windsor
A dispute at the Hamilton Pan Am soccer stadium with subcontractors saying they are not getting paid highlights the potential need for prompt payment legislation, Ontario's Infrastructure Minister Brad Duguid says. Four subcontractors have filed property liens against the $145 million stadium claiming general contracting consortium Ontario Sports Solutions owes them more than $2 million in unpaid overtime and services rendered.
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RCMP searches offices of OPP union, three senior members take leave
Global News
Three senior members of the union representing Ontario Provincial Police officers have taken voluntary leave of absences days after the RCMP searched their offices as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, according to a statement from the union.
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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.

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Brampton mayor supports downtown LRT route
Toronto Star
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.

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Government employees in Ontario paid 11.5 per cent more than comparable private-sector workers
Fraser Institute
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.

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Niagara in-camera meeting illegal
Niagara Falls Review
The Ontario ombudsman has ruled a closed-door meeting by Niagara Falls council in 2013 to discuss a proposed university campus in the city's downtown core was illegal. "My investigation established that the discussion of the 'downtown university' item should not have happened during a closed session; it was therefore an illegal meeting," Ombudsman Andre Marin wrote in a report.
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Lambton Mayors push for funding
Lakshore Advance
A team of Lambton County mayors are joining forces to advocate for changes around provincial funding. "Rural municipalities have been hit hard by changes to provincial funding formulae in recent years," said Kevin Marriott, the Mayor of Enniskillen Township in a press release.
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Cycling report card gives Kitchener a 'C'
The Record
The City of Kitchener earned a "C" grade in the first report card issued by the cycling advisory committee. "In short, we found that key areas of our cycling policies, programs and infrastructure are lagging," the report said.
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How to help a coworker who is going through a crisis
Fast Company
When bad things happen to good coworkers, it's often difficult to know what to do or say. Death, illness, or a major loss or personal tragedy can be tricky subjects, especially in the workplace. Do you mention it, or just ignore the situation?
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Cancelling 1-on-1 meetings destroys your productivity
HBR
We all can agree that we have too many meetings. From the one-off event to the weekly check-in with an employee, meetings are taking an increasing amount of time in our daily work. But removing meetings from your calendar isn't always the best way to take back your time.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


AMCTO Releases ODRAP Submission

Last week AMCTO put forward its submission on the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP), which included 5 recommendations to improve the delivery and consistency of this program. You can read the submission here.
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Province Proposing New Changes to Development Charges

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Ted McMeekin announced last week a set of proposed changes to the Development Charges Act and the Planning Act designed to allow municipalities to use revenue from development charges to fund transit, and give citizens greater input into new property developments. Learn more here, or read statements from AMO and MFOA.
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Attorney General Considering New Online POA Dispute System

Ontario's Attorney General is consulting with stakeholders on a new system that would shift the process for paying or contesting Provincial Offences Act violations and charges online. Click here to read more about these changes, review the consultation paper, or learn about how to submit comments.
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Bill 31 Being Considered by Legislative Committee

Bill 31, the Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act (Making Ontario's Roads Safer), has passed its second reading in the legislature and is currently being considered by the Standing Committee on General Government. Amongst other things Bill 31 would give municipalities new tools to collect unpaid fines from Provincial Offences Act violations. Learn more about the hearings here, or a read a copy of the bill here.
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New Report on Service Delivery in Aging Communities

The Institute for Research on Public Policy has released a new report, authored by Trent University professor Harry Kitchen, which looks at financing municipal services for older citizens in aging communities. Read the report here.
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2013 Ice Storm After Action Report Released

Last week the Ontario Office for Emergency Management released its after-action report on the 2013 Ice Storm, detailing a number of lessons-learned to help the province improve the way it responds to future extreme weather events. Find the report here.
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