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Former Aurora mayor sues town for a quarter million
Toronto Star
The Town of Aurora has voted to meet former mayor Phyllis Morris in court. Morris is suing the town for $250,000 in damages plus legal costs, alleging officials didn't tell her when they terminated funding for a $6 million defamation suit that began before she lost the 2010 election.
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Proposed bylaw would ding retailers for abandoned shopping carts
Ottawa Citizen
Retailers would be charged as much as $130 for every abandoned shopping cart collected by city staff under a proposed bylaw that cracks down on the urban blight. The new regulations would be applied to 10 urban wards within the greenbelt and could be implemented as early as November if approved by city council.
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Hastings County, OPSEU going to mediation
Intelligencer
Hastings County and the union representing 180 of its workers will hold mediation talks soon. Officials with the county and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 496 said they're hopeful they'll reach a deal — but they're also making plans in case of a strike.
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Doug Ford: Mayor Rob Ford could get police protection
Toronto Star
Mayor Rob Ford could get police protection at public events, his brother said. "The chief has said very clearly, from the day I got down here, that there's a whole department that takes care of dignitaries that come into our city, be it the premier, the prime minister or the mayor," Councillor Doug Ford told reporters. Rob Ford himself was noncommittal. Two days after he allegedly had a drink thrown at him and one day after he said "it's time" to accept security, he offered only a joke to a CBC reporter who asked him about his plans.
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Environmental group calls for warning labels on gas pumps
The Record
"Warning: The gasoline you're pumping into your car contributes to smog which may cause asthma and other respiratory problems among children." That warning is one of several messages the environmental not-for-profit organization Our Horizonwants to see attached to gas pumps across the country. Representatives of Our Horizon visited Waterloo Region on Thursday, hoping to get regional officials on board with efforts to make gas-pump warning labels mandatory locally.
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Pedestrian-friendly core blueprint rolls out in London, ON
London Free Press
The future of downtown London is largely car-free. That's the essence of a proposed blueprint for the core's growth, the so-called downtown master plan, that will be debated this week by council's planning committee. Built around six key ideas designed to shape downtown for decades to come, the plan — three years in the making — is heavy on proposals that would ease the emphasis on vehicles and open up core streets to pedestrians.
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Report: Licensing needed for Thunder Bay taxis
CBC News
A report that says Thunder Bay's taxi fares are higher than the provincial average — and wait times are the highest in Ontario — will go under the microscope at the Police Services board meeting. The independent report — commissioned by the board as part of an extensive review of taxi service in the city — recommends some significant changes to Thunder Bay's taxi bylaw.
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Should you put off kindergarten for your child?
Toronto Star
In Ontario, children are eligible for junior kindergarten the year they turn 4, though they aren't required by law to attend. They are required to be in Grade 1 the year they turn six, unless special arrangements are made with their school to hold off. Statistics for how many families hold their kids back an extra year in Ontario aren't available, but Patrick Keyes, superintendent of student success for the Toronto Catholic District School Board, said it's still relatively rare.
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Ontario's proposed Waste Reduction Act
Ontario.ca
Ontario's proposed Waste Reduction Act would transform waste diversion by making individual producers responsible and environmentally accountable for recycling the goods they sell. Recycling protects our environment, conserves resources and landfill capacity, and leads to new investment, new recycling factories, new jobs and new Ontario-made products.

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Ontario to double nursing home inspectors
CBC News
Ontario's Liberal government is promising to double the number of long-term care home inspectors. The move comes after repeated safety violations at care homes and revelations by the opposition that thorough, annual inspections were not happening despite government promises.

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Bar, restaurant patios next on the no-smoking chopping block?
Northern Life
A report on banning smoking on all city property is calling for broad community consultation to be held first, with the results to be included in a final report that would go to city council for a final decision. The report would also include a range of options for new smoking restrictions, which would extend a ban passed in the spring that outlawed smoking in city parks and playing fields. City councillors asked for the report after extending the ban to parks and playing fields.

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E-mails reveal Prichard's role in Ontario gas-plant talks
The Globe and Mail
A trusted adviser to the Ontario government played a prominent role in crafting a $275 million settlement to scuttle an unpopular power plant in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga. Robert Prichard, a politically connected Bay Street lawyer, led talks to compensate the company building the plant and also negotiated an accord with a group of hedge-fund lenders to the project, according to internal government e-mails.
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Kitchener cycling advocates call for 'one-metre rule'
The Record
Cycling advocates are hoping this city will be the first in Canada to have a bylaw that requires drivers to keep at least one metre away from cyclists. In the coming months, the city's head of sustainable transportation will review all of the city's bylaws with a view to making the streets more bicycle friendly.
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 AMCTO Special Announcements


AMCTO names new President
AMCTO
Cahl Pominville, AMCT, Director of Corporate Services for North Grenville, has been named AMCTO President for the 2013-2014 term.
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AMCTO Prestige Award
AMCTO
Jack Watson, CMO, Clerk for the City of Timmins, receives AMCTO Prestige Award at the 75th Annual AMCTO Conference.
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Local Government Week 2013
AMCTO
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing has identified Oct. 20-26, 2013 as Local Government Week. Click on the link below to access fun and educational activities, resources and games to help schools and municipalities teach children and youth about the key role municipal governments play in their everyday lives.
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