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Could self-healing concrete save the Gardiner?
Toronto STar
Futuristic bio-concrete that heals itself could be the savior of Toronto’s deteriorating Gardiner expressway. The revolutionary material uses bacteria and a healing agent that reacts with water to form limestone to fix its own cracks. It's been developed with decaying roads such as the Gardiner in mind.
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Term limits should also be considered for council members
The Observer
City council is expected to decide early next year whether a preferential ballot system will be used in Sarnia's next municipal election set for 2018. All 444 Ontario municipalities will be able to opt for ranked ballots in their next round of elections, the province announced as part of its ongoing review of the Municipal Elections Act.
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Judge suggests Uber fight should be at City Hall
Toronto Sun
A courtroom showdown between the City of Toronto and Uber kicked off with the presiding judge repeatedly asking whether politicians had done enough to regulate the ride-sharing service. Justice Sean Dunphy asked city lawyer Michele Wright why, if an injunction that would halt Uber's operations was a priority, had city council not updated its regulations?
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Mississauga Uber driver charged with sexual assault
The Globe and Mail
A Mississauga Uber driver is facing a charge of sexual assault after allegedly assaulting a female passenger. According to York Regional Police, the assault happened after a woman and her two friends used the ride-sharing app to arrange a pickup from a downtown Toronto nightclub.
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Hydro One in contempt of the legislature, Ontario PCs insist
Globe and Mail
Ontario's Progressive Conservative opposition is calling for Hydro One officials to be found in contempt of the legislature for allegedly trying to cover up problems with the company's billing system, which saw 100,000 customers receive faulty bills. PC House Leader Steve Clark recently said his privileges as a member of the legislature were breached and urged Speaker Dave Levac to order a further investigation into the matter.
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It's safer for cyclists to roll through stop signs: Cycle Toronto
CTV News
A Toronto-based cycling advocacy group is lobbying the Ontario government to change a provincial law to allow bikers to do an "Idaho stop," or a roll stop, on residential streets. Jared Kolb, the head of Cycle Toronto, says the city should follow in the footsteps of the northwestern U.S. state, where cyclists are allowed to treat stop signs as a yield.
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Canada slips out of top-five countries in integrating immigrants
Toronto Star
Canada has dropped out of the top five nations when it comes to integrating immigrants, due to policy changes by Ottawa that restrict family reunification and citizenship. According to the latest world ranking by a Brussels-based think tank, Canada has slipped from third to sixth place among 38 developed countries in providing migrants access to equal rights, support and opportunity.
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Mississauga signs up volunteer sign cops
Toronto Star
They take over Mississauga's pristine green streetscapes every spring — more than 25,000 of them, popping up like dandelions. Now, the city is asking residents to take up the fight against the growing blight of illegal signs. Advertising everything from duct cleaning and driving schools to wet-basement repairs, they had become so ubiquitous — along streets and sidewalks, on top of medians and even taped to stop signs — that seven years ago Mississauga passed a "nuisance signs" bylaw.
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Hamilton man sits in lawn chair for 19 days to stop Canada Post from installing mega mailbox
National Post
Henry Evans-Tenbrinke, a retired health-care worker with a Boxer dog named Albert, left his home on East 27th Street at 6:45 a.m. on May 11. Albert the dog was with him, as were three white lawn chairs, some bottled water, a wide-brimmed hat, a cellphone, a pen, a wallet, a camera and reading material, just in case Evans-Tenbrinke got bored while sitting.
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Truth and Reconciliation commission: Canada's residential schools cultural genocide
Toronto Star
The residential schools that removed Aboriginal children from their homes, subjecting many of them to substandard education, malnutrition, abuse, illness and even death was a key part of a government-led policy that amounted to cultural genocide, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission concludes. "These measures were part of a coherent policy to eliminate Aboriginal people as distinct peoples and to assimilate them into the Canadian mainstream against their will," says the 381-page summary of its final report released in Ottawa.
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How to work with people who aren't good at working with people
HBR
Twenty-five years after the term "emotional intelligence" was first introduced by academics, thousands of independent scientific studies have highlighted the importance of managing your own and others' emotions in relation to career success, job performance, entrepreneurship, and leadership. But research suggests that people with low EQ, as emotional intelligence is often called, may not realize what important skills they lack.
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4 reasons managers should spend more time on coaching
HBR
There are managers who coach and managers who don't. Leaders in the latter category are not necessarily bad managers, but they are neglecting an effective tool to develop talent. We've been researching managers who coach and what distinguishes them. What has stood out in our interviews with hundreds of managers who do coach their direct reports is their mindset.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Ministry Announces MEA Review and Ranked Balloting

At an event in Toronto, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Ted McMeekin announced a long-anticipated review of the Municipal Elections Act (MEA), and the introduction of ranked ballots for municipal elections in Ontario. Find out more about the review here.
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IPAC New Professionals Survey

The Institute for Public Administration Canada (IPAC) is conducting a survey of new professionals (5 years or less of service) currently working in public service at all three levels of government in Canada. Click here to complete the survey.
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Rural Ontario Institute Conducting Municipal Councillor Profile

With ROMA & AMCTO support, the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) is developing a profile of rural municipal councillors. This project will document demographic characteristics of councillors, barriers to candidacy and stories of successful strategies for encouraging civic engagement. To ensure a thorough report we are reaching out to Councillors, Mayors, CAOs and Clerks. To find out more or participate, click here.
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Report Says Amalgamation Did Not Achieve Cost Savings

A new report released by the Fraser Institute argues that widespread municipal amalgamations in the 1990s did not result in the promised cost-savings or efficiencies.
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Province Proposing New Legislation to Improve Employee Rights

Bill 109, the proposed Employment and Labour Statute Law Amendment Act (2015) would amend three pieces of legislation with the goal of protecting employee rights.
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New Report on Strengthening Ontario's Economy

A new report, prepared by the Mowat Centre, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO), presents policy recommendations for a federal economic agenda for Ontario.
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