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Elections Canada warns staff to guard against 'voter suppression' tactics
Globe and Mail
Elections Canada has quietly warned staff to be on the lookout for increasingly sophisticated tactics aimed at discouraging — or even stopping — voters from casting a ballot. The advanced voter-suppression techniques flourishing in the United States are likely to spill into other countries, employees were advised in a presentation aimed at raising awareness prior to the Oct. 19 federal election.
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Rerouting the Gardiner: How Toronto has been down this road before
Globe and Mail
It's not every day that local politicians get a chance to move something as, well, immovable as a highway. But that's just what will happen beginning next week, when a council committee sits down to figure out exactly where the "hybrid" eastern leg of the Gardiner Expressway should run.
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Kitchener sees biggest growth spurt for 30 years
The Record
The latest figures from the city's planning department show that residential growth boomed last year, with the municipality issuing more building permits than it has since Kitchener's last big growth spurt almost 30 years ago. The numbers paint a picture of a city where development is split almost evenly between construction in "greenfield" suburbs and in the city's built-up areas — where apartments were a big part of the new housing in 2014, and where new types of home, such as stacked houses and clusters of low-rise buildings, are becoming more common.
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Employees locked out at Sudbury Racetrack Slots
Sudbury Star
Employees at Sudbury Racetrack Slots walked a picket line in the wind and rain after being locked out. Seventy-two workers, including all staff except security, are off the job after contract talks broke off between the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. and Unifor, which represents some 7,000 at gaming sites across the province.
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Province giving $2.8 million to organizations that aim to reduce poverty
IF Press
The province rolled out funding for the next phase of its poverty reduction strategy, handing out almost $3 million to agencies in Southwestern Ontario. The announcement by Deputy Premier Deb Matthews is the first of three instalments that will see $50 million spent on organizations working to help those in need.
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Toronto delays debate over privatized garbage pickup
Toronto Star
Facing unwelcome advice against contracting out garbage collection east of Yonge St., Mayor John Tory's administration has punted the thorny issue until late next year. Councillor Jaye Robinson, public works chair and a close Tory ally, successfully proposed Tuesday that her committee vote to delay the debate until the fourth quarter of 2016.
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Gloomy report on Sudbury's roads, infrastructure
Sudbury Star
It will come as no surprise to Sudbury's drivers, but many of the city's roads are in bad shape. At a recent meeting of the operations committee, Tony Cecutti, the general manager of infrastructure, and David Shelsted, the city's roads director, presented an overview of the roads and water-wastewater budgets.
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Liberals closing gap, NDP and Conservatives still on top
Globe and Mail
Our election forecast, based on recent polls and historical data, projects the likelihood that a given party would win the most seats, if an election were held today. Our algorithm was designed in consultation with political scientist Paul Fairie (read more about how it works). This page will be updated frequently with new polls.
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U.S. politician dumps on nuclear dump plan
IF Press
A U.S. politician is urging Secretary of State John Kerry to become involved in the fight against a plan to bury nuclear waste near Kincardine. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, a Democratic senator in Michigan, recently published an article on a Michigan news website calling on Ontario Power Generation to shelve a plan to bury nuclear waste in an underground vault in rock three kilometres from the shores of Lake Huron.
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 Management Resources


A hiring manager shares HR's common hiring secrets
Fast Company
Before launching my own consulting business, I earned my HR stripes working for everyone from big-name financial-service companies to an equally big electronics and entertainment company. So I know firsthand the techniques that are used to vet potential employees — and it's not all as compliant as you'd expect.
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5 simple ways to be a good boss no matter how busy you are
Fast Company
This past week, something hit me while I was reading emails from my employees. They all seemed to have something in common: there was a bit of a nervous, overly deferential tone. It was only then that I realized that over the past month, I'd been in swept up in a whirlwind of operations tasks — new hires, terminating contracts, working with legal, sales, and accounting. I must have given off a harried, "don't poke the bear" impression.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Municipal Use of Social Media Growing
Redbrick Communications
Redbrick Communication has released its latest update on how local governments in Ontario are using social and digital media. Most notable amongst the findings, is that social media use by Ontario municipalities has grown by 11 times in the past five years, with 68 per cent of municipalities are using some form of social media. For more, you can find the full findings here.
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New Paper on Municipal Credit and Borrowing
IMFG
The Munk School's Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance has released a new paper, authored by Kyle Hanniman, which explores municipal credit and borrowing in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse. You can read the paper here.
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