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Netflix says it will not turn over subscriber data to CRTC
The Globe and Mail
Netflix Inc. is refusing to provide the national broadcast regulator with a range of sensitive data about its online streaming operations in Canada, citing concerns the data might not be kept confidential. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) repeatedly sparred with a representative of Netflix, demanding that the company produce data about its revenue and viewership here or risk jeopardizing the status that exempts the popular online video site from the country’s broadcast regulations.
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Privacy watchdog investigating RCMP data collection
Toronto Star
Canada's privacy watchdog is investigating the RCMP's warrantless collection of Canadians' personal data. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner confirmed it is formally reviewing the police force's collection of Canadians' personal data from telecommunications companies. The findings are expected to be made public in the near future.
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OFA urges getting tougher on trespassers
Brantford Expositor
It's time to clamp down on trespassing on farms, says the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. The organization is recommending amendment to the Trespass to Property Act, which was enacted in the 1980s to protect the rights of landowners. "Farm fields are enticing wide open spaces for rural neighbours and visitors straying from designated tails or adjacent land," OFA vice-president Keith Currie writes in a commentary on the organization's website.
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Cohn: Why Kathleen Wynne is banking on TD's Ed Clark
Toronto Star
For the third time in three years, a big banker is telling big government how to raise its game — by lowering its costs. Ed Clark, the departing head of TD Bank, heads a closely-watched task force for Premier Kathleen Wynne focusing on three big government-owned enterprises: OPG, Hydro One and the LCBO. No massive privatization is in the cards. Unloading these assets could provide billions of dollars to the treasury, but also impose a political price and financial cost that the Liberal government is unwilling to pay.
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Waiting for Ontario's first green bond: A $500 million raise for light rail transit
Financial Post
The government of Ontario is expected to bring to market its issue of first green bonds, a special type of security "where the issue proceeds are utilized to fund projects with specific environmental benefits." The decision comes about a year after the government indicated it intended to be the first province to do so. "These bonds will be an important tool to help Ontario finance transit and other environmentally friendly projects across the Province, and will take advantage of Ontario's ability to raise funds at low interest rates," it said at the time.
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Sudbury Accent: Voters to decide store hours
The Sudbury Star
As an emergency services worker, Dann Kingsley keeps all kinds of hours. But many of his favourite stores don't. If the Sudburian ends a shift at 2 a.m. and wants to buy groceries, for example, he's out of luck. Greater Sudbury is rare among municipalities in Ontario in that it still regulates store hours. The city restricts store hours to 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. A list of exemptions to restricted hours includes convenience, grocery, book, drug and liquor stores, among others.
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Conference board: Age eclipsing gender as Canada's major income gap
The Globe and Mail
Canada has made huge strides narrowing the pay gap between men and women, but the big challenge now will be to fix a rapidly growing generational divide. It's a chasm that risks hobbling the economy and sowing social strife as the population ages. A sobering new report being released by the Conference Board of Canada says the income gap between older and younger workers has expanded massively since 1980s, leaving today's twentysomethings the first generation of Canadians to be worse off than their parents.
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Startup tackles Toronto transit woes with crowdfunded shuttle service
The Globe and Mail
The founders of Line 6 could not have picked a better time to launch a new way of organizing transportation in Toronto. The city is in the grips of an interminable mayoral election, in which the city's well-documented gridlock has taken a front seat, to the frustration of more or less everybody. The leading candidates' plans range from disingenuous to implausible to "maybe this will help in 2025."
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Why you need to hire slow and fire fast
The Globe and Mail
Every time I hire a new employee I pray. I pray that she really is the person my team and I interviewed; the one who engaged us more than the other candidates. I pray that he will add value to our organization — even if it is only 75 to 80 per cent of what he stated when selling himself to us. I interview, check her social footprint and check references (both the ones provided and those from my own acquaintances; there is always someone who knows her somehow.
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Pressure mounting on Ottawa to improve Rouge Park protection
Toronto Star
Pressure is mounting on the federal government to better protect the Rouge National Urban Park lands in order to get the massive preserve back on track. As reported by the Star, the Ontario government is threatening to withhold 5,400 acres of provincially controlled land from the proposed park over environmental concerns.
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Ontario trims 2013-14 deficit using $1 billion reserve
CBC News
Ontario's deficit for fiscal 2013-14 came in at $10.5 billion, $800 million lower than forecast in last spring's provincial budget. Finance Minister Charles Sousa used a $1 billion reserve to offset a decline in revenues, and he still projects a $12.5 billion budget shortfall for 2014-15. Sousa says the public accounts — the actual year-end numbers — show the Liberal government beat its deficit target for the fifth year in a row.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


AMO supports the Double Hatter Firefighter Issue
AMCTO
As this issue garners increasing media attention, AMO and its Board of Directors have pledged their support behind Double hatter Firefighters. Over the past several days, the issue has attracted media attention including this article in the Globe and Mail.

Click here for more information on how AMO is advocating on the issue and providing opportunities for municipalities to have their voices heard.

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AMCTO Corporate Training
AMCTO
AMCTO is pleased to offer a joint training session for both senior staff and elected officials after this October's municipal election. Mike Galloway, now CAO and a former elected official will lead a one day workshop called "Prepare Your Elected Officials and Senior Leadership Team to Succeed." For the first time, this new Municipal Governance training is aimed at building bridges between staff and your new council.

Click here for more AMCTO corporate training opportunities.

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Province says no to giant Ticat sign, councillors may still say yes
The Hamilton Spectator
City council appears ready to approve a giant electronic Ticats sign beside the QEW over the opposition of the province and planning staff. The city signed a stadium lease agreement with the Tiger-Cats football team last fall promising to work together to erect a "marquee" gateway sign to score advertising dollars, promote the new stadium and the city. Councillors will be asked to endorse a 20-year licensing agreement for the $3 million, six-storey sign.

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Ontario's full-day kindergarten splits classes — and raises concerns
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's full-day kindergarten children are being squeezed into split-grades, prompting questions about whether the province's youngest students are fully benefiting from the Liberal government’s much-touted play-based curriculum and leaving classroom teachers coping with the fallout. A ministry briefing note marked "confidential advice to minister," obtained by The Globe and Mail through freedom-of-information legislation, showed that 261 classrooms in the past academic year housed both full-day kindergarten and Grade 1 students.

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Toronto trustees expense everything from $28 cookies to $4,000 walking tours of Israel
Toronto Star
Toronto public school board trustees have charged taxpayers for everything from $19 worth of groceries — including nuts and hand lotion — to a tour of Israel that cost almost $4,000. An internal audit of questionable expenditures filed by Toronto District School Board elected officials, obtained by the Star, includes scores of reimbursed claims that are not allowed or for which it is "unclear" as to how they relate to the job of trustee.

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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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September 24 - 26 Municipal Finance Officers' Association of Ontario Annual Conference Niagara Falls, ON
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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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