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Higher fines means 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, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said recently. While police could start charging the new fines, 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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New Ontario child care rules come into effect
CBC News
Heidi Higgins thinks of the children she looks after every day as her "extended family" but to comply with revamped rules for Ontario child care she had to tell one little boy's parents to find a different caregiver. The new law limits unlicensed home daycare providers to look after a maximum of two children under the age of two, where previously they could care for five children of any age. They must also now include their own children, who are under age six, in the group of five children.
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Breathe here: Ontario judge wants alcohol-monitoring devices on all cars
City News
An Oshawa judge is floating the idea of having alcohol-monitoring devices on all vehicles in an effort to crack down on drunk driving. It would also clear up the court system, Justice Graham Wakefield wrote in a decision last month.
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Chiefs of Ontario sign accord that defines who is a First Nation
Turtle Island News
A much heralded political accord signed recently between the Ontario government and Chiefs of Ontario (COO) may actually have been a "step backwards" for indigenous rights, says a Mohawk lawyer. "The current format represents a significant step back in terms of advancing the inherent rights and interests of the indigenous peoples of Turtle Island," says Aaron Detlor, Mohawk lawyer.
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Ontario offering grants to help protect the Great Lakes
Government of Ontario
Ontario is calling on community groups to help protect, restore and enhance the Great Lakes by applying for a Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund grant. Now in its fourth year, the fund provides a grant of up to $25,000 to not-for-profit organizations, schools, First Nations and Métis communities and other local groups for projects that have a direct environmental benefit to the Great Lakes.
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Uber, Airbnb here to stay so get rules in place, Ontario Chamber of Commerce says
CBC News
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is urging the province and the federal government to get legislation in place to handle the sharing economy and head off conflict over services such as Uber and Airbnb. In a report recently released, the business lobby group called for "innovative thinking" to handle problems like gaps in insurance coverage and tax compliance.
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City hall issues 29 fines against Uber drivers in recent two-day blitz
My Informs
Bylaw-busting Uber drivers are out on London streets. City hall's ticket-toting enforcement officials aren't far behind. Eighteen London drivers using Uber to offer rides were slapped with a total of 29 fines of about $500 each, city officials said.
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Canada has so much green energy potential
Metro News
Last fall, a precipitous drop in oil prices forced Canadians to reconsider our economy's heavy dependence on the oil and gas industries. Today, the price of oil has dropped worldwide to what it cost in the depths of the 2009 recession. It's a clear and sustained sign that Canada relies too heavily on oil and gas. We need to invest more in developing our renewable energy economy.
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Toronto is gambling its budgets on the land transfer tax
Metro News
With hot condo markets and zany-low interest rates, a lot of Canadians, for better or for worse, have tied their financial futures to the real estate market. Like, for instance, Toronto's municipal government. Last week, the city released its operating budget variance report for the first six months of 2015. Like past years, it's projecting a surplus for the year — of about $65 million.
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Canadian taxation: Higher and higher
RCI
This is not news to Canadians who've been paying taxes for years but a new report puts actual figures to what they already know anecdotally: more and more of their money is going to taxes. A report from the economically conservative and libertarian-leaning think-tank, The Fraser Institute, says Canadians now pay more in taxes than they do for food, shelter and clothing combined.
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 Management Resources


4 reasons managers should spend more time on coaching
Harvard Business Review
There are managers who coach and managers who don't. Leaders in the latter category are not necessarily bad managers, but they are neglecting an effective tool to develop talent. We've been researching managers who coach and what distinguishes them.
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5 leadership tips for first-time managers
Square Up
Managing people is like a game of chess; there are many moving parts. To get the best outcome you must think a step ahead and recognize each individual's strengths. Whether you're working with a team of two or 20, it's all about finding the best role to suit each employee.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


IPC calling for access to councillor's records

As part of the municipal legislation review Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner has written to the Minister of Municipal Affairs with a recommendation that amendments be made to MFIPPA that would extend its coverage to municipal councillor's records. Find out more about this, or read the letter here.
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Premier says large commercial assessment appeals a 'provincial issue'

Speaking at an event in Thunder Bay this week the Premier acknowledged that property tax reassessments on large commercial properties is a serious issue. The Premier also said that it's a problem the government recognizes isn't confined to one area of the province. Find out more about this here.
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Chamber of Commerce joins the call for a new approach to the sharing economy

In a new report the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has added its voice to those calling for a new approach to regulating the sharing economy (specifically citing services like Uber, Autoshare, and AirBnB). Find out more about this here, or read the full report.
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September 13-16 Ontario Municipal Tax and Revenue Association annual conference Minett ON
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