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Is it illegal to warn other drivers about a speed trap?
The Globe and Mail
Driving east, you flash your headlights to warn westbound motorists that police are toting radar guns in a speed trap. You may believe you're doing the right thing by alerting fellow drivers to speed traps, as a matter of unwritten road etiquette. But suddenly, a police officer is flagging down your car, and you are issued a ticket for flashing high beams.
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Kathleen Wynne worries how South Korea trade deal will hit Ontario
Toronto Star
Premier Kathleen Wynne is warning the trade deal Prime Minister Stephen Harper is signing with South Korea could be a double-edged sword for Ontario. With Harper in Seoul to sign the historic accord Tuesday, Wynne said the free-trade pact with South Korea could help some Ontario industries but is risky for the key provincial auto sector.
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Kelly McParland: Ontario's expanded ombudsman bill would give fox access to more henhouses
National Post
Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin is good enough at his job that former premier Dalton McGuinty's government moved heaven and earth to try and get rid of him. Rather than rubber-stamp Marin for a second term when his first five-year appointment expired in 2010, McGuinty's Liberals launched a dirty tricks campaign, first inviting applications for a replacement candidate, then leaking personal smears of Marin in hopes of undercutting him.
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Bill regulating unpaid internships passes first reading at Queen's Park
The Varsity
Recently, Jonah Schein, MPP for Davenport and NDP GTA Issues Critic, introduced legislation that would provide unpaid interns with a range of greater legal protection. The proposed legislation would extend the provisions of the Employment Standards Act (ESA) to interns, giving them the same legal rights regarding working hours and conditions enjoyed by paid workers.
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Pembina Institute: Ontario Conservatives' transit plan costs more, offers less
Toronto Star
The Ontario Progressive Conservatives' proposal to build subways and move light rapid transit completely underground would provide a fraction of the transit capacity already planned as part of Metrolinx's Big Move while costing taxpayers billions more, according to an analysis by the Pembina Institute. The report says it would cost $12.5 billion to build the 22 kilometres of new subway that were part of a Conservative proposal released in December.
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As medical pot laws change, workplace must cope
Toronto Star
More of your coworkers may soon be regular marijuana users as the law about how people get the drug for health reasons is eased. As of April 1, Canadians who need the drug to control pain will only need a doctor's prescription, instead of a license from Health Canada. What this will eventually mean, according to Health Canada, is that the country's legal marijuana supply industry could grow by 10-fold in the next decade.
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Public Health: Kill patio smoking
Guelph Mercury
The results of a comprehensive survey are clear, and now Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is recommending the city of Guelph develop and implement a comprehensive smoke-free outdoor spaces bylaw. Public Health has submitted a report to the city which includes the results of the 2013 Smoke-Free Outdoor Spaces Survey conducted by the agency in November. In total, 902 residents of the city responded.
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Support builds for Wynne's Ontario Pension Plan
Ottawa Citizen
The federal Conservatives' unwillingness to work with the provinces to find ways to enhance the retirement security of Canadians has been a disappointment, says Ontario's premier. "We're very disappointed with the federal government in its unilateral decision to shut down discussions on enhancing the Canada Pension Plan," Kathleen Wynne said during part of her one-day visit to Ottawa.
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Usage-based insurance promises rate relief for Ontario drivers
Toronto Star
Ontario's insurance companies say they can lower your car insurance rates by an average of 12 per cent, but the provincial regulator is being slow in approving the technology that would allow them to do it. GTA drivers pay the highest car insurance rates in Canada, with an average cost per car of $1,500 a year.
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5 blocks, 3 tickets, and 1 angry couple
Global News
A couple from Ontario is furious after receiving three traffic tickets — two for the same offence — within minutes of one another while they were trying to visit an exhibition at the Olympic Stadium. Montreal lawyer Eric Sutton didn't put much stock in the idea the couple was being harassed for being Ontarian. However, he said, they may have a right to bring a civil claim against the police department if they can prove they were singled out.
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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


AMCTO Statement — Proposed New Municipal Accountability Measures
AMCTO
AMCTO provided a statement on last week's announcement by Premier Kathleen Wynne on adding provincial oversight to Ontario's municipalities. Click here to see AMCTO's statement.
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Joint and Several Liability
AMCTO
The issue of Joint and Several Liability continues to gain momentum as the legislature supports a motion calling for reforms on the issue of joint and several liability. Seeing a resolution passed will be a real success story for this multi-year municipal campaign for reform. With it now capturing the attention of the Legislature, AMO has called upon municipalities and partners to consider the endorsement of a more detailed legislative solution. For more information, please see the latest AMO announcement.

AMCTO is working on articulating its position for the "Combined Model" approach.

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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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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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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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