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Ontario court drops half of 22 charges against UberX drivers
The Globe and Mail
An Ontario court has dropped half of the 22 charges facing a group of UberX drivers in Toronto, saying there is no reasonable prospect of conviction. In March, Toronto Police conducted a week-long undercover sting on unlicensed taxicabs, resulting in charges against 11 UberX drivers. But recently, the prosecutor dropped one of the two charges facing each of the drivers — the charge that prohibits operating a "commercial motor vehicle" without commercial license.
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Fiorito: City says it had no alternative to ticketing weed-pulling senior
Toronto Star
Charles Nemeth was sitting with some friends at a picnic table near the bocce courts in a corner of Eglinton Flats Park, just north of Eglinton, west of Jane. The park is the size of France. Charles, as you recall, was given a ticket last year for weeding without a permit. The fine was $350. Who knew that pulling weeds was an offence? Charles has not paid his fine. He will not pay. Nor should he pay. Alas, in the manner of these things, the amount he "owes" has ballooned to $444.
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Jeffrey says council opponents to LRT plan don't trust staff
Brampton Guardian
Mayor Linda Jeffrey said recently that a lack of trust between some councillors and staff threatens to derail the future of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in this city. "The bulk of individuals on council who have reservations about this (don't trust) the information being given by staff," said Jeffrey who led a town hall discussion organized by Lab-B at 60 Queen St. E.
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Federal infrastructure fund spending favoured Conservative ridings
The Globe and Mail
A federal infrastructure fund aimed at fixing up arenas and community centres was spent disproportionately in ridings represented by Conservative MPs, a Globe and Mail analysis shows, as the governing Tories prepare to roll out a nearly identical fund in the months before the fall election. Ridings that elected Conservative members of Parliament in 2011 received, on average, 48 per cent more money from the $150-million Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund than ridings that elected opposition MPs, a Globe tally of more than 1,600 projects across Canada shows.
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Ontario pledges $5 million to winter maintenance after scathing auditor general report
Toronto Star
Motorists will see more salt spreaders and faster action from plows as the province tries to improve winter road maintenance after a damning report from Ontario's auditor general found more weather-related traffic deaths. Another $5 million has been set aside for the upgrade, which will include more de-icing liquids on roads and highways before storms hit and more roadside weather stations so crews can be alerted to changing conditions, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said.
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Peel council turns to province for help with Caledon's development controversy
Metro News
With allegations of a conflict in a $9.4 million land deal swirling against Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson and questions about how the town is planning its future growth, Peel Region council has taken the drastic measure of calling in the province to investigate and recommend solutions. Now, some members are saying the recent 14-9 decision to ask for a provincial facilitator, led by councillors representing Brampton and Mississauga, could mark the end of Peel Region.
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Ontario debt-settlement services face new regulations
Toronto Star
Trustee Doug Hoyes says unscrupulous companies that were taking advantage of borrowers in trouble have already closed up shop in anticipation of the new rules. However, he says the new regulations set up a possible conflict of interest for collection agencies that will also be able to offer debt settlement services. "It certainly opens the door for a different form of collection activity," said Hoyes, co-founder of bankruptcy trustee firm Hoyes, Michalos & Associates Inc.
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Ottawa taxi driver unlicensed at time of vulgar outburst
CBC News
An Ottawa taxi driver caught on video in the midst of an expletive-laden rant after being asked to move his cab for an ambulance was unlicensed at the time of the outburst, the city confirmed. The driver's taxi license had expired at the end of April and he was ineligible to drive his Capital Taxi cab on June 10, the day his vulgar outburst was captured on film in front of the Rideau Centre, said Philip Powell, the city's program manager for licensing, permits and markets.
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Get rid of unhealthy competition on your team
HBR
"Look to your left, look to your right: One of you won't be here next year." This intimidating line was immortalized as a greeting for incoming students at Harvard Law School in the classic movie, The Paper Chase. The explicit (and intended) message is that hard work is needed to be successful here. The implicit (and perhaps unintended) message is that your success occurs when others fail. In a competition, others must lose if you are to win, and so it's natural to withhold information that might help others, or to fail to provide help when help may be needed.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Winter Highway Maintenance Action Plan Released

The province has released a new Action Plan for improving winter road conditions in 2015-2016. The strategy was released following a scathing Auditor General's report released earlier this year. Learn more here.
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Deadline for Municipalities to Comment on MA/MCIA Reviews Extended

The deadline for municipalities to submit feedback for reviews of the Municipal Act and Municipal Conflict of Interest Act has been extended until October 31st. Find out more about these reviews here.
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New Regional Consultations on Infrastructure to Begin in July

The province is beginning a new round of consultations on local priorities for infrastructure, beginning in July. Learn more about these consultations, including a full list of dates and locations here.
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2015 Municipal Water Priorities Report Released

The Canadian Water Network’s Canadian Municipal Water Consortium (CMWC) has released its second annual report on the water priorities of municipalities. Read the report here.
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Seniors Community Grant Program Funding Doubles

The pool of funding for the Seniors Community Grant Program is doubling from $1 to $2 million for 2015. Find out more here.
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Ontario Youth Action Plan

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services has announced new funding of $55 million over the next three years for an upgraded Youth Action Plan. Learn more about the plan here.
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