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Can I legally use an Apple Watch while driving?
Globe and Mail
Smartwatches lead to dumb driving, but whether you'll get charged isn't clear. It depends on where you are and what you're doing on the watch. "It could be considered careless driving in Ontario, but right now the specific distracted driving legislation only speaks to the holding of a hand-held communication device," wrote OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt in an e-mail. "Because you are wearing it, this would be difficult to get a conviction in court."
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Quebec Premier Couillard addresses Ontario legislature, first premier to do so in over 50 years
National Post
Central Canada remains the powerhouse of Confederation, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said in an unapologetically federalist and historic speech at Queen's Park. Couillard's address marks the first time another premier has addressed the Ontario legislature since 1964, and just the tenth time a guest has addressed the assembly. In a sweeping speech that covered everything from the value of francophones to free trade with Europe to climate change, he outlined a staunch case for federalism and the power of Central Ontario.
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Uber argues licensing rules violate Charter protection
Toronto Star
Uber will argue that the City of Toronto's view that it is operating an illegal taxi and limousine service is unfounded and its licensing requirement may violate the Constitution. In a factum filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice late Friday, Uber disputes the city's argument it is a taxi or limo service because no Uber employees respond to requests for service from passengers, nor do they dispatch taxis, limousines or vehicles.
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City hall security 'fell short of expectations' during Rob Ford years
CBC News
Toronto city hall security faced "unprecedented demands" during Rob Ford's tenure as mayor and "fell short of expectations," according to the city ombudsman. Fiona Crean released her findings in a recent report, writing that security "failed to fulfil its mandate to provide equitable protection to all individuals" and did not thoroughly investigate complaints about their conduct.
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Bringing nurses north
Kenora Daily Miner and News
A provincial task force has 23 recommendations for retaining and recruiting nurses to work in rural, remote and northern communities. That can be a hard sell for people used to the urban lifestyle, says one rural nurse. Lucia Taggart has been a rural nurse for 22 years in Ontario. She said working as a nurse in a rural community has its challenges.
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Ontario driver ticketed 3 times for licence plate covers
CBC News
A GTA driver is warning other motorists after a little-known license plate law cost him over $300 in tickets. Chris Rowe said he's been ticketed by police three times because of a clear plastic cover over his license plate. Rowe's cover doesn't block the plate's characters or stickers, but it's still enough to get him stopped. "I've learned that it's illegal to have anything touching your plate, obstructing it or covering it," Rowe told CBC News.
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Ontario elementary teachers begin work-to-rule campaign, negotiations
CBC News
As elementary teachers began a work-to-rule campaign recently, the union representing them said little progress was made despite a restart of negotiations with the province. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), which represents some 76,000 teachers, said it was called back to the bargaining table by a mediator, but when it became clear the province wasn't going to back down from its demands the negotiations ended quickly.
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Sidewalk or the street? Where to ride your bike in Thunder Bay
CBC News
Thunder Bay's mobility coordinator says municipalities all over Ontario are grappling with how to regulate where cyclists of different ages can ride. Adam Krupper said in Thunder Bay, city bylaws state any bike with wheels with a diameter of more than 43 cm must be ridden on the road and not on the sidewalk.
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Alcohol sales: an imbalance between convenience and public health
Muskoka Region
Ontario has moved recently toward wider and more liberal access to alcohol. Under pressure from commercial lobbies and at the recommendation of a panel headed by former TD Bank CEO Ed Clark, the province has now announced it will bring the sale of beer into grocery stores, with the potential for wine to follow. It was a popular announcement in some quarters, but it runs counter to a trend in policies that have taken us in the direction of good health.
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How to talk about complex topics without dumbing them down
Fast Company
It's an epidemic that's affecting workplaces around the globe. We're overloaded with more information, more data points, and more variables than we can handle. We check our phones an average of 150 times every day, and one study estimates that our attention spans have shrunk by 33 per cent in just the last 15 years. Given how much information we all have to filter through, what happens when you have to communicate complex ideas?
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7 habits of people who are happy at work
Fast Company
A recent survey by the staffing firm Manpower Group discovered that nearly two-thirds of American and Canadian workers were not happy in their job. A recent Gallup survey found that close to 60 per cent of American workers were unhappy enough in their jobs to want a new career. Most of us have found ourselves in a job that was not fulfilling at some point.
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 AMCTO Special Announcements


2014 AMCTO Annual Report now posted


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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


City of Guelph Joins the Call for a New Approach to the Voters' List

The City of Guelph has joined AMCTO in calling for a new approach to the voters' list for municipal elections. Read AMCTO's position paper on the voters' list here.
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Province Unveils New Emergency Operations Centre

The province has unveiled a new Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC), which will be staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and coordinate the government's response to emergencies across the province.
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SAMS Report Released

After several months of review, the Ministry of Community and Social Services has released the results of an independent, third party review of the implementation of the province's defective provincial Social Assistance Management System (SAMS). 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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 Upcoming Municipal Events

Date Event Location
May 12-14 Municipal Waste Association Spring Workshop Deerhurst ON
May 14-15 AMCTO Licensing & Law Enforcement Forum 2015 Mississauga ON
May 20-22 Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association spring workshop Niagara on the Lake ON
May 21-23 International Conference on the Study of Canada Peterborough ON
May 27-28 21st Annual Conference on Provincial Municipal Government Liability Toronto ON
May 31 - June 3 Municipal Information Systems Association of Canada Ontario annual conference and trade show London ON
Spring - Summer 2015 AMCTO AODA 10th Anniversary Celebration Events
June 7-10 AMCTO's Annual Conference Thunder Bay ON



 Municipal Career Opportunities

Norfolk County - 2 General Manager Positions

Town of Perth - Director of Community Services

City of Niagara Falls - Project Manager

Town of Innisfil - Customer Service Representative

City of Guelph - Program Manager Open Government


 


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