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Ontario launches the path to jobs and growth
Ontario.ca
The Ontario government has launched the province's path to jobs and growth to balance the budget, seeking input from the people of Ontario. The consultations started in Toronto at a meeting with the Minister of Finance's Economic Advisory Panel. The Minister will meet with individuals, organizations, associations and other groups to seek input from across the province on creating the right conditions for job creation and economic growth, the future of public services and the way forward to balance the budget.
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Hamilton bylaw aims to rein in industrial emissions
CBC News
City hall is making a bylaw to restrict the amount of pollution emitted by local industry. Councillors voted to develop a bylaw, which would be the second of its kind of Ontario. The new law would restrict the amount fine particulate matter, which causes health and respiratory problems.
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Toronto police chief appoints judge to help in review of use-of-force practices
The Globe and Mail
Toronto's police chief has tapped a high-profile retired judge to review the service's tactics — including police use of force — amid sustained criticism over the July killing of a knife-wielding teenager alone on a city streetcar.
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Python tragedy sparks review of Ontario's exotic pet laws
Canoe
Ontario is reviewing the province's patchwork of exotic pet rules following the deaths of two young boys in New Brunswick. Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur said she was very sorry to hear what had happened to Noah Barthe, 4, and his brother Connor, 6, believed to have been strangled by a large African rock python during a sleepover at a neighbour's home.
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Waterloo's tech industry moving on despite BlackBerry upheaval
The Globe and Mail
Unexpectedly violent weather ripped up trees across BlackBerry's home base of Waterloo, ON, in July, sending City Hall scrambling to protect itself from the millions of dollars of unexpected costs that come with any major disaster. BlackBerry, which has also been dumping bad news on the city for several years now, delivered another lightning strike as it said it would launch a strategic review that could lead to the company's sale or privatization.
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Toronto parking ticket contested 8 years ago still waiting for day in court
Toronto Star
It's the parking ticket that just won't go away. In 2005, Mahmood-Reza Arab was ticketed for being too close to a fire hydrant. He contested the ticket, but in the eight years since still hasn't had a court date scheduled.
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Statscan halts data release over survey error
The Globe and Mail
Statistics Canada uncovered serious errors in the latest batch of data from its national household survey and pulled the plug less than 48 hours before its slated release. The decision to postpone the report is the latest controversy to hit the 2011 voluntary survey, which replaced the mandatory long-form census scrapped by the Conservative government in 2010 over privacy concerns.
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Ontario teachers' union gearing up for 2014 contract talks
Sun News Network
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is already talking tough while still a year away from the end of its bitterly earned labour agreement. ETFO president Sam Hammond said that Canada's largest teacher federation is already preparing for the next round of labour talks with the provincial government.
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Why we pay a lot more for beer in Ontario
SOO Today
A new economic study that looked at beer prices between Ontario and Quebec has found that differences in the prices of identical products between the two provinces enables the foreign-owned Beer Store to capture as much as $700 million in "incremental profits" each year because of the near-monopoly on beer retailing it enjoys in Ontario.
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Ontario's cancelled gas plants hearings resume
Global News
One of the most powerful unelected players in Ontario politics will testify under oath about the Liberals' decisions to cancel gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga at a cost of at least $585 million. The opposition parties have a lot of questions about the cancellations for Don Guy, the chair of the Liberals' three election victories and a long-time chief of staff to former premier Dalton McGuinty.
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Waterloo to vote on rental bylaw changes
The Record
The biggest change will see a new class of license created to regulate rental units similar to apartments that don't meet technical classifications. Director of enforcement Jim Barry said the change isn't in direct response to concerns raised by local landlord Bob Jackson. He had his license application for just such a building denied earlier this year. He appealed it at the city's rental housing licensing appeal committee and was denied.
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Plan will be Guelph's road map for even more accountable, transparent and engaging local government
City of Guelph
The City's innovative open government action plan — the first of its kind in Canada — is now underway. "The City is committed to pursuing an even more open, accountable, transparent and engaging municipal government — one that empowers the Guelph community to work together on innovative solutions and ultimately, all civic decisions," said Mayor Karen Farbridge.

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Police board wants Toronto cops to review 'dooring' policy
Toronto Star
The chair of the Toronto Police Services Board wants the force to track how many cyclists are "doored" by parked cars, a much-feared accident that police stopped recording last year. In a report written after the Star published an article on the issue, board chair Alok Mukherjee questions why cyclists struck by open car doors are not recorded in the force's accident database.

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Transport Canada issues emergency rail safety directive after Lac-Mégantic disaster
Financial Post
The federal government announced new emergency measures aimed at improving rail safety in the wake of the Lac-Mégantic disaster as it eyes new permanent regulations on the industry that it hopes to have in place by year-end. The emergency directive, which includes ending the practice of moving dangerous goods with one-person crews, will be in place until it expires in December.

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 AMCTO Special Announcements


2014 AMCTO Conference — June 8 - 11, 2014 in Niagara Falls, ON
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


EBR Weekly
AMCTO
The EBR (Environmental Bill of Rights)Weekly is an attempt by AMCTO to encourage and raise awareness across the municipal sector to the Environment Registry and to matters impacting local communities across the Province. Check it out weekly (click here) or even better yet, review the Environmental Registry website to see what is happening in your community: www.ebr.gov.on.ca.
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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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Aug. 18 - Aug 23 AMO Conference Ottawa, ON
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Sept. 11 - Sept. 13 OEMC Conference Kingston, ON
Sept. 18 - Sept. 19 Ontario Professional Planners Institute Biannual Conference London, ON
Sept. 25 - Sept. 27 MFOA Conference Deerhurst Resort, ON
Nov. 8 AMCTO Open Data Forum: All You Need to Know Today Vaughan, ON
Nov. 26 Municipal Freedom of Information, Access and Privacy Forum Mississauga, ON
Dec. 5 AMCTO Municipal Finance Forum: Innovations in Long-Term Financial Planning Mississauga, ON




 


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