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Didn't pay that speeding ticket? Soon the fine will be added to your property tax bill
MSN News
Even the most artful dodger will find it tough to avoid paying traffic tickets with a new pilot project in place that allows municipalities to collect unpaid Provincial Offences Act fines through property tax bills in other cities. Mississauga will soon join Toronto, Ottawa and three smaller municipalities in the reciprocal 18-month project aimed at recouping some of their combined $1 billion in outstanding POA fines, most of which are for offences such as speeding, not wearing seat belts, careless driving and not having insurance.
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Cash-for-jewelry bylaws to be reviewed by Toronto city staff
CBC News
Toronto city staff will take a look at ways to tighten the bylaws for cash-for-gold stores. Councillor Josh Cole has asked the city's municipal licensing and standards committee to look into the issue. He says an unprecedented number of gold-buying stores are popping up in his north Toronto ward and it's time for a review.
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Guelph report: Keep driving instructors off select Guelph streets
Guelph Mercury
A report by city staff suggests banning driving instructors from driving on 23 different streets in neighbourhoods near Guelph's Drive Test centre, after residents complained about the excessive traffic created by their cars rolling up and down the same few roads. The report also asks council to compel driving instructors operating in Guelph to purchase municipal business licenses, keep a valid Ontario driving instructor license, clearly mark their vehicles and possess valid and sufficient insurance coverage.
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Bill aims to repeal Ontario's eco-fees
Waste & Recycling News
Proposed legislation introduced to the Ontario Legislature would remove controversial point-of-sale stewardship fees for recyclable products like electronics and tires. Jim Bradley, Ontario's Minister of the Environment, introduced the Waste Reduction Act 2013, designed to replace the province's 2002 version of the law. The bill is intended to protect consumers from surprise eco-fees and improve accountability in waste diversion.
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Highway billboards now allowed in Ontario's cottage country
The Globe and Mail
There was a time when billboards were banned from the 400-series highways. This was when the province took this seriously and obtained court orders forcing the removal of signs that were off the highway right-of-way but still visible to drivers. Now the rules have changed and cheap little billboards are spreading like weeds in some of the most beautiful parts of the province.
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Mac's urges Ontario to allow alcohol sales in corner stores
CBC News
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa isn't shutting the door to selling alcohol in convenience stores — a move the governing Liberals have long opposed. Asked repeatedly whether he'd allow convenience stores to sell booze, Sousa wouldn't rule it out. He said there are no plans to change the structure of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario — one of the largest purchasers and retailers of alcohol in the world — which turned over $1.65 billion to the province last year.
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NHL says Markham got incorrect info and league hasn't endorsed arena promoter
Toronto Star
Markham council received inaccurate information in a secret meeting that bolstered the credibility of the controversial promoter of its $325 million proposed arena and chances of an NHL franchise, according to the league. Minutes of a private council meeting show councillors saw documents of a "confidential nature" and other reports, including one from Mayor Frank Scarpitti that upheld the business integrity of promoter Graeme Roustan.

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Toronto sounds alarm on $750 million public housing repair backlog
Toronto Star
Toronto's $751 million public housing repair bill, coupled with the pending loss of $161 million in annual social housing funding from Ottawa, is pushing the city to the brink, says the chair of the city's affordable housing committee. "We're at the cliff," said Councillor Ana Bailao. "We have a huge need to build more (affordable housing)," she said in an interview.

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Eastern Ontario communities struggle with police costs
CBC News
The rising cost of policing is hitting smaller eastern Ontario municipalities particularly hard, with mayors joining together to fight it. Hawkesbury's contract with the Ontario Provincial Police is expected to top $4 million this year, which would take up 43 per cent of its incoming property taxes. That's more than double what the town paid a decade ago.

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Ontario First Nations battling OLG over $35 million
Toronto Star
Ontario First Nations are locked into a multimillion-dollar dispute with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. The native collective has laid claim to two pots of gambling proceeds from a former Casino Rama deal totalling $35 million, but neither the OLG nor the province is feeling generous. The provincial gaming agency doesn't want to talk about the two-year-old dispute.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


OMERS Representation for Management/Non-Union members
AMCTO
In light of statements made by Mr. Tony Dean in his January 2013 report to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and subsequent information received from others, AMCTO, the City of Toronto Administrative Professional Supervisory Association (COTAPSA) and the Ontario Association of School Board Officials (OASBO) have begun to explore the feasibility of establishing a formal member-based organization that would have the "representative legitimacy" required by the Sponsors Corporation.Provided that it could be demonstrated that this organization has been given the authority by its members to speak on their behalf on OMERS issues and has a sufficient number of members (i.e. at least 10,000), we believe that the current criteria set out in the Sponsors Corporation by-laws for determining representation on the Boards of Directors would be met.
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AMCTO's Legislative Express
AMCTO
The AMCTO's Legislative Express is a monthly update that goes out across the municipal sector that identifies and discusses key legislative matters impacting the sector. A few of the items covered this month include:

Renewable Energy Changes Aimed at Municipalities
Introduction of the Waste Reduction Act
CETA Looms for Ontario Municipalities

To access these updates and several others, please view the June edition of the AMCTO Legislative Express.

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Inviting AMCTO Executive Diploma in Municipal Management Expressions of Interest
AMCTO
The AMCTO Executive Diploma in Municipal Management (EDMM) is the most comprehensive career development program designed specifically for today's municipal managers. This dynamic learning experience will provide you with practical tools to help develop and hone your leadership skills and advance in your career. AMCTO is now collecting Expressions of Interest in this program, with the aim of offering program cohorts in Mississauga or Napanee, starting in Fall 2013. Your Expression of Interest allows AMCTO to move one step closer to offering the Executive Diploma in your area.

To send in your Expression of Interest, please click here.

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 Municipal Career Opportunities

Township of Blandford-Blenheim - Director of Finance

County of Brant - Transportation Engineer

Town of Grand Valley - Deputy-Treasurer

Township of Oro-Medonte - Operations Technologist

City of Kawartha Lakes - Supervisor of Public Works




 Upcoming Municipal Events

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Aug. 18 - Aug 23 AMO Conference Ottawa, ON
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