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Mayors ask for more co-operation in legislature
Inside Halton
Mayors from Ontario's 26 largest cities took the opportunity to voice their frustration at the lack of collaboration in the provincial legislature during the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa. The mayors met with PC Leader Tim Hudak. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Linda Jeffrey at the conference.
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Ontario to expand police access to tasers
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's government is set to expand the use of tasers by police, a move that will give more officers access to weapons other than their sidearms. Despite pressure from police chiefs and associations to expand their use, Ontario has restricted tasers to a select few supervising and specialized officers.
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Toronto woman squeezed between dueling lawsuits over car she no longer owns
Toronto Star
Janice McNabb found herself in an unusual situation in when she received a phone call from Joe Dominelli, who owns the garage where her wrecked car was being held for storage. "Why are you suing me?" Dominelli asked. "I am?" she remembers asking. It turns out her insurer, Intact Insurance, filed suit in small claims court in her name, seeking the release of McNabb's 2002 Subaru wagon from Dominelli's garage.
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NDP vows to block Liberal transit tax
The Windsor Star
Ontario's New Democrats warned they would not support any new tax on consumers to pay for billions of dollars worth of public transit expansion in the Toronto-Hamilton area. "I don't want to see new taxes and (road) tolls that are going to hit household budgets hard," said NDP leader Andrea Horwath.
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MPPs: Ontario-Quebec border issues one-sided for workers
Seaway News
Local MPPs demanded action on cross-province work regulations or Quebec trucking companies and trades-workers could face a closed border when attempting to work in the region. At the border marker of South Glengarry on Highway 2, local contractors and Greater Ottawa Truckers' Association members joined S,D&G MPP Jim McDonell and Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Jack MacLaren to discuss Bill 80, Fairness is a Two-Way Street Act.
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Charges laid against Ontario couple after 40 pythons found in motel
CTV News
A southern Ontario couple has been charged with animal cruelty after 40 ball python snakes and five eggs were found in a motel room. The reptiles, some of them more than a metre long, were found in plastic storage bins in a room at the Bell City Motel in Brantford, ON.
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Ontario gets $100 million windfall from London, ON slots
Canoe
London, ON, is expected cash in an extra $600,000 in a new deal over the Western Fair slots, but the Ontario government will walk away with almost $100 million. "It's still money being spent by the people of London (on slots) and being taken away," said Councellor Harold Usher, council's sole member on Western Fair's board of governors.
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Liberals promise improvements to Ontario Municipal Board
Toronto Star
Premier Kathleen Wynne's minority Liberal government is planning reforms to the controversial Ontario Municipal Board to make the shadowy panel more accountable to the public. "We've heard from you and we've heard from the public that the rules can sometimes be too complex, and the delays and appeals can be frustrating," Municipal Affairs Minister Linda Jeffrey told delegates to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Ottawa.
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Tanning-bed ban for minors set to become law in Ontario this fall
The Globe and Mail
The push to ban tanning beds for Ontarians under 18 will kick into high gear this fall, the province's Liberal government says, with the goal of passing the ban into law by the end of September. All three political parties support legislation to prohibit minors from using tanning salons, but the bill has long been delayed for procedural reasons.
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Ontario aims to lower auto insurance 8 per cent in coming year
CBC News
Ontario says it plans to reduce car insurance rates by eight per cent in the coming year and 15 per cent in two years. Finance Minister Charles Sousa recently announced the timetable, which is unlikely to please either the insurance industry or the opposition.
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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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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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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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 AMCTO Special Announcements


AMCTO 75th Anniversary
AMCTO
To commemorate AMCTO's 75th Anniversary in 2013, we captured brief video interviews with some of our past presidents and current board members to share their thoughts about AMCTO’s impact on the sector and their careers over the years. Visit the AMCTO Youtube Channel to view the video montage that was presented during the AMCTO Conference in June.

Read the 'AMCTO at 75' article from the August edition of Municipal World magazine here.

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2014 AMCTO Conference — June 8 - 11, 2014 — book your accommodations now!
AMCTO
You can now book your accommodations for the 2014 AMCTO Conference at the Sheraton on the Falls 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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 Municipal Career Opportunities

Municipality of Central Manitoulin - Chief Building Official - By-Law Enforcement Officer

York Region - Information Asset Management Audit - Compliance Officer

Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen - Deputy Treasurer

City of Barrie - Assessment Analyst

Township of Oro-Medonte - Intermediate Planner




 Upcoming Municipal Events

Date Event Location
Sept. 8 - Sept. 11 OMTRA Fall Conference Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre, Alliston, ON
Sept. 11 - Sept. 13 AFMO Conference Municipality of West Nipissing, ON
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
Oct. 16 - Oct. 17 Leading Edge Summit Hockley Valley Resort, Orangeville, ON
Nov. 8 AMCTO Open Data Forum: All You Need to Know Today Vaughan, ON
Nov. 8 Western University Local Government Program Alumni Conference London, 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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