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Queen's Park Bill 53 could put the brakes on Uber in Ontario
Metro News
Toronto's taxicab industry is being hamstrung by the past, and extorted by the future. The licensing and standards committee is slated to reconsider a host of industry reforms which council implemented just last year. Meanwhile, UberX drivers continue to operate in the city without the necessary municipal license, flying in the face of municipal bylaws, in spite of, or unaware of, the fact they are breaching Ontario's Highway Traffic Act.
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Saunders pledges more community input on carding
Toronto Star
Mark Saunders, the first black leader of the largest municipal police service in Canada, says he wants to continue community discussions about the controversial issue of carding, poised to be the most political and divisive challenge he will take on in the first days of his tenure. Saunders, a 32-year Toronto police veteran, was officially named the next Toronto chief of police at a news conference at Toronto police headquarters Monday, flanked by Toronto Mayor John Tory (open John Tory's policard) and Toronto Police Services Board chair, Alok Mukherjee.
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Beer to be sold in up to 450 supermarkets
Toronto Star
Premier Kathleen Wynne is playing Santa Claus for Ontario beer drinkers with the sale of six-packs in Ontario supermarkets beginning this Christmas. Beer will eventually be sold in 450 of the province's 1,500 grocery stores — everywhere from Loblaws to smaller independent markets — with Ontarians continuing to enjoy Canada's lowest average prices.
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Burlington taking airpark to court for breaking bylaw
The Hamilton Spectator
The city is going after the Burlington Airpark for violating its site alteration bylaw. After two court rulings upholding the legality of the topsoil preservation and site alteration bylaw in dealing with the airpark, the city is taking the business to court to compel it to comply.
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Ontario to ban menthol cigarettes. Why not Ottawa?
The Globe and Mail
Ontario and Nova Scotia are expected to make history soon by becoming the first jurisdiction in Canada to ban menthol-flavoured tobacco products. It might not seem like big news in the land where cigarettes are already concealed behind panels in convenience stores and smoking is banned in cars carrying children, on patios and in parks, but this is a huge deal. It's also decades overdue.
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Ontario electricity prices going up this summer
CBC News
Electricity rates are going up in Ontario starting May 1, as it will cost more than twice as much for electricity during peak demand periods than off-peak times. The price for peak periods will be 16.1 cents per kilowatt hour, compared with 8 cents for off-peak hours on weekdays from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and all day on weekends and holidays.
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Ontario willing to fund Mississauga-Brampton LRT without federal help
The Globe and Mail
The province is willing to put up the full cost of building a light rail line in Mississauga and Brampton, The Globe and Mail has learned, a commitment that would appear to push far into the future any chance of a relief subway line in downtown Toronto. ‎The regional transit agency Metrolinx will announce on Tuesday it is moving ahead on the suburban LRT project, the cost of which has been pegged at $1.6 billion.
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Ontario increasing GO Transit service along all corridors
Ontario.ca
Through its Moving Ontario Forward plan, the government is investing in improvements across the GO Transit network to increase transit ridership, reduce travel times, manage congestion, connect people to jobs, and improve the economy. Funding through Moving Ontario Forward will also be used to build priority rapid transit projects that will connect to GO Transit and other systems across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).
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No, that meeting could not have been an email
HBR
There's a lot that happens in a meeting that can't be replaced with a digital memo. A long-standing maxim on communication has it that only 7 per cent of information communicated in person is verbal — the actual words that could be conveyed in an email. The remaining 93 per cent are contextual elements like non-verbal cues, tone of voice, context, and feedback.
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The business impact of authentic leadership
Entrepreneur
Workplace diversity is a top goal for companies of all sizes today. Research shows that enterprises which include people of both genders and of multiple generations, cultures and physical abilities increase their productivity, improve the effectiveness of their employee teams and better their bottom line. A more diverse workforce clearly equals rewards.
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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 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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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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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Time to Fix the Voters' List

AMCTO is pleased to release a position paper, calling for a new approach to creating the voters' list for municipal elections in Ontario. You can find the position paper here.
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Budget Week in Ontario

This week both the federal and provincial government's will be releasing their budgets, on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. For more information on what to look for in these budgets, see pre-budget submissions by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Association of Municipalities in Ontario (AMO).
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Supreme Court Decision

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled last week that a municipality in Quebec could no longer maintain its practice of beginning Council sessions with a prayer. Learn more about this court case here, or read the full decision.
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Province Announces New Connecting Links Program

In an attempt to help municipalities across the province pay for the construction and repair of connections between municipal roads and provincial highways, the province has pledged $15 million for a new Connecting Links Program. Find out more here.
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Premier's Panel on Government Assets Releases Report

The Premier's panel on government assets released its report last week, and the government confirmed that it would be accepting the panel's recommendations. Amongst the implications for the municipal sector, the province has announced an additional $2.6 billion will be allocated to the Moving Ontario Forward Plan to fund infrastructure and transit projects. Find out more here.
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Ministry Announces New Consultation on Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has announced a new consultation on Ontario's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy. You can find out more here.
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VQA Wine Sales Webinar

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is offering a new webinar on Wednesday April 29th from 10:30-11:30, designed to help representatives from VQA wineries, framers' markets and municipalities. Anyone interested in participating can locate the webinar here, and is encouraged to RSVP with farmersmarkets@agco.ca.
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