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Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne threatens fall election if opposition doesn't play ball
Toronto Star
Premier Kathleen Wynne is threatening a fall election unless opposition parties vote for government legislation for which they have expressed support, such as consumer-friendly cell phone contracts and a ban on teens using cancer-causing tanning beds. "If there is absolutely no possibility for collaboration, then the legislature will grind to a halt, and the opposition will have made it clear that they want a general election," she said.
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Toronto Star: Rob Ford offered 14 chances to comment on crack story
Toronot Star
Mayor Rob Ford did not attend an Ontario Press Council hearing on the Toronto Star's coverage of the crack cocaine video scandal. The Star defended its reporting in the story published May 16 about a cellphone video that shows Rob Ford appearing to smoke crack cocaine and make homophobic and racist remarks.
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Huron County backs fellow municipalities
Goderich Signal Star
Huron County Council has joined surrounding municipalities in voicing their disapproval of potential plans by the provincial government for tax increases to fund new transit projects in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). During a recent council meeting, North Huron Reeve Neil Vincent brought up correspondence that was original viewed during the Aug. 7 Committee of the Whole Meeting.
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Ontario legislature begins fall session with bill to create new financial watchdog
CTV News
The first bill introduced in the fall session of the Ontario legislature will create a new independent financial watchdog for legislative spending. Finance Minister Charles Sousa says he will introduce legislation to create a financial accountability officer, a key demand of the New Democrats in exchange for supporting the minority government's budget.
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Hamilton councillor moves to quash controversial radial separation bylaw
CBC News
A Hamilton councillor is proposing to eliminate a controversial bylaw that limits the number of residential treatment beds that are allowed in a 300-metre radius. Sam Merulla, councillor for Ward 4, said the radial separation bylaw has been rendered "feeble" after the Ontario Municipal Board allowed an eight-bed group home for girls with mental health issues to relocate to an existing facility in Hamilton's Corktown neighbourhood.
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Warehouse plan splits Caledon
Mississauga.com
The GTA's largest expanse of undeveloped space, Caledon's 690 square kilometres, has become a battleground between rural interests and an urban reality. Now, a showdown over a proposed Canadian Tire distribution warehouse, which critics believe is being pushed by local politicians trying to block growth, has divided Caledon.
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Oshawa council ousts auditor general in wake of controversial report
Toronto Star
What started as a regular city council meeting in Oshawa came to more closely resemble a barroom brawl that left two men facing charges and sporting minor injuries. "I find it unbelievable," said Councillor John Neal, who had a "ringside seat" to the fracas that started with a few heckles and escalated to fisticuffs and plainclothes police officers who'd been seated in the crowd arresting several people.
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Looking at transit success and failure
The Globe and Mail
The Channel tunnel connecting London and Paris, Boston's Big Dig, the Shinkansen bullet trains in Japan — these are the sort of massive infrastructure projects that make or break political reputations. But why do some succeed while others fail? And how can success be defined?
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Province targets ambulance offload delays
Mississauga.com
Queen's Park is setting aside more than $1 million to help speed up patient flow at local hospitals. In a letter going before Region of Peel Council, Deb Matthews, Ontario minister of health, announced new one-time funding of $1.4 million for Peel to be spent on nurses dedicated to receiving ambulance patients.
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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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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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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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 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 Annual Conference
AMCTO
You can now view videos of the Plenary Presentations from the 2013 AMCTO Conference including the address at the Gala Dinner by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Hon. David C. Onley.
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Local Government Week 2013
AMCTO
Local Government Week 2013 takes place Oct. 20 - Oct. 26. Visit the link below for great resources and activity ideas municipalities can do with schools to teach children the importance of local government in their daily lives.
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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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 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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