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Ottawa Emergency & Protective Services GM honoured with AMCTO Prestige Award
AMCTO
Susan Jones, CMO, General Manager, Emergency & Protective Services for the City of Ottawa, is the recipient of the 2014 Prestige Award from AMCTO (the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario). Ms. Jones was presented with the Award at AMCTO's 76th Annual Conference held in Niagara Falls, Ontario. AMCTO is the largest municipal professional association in Ontario.
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Middlesex Centre CAO named new AMCTO President
AMCTO
Michelle Smibert, CMO, Chief Administrative Officer of the Municipality of Middlesex Centre, was sworn in as President of AMCTO (the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario) during the Closing Ceremonies of the Association's 76th Annual Conference held in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Founded in 1938, AMCTO is Ontario's largest municipal professional association, and the leading professional development organization for administrative and management staff in municipal government.
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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's new cabinet unveiled
Toronto Star
There are eight women and four first-time ministers in Premier Kathleen Wynne's new cabinet as she charts a course for a majority government that has four years to slay a deficit now pegged at $12.5 billion. Rookies are getting responsibility for high-profile election promises, with Vaughan MPP Steven Del Duca in charge of Ontario's $29 billion transportation rebuild — including $15 billion in the GTHA — and Mitzie Hunter of Scarborough-Guildwood serving as associate finance minister shepherding the fledgling Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.
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Mississauga moves to cut off residents making frivolous complaints
Inside Halton
If you live in Mississauga and have "municipal squirrels" nibbling on your window panes or a nearby rooster waking you up at dawn, don't bother complaining to your councillor. Those were just two of the many "frivolous and vexatious" complaints from residents that city councillors say are eating away their time, exhausting staff and costing taxpayers.
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Ontario election sees highest number of declined ballots since 1975
Toronto Star
More than 31,000 voters in Ontario dismissed their political choices at the polls and chose to officially forfeit their right to vote in the provincial election. Elections Ontario says unofficial results show 31,399 voters opted to decline their ballots — the highest amount since 1975. The agency says it also counted 22,687 rejected ballots and 12,059 unmarked ballots from the election.
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Ontario Ombudsman: Ontario government mistake shortchanged hundreds of families
Toronto Star
Hundreds of families were shortchanged more than $845,000 in a screw-up by provincial government office responsible for distributing support payments from ex-spouses, Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin says. Marin's annual report details a costly "communication breakdown" between the family responsibility office and the Ontario Disability Support social assistance program over several years.
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Toronto's cycling plan: One pedal forward, one back
Toronto Star
Less than 10 kilometres. That's the total length of new bike lanes that were planned to be painted in 2014. But with an election less than five months away and the year half over, they have yet to be approved. Part of that plan is adding lanes to Harbord St. and Hoskin Ave. and approving a pilot project for Richmond and Adelaide Sts. Together those new lanes, totaling nearly seven kilometres, are the most action downtown lanes have seen in the past four years.
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Heated debate over Thornhill Woods condo plan expected to surface ahead of meeting
CTV News
Tension is rising ahead of a meeting on the proposal by a Muslim group to turn a plot of land into a housing complex north of Toronto. The development debate brings religious and cultural concerns to the surface, as the divided community considers a plan that would bring two condo towers and dozens of townhouses to the low-density neighbourhood.
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Air force hiring foreign pilots to fly front-line jets
Toronto Star
Canada's air force has been hiring foreign pilots to fly its front-line transport aircraft, maritime patrol planes and fighter jets, citing an inability to recruit Canadians to fill seats in the military cockpits. As debate rages about temporary foreign workers allowed into Canada to fill jobs in sectors like the service industry, it turns out that the Canadian Armed Forces has also gone abroad to fill its own labour needs.
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Caledon officials lobbied for Canadian Tire facility before public was consulted, documents show
Toronto Star
The town of Caledon lobbied the province to approve a massive distribution hub in a residential area more than a year before any public consultation about the controversial plan, according to documents obtained by the Star. An email about the Canadian Tire facility now under construction was sent by a staffer in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to other staff, dated December 1, 2011.
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Ontario building code should require 'backup power for a longer period of time' in new buildings
Canadian Underwriter
The Province of Ontario should consider changing to building code to require more backup electrical power than is currently required, while the City of Toronto should work with the local electrical utility to increase guidelines on the clearance between tree canopies and electricity distribution cables, a review panel suggests.
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Safety regulator: Doubling nuclear waste site won't boost risk
Metro News
Doubling the size of a proposed nuclear waste site near Kincardine is not likely to harm the environment, says staff of Canada's nuclear safety regulator. Hearings are already under way before a federal review panel on a proposal by Ontario Power Generation to excavate a disposal site for 200,000 cubic metres of low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste near Kincardine.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Ontario's New Provincial Government
AMCTO
The Legislature is set to return on July 2nd with a Throne Speech and re-introduction of the Budget Bill. With a new Liberal majority; the Premier all but confirmed on election night that the Liberal government would introduce the same Budget as they had before the election. For more information on what implications this may have for Ontario's municipal sector, please refer to AMO's review of the May 2014 Budget.

On June 24, the Premier is expected to confirm her new Cabinet which it is anticipated to see some shuffling of portfolios. Of note, it is expected that Ted McMeekin will become the new Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing.

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Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans
AMCTO
Under O. Reg. 397/11 (Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans), broader public sector (BPS) organizations including Municipalities are required to submit their annual energy consumption reports to the Ministry of Energy by July 1, 2014. Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Plans for BPS organizations must also be completed and publicly posted by July 1, 2014.

In late April, the Ministry of Energy e-mailed each municipality their username and link to the reporting portal. Please check your e-mail (including your junk mail folder). If you have not received your log-in information, please email BPSSupport@ontario.ca immediately. For more information, please click here.

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Hamilton police want better protection for their horses and dogs
CBC News
The six-feet-tall horses that patrol the streets of Hamilton have always been head turners. But think twice before you want to get too personal with one. You could soon face a bylaw ticket and a $250 fine. Hamilton is one of the first cities in the region to consider a unique bylaw that would allow police officers to issue a $250 ticket to someone who interferes with police animals, such as horses and dogs.

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Mississauga parking restriction during prayer hours discriminates against Muslims, rights complaint says
National Post
Two men say a parking restriction in the City of Mississauga that's in effect during prayer services discriminates against Muslims and they're asking the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to back their claim. Salman Khalid, 32, is an emergency physician at a hospital about half an hour from the ISNA Canada Centre, a mosque he and his family have always attended in Mississauga, west of Toronto. In May 2012, he was given a ticket for parking on nearby Finfar Court rather than the mosques parking lot, while attending prayer services.

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Mixed reviews on proposed regional development fee bylaw
The Record
Increase rates, don't offer exemptions, give more exemptions — Region of Waterloo councillors heard varying advice at a public meeting on a proposed development charge bylaw. Resident Uwe Kretschmann argued proposed exemptions for industrial development amount to bonusing and won't attract jobs. "Manufacturers locate in the region because of, among other things, proximity to markets and transportation corridor, an educated labour force and a sound infrastructure," he said.

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