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Jim Flaherty: Scarborough subway extension is getting $660 million from Ottawa
National Post
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced that his government will put up $660 million to build a subway in Scarborough, in what Mayor Rob Ford called a "historic day" for Toronto. The money heeds a request by the city government to help fund an extension of the Bloor-Danforth line to the Scarborough Town Centre and on to Sheppard Avenue.
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London academic questions rationale for Andre Marin's investigation of 7 city council members' luncheon
London Free Press
A noted local expert is questioning the very ground Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin is using to investigate the so-called Burgergate luncheon shared by seven London politicians. The provincial watchdog, in turn, calls Western University political scientist Andrew Sancton's perspective the kind of "old-world" reading of open-meeting laws better suited to the 1950s than 2013.
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BlackBerry takeover offer buys company time
CBC News
A takeover is necessary to give battered BlackBerry the time it needs to get itself back in order, company watchers say. BlackBerry recently said a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. had signed a letter of intent to buy the company for $9 US a share in a deal valued at $4.7 billion U.S.
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Police nuisance blitz nets 545 charges
Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa police handed out 545 provincial offence notices during a three-day nuisance blitz. Ottawa police partnered with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, bylaw officers and OC Transpo special constables to target noise, public intoxication, drug use, aggressive driving and property damage in Lowertown, the ByWard Market, Vanier, Sandy Hill and Centretown.
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Mayor, 2 councillors of eastern Ontario city charged with breach of conduct
CTV News
The mayor of the eastern Ontario city of Clarence-Rockland says he won't step aside after being charged with breach of trust in a police probe of politicians' emails. Marcel Guibord says the charge has "has nothing to do" with his management of the small bilingual municipality, adding he is "totally innocent."
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Mississauga council passes second units licensing program bylaw
Mississauga.ca
City Council recently approved a bylaw to license second units in Mississauga. The bylaw will be effective on Jan. 1, 2014. Ontario laws now require municipalities to allow second units in homes. These units are also known as basement apartments, in-law suites and secondary units. "Licensing will help to ensure second units are safe," said Heather MacDonald, Director of Strategic Housing Initiatives.
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Ontario seeking more power over unregulated day care
Toronto Star
The Ontario government does not track public health inspections of unregulated day cares, like the one that found potentially deadly listeria bacteria in a Vaughan home where a toddler died this summer. Nor are provincial officials automatically informed when complaints to Children's Aid, animal control, municipal property standards, fire or police services result in warnings, fines or charges against unlicensed home day care operators.
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Liberals, Conservatives close to deal on Ontario political gridlock
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's Liberal government and Progressive Conservative opposition are on the verge of a deal that would break the province's legislative gridlock while freezing out the NDP. Responding to a Globe and Mail report, Premier Kathleen Wynne said she was open to a Conservative proposal that would fast-track at least eight pieces of legislation from both parties.
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Sudbury cyclists fight for road space
The Sudbury Star
A transportation study is in the process of being completed as part of the official plan. And yet due to delays, there are no timelines for cycling infrastructure investment, says Rachelle Niemela, a spokesperson for the SCU, and one of its fabulous core of cycling advocates. "We've been fighting for a number of years, asking for additional cycling infrastructure, asking for an active transportation coordinator, somebody with the clout at city hall with the authority to make decisions."
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Ottawa asks Ontario university to find better rail crossing safety tools
The Province
The federal Transport Department wants experts at an Ontario university to study the safety of railway level crossings. The call for a study follows a horrific crash in Ottawa last week involving an OC Transpo bus and a Via Rail passenger train. Six people died and more than 30 were injured when the bus slammed into the train after going through a safety barricade.
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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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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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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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 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

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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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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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