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Brampton councillors shocked by list of contracts that broke rules
Toronto Star
The City of Brampton has broken its own rules for purchasing and procuring goods or services 302 times since 2007. In total, $4,627,027 worth of contracts violated the city's own bylaws going back seven years, according to city documents. In one case, an $854,000 job in 2013 to renovate offices inside city hall was handed to a company without any competitive bidding.
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Mississauga puts restrictions on clotheslines use
CityNews
A new bylaw approved in Mississauga will limit how residents use clotheslines on their property. According to a published report, Mississauga is now one of the few Canadian municipalities that regulates how clotheslines can be used. Montreal also has similar regulations.
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Kathleen Wynne says full-steam ahead with Ontario pension plan
Toronto Star
Ontario is forging ahead with its own provincial pension plan regardless of whether there is "a change of heart" — or government — in Ottawa, says Premier Kathleen Wynne. With Prime Minister Stephen Harper's refusal to enhance Canada Pension Plan benefits, Wynne said the new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan must be implemented.
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Ontario looks at restricting pesticide that may play role in death of honey bees
The Hamilton Spectator
Ontario is looking at restricting the use of a pesticide that may pose a risk to honey bees, rather than banning it temporarily as recommended by a government-appointed panel. The governing Liberals say they'll start consultations on a potential system where permits would be required to use plant seeds treated with neonicotinoids.
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James: Journalists should take a stand against Rob Ford's bullying behaviour
Toronto Star
And Rob Ford brings out the worst in us. How else to explain the malodorous decision that saw the mayor allow only a hand-picked list of reporters to his first news conference since entering rehab for alcohol and drug abuse. Instead of refusing to be part of the odious infomercial (Ford did not take questions following his confession-cum-campaign-speech), the chosen reporters dutifully filed into the mayor's office — some of them tweeting out excuses for the mayor's mean-spirited censure.
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Still putting your garbage bags at the curb?
Windsorite
A new rule requires residents to place all garbage bags in a hard-sided container both when storing bags on property, and when putting garbage out for collection. Officials are using this month to educate residents about the new changes. "No tickets were issued," says Albidone. "We will not be referring non-compliant stops to our by-law enforcement department until August."
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How a shirtless jogger got frustration with Ford off his chest
The Globe and Mail
Other people heckled Rob Ford when he appeared at a parade in east-end Toronto, but Joe Killoran forever gained fame as the "shirtless jogger" who chewed out the mayor on Canada Day. A high-school teacher, Mr. Killoran said his action wasn't planned, though. Because his words struck a chord with a segment of Toronto voters, Mr. Killoran — initially dubbed the "topless jogger" by a clever headline writer at the Global News website — quickly became a minor Internet celebrity, praised in some quarters for his frank talk.
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How new laws are about to change your privacy
The Globe and Mail
Are your Facebook posts and Tweets private? Can government officials read them? Gather them? What can companies do with your private information, and should they tell you if they lose your data? Ottawa is in the latest round of its long-simmering debate over privacy rights, one pitting advocates against government and major corporations that collect and monitor data around the clock.
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Controversial taxi app steers into Mississauga
Brampton Guardian
Uber, the smartphone app that allows users to hail a taxi in more than 100 cities, is expanding into Mississauga, just a month ahead of its first court appearance for a number of alleged bylaw infractions in Toronto. The company's Toronto general manager, Ian Black, told the Toronto Star that Uber decided to cover Canada's sixth-largest city because Mississaugans are "chronically underserved" by current options.
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Ontario debt rating outlook cut to negative by Moody's
Financial Post
Moody's credit rating agency changed the outlook on Ontario's debt rating to negative from stable, citing concerns about the province's ability to eliminate a $12.5 billion deficit by 2017-18 as scheduled. "After several years of weak to moderate economic growth, and higher than previously anticipated deficits projected for the next two years, the province is facing a greater challenge to return to balanced outcomes than previously anticipated," Moody's Investors Service said in a statement.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Ontario's Speech from the Throne
AMCTO
On July 3rd, Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley (a friend of AMCTO) delivered his final throne speech which outlined Premier Kathleen Wynne's priorities for her new majority government over the coming legislative session. A series of priorities were cited with job creation and economic development topping that list. Furthermore, as was expected the Premier plans to re-introduce the 2014 Budget that triggered the election in the Spring.

For more information on the priorities outlined, please visit AMO's website.

AMCTO also anticipates the re-introduction of many previously sponsored Bills including the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act that AMCTO had previously outlined its concerns with back in early March.

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Minister Raitt announces New Rail and Dangerous Goods Requirements
AMCTO
The new measures, which the Minister highlighted as part of her call with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities earlier today, introduce amendments under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act; the Railway Safety Management System Regulations; and the Transportation Information Regulations. Key changes include:

• Requiring 35 provincially regulated railway and light-rail companies operating on federal track to develop and implement Safety Management Systems;
• Formalizing new DOT-111 tank car standards that will require thicker steel walls and other reinforcements to reduce the risk of spills on impact; and
• Improving data reporting requirements for railways, requiring them to proactively identify and address safety risks before accidents happen.

For more information, please click here.

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Mayers: Ontario Liberals to renew push for lower car insurance
Toronto Star
An energized Liberal government with a strong mandate will mean lower car insurance costs for Ontario's nine million drivers, says provincial finance minister Charles Sousa. The Mississauga South MPP is promising that as Queen's Park gets back to business, a full slate of promises made in the April budget, but stopped dead by the election, can now come back to life.

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Provinces keep Ottawa in the dark on foreign workers violations
The Globe and Mail
For employers of temporary foreign workers, there is supposed to be a price for breaking provincial labour laws: blacklisting from the federal program that allows businesses to hire outside the country. In reality, the flow of information on wayward employers is scant between provinces and the federal government. Ontario, one of the largest users of temporary foreign workers (TFWs), doesn't have an information-sharing deal with Employment and Social Development Canada.

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Winemaker wins bitter court battle over Ontario icewine
Toronto Star
A hairdresser turned winemaker has won a precedent-setting court case that restricts the power of the agency regulating Ontario's wine industry. Joseph DeMaria, a former Toronto resident who makes icewine in the Niagara Peninsula, beat back attempts by Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario to strip his icewine of the certification the agency had given it.

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