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Former finance minister Jim Flaherty's death leaves a void in Conservative party
Ottawa Citizen
The outpouring of grief among MPs these past days, as Parliament Hill comes to grips with the death of one of its finest, Jim Flaherty, has been extraordinary — a moment that has brought them together in shared loss, as sometimes happens with families. For now, more unites them than separates them. For a little while the veil of partisanship and manufactured outrage falls; they are just people, who've lost a friend.
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Wynne promises $29 billion on subways, infrastructure over next 10 years
The Globe and Mail
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is promising $29 billion in new spending on subways, highways and bridges over the next 10 years in a major infrastructure-building push ahead of a possible spring election. The pledge is Ms. Wynne's biggest move so far on one of her main policy priorities, a bid to smash the ever-worsening gridlock damaging the economy and definitively put her stamp on the province.
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Mayor Rob Ford trying to keep football coaching documents secret
Toronto Star
Mayor Rob Ford is attempting to prevent the release of documents related to his being fired as a high school football coach. The Toronto Catholic District School Board decided in March to disclose the documents, but Ford was allowed the mandatory 30 days to consider an appeal to the province's information and privacy commissioner.
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Toronto committee considers giving councillors $13,628 pay raise and hiking mayor's salary to $200,013
National Post
Toronto city councillors have fallen further behind some of their Canadian counterparts when it comes to salaries, a new study has found, but a proposal to give the next term a $13,628 pay raise is unlikely to get traction in an election year. "Forget that option," said Frank Di Giorgio, the budget chief and a member of the executive committee. Councillor Michael Thompson burst out laughing at the mere suggestion.
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RCMP identifies 'viable' lead in CRA Heartbleed breach
CTV News
The RCMP says that it asked the Canada Revenue Agency to delay telling the public about 900 Social Insurance Numbers that were stolen during a breach of the agency's systems, so that it could advance its investigation into the case. In a statement, the RCMP said it was first notified by the CRA of a "malicious breach" of taxpayer data due to the Heartbleed bug.
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IT expert linked to Ontario gas-plant scandal to testify by videoconference
The Globe and Mail
The IT expert swept up in a criminal probe into the alleged destruction of government records has agreed to testify at a committee of the Ontario legislature. But Peter Faist will not be appearing in person. His lawyer, David Shiller, sent an e-mail to the clerk of the Standing Committee on Justice Policy, saying Mr. Faist is available for questioning by way of videoconference.
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Battery recycling standard in works for Ontario
Solid Waste & Recycling
Two of Ontario's largest waste management organization are working together to develop an end-of-life single-use battery recycling standard that will include definitions and a method for calculating battery recycling efficiency. Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) announced that it will be working with the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) to develop one consistent end-of-life standard for single-use batteries.
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Casino question, brand on agenda
Fort Frances Times
A public meeting will be held to consider a bylaw that, if approved, will see council include a question on the municipal election ballot this fall asking whether Fort Frances should be considered a future site for a casino. The meeting is part of the process to include the question on a ballot. If the question is included, the result of the referendum is binding if at least 50 per cent of eligible voters vote on the question — and if more than 50 per cent of those vote "yes."
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A code of conduct for St. Thomas council could soon become a reality
St. Thomas Times Journal
One of the few municipalities in Southwestern without a code of conduct, St. Thomas council hopes to nail down a policy amid a testy spat between two aldermen. While London, Woodstock, Stratford and the County of Elgin have such codes in place, St. Thomas and Sarnia are two notable cities yet to embrace such a policy.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates

New AMO Task Force on Police Modernization Advice from AMO OPP Billing Steering Committee
Building on recent dialogue on the OPP Billing Formula, AMO has recommended that a new Task Force be formed to work on the modernization of policing. This new task force will seek to be helpful in providing strategic advice to the AMO representative on the Province's Future of Policing Advisory Committee (FPAC). For more information, please see AMO's Briefing Note.
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VQA Wine Sales at Farmers' Markets Program
AMCTO wishes to notify municipalities of a recent decision (Regulatory Registry posting) by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to launch a VQA Wine Sales at Farmers' Markets Program. The program launches May 1, 2014 and to assist municipal staff, the AGCO is hosting a webinar on Wednesday April 23, 2014.

For more information, see AMCTO's Legislative Update from Friday April 11, 2014.

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Senior's Month 2014 — Municipal Proclamations
June of this year marks the 30th anniversary of Seniors' Month in Ontario. In recognizing the critical role seniors play in our communities, municipalities are being encouraged to proclaim June as Seniors' Month.

To forward your municipal proclamation to the Ontario's Seniors Secretariat, please email

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Hudak 'not backing down' after Wynne slapped Ontario PC leader with libel notice over gas plant remarks
National Post
Tory Leader Tim Hudak says he won't back down after being slapped with a libel notice from Premier Kathleen Wynne over accusations she was behind an alleged plan to destroy documents in the gas plants scandal. Mr. Hudak says the ongoing scandal over the pricey cancellation of the two plants leads directly to Ms. Wynne's office "whether she likes it or not."

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Ontario continues to beat its fiscal targets
Ontario's new deficit for 2013-14 is estimated to be $11.3 billion — a $400 million improvement compared with the 2013 budget. This marks the fifth year in a row that the province is on track for a deficit lower than forecast. The province's performance against its fiscal targets to date is the result of a responsible and balanced approach to fiscal management, and the government's commitment to ensuring value for taxpayers' money by making every dollar count.

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Parents fear mandatory police checks on school volunteers will wipe out fun fairs, pizza lunches
Toronto Star
A local parent advisory group is concerned proposed changes to school volunteering policies will wipe out countless activities, including pizza lunches, fun fairs and field trips. Members of PIAC, the TDSB's parental involvement advisory committee, worry a motion to make criminal checks mandatory for each and every school volunteer, including parents and grandparents, will make it difficult for schools to get the help they need.

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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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April 23 - 25 Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association conference Fort Frances, ON
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May 4 - 7 Ontario Water Works Association/Ontario Municipal Water Association Conference and Ontario Water Works Equipment Association Tradeshow London, ON
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May 12 - 15 Town and Gown Association of Ontario Symposium Waterloo, ON
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