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Ontario government signs political accord with First Nations chiefs
Globe and Mail via The Canadian Press
The Ontario government has signed a political accord with the chiefs of Ontario that Premier Kathleen Wynne says will guide relations between First Nations and the province. The accord signed by Wynne and Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day in a ceremony at the legislature creates a formal bilateral relationship between the government and First Nations. It affirms that First Nations have an inherent right to self-government and that the relationship with Ontario is based upon respect for that right.
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Ontario municipalities plead for provincial cash from Queen's Park
Toronto Star
Queen's Park is nickel-and-diming municipalities that can ill afford to carry more financial burden, says the head of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. "Financially, there is a little bite here and a little bite there," AMO president Gary McNamara told the association's annual conference recently, which is being held in Niagara Falls this year. McNamara said the government is always talking about working with the municipalities, but "the words don't resonate as well as they did a year or two ago."
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Ontario disputes Mulcair contention that it supports his daycare plan
Hamilton Spectator
The Ontario government is disputing NDP Leader Tom Mulcair's assertion that the country's largest province supports his plan to create one million $15-a-day child-care spaces. The province's education minister, Liz Sandals, says Ontario welcomes new investments and interest from "all federal partners" on child care.
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Higher fines mean tough road ahead for distracted drivers in Ontario
Toronto Star
Motorists need to keep their "heads up" and not succumb to distractions as the province gets ready to enforce stiff fines of up to $1,000 this fall, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said recently. While police could start charging the new fines Sept. 1, the government is planning a public education to make drivers aware of the higher fines and other changes unanimously passed by the legislature in June.
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Ontario to reform how councilors spend campaign expenses, says minister
Hamilton Community News
There needs to be more stringent controls over how municipal politicians spend their campaign money, and clear enforcement measures whey they are in violation, says Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs Ted McMeekin. McMeekin, talking to reporters at the Association of Ontario Municipalities in Niagara Falls, said under the Municipal Elections Act, politicians can spend an unlimited amount of money on such items as an after-election party.
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Caledon mayor and councillor involved in $24 million worth of land deals
Toronto Star
Property records obtained by the Star show that Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson and Councillor Gord McClure were involved in separate land transactions worth at least $24 million in the southwest part of the municipality, where they are alleged to have pushed development. The allegations are raised in conflict of interest complaints filed to the Ontario Superior Court in July.
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Should election signs be allowed on public property?
Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa residents will soon face unavoidable signs that a federal campaign is in full swing. Thousands of lawn signs will soon begin to appear across the city, endorsing candidates and political parties on private property. A City of Ottawa bylaw restricts the posting of election signs on private property until 60 days before the vote, which in the case of this federal campaign is Oct. 19. The same bylaw prohibits election signs from being posted on public property, such as road allowances, until 30 days before the vote.
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Women's issues 'invisible' this election
Toronto Star
Women's issues are notably absent from the federal campaign so far, a coalition is warning, and priorities like gender equality will become "invisible" in this election unless there's a national discussion. However, an attempt to organize an all-party federal leaders' debate on women's issues appears to have stalled, after Up for Debate, the group behind the proposal, couldn't secure commitments from all five main parties.
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Could roads without rules work?
Driving
Would lawless roads be a step backward into anarchic chaos, or would we just wake up and pay more attention? To some it will seem like libertarianism run amok with 4,000-pound automobiles as the weapon. To others, it will be Scottish moral philosopher Adam Smith's "invisible hand" righting the chaos that is the everyday urban traffic we all curse.
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10 ways to improve your morning routine
Globe and Mail
If the sound of your morning alarm is worse to you than nails on a chalkboard, and if the thought of sunbeams through your window is cringe-inducing, this article's for you. Just because you're not a morning person doesn't mean you can't create a morning routine that would make early birds sing with joy. Here are some tips that will make the early hours easier and, ideally, get you moving and more productive during the day.
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The new hard skills of management in the new workplace of the 21st century
Financial Post
According to the largest-ever survey of U.S. and Canadian workplaces, commissioned by Great West Life, 18 per cent to 25 per cent of the working populations of each country experience depression each year. These numbers explain why depression and anxiety have such a significant economic impact and why chronic job stress is now a health and safety hazard as dangerous as unsafe equipment, polluted air and poor maintenance.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


New ODRAP Changes Point to Successful Advocacy

Last week at the annual Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) conference in Niagara Falls, Premier Wynne announced that the government will introduce two new disaster assistance programs to replace ODRAP: one for municipalities and one for citizens and other organizations. While only limited details about the new programs have been released, it appears that the government has adopted two of AMCTO's recommendations, including extending the amount of time for a municipality to assess damage costs from 14 days to 4 months, and removing the private fundraising component. AMCTO will continue to monitor this file and provide more detailed updates when the full program details are released by the Ministry in early 2016. For more information you can read AMCTO's submission, or the government's news release.
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New Funding for Sports and Recreation

The province has announced an additional $7 million in grants for the government's Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund. Find out more about his program here.
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New Amendments to Drinking Water Quality Standards, Testing and Reporting Requirements

The Ministry of the Environment is considering new amendments to the province's drinking water quality standards, testing and reporting requirements. You can find out more here.
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Consultation Sessions on Conservation Authorities Act

As part of its review of the Conservation Authorities Act, the Ministry of Natural Resources is holding consultation sessions across the province in September and October. If you are interested in participating in any of these sessions you can contact the Ministry's Water Resources Section for more information: mnrwaterpolicy@ontario.ca.
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2015 AMO Conference Recap

Videos of major speeches from last week's AMO conference in Niagara Falls are now available online. Click here to watch addresses from the Premier, Minister of Municipal Affairs and leaders of the two opposition parties.
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New IMFG Paper on Property Taxes

The Munk School's Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance has released a new report, authored by Enid Slack and Richard Bird examining property taxes across the world. Read the paper here.
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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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August 27-29 Canadian Association of Police Governance conference York Region ON
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September 16-18 Ontario East Municipal Conference Kingston ON
September 23-25 MFOA Conference Blue Mountains ON



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