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Crash leaves Toronto UberX driver confused about insurance
Toronto Star
Looking to make extra cash for a house down payment last fall, Waita Sindi became an UberX driver, using his own car to pick up and deliver strangers to their destinations around Toronto. For several months, things went well. In his spare time, Sindi used Uber's app to pair him with passengers and watched a portion of the fare flow into his bank account.
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Bureaucrats warned against removing green requirements for infrastructure projects
Ottawa Citizen
Senior bureaucrats worried last year that removing green requirements for infrastructure projects that wanted federal funds would "negatively impact Canada's ability to adapt to climate change," according to recently released documents.
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Blind River town council bails out utility that poured $25 million into Plasco Energy
Ottawa Citizen
The town council of Blind River advanced a loan of $215,324 to the North Shore Power Group so the municipally owned utility can make the first of 22 $1.1 million payments to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. on time. In 2010, the utility borrowed $49.5 million for a solar farm project that was never built. It then invested $25 million of that in Ottawa's Plasco Energy Group.
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Rough Ride: Injuries to Transit Windsor riders declining as compensation becomes harder to get
The Windsor Star
One passenger smashed his teeth on the transit bus fare box and another split his lip when he fell on the back stairs. These are just a couple of the injuries reported by riders of Windsor's public transit system in the past six years. Since 2009, more than 170 passengers have reported being hurt while using public transit, according to a database of complaints filed to Windsor's 311 service centre.
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Why Canada's 'bloated' public sector is a good thing
The Globe and Mail
Canada's small and medium-sized businesses complain that the public sector is "bloated." All I can say is, thank goodness for that. The public sector is the only one creating jobs in this harsh environment. And with unemployment spiking to 6.8 per cent, that's something Canada desperately needs.
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OPP executive fired from union, suspended from force amid criminal probe
The Globe and Mail
The Ontario Provincial Police union has fired a senior executive amid a criminal fraud probe and cancelled his appointment to the board of a major provincial pension fund. The police force has also suspended Karl Walsh and two other officers from duty over the allegations, which sparked an RCMP raid of the union's offices.

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Hydro One reacts to damning Ombudsman report
CBC News
A spokesperson for Hydro One says the utility is taking recent comments by Ontario's Ombudsman about its collection practices "to heart." In a recent report, Andre Marin didn't shy away from words like "cruel" and "deceitful" in accusing Hydro One of extortion in the way it has tried to force payment on outstanding bills.

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Sault Region source water plan approved
Sault Star
Ontario's Ministry of the Environment has approved the Sault Ste. Marie Region Source Protection Plan which will strengthen drinking water protection in the Sault Ste. Marie area.

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Brampton mayor calls anti-immigrant flyers 'attack on city's strength'
Brampton Guardian
Mayor Linda Jeffrey has denounced a new anti-immigrant flyer that was distributed by an unknown group in Brampton recently, calling it an attack on the city's strength. The flyer, titled "They'll ask you why you didn't stand on guard," was sent to approximately 1,000 homes in the downtown area of Main Street and Wellington Street West.
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Toronto ombudsman to step down after tempestuous term
The Globe and Mail
Toronto Ombudsman Fiona Crean has announced she will step down when her term ends in November, to avoid another "acrimonious debate" over her contract. Ms. Crean has had a controversial seven-year term as ombudsman, including accusations from former mayor Rob Ford of "political" investigations.
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Montreal upgrading wastewater treatment with ozone
CBC News
The City of Montreal will install an ozonization system at its Jean-R. Marcotte​ wastewater treatment plant in Rivière-des-Prairies. This project will be the the world's largest waste water treatment plant to use ozone to clean water. The city says ozone does a better job of reducing the risk of water-borne viruses and bacteria and cleansing traces of cosmetic and pharmaceutical products and industrial waste.
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Robinson: CP Rail tracks unnecessary 'dinosaur'
The Sudbury Star
The CP Rail tracks that run beside Ramsey Lake, at the end of Somerset Street off Howey Drive, served as the backdrop Sunday for an event to mark World Water Day. About 25 people attended the afternoon event organized by the Sudbury chapter of the Council of Canadians. Just before it started, a train with 110-120 cars went by just feet away from where people were gathered.
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Why your feeling of not having enough time is a lie
Fast Company
If you've ever felt that you had too much to do and not enough time to do it, you've experienced time-crunch stress—that overwhelming feeling that you're running a race that you can't finish. But your stress might not be due to the number of hours in your day — it might be coming from the drama that's playing out on your to-do list, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Marketing Research.
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Quiz: Do you know when coaching works and when it doesn't?
Harvard Business Review
Through coaching, you can lead people effectively without telling them exactly what to do and without knowing all the answers yourself. If you don't coach, you'll waste time hand-holding, and you won't learn what your team members are capable of. But not every situation calls for coaching. Take this brief quiz to see if you know when to put on your coach's hat and when to try a different approach.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Bill 73 Backgrounder

Last week AMCTO released a backgrounder on Bill 73, the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act. Bill 73 would amend the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act to give citizens and communities a greater voice in municipal planning and development, and ensure that development charges fund growth. You can find the backgrounder here.
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Premier Appoints Special Community Hubs Advisor

Premier Kathleen Wynne has appointed Karen Pitre as her Special Advisor on Community Hubs. Pitre will lead an advisory group to review provincial policies and establish a framework for using public assets as community hubs. Find out more about community hubs and the Premier's new special advisor here.
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New FCM Municipal Youth Engagement Handbook

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has released a new youth engagement handbook. Developed by FCM's 2014 Jack Layton Fellows, the handbook outlines strategies and tools that elected municipal officials and senior administrative staff can use to engage and recruit future municipal leaders. Find the handbook here.
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Ministry of Labour Proposing New Regulations for 'Suspended Access Equipment'

The Ministry of Labour is seeking feedback on new regulations being proposed to strengthen the requirements for "suspended access equipment" (window washing equipment, for example). Comments are being accepted until June 22nd, find our more here.
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