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Is Toronto's condo boom causing too much density?
Toronto Star
Predrag Kalinic only partly jokes when he says that every time he gets stuck on the Gardiner Expressway, he sees condo dwellers "just three metres away, eating, drinking and making love" in their suites. "I don't know what those people were thinking buying those condos," the independent cabbie says, adding that tourists laugh when they peer into their glass cubbies.
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Rural municipalities fight wind farms with high fees
Toronto Star
Two rural Ontario municipalities are putting expensive new hurdles in front of wind farms in their communities. Councils in Bluewater, on the Lake Huron shoreline, and West Grey, about 165 kilometres northwest of Toronto, have passed bylaws squeezing more money from prospective wind developments.
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Cities get another round of infrastructure money
CBC News
Canadian municipalities can expect another round of infrastructure funding from the federal government, with the budget expanding the list of potential projects cities can consider. The Community Improvement Fund will set aside $21.8 billion over 10 years from gas tax fund payments, beginning in 2014-15.
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  Scytl Canada Modernizes Elections

Scytl Canada, renowned for pioneering internet voting nationally, is evolving to better serve the needs of elections officials. Scytl expands its suite of election modernization tools, providing voters with greater access to information about elections, polling places, and so much more. These solutions have been deployed worldwide in over 1400 jurisdictions.

Ontario budget 2013: Liberals hope to avoid election by reaching deal with opposition before budget day
Toronto Star
Finance Minister Charles Sousa hopes to have a budget deal in place with the opposition to avert an election before he introduces the minority Liberals' spending plan. In contrast to last year, Sousa and Premier Kathleen Wynne are conducting negotiations on the provincial budget prior to it being tabled not after.
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Proposed bylaw changes concern agricultural community
Inside Halton
Milton's agricultural community banded together at Milton Council Chambers to voice their concerns about the future of farming and what place it will have in Halton as the population swells and more land is developed. A number of farmers, including Milton grains and oil seed farmer Peter Lambrick, Burt Andrews of Andrews' Scenic Acres and chicken farmer John Opsteen, spoke at the public meeting, which was held during council's administration and planning standing committee to discuss the final draft of proposed zoning bylaw changes.
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Police Chief Bill Blair reads the riot act to rank-and-file police officers
The Globe and Mail
Still smarting from a string of bad-news stories that have surfaced in recent weeks, Toronto's rank-and-file police officers have been read the riot act by Police Chief Bill Blair, who has dispatched a scathing rebuke about "totally unacceptable" behaviour.
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CN sells Oakville-Burlington, ON, line segment to Metrolinx for GO Transit commuter rail service
CN today closed the sale of a segment of rail line principally used by GO Transit commuter trains in the Oakville-Burlington, ON, area west of Toronto to Metrolinx for $52.5 million. Metrolinx is the Province of Ontario's regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). GO Transit, a division of Metrolinx, is Ontario's inter-regional public transit system linking Toronto with the surrounding regions of the GTHA.
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    Brampton monster homeowner files appeal (The Toronto Star)
Ontario Tories want public-sector retirement ages raised, pensions reformed (The Globe and Mail)
Renting out a private parking spot in Toronto is illegal (The Toronto Star)

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Ottawa police to hold information night to recruit female officers
Ottawa Citizen
The Ottawa Police Services recruiting section will be reaching out to potential female recruits in April by hosting an information night exclusively for women interested in a law enforcement career. The information session will be held on Apr. 4 from 6 pm until 9 pm at 101 Centrepointe Dr. Any women who attend the session are encouraged to bring a résumé.
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Ontario premier to investigate online game showing bombing of pipeline
The Globe and Mail
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she will look into an online game partly paid for and promoted by a taxpayer-funded broadcaster that shows the bombing of a gas pipeline. A blog post supporting the game appeared on the website of TV Ontario. It also provides a link to the game, called Pipe Trouble, and offers a free trial.
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Compulsory flu shots for health workers called 'premature'
CBC News
A better flu vaccine is needed before mandating the shots for health care workers, two Canadian infection disease experts argue. Drs. Michael Gardam and Camille Lemieux from the Infection Prevention and Control Unit at Toronto's University Health said despite the increasing push for mandatory vaccination of health care workers in Canada, a recent review of the medical literature indicated influenza vaccines offer about 60 per cent protection in healthy adults, which the journal called mediocre.
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Cemetery bylaw not etched in stone
Brantford Expositor
The family of Byung Soon Choi won't be forced — despite an earlier attempt by some Brant County councillors — to remove Korean characters from the back of his headstone in the St. George Cemetery. Neither will the family of Ruben Seguin have to remove a maple sugar bush scene etched on the back of a headstone in the Burford Cemetery, attesting to a generations-long passion for maple syrup making.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates

Federal Government Budget tabled
On March 21st, the Honourable Jim Flaherty tabled the Federal Government's Budget. Click here to read more.
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Peterborough's nuclear industry aims for new deals in the U.K.
The Peterborough Examiner
Two members of the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation are heading to England next week to generate interest in the city's nuclear industry. Dan Taylor, GPAEDC president, crosses the pond recently with Danielle Deal, who works in investment attraction and job creation for the organization.

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Police vehicles can now control traffic lights
North Bay Nugget
North Bay Fire and Emergency Services' ability to control traffic lights is only going to get better. And now city police will also get the green light. The North Bay Police Service will outfit its emergency vehicles with GPS Pre-Emption technology as it replaces its fleet over the next couple years, while the fire department will upgrades its system.

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Election robocalls need new regulations, panel advises
CBC News
A report for Elections Canada obtained exclusively by CBC News calls for new laws to crack down on federal political parties making misleading and fraudulent phone calls to voters during election campaigns. The report comes on the heels of news stories that Elections Canada is recommending charges be laid in connection with automated phone calls — so-called robocalls — to voters in Guelph, ON, on election day 2011, deliberately directing them to wrong polling stations.

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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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April 14-16 Ontario Municipal Taxation and Revenue Association (OMTRA) Spring Training Workshop Collingwood
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April 16-19 Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) Forum Collingwood
April 17-19 Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association (OMHRA) Spring Workshop Kingston
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April 24-26 NOMA Conference Thunder Bay
May 10 AMCTO Municipal Leaders Forum Mississauga
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