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Ontario bars want to sell takeout beer
Toronto Star
The people who own restaurants, bars and pubs in Ontario have an idea to give consumers another option to buy beer — so-called "off sales" from their establishments. The industry group Restaurants Canada says six provinces, including Quebec and British Columbia, already allow restaurants and bars to sell beer for home consumption as part of their liquor licenses.
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Why have Ontario ratepayers coughed up $11.5 billion to service a residual stranded debt of $7.8 billion?
National Post
A decision 16 years ago to divide Ontario Hydro into several different companies resulted in a new charge that's still on all electricity bills and a multibillion-dollar debt that critics warn will keep driving up rates for years to come. The residual stranded debt stems from the 1999 breakup of the province's giant electrical utility, which had $38.1 billion in debt, mostly from building nuclear plants in the 1970s and '80s.
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Ontario spending $25 million on cycling plans
The Record
The provincial government says it's moving ahead with a $25-million investment over three years to create a more cycling-friendly Ontario. The plan includes $15 million for cycling routes that provide connections on provincial highways, such as paved highway shoulders and barriers on bridges that separate cyclists from vehicles.
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Undercover police sting targets UberX drivers
Metro News
While the City of Toronto and Uber square off in court over bylaws, the police have opened a second front in the battle against the popular taxi app with an undercover sting to catch UberX drivers operating without a commercial license or insurance. Dubbed "Operation Snowball," police charged 11 UberX drivers over a three-day period in early March on stretches of Weston Rd. and Jane St. in the city's northwest corner.
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Ontario plans cap-and-trade on greenhouse gas emissions
The Globe and Mail
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is preparing to bring in a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions, an ambitious move that could amount to the nation's single largest salvo in the battle against global warming. The new system would be linked with Quebec and California's current cap-and-trade program, government and industry sources said, creating a carbon market of 61 million people and covering more than 60 per cent of Canada's population.
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Mayor sets record straight on city's request to federal government: City asking for leeway in criteria to fund convention component only
City of Thunder Bay
In response to Minister Greg Rickford's comments that the City should have known its request for Federal funding would be denied, following is a statement from Mayor Keith Hobbs: "First and foremost, we wish to acknowledge that Minister Rickford works extremely hard for Thunder Bay and the entire Region of Northwestern Ontario."
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Cohn: How Ontario can climb out of its economic trap
Toronto Star
With a spring budget looming, it is the best of economic times. It is the worst of budgetary times. That's not Dickens — it's the dismal science of economics talking. By one account, Ontario's economy is bouncing back this year and destined to outpace the country through 2016: Exports are surging, the economy is growing, unemployment is dropping.
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Ontario moves to speed up process for closing schools
The Globe and Mail
The Ontario government is speeding up the process for closing schools, as part of a crackdown on publicly funded boards with too many classrooms sitting empty. Several boards are grappling with declining enrolment across Ontario, where about 600 schools, or one in eight, are less than half full, according to the Education Ministry.
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Report: Public-private partnerships key for big projects like Spadina subway
Toronto Star
A new economic report supports Premier Kathleen Wynne and others who suggest Toronto could benefit from more public-private partnerships (P3s) on big construction projects like the Spadina subway extension and Union Station. Both are running late and over-budget.

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Mayor John Tory backs ranked ballots for next election
Metro News
Mayor John Tory has opened the door to big change in the way Torontonians choose their city representatives, throwing his support behind ranked ballots in the next civic election. Tory said, for the first time, that he backs ranked ballots, assuming the Ontario government delivers on Premier Kathleen Wynne's directive to make that option available. A new system has the potential to significantly shake up who gets elected in the city.

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Toronto, Peel trustees out of office after failing to file campaign expenses
Toronto Star
Two public school board trustees — one in Toronto and another in Peel — failed to file their election expenses in time and will be forced out of office. David Smith, who represents Ward 19, Scarborough Centre, and Harkirat Singh, who represents two Brampton wards, both failed to meet the firm deadline under the Municipal Elections Act.

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How to overcome burnout and stay motivated
HBR
Even if you love your job, it's common to feel burnt out from time to time. Perhaps you just wrapped up a big project and are having trouble mustering motivation for the next one. It could be that your home life is taking up more of your energy than usual. Or maybe you're just bored. What's the best way to recharge? Are some forms of rejuvenation better than others? How do you know if what you're feeling is ordinary burnout or something else, like chronic dissatisfaction?
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Why innovative leadership is nonnegotiable for every business
Forbes
There is a fundamental question all organizations should be asking which is, "How can we stay in business forever?" In reality, there are only a select number of companies that approach their business offerings with this lens. There is good reason for that. Here's why. We must think about how organizations are structured. Organizations solve for ways to increase revenue and enhance profit margins.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


FCM Releases 2015 Federal Pre-budget Submission

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has released its 2015 pre-budget submission. FCM is recommending that the federal government increase its investment in infrastructure, public transit, and affordable housing, and commit to ensuring access to clean water across the country. Read the full submission here.
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Province Commits New Money to Combat Homelessness

The province has committed to provide municipalities with $587 million as part of its Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI). This funding is consistent with commitments the government made in its 2014 budget. Find out more here.
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Update on Bill 31

Bill 31, the Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act (Making Ontario's Roads Safer) has passed through the Standing Committee on General Government with only one minor amendment. The bill, which amongst other things would provide municipalities with stronger tools to collect unpaid POA offences, will now be presented to the legislature for a third and final reading.
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