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 Industry News

Rejected fares a major complaint for taxi passengers
Toronto Star
Turning down a fare, the practice that friends say left Muzik shooting victim Ariela Navarro-Fenoy in the line of fire, is the third most common complaint the city receives from passengers about taxi drivers, the Star has learned. Of 5,888 public complaints between 2010 and June 2015, the top issues were poor driving and rudeness, but about 760 were about drivers cherry-picking rides, documents obtained by the Star show.
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Kathleen Wynne says attacks on Stephen Harper 'not personal'
CBC News
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne repeated her criticisms of Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently, blaming him for the province's "dysfunctional" relationship with Ottawa while maintaining their disagreements are "not personal." "The relationship with Stephen Harper has been very difficult," Wynne said, speaking to reporters outside the Ontario legislature.
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Ontario cabinet minister Michael Chan sues Globe and Mail for $4.55 million
Toronto Star
Ontario cabinet minister Michael Chan is launching a $4.55 million libel suit against the Globe and Mail over stories suggesting he is a risk to national security because of his ties to China. In a 27-page statement of claim, Chan said he is seeking to clear his name after the newspaper refused last month to retract its articles, including one that cited concerns about his rapport with a former Chinese consul general in Toronto.
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Northwestern Ontario ridings will be hotspots in federal election
CBC News
This year's federal election race will likely get quite competitive in northwestern Ontario, a Thunder Bay political analyst says. Lakehead University professor Laure Paquette said a visit from NDP Leader Tom Mulcair earlier this summer shows the party's recognize the tight races in the region. "Mr. Mulcair has been campaigning hard already, before the election was launched," Paquette said. "He [came] to Thunder Bay the weekend before the election was called ... because he was seeking to protect his riding in Thunder Bay-Atikokan."
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Ottawa mayor calls taxi drivers 'thugs' after anti-Uber video
CTV News
An Ottawa taxi driver who helped secretly record rides with Uber drivers is defending his actions, after the city's mayor said he looked like a "thug." Driver Roy Noja and four other men appear in a YouTube video called "The Reality of UBER!!" The video shows them taking a ride in an Uber vehicle in what they say is an effort to gather "evidence" for bylaw officers.
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Proposed 'terror tourism' ban might not be legal, says expert
Toronto Star
Recently, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper vowed to bring in a new law to crack down on Canadians travelling to areas of the world under the apparent control of terrorists. Though details of the proposed law are scarce, Sukanya Pillay, executive director and general counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, discusses whether it would be legal and workable and whether it might unfairly target some segments of the population.
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Closed Ontario schools may be transformed into 'community hubs'
The Globe and Mail
Their students may have disappeared, but many old schools across Ontario could get a second life as "community hubs" under a series of proposals presented to the province. In Toronto, where one in five public schools is at risk of closure, the recommendations would immediately transform the sale process if they are adopted.
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 Management Resources


8 master strategies for public speaking
Fast Company
Your legs wobble as you approach the podium. Your hands tremble as you adjust the microphone. Your head throbs. A wail builds deep inside you and threatens to escape. It's showtime — and the feelings are primal. Evolutionary biologists tell us that in the presence of a presumed threat, we go into fight-or-flight mode, kicking off a millennia-old chain-reaction that starts in the brain's fear centers and ends with our muscles pumped with blood and oxygen, prepared for battle or escape.
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The nice person's guide to criticism
Fast Company
Even when your intentions are good, it can be tough to give constructive criticism. It’s an awkward conversation for the giver, and it can spark a negative reaction in the receiver. "Did you know that 34 per cent of working professionals become less motivated and don't work as hard when their work has been criticized?" asks Matt Thomas, president of the human resources firm WorkSmart Systems.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Province Releases Community Hubs Action Plan

The province's Community Hub Framework Advisory Group has released a report to guide the creation of community hubs. You can find out more here.
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New Paper on Transparency, Privacy and the Internet for Municipal Governments

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario has released a new paper on the need for municipalities to balance the need to protect privacy with the pressures of enhancing transparency in the Internet age. Read the paper here.
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AMCTO MEA Submission Released

AMCTO has released its submission as part of the Municipal Elections Act Review, launched by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in late spring. AMCTO's submission contains 23 specific recommendations under the themes of modernization and clarity. You can find a copy of our submission here, or read AMO's submission here.
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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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August 16-19 Association of Municipalities of Ontario AGM and annual conference Niagara Falls ON
August 23-26 IPAC National Conference Halifax
August 27-29 Canadian Association of Police Governance conference York Region ON
September 13-16 Ontario Municipal Tax and Revenue Association annual conference Minett ON
September 16 Driving Innovations Municipal Conference Barrie ON
September 16-18 Ontario East Municipal Conference Kingston ON
September 23-25 MFOA Conference Blue Mountains ON



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