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Report says pension plans for Ontario hydro workers are unsustainable
CTV News
Ontario taxpayers are putting in almost $5 for every $1 employees are putting into unsustainable pension plans at Ontario's energy agencies, costs that pose a "significant risk" to electricity prices, according to a government-commissioned report. Employees at the provincial transmission utility Hydro One provided a scant 12 per cent of contributions to their pension plan, compared to 81 per cent forked over by the Crown corporation, the report found.
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Toronto Hydro submits application for five-year rate plan
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro) submitted a five-year rate application for significant investment into Toronto's aging electricity grid. The plan calls for $4 billion in funding for increased maintenance, operational support and much-needed investments into the system to replace aging assets, meet growing demand, help improve reliability and safeguard against extreme weather events.
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Ontario reaches tentative agreement with civil servants' union
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's new majority Liberal government has brokered its first deal with a major union, a bellwether for difficult labour negotiations in the months ahead. While the terms of the agreement have not yet been disclosed, observers say its details will be studied closely by other workers — teachers, jail guards, bureaucrats — whose own contracts are up for negotiation.
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Kathleen Wynne: Sharing police data should be fair, standardized
Toronto Star
Queen's Park is studying ways to standardize the system for releasing information from police background checks to avoid people's lives being destroyed by non-conviction records being shared. "I think it is very important that if background checks are going to be done that they be done in a way that is fair," Premier Kathleen Wynne told reporters after touring Ubisoft Canada, a Toronto gaming company.
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Chief Bill Blair still considering legal action after mixed messages from Doug Ford
Toronto Star
Police Chief Bill Blair is still considering legal action against Doug Ford for suggesting that he leaked information about Mayor Rob Ford being subpoenaed to testify at Alexander "Sandro" Lisi's trial as "payback." Despite mixed messages from Councillor Ford, "the chief's position hasn't changed," Blair's spokesperson Mark Pugash told the Star.
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Efforts afoot to bring head gear safety front of mind for many
Cambridge Times
Under Ontario law, anyone younger than 18 years old is required to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. The law is actually older than legislation prohibiting minors from playing the lottery or using tanning beds. It's also the least enforced, according to Patti Lehman, executive director of the Waterloo-Wellington Brain Injury Association. The reason isn't a lack of infractions. Take a walk through any local park or community space at this time of year and it doesn't take long to spot a young cyclist without proper headgear.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates

MPAC Memo — Regulation on Valuation of Billboards, Non-profit Hospices Exemption and Housekeeping Amendments
MPAC released the following memo discussing two regulations that were filed by the Ministry of Finance. This would have been sent to all municipal Clerks, Treasurers and Tax Collectors. If you have not seen it, please click here to review it for implications within your municipality.
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AMCTO LinkedIn Group
In July, AMCTO's New Professionals Networking Group created a LinkedIn Group to provide a venue for members and sector professionals to connect, share ideas and discuss municipal management issues in a space many of us already utilize. If interested, simply "request to join" and you will be added in short order.
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 Municipal Career Opportunities

City of Dryden - Treasurer

Township of Algonquin Highlands - Chief Building Official

Township of Tiny - Financial-Accounting Analyst

Town of Milton - Chief Building Official

Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley - Director of Finance-Treasurer

City seeking new ways to regulate Hamilton's E-Bike explosion
The Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton's bylaw boss is calling for an e-bike strategy as the city spins its wheels trying to keep the speedy vehicles off walking and cycling trails. But fans of the power-boosted bikes argue common sense should rule the trails, not a ban on the latest two-wheeled technology. Marty Hazell said the bylaw department is fielding more complaints about the increasingly popular e-bikes, particularly on the waterfront trail and in parks where the motorized vehicles are banned.

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Pot growers appeal Sudbury zoning bylaw to Ontario Municipal Board
CBC News
A provincial agency will decide where in Greater Sudbury medical marijuana can be grown. Sudbury city council wants prescription pot to be grown in industrial areas, 150 metres away from residential or rural land. However, two local companies say the regulations make it difficult for them to run a business.

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Ontario Liberals dodge credit-rating downgrade from 'Standard and Poor's'
The Globe and Mail
A major credit-rating agency is warning Ontario must do more to either control spending or jack up revenues if it hopes to get its budget back to balance. Standard & Poor's opted to leave the province's rating unchanged, at AA– for long-term debt and A-1+ for short term credit with a negative outlook, sparing the Liberal government a downgrade after reintroducing its budget.

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 Upcoming Municipal Events

Date Event Location
August 17 - 20 Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference London, ON
September 7 - 10 OMTRA Annual Conference & General Meeting Kingston, ON
September 10 - 12 Ontario East Municipal Conference Kingston, ON
September 10 - 12 Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association Fall Workshop Alliston, ON
September 24 - 26 Municipal Finance Officers' Association of Ontario Annual Conference Niagara Falls, ON
November 18 - 20 Canadian Waste Sector Symposium Toronto, ON


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