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Ontario puts up $55 million for apprenticeship programs
Toronto Star
The skilled trades will get a boost from $55 million in new funding designed to get more Ontarians onto job sites. Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement recently at the Ironworkers union training centre on Kipling Ave. "When we invest in people... we're investing in our economy," she said.
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Ontario Bill 40 could 'widen production insurance coverage'
Canadian Underwriter
A bill currently before the Ontario legislature has "the potential to add to Ontario farmers' options to manage risk and losses due to weather, pests, and disease," an articling student for Miller Thomson LLP wrote in an article on the Lexology website. On March 11, Ontario MPPs voted to send Bill 40, the Agriculture Insurance Act (Amending the Crop Insurance Act, 1996), to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.
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Solar company sues Ontario Power Authority for $9 million
Toronto Star
An Ottawa company that participated in a provincial program helping homeowners and farmers develop renewable energy projects is suing the Ontario Power Authority for $9 million, claiming it lost hundreds of customers and was forced to lay off all its employees after the OPA retroactively reduced fees paid out under the plan. The claim, which the province disputes, relates to the government's microFIT program, an ongoing initiative introduced by Ontario's Energy Ministry in 2009.
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Ontario awards $1.2 billion contract to build provincially-owned stretch of Highway 407
National Post
Ontario has awarded a $1.2 billion contract for the completion of Highway 407 East, a provincially owned portion of the toll road. Blackbird Infrastructure has signed a deal with the government to design, build, finance and maintain the final phase of the project. The province will set, regulate and collect tolls, which it says will be lower than on the privately owned 407 ETR, and the funds will be used for infrastructure and transit.
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Ontario to deliver budget April 23
The Globe and Mail
The Ontario Liberal government will deliver its budget on April 23, just two days after the federal Conservative government table theirs. Finance Minister Charles Sousa announced the budget date Tuesday morning at an event at Ryerson University's Digital Media Zone. The government is projecting a deficit of $10.9 billion for 2014-15, down from the $12.5 billion originally projected.‎ It has promised to balance the books by 2017-18.
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Ontario still has prostitution law concerns
The Hamilton Spectator
A review by Ontario's attorney general may have concluded that Canada's new prostitution law is constitutional, but it hasn't "entirely" alleviated Premier Kathleen Wynne's concerns about how it affects sex-trade workers. After the federal law came into effect in December, the premier said she had a "grave concern" that it would not make sex workers safer and asked the attorney general to do a constitutional review. Senior staff in the attorney general's office found no clear unconstitutionality with the law, though Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur would not divulge the reasoning.
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Study: Ontario drivers may have overpaid billions of dollars in auto insurance
CTV News
Ontario drivers may have overpaid billions of dollars in insurance because a profit benchmark for the industry is set way too high by Ontario's regulator, a new study has found. Consumers likely overpaid by $3 to $4 billion between 2001 and 2013 — $840 million in 2013 alone — according to the Schulich School of Business study commissioned by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.
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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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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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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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Reinventing performance management
HBR
At Deloitte we're redesigning our performance management system. This may not surprise you. Like many other companies, we realize that our current process for evaluating the work of our people — and then training them, promoting them, and paying them accordingly — is increasingly out of step with our objectives.
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Good leaders aren't afraid to be nice
HBR
It only took me about three seconds to decide what to wear on the first day in my new gig as strategy director at Genuine Interactive, a digital marketing agency (jeans and a wrinkled linen shirt, duh). Deciding what books to take was a bit trickier. In the end, I decided to bring only one: The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World with Kindness by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval. Sure, the niceness principles in Chapter 1 are great, but what's most intriguing about the book — especially for a strategy leader — is Chapter 8: Shut Up and Listen.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


New Local Poverty Reduction Fund

As part of its poverty reduction strategy, the government has announced a new poverty reduction fund. With $50 million in funding the Local Poverty Reduction Fund will provide grants to "grassroots community partners" to support innovative local solutions. Find out more here.
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Premier Announces Members of Community Hubs Advisory Group

The Premier has announced the nine members who will serve on the government's Community Hub Advisory Group, alongside Karen Pitre, the Premier's Special Advisory on Community Hubs. Find out more about the members of the Premier's advisory group here.
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New Transportation Program Will Attempt to Improve Transportation for Youth, Seniors and Persons Living With Disabilities

The government is pilot testing the Community Transportation Pilot Grant Program, designed to provide more accessible transit for persons living with disabilities, seniors, and youth. As part of the pilot, 11 municipalities received a $100,000 grant to figure out ways for local government, community organizations and transit providers to work together to offer transportation to more locations for a larger group of people. Find out more here.
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Government Announces New Cap and Trade System

The government has announced a new cap and trade system for controlling green house gases, ending months of speculation about what shape its climate change policy would take. Find out more about how the province’s cap and trade system will work here.
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