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Wynne sends lawyer's letter to Hudak
Newstalk 1010
The Premier has flexed her legal muscles in Tim Hudak's direction, getting her lawyer to send a cease-and-desist letter to him after he continued to point fingers in the gas plant email deletion scandal. The PC leader alleges she oversaw everything. These allegations have not been proven in court.
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Searing stories at residential-school hearings come to a close
The Globe and Mail
The commission delving into the sordid legacy of Canada's aboriginal residential schools was wrapping up nearly four years of public hearings, where thousands of victims recounted stories of cruelty and abuse at the hands of those entrusted with their care. The heart-breaking accounts — almost all videotaped — will now form part of a lasting record of one of the darkest chapters in the country's history.
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UN scientific panel: Global warming impact could spiral 'out of control' without drastic change in emissions
National Post
If the world doesn't cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral "out of control," the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned. And he's not alone. The Obama White House says it is taking this new report as a call for action, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying "the costs of inaction are catastrophic."
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Cornwall beefs up firefighting bylaws
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The city has beefed up its firefighting legislation in response to a review by the Ontario Fire Marshal's office. Council accepted four fire marshal recommendations. As a result, council passed four new bylaws that will make the following changes. Fire suppression (frontline firefighters) and fire prevention officers will also become bylaw enforcement officers. Suppression deals with smoke alarms, open air burning and other applicable bylaws.
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Sunshine List 2014: Ontario's list drives salaries up, not down
CBC News
The annual spring Ontario Sunshine List of public sector workers earning $100,000 a year or more might provide good water-cooler fodder about the fat cats dining out on the taxpayer's dime, but it's unlikely to have any effect on reining in those wages — and, in fact, might do just the opposite.
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Secret documents point to big-spending Ontario Liberal budget
Toronto Star
Confidential Ministry of Finance documents leaked to the Progressive Conservatives reveal‎ Finance Minister Charles Sousa‎ will table a big-spending budget on May 1. Insiders delivered to the Tories an 11-page "communication rollout”" that shows $5.7 billion in new spending in the fiscal blueprint.
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Trillium plans to resume operations on waterfront
Seaway News
It looks like construction will resume any day now at the site of a pair of controversial chemical tanks on Cornwall's waterfront. City hall said despite efforts to arrive at a solution Trillium Distribution plans to resume work at the site owned by Transport Canada at Cornwall Harbour. "I am disappointed that Trillium has chosen to not recognize the city's interim control bylaw," said Mayor Bob Kilger.
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Brampton capital-projects review frees up $80 million in unspent cash
Toronto Star
City of Brampton staff say $755 million worth of "approved, but unspent" funds for projects proved hard to keep track of after city council's direct oversight was removed in 2008. Councillors were shocked last month when a staff report revealed that $766 million (since revised to $755 million) worth of projects approved and budgeted for over the past seven years have never been completed or in many cases even started.
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 AMCTO Special Announcements


AMCTO 2014 Conference — Registration now open!
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AMCTO Conference: New Keynote Speaker — Warren Mcdonald
AMCTO
We regret to announce that Rubin "Hurricane Carter," originally scheduled as the AMCTO Conference Opening Keynote speaker, has had to withdraw from his current speaking commitments due to failing health. Our wishes go out to "The Hurricane" for strength to win this battle as he has so many other fights.

We are fortunate to announce that the inspiring Warren Mcdonald will present the opening keynote address and share his incredible story about overcoming life's obstacles and tremendous obstacles and how you can "turn challenge into change." Having lost both of his legs from a freak accident while backpacking, Macdonald not only decided that his injuries wouldn't slow him down―he decided they would propel him to new heights. Just ten months after the incident, Warren climbed Tasmania's Cradle Mountain and later summited both Mount Kilimanjaro and El Capitan.

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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


New Building Canada Fund announced
AMCTO
The New Building Canada Fund, a ten-year, $14 billion national fund first announced in the 2013 Budget, will support infrastructure over the next 10 years through:

• A $4 billion National Infrastructure Component (NIC) for national projects;
• Ontario will receive $2.7 billion of the Provincial/Territorial Infrastructure Component (PTIC) for regional and national projects
• $270 million of the PTIC will be in the Small Communities Fund (SCF) for projects located in Ontario communities with populations 100,000 and under.

For more information, please see AMO's March 28 announcement.

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Recent FONOM Press Releases
AMCTO
The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) released the following two press releases on adopted positions taken with respect to the Ontario Building Code and greater political representation from the north in the latest provincial cabinet shuffle.
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Ontario school boards that work together get funding priority
CBC News
As student enrolment declines in northern Ontario, school boards are under pressure to find ways to work together. In Markstay, just east of Sudbury, French public school students go to school in the same building as English Catholic students.

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Ottawa police target human trafficking, a $26 million industry
CBC News
Researchers and police say they are targeting a $26 million industry that's one of the most dangerous in Ottawa: human trafficking. Researcher Elise Wohlbold is studying the scope of human trafficking in Ottawa as part of the two-year long Project imPACT (PACT stands for Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in humans).

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Should Toronto ban cars on certain days based on licence plates?
Toronto Star
If you're like the majority of Torontonians, you wake up each weekday, get in your car, and slog to work through the city's traffic-laden avenues. But what if, one morning, you woke up and realized you weren't allowed to drive that day? Or at least not for a certain period of time, when the roads are busiest? You'd be required, by law, to find another way to work — be it public transit, riding a bike, or even walking — and would face a fine if you didn’t comply.

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