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Complete Streets Guidelines developing in Toronto
Net News Ledger
The City of Toronto is developing Complete Streets Guidelines that will provide a holistic approach to how streets in Toronto are designed. "Developing a complete streets approach will help the City balance the many competing demands on its rights-of-way," said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. "Having guidelines on complete streets will streamline and consolidate our approach to road design, ultimately creating better street-design decisions."
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Ray Tanguay to be named new auto industry czar
The Windsor Star
The federal and Ontario governments will soon announce the appointment of former Toyota executive Ray Tanguay as the auto industry czar who will lead the effort to draw auto plants and jobs to Canada, according to an industry source. The announcement will be made jointly at Toronto's Ryerson University by Brad Duguid, Ontario economic development minister, and his federal counterpart James Moore. Don Walker, chair of the Canadian Automotive Partnership Council and CEO of auto parts giant Magna International, also will attend.
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Ontario first in North America to restrict pesticides blamed for bee decline
The Globe and Mail
The Ontario government has unveiled North America's first agricultural restrictions on a widely used class of pesticides blamed for the decline in bees and other pollinators. The controversial regulations aimed at reducing use of neonicotinoid insecticides made by Bayer AG and Syngenta AG by 80 per cent within two years goes into effect on July 1.
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New Ontario law promises to make roads safer for cyclists
CBC News
The Ontario government passed new legislation recently aimed at making roads safer. Along with tougher fines for distracted driving and driving under the influence, the law also focuses on making roads safer for cyclists. Fines and demerit point deductions will increase for drivers who "door" cyclists — when someone in a parked car opens their door without checking, and hits a passing cyclist.
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Ontario legislature to add more MPPs in 2018 election
Huffington Post Canada
Ontario will get 15 additional members of the provincial legislature after the 2018 election because of its growing population. Government sources say Premier Kathleen Wynne will announce plans to match federal riding boundary changes, except in northern Ontario where the Liberals want to maintain one additional provincial seat.
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John Tory calls for full stop to carding, citing 'eroded public trust'
Toronto Star
Mayor John Tory (open John Tory's policard) is calling for a "permanent cancellation" of carding after realizing the police board’s recent "incremental" reforms to the controversial practice didn't go far enough to alleviate its "toxic" impact. "I will now say that while I thought that the new policy was a step forward in terms of where we really were, which was with this policy in place but no procedure — I think in terms of the reaction that’s taken place in the community at large, people didn't see it that way," said Tory in an interview.
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Provincial action on accessibility draws mixed reviews
Toronto Star
Advocates for Ontarians with disabilities are praising the government's plan to crack down on businesses that flout provincial accessibility laws. And they welcome new pilot projects to encourage businesses to hire people with disabilities, announced in a 10-year action plan recently by Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid.
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Read the declassified CSIS report on the threats posed by the Freeman on the Land movement
National Post
The Freeman on the Land are a "sovereign citizen" movement that's anti-authority, anti-police and anti-government. The FBI have classified the Freeman on the Land a terrorist organization, and officials on this side of the border have expressed concern as well. A declassified 2012 CSIS report into right-wing and left-wing domestic terror threats in Canada highlighted the Freeman on the Land as a possible threat in Canada.
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Uber and taxi drivers answer questions about ride sharing and its future in Toronto
Toronto Sun
It's been called a collision between Toronto's traditional taxi industry and the future of global transportation services. And the conflict between the City of Toronto, its cab companies, and ride-sharing service Uber, made its way into a courtroom recently. The City has asked Ontario's Superior Court for an injunction which would block Uber from operating, saying the company is violating its bylaw and licensing structure.
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'We are at risk of turning into a surveillance society': Alok Mukherjee
Toronto Star
Travelling on the streetcar recently, I noticed that my fellow passenger was reading the newspaper report on the statement issued the day before by a group of prominent Torontonians who came together to call for an end to police carding. They called the practice discriminatory and socially corrosive. The man said, "You are Dr. Mukherjee, chair of the police board." I said yes, and we had a brief conversation.
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7 strategies to salvage your worst job interview
Fast Company
You've researched the company, worked your contacts, and finally landed that big interview for your dream job. And it's not going well. In fact, you're sinking fast. While you can't stand up and demand a do-over, there are a few tactics you can employ both during and after the interview to try to turn it around. Try these six strategies to try and salvage the exchange.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


AMCTO Releases the Results of its 2014 Post Election Survey

AMCTO has released the results of its post-2014 Election Survey. Find the survey results here.
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Province Reviewing Municipal Act and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act

The province has announced its intention to review the Municipal Act and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. Find out more about these reviews here.
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Bill 31 Set to Become Law

Bill 31, the Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act (2015) passed its third reading in the legislature and received Royal Assent last week. Amongst other things, Bill 31 will give municipalities some new tools to collect unpaid fines from Provincial Offences Act violations.
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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 work experience) currently working in public service at all three levels of government. Click here to complete the survey.
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Legislature Rises for its Summer Break

The Ontario Legislature rose for its summer break last week, after passing 11 bills during its spring sitting. You can find a full list of all the new legislation passed since February here.
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FCM Releases 2015 Election Roadmap

The Federation for Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has released its 2015 roadmap for the federal election, outlining a series of local government priorities. Learn more here.
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Government Introduces New Provincial Election Reform

The Premier has announced a series of reforms to provincial elections, including proposals to increase in the number of ridings to 122, shift of the election date from fall to spring and strengthen current rules on third-party advertising. Find out more here.
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Two New Accessibility Initiatives

Last week the province announced two new accessibility initiatives, including a new accessibility action plan, and an accessibility certification program.
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AGCO Webinar on Alcohol Service At Festivals and Large Events

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is offering a new webinar on how to conduct the sale and service of alcohol during special events. Find out more here.
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Integrity Commissioner of Ontario Releases Annual Report

The Office of the Ontario Integrity Commissioner has released its 2014-2015 annual report. You can find it here.
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