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Critics: Ontario's seniority-based teacher hiring rules shut out talented newcomers
Toronto Star
Jason Trinh is an award-winning new teacher who inspired veteran science educators with his fresh ideas. When hand-picked to design a summer math camp, he did such a stellar job that the camp is now credited with helping boost Grade 9 test scores. But this fall, Trinh has been doomed by controversial new hiring rules brought in by the Liberal government that force schools to hire based on seniority. He can't get a job — in fact, he can't even land an interview.
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Councillors question if ReThink message being heard by council
London Community News
Even as city staff congratulates the approximate 10,400 residents who have participated in the ReThink London process, several councillors are wondering if their colleagues are listening. During the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting, members unanimously received the latest update from staff on the ReThink London process.
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Oshawa auditor cries foul over investigation
Toronto Star
The conclusions of an investigation into an auditor's report accusing Oshawa city staff of misleading council on a multimillion-dollar real estate deal may be "materially incomplete or inaccurate and potentially misleading," according to the city's auditor general, Ron Foster.
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Anti-government sovereign citizen movement claims 30,000 members and growing in Canada
Toronto Star
Brian Alexander is a self-proclaimed Freeman-on-the-Land and one of a growing number of Canadian followers of the so-called "sovereign citizen" or "Natural Persons" movement. Adherents have "freed" themselves from what they see as an overbearing government that has overstepped its bounds.
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Opinion: Wider Taser use by Ontario police carries risks
Toronto Star
Perhaps it was inevitable. Hard on the heels of the shocking shooting of Sammy Yatim on a Toronto streetcar, Premier Kathleen Wynne's government has set aside long-standing reservations and has approved the wider use of Tasers by police officers. Officials insist there's no link between the shooting and the rollout, but given the timing, one has to wonder.
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Group home for girls wins OMB battle with city
The Hamilton Spectator
A group home for troubled teenaged girls has won the right to move to Corktown over the objections of the city. The Lynwood Charlton Centre had appealed a controversial council decision to block its plan to move eight girls out of a crumbling Charlton Avenue residence to an Augusta Street site that already houses day programming.
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Ottawa councillor: Prepare for legal battle over casino decision
Ottawa Citizen
Restricting a new casino to the Rideau Carleton Raceway opens the city to a more serious risk of a lawsuit than most people realize, Kanata North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson warned, before city council decided to do it anyway. A secret legal opinion prepared by law firm Borden Ladner Gervais says the city would probably win if challenged in court, but it's not at all a sure thing, she said.
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Rob Ford's team stalls on releasing records
Toronto Star
Mayor Rob Ford's office has been slow in turning over email and telephone records, so slow that despite three months of relentless pestering by city freedom of information staff the first records have just been handed over for processing. The delay in complying with freedom of information requests means that it will be weeks or months more before any of the records are made public.
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SIU head blasts Toronto police chief for co-operation failures
Toronto Star
The head of Ontario's police watchdog has slammed Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair for ignoring complaints about his officers obstructing investigations, reigniting a heated public spat with the force. Ian Scott, director of the Special Investigations Unit, blasted Blair for not replying to more than 100 letters outlining concerns about officers' failure to co-operate with investigations.
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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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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 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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 AMCTO Special Announcements


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

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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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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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