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Toronto firefighters axed over inappropriate tweets
Toronto Star
Three Toronto firefighters have been fired following a month-long investigation into tweets and other social media posts seen as degrading to women. The firefighters' social media activity was in clear violation of city policies, and was not "in any way acceptable for city employees," fire chief Jim Sales said, declining to go into further detail.
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Ontario reviewing access to criminal court records
Toronto Star
The Ministry of the Attorney General is reviewing its policies on media access to criminal court records in a bid to make the province's justice system more open and transparent. An ongoing Star investigation has found court staff in Ontario are increasingly denying public access to records that legal experts say should be readily available.
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Richmond Hill councillor: Quebec doctors welcome in Richmond Hill too
Toronto Star
Doctors affected by Quebec's proposed restrictions on religious items in the public sector are more than welcome to relocate to Richmond Hill, says one of the town's councillors. Ward 2 councillor Carmine Perrelli sent letters to about 200 doctors in Montreal and Quebec City, telling them that the town is an inclusive community and a great place to live.
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Class-action trial into alleged abuse at Ontario facility postponed by a day
Leader-Post
Some former residents of an Ontario facility for developmentally disabled people say they're disappointed that a class-action lawsuit into alleged abuse at the facility has been delayed. The $2 billion suit against the Ontario government was filed on behalf of thousands of former residents of the Huronia Regional Centre and their relatives.
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A start for Ontario's cycling strategy that is streets behind
The Globe and Mail
It would be easy to dismiss Ontario's new cycling strategy with a cynical, "So, what?" This province and its capital, Toronto, are streets behind other jurisdictions in promoting cycling. Just putting out a policy document will not make it catch up. The strategy, cutely named #CycleON and announced by the Ministry of Transportation, is full of gauzy rhetoric and capital letters.
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Ontario byelection giving shows strong Liberal fundraising machine
Global News
The five Ontario by-elections held in early August were bruising for the governing Liberals — three out of the five Liberal-held seats fell to the Conservatives and NDP. But party donations connected to the by-elections shows that the Liberals are headed toward the next general election better-funded than their rivals — the $1.7 million that flowed into party coffers was more than both opposition parties combined.
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Bylaw that blocked Kensington-area Walmart to be appealed to OMB
Toronto Star
The developer proposing to put a Walmart in a new complex near the Kensington Market has appealed a city bylaw that effectively froze big-box retailers out of the area for a year. Edward Sonshine, chief executive of developer RioCan, confirmed the company has filed an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board.
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New rules intended for Sudbury to avoid another transit fiasco
The Sudbury Star
To prevent any more botched city contracts, like the one for transit tickets that cost taxpayers more than $800,00, staff have drafted a preliminary bylaw suggesting changes to be made to the system. In October 2011, city councillors directed staff to come up with a contract management process.
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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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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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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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 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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 Municipal Career Opportunities

Tay Valley Township - Deputy Treasurer - Tax Collector

Town of Midland - Director of Corporate Services - Clerk

York Region - Director Housing Development & Asset Strategy

Municipality of Centre Hastings - Full-Time Fire Chief

Town of Gananoque - Chief Building Official - Property Coordinator




 Upcoming Municipal Events

Date Event Location
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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