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Toronto mayor lashes out at critics, tells Ontario premier to 'straighten up' her act
The Province
Toronto's mayor was in fighting form recently, taking every opportunity to throw punches at his critics while making no direct mention on his weekly radio show of the drug use allegations that have been dogging him for days. Rob Ford's appearance on NewsTalk 1010 remained true to his strategy of curtailing comment on the scandal that has now plagued him for more than a fortnight ever since two publications reported on an alleged video that shows the mayor smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.
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New wireless code sets caps on roaming charges, data
CTV News
Cellphone customers will be able to walk away from their contracts after two years without any early-cancellation penalties under a set of new rules unveiled by the CRTC. But the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission didn't go as far as an outright ban on the controversial three-year contracts that are so widely hated by many Canadians.
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Survey: Most Canadians are satisfied with municipal governments
The Province
The vast majority of Canadians are satisfied with their municipal governments, but many citizens also feel alienated and disengaged from city hall, found a new Vision Critical survey. The online survey found 71 per cent of Canadians are satisfied with their municipal government — a higher satisfaction rating than for the provincial or federal governments.
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Ontario set to comply with WTO energy ruling
ICTSD
The Canadian province of Ontario will comply with the ruling by the World Trade Organization to change its controversial Green Energy Act, Bob Chiarelli, the province's energy minister said. The revised legislation is expected to be implemented by early next year. The existing feed-in tariff (FIT) programme requires participating electricity generators to source up to 60 per cent of their equipment in Ontario if they wish to be eligible for generous subsidies.
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Ontario Premier fires back at Flaherty over national transit strategy
The Globe and Mail
A battle between federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is exposing a gulf between the two levels of government on one of the most serious problems facing the nation's largest city. Mr. Flaherty intervened in Ontario's transit expansion plans, shutting down the possibility of a special sales tax in the Toronto area to fund new subways, light-rail lines and commuter trains.
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MPP: Hospital pharmacies also operating without regular Ontario College of Pharmacists inspections
Toronto Star
New oversight measures introduced in the wake of an unprecedented chemotherapy error have failed to address one of the largest gaps in Ontario's drug supply chain. Since Cancer Care Ontario revealed in early April that more than 1,200 adults and children received weaker-than-prescribed doses of intravenous chemotherapy, government officials have scrambled to empower the Ontario College of Pharmacists to begin inspecting companies that mix and sell cancer drugs to Ontario hospitals.
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High Ontario power rates blamed for deterring investment
CBC News
A growing number of Ontario mayors and manufacturers say the province's energy prices and infrastructure are bad for business. According to the Association of Major Power Consumers of Ontario, industrial customers pay approximately $85 per megawatt hour in Ontario when all components of the price of electricity is included.
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Could three-year degrees be coming to Ontario colleges?
CTV News
At a meeting with the presidents of Ontario's colleges, Premier Kathleen Wynne reportedly agreed to look into establishing three-year degree programs. Dr. Howard Rundle, president of Fanshawe College, was among the representatives from the province's 24 colleges who met with the premier. In a statement, Rundle said "Employers are increasingly seeking people with a combination of a post-secondary degree and career-specific skills and qualifications."
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Photo radar won't be reintroduced in Ontario, but red-light cameras, 911 surcharge still on table
National Post
Finance Minister Charles Sousa says the governing Liberals won't reintroduce photo radar in Ontario. It was among the proposals the government was looking at to generate revenue without raising taxes. The suggestions also include expanding red-light cameras and a surcharge of up to 75 cents for 911 services on monthly phone bills.
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Ontario Lieutenant Governor the Honourable, David C. Onley, ON, to Attend 75th Anniversary AMCTO Conference
AMCTO
Helping to honour the significant milestone of AMCTO's 75th year, Ontario's Lieutenant Governor the Honourable David C. Onley, will attend the Conference Gala Dinner on Tuesday, June 11 as the Special Guest of Honour.

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Ontario helps social enterprises create jobs and strengthen communities
Ontario.ca
The Ontario government is launching the country's first microloan fund to help social enterprises — businesses that have a positive social, cultural, or environmental impact while generating revenue — create more jobs and strengthen local communities. The province has partnered with the Centre for Social Innovation, TD Bank Group, Microsoft Canada, Alterna Savings, KPMG and Social Capital Partners to launch the Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund.

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Report: Fees, fundraising increase gap between Ontario's schools
CTV News
Education advocates say there's still a big difference between what's offered at wealthier and poorer public schools — and that it can affect students' chances in the future. The annual report by People For Education says the average family income at a school influences students' access to gifted and French immersion programs, extracurricular activities and even some academic courses.

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Ontario taxpayers hit with $81 million tab for scrapping horse-racing slots
The Globe and Mail
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation is giving $81-million to horse-racing tracks as compensation for the provincial government's controversial scrapping of the slots revenue-sharing program. The cancellation last year caused outrage among horse breeders and the rest of the racing community, and among many rural Ontarians — a group the minority Liberal government can ill afford to alienate.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


OPPI seeking non-member for council
AMCTO
AMCTO is sharing this message on behalf of our partners at the Ontario Professional Planners Institute to encourage fellow municipal professionals to consider this call-out from OPPI. Click here to read more.
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