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Local Government Week 2012 will be happening Oct. 14 to Oct. 20
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We encourage municipalities and schools to plan activities for Local Government Week that will promote in children and youth a better understanding and awareness about the operations and services of their municipality, and foster responsible citizenship and stewardship of their local communities.

Visit the Local Government Week web pages on for information, activity ideas, resources and posters.

 Industry News

AMCTO New EnAbling Change Accessibility partnership with the ADO and new Project Manager announcement
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AMCTO is pleased to announce the launch of a partnership with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario over the next 18 months on the implementation of the Integrated Accessibility Standards for the broader public sector. More

Ontario Liberals go to 'all-out war' with teachers
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War was declared between Ontario's teachers and the normally teacher-friendly government of Dalton McGuinty. The Liberals passed legislation that mandates a two-year wage freeze, as well as halving sick days and banning teachers from striking. In response, the province's teacher unions asked members to stop running extracurricular activities and coined new 'McGuinty Mondays,' telling teachers not to attend school meetings on the first day of the week. More

AODA Multi-Year Planning Package
As the deadline nears, don’t start from scratch! We are already helping other municipalities and public sector organizations with their Integrated Accessibility Standards (IASR) requirements and can do the same for you. Visit our website for full details and sample pricing. Or call 1-800-263-9648 x249 for a free phone consultation. more

Blink and you might miss Toronto parking signs that spell out 3-hour limit
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According to the City of Toronto's report of parking ticket activity, 2,833,787 tickets were issued in 2011. Parking on a city street for more than three hours (bylaw No. 2) garnered 118,828 tickets — or 4.19 per cent of the overall total. The report does not indicate how many of those tickets were contested, but if all of them were paid, the city would have made more than $1.7 million off bylaw No. 2. More

Sudbury to vote on store hours
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Sudbury residents will soon be asked to weigh in on the ongoing debate over store hours in the city. At a recent meeting, city council voted to hold a referendum on the issue and let the voters decide, when they go to the polls in 2014. However, Mayor Marianne Matichuk was the lone dissenting voice in the vote. Scrapping that city bylaw altogether was a key platform plank for her in the last election, but she has repeatedly said it's a decision that should be made by council. More

Ontario tweaks green energy rules
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Ontario's new rules for green energy projects should prevent solar farms from sprouting up on vacant residential lots, like one did in Alvinston more than a year ago. The revised rules followed a review launched last fall of the province's Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program for awarding contracts to buy electricity from green energy projects. One change is to not allow new ground-mounted solar energy projects on residential property, or next to it. More

Energy group pushes hydro privatization
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Watch for a new debate on privatizing local hydro utilities, thanks to a set of proposals from Ontario's broadest energy sector lobby group. Ontario's local hydro utilities — and the municipalities who largely own them — need more capital to update aging infrastructure, argues the Ontario Energy Association (OEA). And it maps out a strategy that, it says, would shrink the number of local utilities in the province while tapping private capital to renew outdated equipment. More

Tree-cuttling bylaw proposed in Orangeville    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Orangeville council hasn't put the 'chop down' on a proposed tree-cutting bylaw yet. On town staff's to-do list for some time now, the brainchild of the Orangeville Sustainability Action Team (OSAT) may become law within town limits, assuming consultations with the public go smoothly. Given the headaches caused by Dufferin County's often criticized tree-cutting bylaw, some members of Orangeville council were apprehensive about regulating the cutting or removal of trees on private property. More

Ontario will ban teens from tanning beds
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Ontario will ban the use of tanning beds by people under the age of 18 to protect them from skin cancer, Premier Dalton McGuinty recently announced. "There's a strong consensus among the scientific community, people who work on the front lines, that we need to do something about young people who are getting access to tanning beds," McGuinty said after touring a cancer clinic at a Toronto hospital. More

Group home location bylaws pit Ontario cities against human rights watchdog
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Ontario's top human rights watchdog warned it will actively challenge 'discriminatory' bylaws that restrict the location of group homes, but one prominent critic says the Ontario Human Rights Commission is treading clumsily into an area better left to local decision-makers. Barbara Hall, the OHRC's chief commissioner, said local governments discriminate against people with addictions and mental health issues when they uphold laws saying two group homes cannot be within a certain distance of one another. More

McGuinty asks teachers to continue extracurriculars
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Ontario teachers shouldn't pull out of extracurricular activities because they're angry with the government for imposing new contracts and taking away their right to strike, Premier Dalton McGuinty said. Teacher-supervised activities outside the classroom are important to both students and families, and teachers know that "in their heart of hearts," he said after touring a Toronto college. "What I can't accept would be any decision on the part of teachers to withdraw services that are in fact part and parcel of what kids have come to expect from Ontario's great teachers". More

McGuinty calls on Ontario public-service workers to accept wage freeze
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The Ontario government plans to introduce legislation that would freeze wages for all workers who bargain collectively in the public sector. Just after the governing Liberals' new law freezing wages and banning strikes for the province's elementary and secondary teachers came into force, Premier Dalton McGuinty confirmed that he now plans to target other public-service workers. More

In Ontario schools, parents seek veto on sexuality teaching
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A group of conservative Christian and Muslim parents in Ontario want schools to notify them before their children are taught about sexuality, birth control, 'environmental worship' and occult practices. Just days after Ontario passed an anti-bullying law that promotes acceptance of diversity, the parents began distributing a four-page form letter to their children's elementary schools in and around Toronto. Titled 'Choosing to Remain in the Public System,' the downloadable form asks that parents be advised prior to their children's exposure to sex education and discussions about homosexuality, transgender issues and abortion. More

 Municipal Career Opportunities

County of Frontenac — Deputy Clerk (9/18/2012)

County of Grey — Communications-Accessibility Coordinator (9/18/2012)

Municipality of Red Lake — Human Resources Manager (9/18/2012)

Town of High River (AB) — Director of Engineering, Planning and Operations (9/14/2012)

York Region - Records and Information Analyst (9/14/2012)

 Upcoming Municipal Events

Date Event Location
September 20 - 21 Ontario Professional Planners Institute "Healthy Communities and Planning for Active Transportation" Markham, ON
Hilton Suites Markham Conference Centre
September 21 Regional Planning Commissioners of Ontario Meeting Haldimand, ONabcdefg
September 26 - 28 MSO-NW Regional Conference in partnership with NOMA, NODN and NOACC Thunder Bay, ON
Victoria Inn

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