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Report: Stuck on subways, Toronto transit lags behind other Canadian cities
Metro News
Torontonians take three times as many transit trips per capita as Vancouver residents. But the West Coast city has built more than twice as much new rapid transit in the last 20 years. A new report released by the Pembina Institute shows that much of Toronto's success in attracting people to transit is based on old investments in subways and streetcars.
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Tesla opens its first two Ontario supercharger stations
CTV News
Tesla recently opened its first two supercharger recharging stations in Ontario, the first step in an effort to "electrify" Highway 401, the company said. The superchargers — one near a Tesla service station on Lawrence avenue in Toronto, just off the Don Valley Parkway; the other in a Ramada hotel parking lot in Cornwall — will let drivers travel as far west as Detroit and as far east as Montreal without costing them a dime in fuel.
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Cameras could be on their way to all taxis in Waterloo Region
CTV News
Getting into a taxi in Waterloo Region could soon include having the entire drive recorded. Waterloo Region Taxi Association president Peter Neufeld says all cab companies in the region are looking at mandating cameras in cabs in the wake of a series of sexual assault allegations against drivers. "We're going to be proactive. We're going to take care of this issue," he said. In the last two years, six local taxi drivers have been charged with sexual assault.
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Ontario wants CRTC to regulate new media like Netflix
Toronto Star
Ontario wants digital media providers such as Netflix brought under the regulatory regime that governs traditional TV and says they should contribute to public funds that support homegrown content. The online providers that benefit from delivering programming to Canadians would begin paying into the system once they reach some minimum threshold likely in market penetration, according to the province's recommendation.
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Bylaw chief on student neighbourhoods, licensing review in Algonquin area
Ottawa Citizen
Neighbourhood concerns about "illegal rooming houses" near Algonquin College have prompted city bylaw staff to review the possibility of rental licensing and other enforcement options for near-campus neighbourhoods. The review was requested earlier this summer by College ward. Councillor Rick Chiarelli, who asked staff to look at options including rental licensing, which Ottawa doesn't use, but some other Ontario municipalities do.
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Ontario betting on Bell, Rogers to bid on lotto takeover
Toronto Star
The cash-strapped provincial government is banking on a bidding war between Canada's largest telecommunications companies for its lucrative lottery business. As first disclosed on thestar.com, Ontario Lottery and Gaming has unveiled the final stage of the sell-off of its $1.3 billion annual lotto trade. Sources say both Bell and Rogers are expected to bid on the property, which means Ontarians could soon buy Lotto 6/49 tickets on their BlackBerrys and iPhones.
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What does the future hold for Ontario teachers?
CBC News
As school in this province begins, the Kathleen Wynne government is keeping an eye on British Columbia where teachers are still walking the picket line. Because while the Liberals will deny it, they are privately worried that their tough line with teachers could backfire and Ontario's labour peace in the classroom could evaporate. Many teachers believe they've made personal sacrifices for the government or had them imposed on them.
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Waterloo pitches open data incubator
The Record
Waterloo city councillors want to go into the data business — but they would have to spend about $3.8 million to do it. City staff unveiled a proposal to convert the Carnegie library at 40 Albert St. into a data centre, at an estimated cost of $3.8 million. That's equal to an approximate 6.3 per cent tax increase. The idea is to create an incubator that could attract entrepreneurs in the field of open data. Open data is a movement to make government information more easily accessible.
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 AMCTO Special Announcements


Preliminary Infrastructure Funding Applications
AMCTO
Expressions of Interest for the Building Canada Fund — Small Communities Fund and Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund are due by Sept. 19, 2014. For more information, please visit the AMO website for their latest reminder or the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure website for more program details.
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Timber Dome Structure Failures Information
AMCTO
Ministry of Labour has released an Information Bulletin regarding Timber Dome Structure Failures as a result of four timber dome structure collapses that occurred in March and April 2014. The bulletin raises awareness about the potential for serious injuries that could result from such collapses and the need for employers and owners of timber domes structures to have a professional engineer familiar with timber dome construction inspect the structural integrity of the domes.

As many of these domes are owned by municipalities, we encourage you to review the material if relevant for your local community.

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Canadian Bar Association — Session on Current Issues in Municipal Elections
AMCTO
AMCTO is happy to share an upcoming event that may interest our members dealing with current issues with municipal elections. For more details and information on the session, please click here.
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Do parking enforcement officers wait for meters to expire?
The Globe and Mail
How long can you have a petered parking meter before you get a ticket? "There's now a 10-minute exemption in the bylaw," said Toronto Police Parking Enforcement Staff Sgt. Nicole Lee. "So we won't write you a ticket until ten minutes after the time on your Pay and Display receipt." The new policy clears up a confusing system. Before that, police had a five-minute grace period — but the city would throw out tickets written within ten minutes of the expiry time.

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Toronto residents upset by unsolicited emails from Rob Ford campaign
Toronto Star
When Janice Meighan opened her inbox recently, she was surprised to see an email from the Rob Ford re-election campaign soliciting donations in exchange for a variety of Ford Nation merchandise, including t-shirts and bobbleheads. "I was shocked because I'm not a supporter of Rob Ford and I've never signed up to receive any emails, materials or information from Ford's current or previous campaign," said Meighan, a lifelong Torontonian.

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Ontario facing childcare crisis
Metro News
Proposed changes to the law could leave Ontario families struggling to find childcare, a group of care providers in London has said. The province risks a "crisis," the Coalition of Independent Childcare Providers of Ontario says, if it goes ahead with proposals to limit the number of children they can look after. It has the potential to affect arrangements for 350,000 children across Ontario, CICPO has estimated.

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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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September 7 - 10 OMTRA Annual Conference & General Meeting Kingston, ON
September 10 - 12 Ontario East Municipal Conference Kingston, ON
September 10 - 12 Ontario Municipal Human Resources Association Fall Workshop Alliston, ON
September 24 - 26 Municipal Finance Officers' Association of Ontario Annual Conference Niagara Falls, ON
October 2 C.B.O. Leadership Training (OBOA) Niagara Falls, ON
November 7 AMCTO Open Data Forum Mississauga, ON
November 18 - 20 Canadian Waste Sector Symposium Toronto, ON
November 20 AMCTO Municipal Information Access & Privacy Forum Mississauga, ON
November 27 AMCTO Municipal Finance Forum Mississauga, ON

 


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