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Ontario ministry failed to follow up on 25 complaints about unlicensed daycares
Global News
Ontario's Ministry of Education failed to follow up on four of five complaints made against an unlicensed daycare north of Toronto where a two-year-old girl died last month. Ministry officials visited the Yellowood Circle daycare in Vaughan after a complaint was made in November 2012, Education Minister Liz Sandals said.
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Halton residents to present petition against waste transfer facility proposal
Inside Halton
Halton residents and local businesses have reignited their fight against a proposed waste transfer facility after learning the Town has reached a settlement with the developer in an effort to avoid a lengthy Ontario Municipal Board hearing. They've garnered more than 150 signatures in a petition calling on the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to deny the appeal by developer Victoria Hill Finance Group Inc. to overturn a decision by a committee of town council.
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Ontario Safety League blasts corner stores for selling drug paraphernalia
The Globe and Mail
A growing number of convenience stores in Ontario sell crack pipes, bongs and other illegal drug paraphernalia right beside candy, milk and magazines, a public safety advocacy group said. The Ontario Safety League said its mystery shoppers easily purchased dozens of drug-related items at convenience stores in big and small cities, including Toronto, Ottawa, Windsor, St. Catharines and Guelph.
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Food trucks retreat from Woodbine Park over noise complaints
Toronto Star
Toronto's food truck pilot project hit a speed bump recently, with planners dropping Woodbine Park from the list of trial truck spots in the face of neighbourhood criticism of noise and fumes from the mobile eateries.
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Proroguing Parliament till October buys Harper and Tories time
The Globe and Mail
Stephen Harper is hitting the reset button on Parliament, delaying a reopening of the Commons until October as he continues a pre-election overhaul of his government after nearly eight years in power. The restart effectively gives Mr. Harper two high-profile opportunities in October to sell Canadian voters on the notion he is still the person to lead the country.
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Public transit Is worth way more to a city than you might think
The Atlantic Cities
Planning scholar Daniel Chatman of the University of California at Berkeley has been thinking a lot lately about "agglomeration." Don't let the technical word throw you. All it really means is more people in the same place. As more people collect in a city center, more jobs cluster there too, boosting both wages and economic productivity over time. And the key to it all, he believes, may be public transportation.
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Bylaw changes may end Kitchener city woman's raccoon nightmare
The Record
Kitchener city council recently approved changes to the bylaw governing how residents can store their garbage outdoors, said Shayne Turner, the city's director of bylaw enforcement. Now, it's against city rules to store waste in a container that animals can get into outside a dwelling. That means garbage bags or other containers that raccoons, skunks or other vermin can break into are banned.
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Ontario high school teachers urge local boards to finalize deal
CBC News
The deadline is fast approaching for the more than half of school boards in the province that have still not signed off on a deal reached between the Liberal government and the union representing high school teachers earlier this year. Only eight of the more than 40 high school boards in the province have implemented the contracts so far. Toronto and Peel are among those boards that have still not signed off.
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Experts: Policing Hamilton air pollution will cost taxpayers
CBC News
Environment experts say Hamilton's proposed bylaw to restrict industrial pollutants will be difficult to enforce and potentially costly to operate. "The air quality equipments are set up more to see what the local air quality is, as opposed to who emitted what," said Lorraine Vanderzwet, professor of chemical, environmental and biotechnology at Mohawk College. "This is, of course, a big challenge determining the actual point source of the pollutant."
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Ontario teachers' union votes to ban cell phones in classrooms
Huffington Post
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario voted to ban the use of cell phones in classrooms at their recent general meeting. The new rules state that mobile devices should be turned off and stored during school hours, unless special permission is given. The federation also voted to label Wi-Fi access points in school, and to continue to study the effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation, the potentially harmful radiation emitted by cell phones.
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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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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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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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 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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