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Harper, Wynne lock horns again over new Ontario pension plan
CTV News
Premier Kathleen Wynne says Stephen Harper is standing in the way of an Ontario pension plan, while the prime minister says he's happy to block what he calls "an enormous tax hike." "I am delighted to see, quite frankly, that our refusal to co-operate with the imposition of this tax is making it more difficult for the Ontario government to proceed," Harper said. "We're going to continue to fight it."
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Parapan Games test Toronto's accessibility
Toronto Star
Ontario has touted Toronto 2015's Parapan Am Games as the most accessible games ever, but what do our visiting athletes think? The Star asked para-athletes how the city fares when compared with the barriers they face back home. From widened doorways to the tiny bumps ahead of a blended curb, they credited building designs and social attitudes as two factors that helped them overcome barriers throughout the wider Toronto community.
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Ontario forms expert panel on assisted dying
CBC News
The Ontario government is setting up an advisory group to study physician-assisted dying, leading 11 provinces and territories in examining the controversial subject. The panel is similar to the one established by the federal government to inform its end-of-life legislation. The panels are a response to a Supreme Court of Canada decision that struck down the federal law prohibiting physician-assisted dying.
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Ontario elementary teachers' union to resume bargaining
Globe and Mail
Hope appeared recently for Ontarians worried about an elementary-school strike, but they won't learn more until nearly the first day of school. The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario is heading back to the bargaining table for the first time since early May. Nothing has shifted in the two sides' bargaining proposals, but the impending school year led to a "meeting of minds," said Michael Barrett.
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T.O. Uber drivers face nearly 200 charges
CP24
Dozens of Uber drivers in Toronto face a truckload of charges, a city official has confirmed. As of recently, 99 Uber drivers have been charged with 198 bylaw offences, Jackie DeSouza said. Councillors recently voted for a crackdown on the ride-sharing service, while at the same time agreeing to a review of the city's current rules governing ground transportation to try and create a single bylaw to cover both conventional taxis and Uber vehicles.
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Student group wants post secondary debt loads to be focus of campaign
Newstalk 1010 via The Canadian Press
The Canadian Federation of Students wants to put growing education debt on the federal election radar and says other governments should follow Newfoundland and Labrador's shift to student grants instead of loans. "We have a crisis in Canada when it comes to overall student debt burdens," said national chairperson Bilan Arte.
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 Management Resources


5 traits of creative leaders (and how to become one)
Fast Company
Being a leader is difficult. That's why most of us end up taking direction from others in our professional lives. But the ranks of the self-employed are swelling, hinting that more people are getting comfortable taking the reins in their own hands. And in fact, becoming a leader (even if it's just of yourself) is something anyone who's committed to the task can master.
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Everything you need to know about giving negative feedback
Harvard Business Review
There's a lot of conflicting advice out there on giving corrective feedback. If you really need to criticize someone's work, how should you do it? I dug into our archives for our best, research- and experience-based advice on what to do, and what to avoid. Never, ever, ever feed someone a "sandwich." Don't bookend your critique with compliments. It sounds insincere and risks diluting your message. Instead, separate your negative commentary from your praise, and don't hedge.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


New Disaster Assistance Program Announced

The government has announced that it will replace the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) with two new disaster assistance programs. You can read about the changes here. While only limited details have been revealed, the government has adopted two of AMCTO’s recommendations, including an extension of the amount of time for municipalities to assess damage costs from 14 days to four months. The full changes will be made available in early 2016, for more information in the meantime you can read AMCTO’s submission on the program.
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Ministry of Justice Increasing Costs of POA Court Administration

The Ministry of Justice has announced that, effective January 1 2016, municipalities will be paying increased administrative costs to operate Provincial Offences Act (POA) courts. These increases will include a 50 per cent rise in the costs per hour for Justices of the Peace and a 50 per cent increase in the cost of monitoring agreements. Find out more here.
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New Legislative Framework Coming for Policing

The government has announced a new round of consultations on the Police Services Act. Specific details about this consultation process will be available in the coming weeks, in the meantime, more information can be found here.
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Residential Homes Act to be Review

The Ontario Seniors Secretariat has initiated a review of the Retirement Homes Act, as per legislated requirements that the Act be reviewed every five years. Learn more about the review, and find a copy of the consultation paper here.
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Modernizing Intercity Bus Travel

The Ministry of Transportation is consulting on new rules and regulations to govern intercity bus travel in Ontario. Find out more information on this consultation here.
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Full Ontario Pension Plan Details Released

The government has released the details of the Ontario Pension Plan, including the phase-in enrollment schedule, contribution amounts, and coverage. Learn more here.
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