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Thousands of parents keep kids home from school in sex-ed protest
Toronto Star
Incensed at a new sex education curriculum they say will be too graphic for young sensibilities, parents of thousands of GTA elementary students kept their children home from school Monday in protest, with a thousand taking placards and chants of "We Say No!" to Premier Kathleen Wynne's riding office. In Toronto, almost 35,000 students were absent, a leap of 144 per cent over the previous week.
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MPAC should get out of the business of making voters' lists says Guelph city staff
Guelph Mercury
The city is awaiting word from the province before exploring different voting options like ranked ballots. But more than anything, it would like the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation to get out of the business of making voters' lists and let the city or another organization do it instead.
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Safe space: Cannabis vapour lounge operates within law
Ottawa Citizen
The recent launch of Ottawa's first cannabis vapour lounge has garnered plenty of attention, both positive and disproving. BuzzOn Vapour Lounge opened on April 20 on Montreal Road in Vanier and drew 25 customers a day during its week-long "soft launch." It also had visits from the Ottawa police.
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Brampton to ask Ontario for ombudsman to probe city business
The Globe and Mail
Mayor Linda Jeffrey is so concerned with potential misconduct in the day-to-day work of Brampton city staff that she, with the unanimous backing of council, will ask the province to appoint its ombudsman to investigate the way the municipality does business. Ms. Jeffrey has expressed a desire to invite André Marin to study Brampton's processes since she was elected last fall.
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Ontario law passes to let asthmatic kids carry inhalers in school
CBC News
Ontario has made it illegal for schools to keep inhalers away from kids suffering from asthma with legislation crafted following the death of a 12-year-old boy. Ryan's Law is named for Ryan Gibbons, who died Oct. 9, 2012, after suffering an asthma attack during recess. His school in Straffordville, southeast of London, did not allow him to keep his puffer with him, despite repeated efforts by his mother and a doctor's note.
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Uber Canada to apply for Toronto taxi licence
Toronto Star
After years of insisting it was merely a technology company linking drivers with riders through a smartphone app, Uber Canada says it's now willing to be licensed as a taxi company. Spokeswoman Susie Heath says the company, which has a ride-hailing app, will formally apply for a Toronto brokerage licence soon — but only for its taxi operations.
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Ontario to give power workers shares in privatized Hydro One
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's Liberal government is trying to buy labour peace before the controversial privatization of Hydro One with generous contract settlements offering power workers stock in the company, a raise and a cash payment. Tentative deals with Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One employees, both represented by the Power Workers' Union, would give employees a 3-per-cent-wage increase over three years, plus payments equal to 3 per cent of their annual salaries.
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Toronto council set for another taxi plate vote after fierce lobbying
Toronto Star
The mayor's office appears poised to buck an intense lobbying effort to undo the new way Toronto's taxis are licensed. After years of costly consultations and review, council last year introduced a licensing regime to replace Standard plates with a new Toronto Taxi Licence (TTL) meant solely for owner-operated cabs.
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Ontario approves bill to create provincial pension plan starting in 2017
CBC News
Ontario passed legislation recently to create a provincial pension plan for more than three million people who do not have a workplace pension, despite critics' warnings it amounts to a job-killing payroll tax. Workers will be required to contribute 1.9 per cent of their pay to the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, to a maximum of $1,643 a year, which employers have to match for every employee.
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 Management Resources


Handling emotional outbursts on your team
HBR
Do you have a crier on your team? You know, the one with tissue-thin skin who expresses frustration, sadness, or worry through tears. Or maybe you have a screamer, a table pounder who is aggressively invested in every decision. These kinds of emotional outbursts are not just uncomfortable; they can hijack your team, stalling productivity and limiting innovation.
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7 ways to cure your aversion to risk
Fast Company
We all have a tolerance for risk. Some of us need to build up courage to try something new, while others face fears head on, skydiving through life. The biggest risk, however, is avoiding risks altogether. Leaders cannot stay safe and let the world pass them by, says Ram Charan, author of The Attacker's Advantage: Turning Uncertainty Into Breakthrough Opportunities.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Ministry Open to 'Big Changes' in Municipal Elections

Speaking in an interview with the Toronto Star, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing indicated that the Ministry is open to significant changes to Ontario's municipal elections, including the new ranked ballot initiative and a shorter campaign period. Read the full story here.
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New AMO Report on the Future of Policing

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) released a new report last week on policing modernization, including 34 recommendations for improving the way that policing is delivered in the future. Read the report here.
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Government Seeking Feedback on Open Government Directive

The province has released a draft Open Data Directive as part its Open Government Initiative, and is seeking input from interested citizens and stakeholders. Learn more about this consultation here.
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Winter Road Maintenance Report

A new report, released by Ontario's Auditor General, found that the province's decision to privatize highway snow clearing and other winter road maintenance has led to reduced levels of service over the past few years. Read the report here.
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AMCTO Voters' List Survey

AMCTO is currently evaluating a series of options to fix the voters' list for municipal elections in Ontario and we are hoping to hear from our members and the sector on the best way forward. This brief survey, which will take between 3-5 minutes to complete, will help to inform our advocacy on this issue going forward.
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Municipal Leadership Survey

As part of a new book on local government leadership to be published in 2016 by Municipal World, AMCTO, Municipal World and Gord Hume have come together to conduct a cross-Canada survey on the opinions on elected and administrative leaders for Canada's towns and cities. We invite you to complete this survey by clicking here.
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