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More than one third of Ontario's municipalities have passed resolutions opposing sale of Hydro One
Windsor Star
Municipal politicians opposed to the Ontario government's plans to sell Hydro One said that the issue is hurting federal Liberals on the campaign trail, and will come back to haunt the provincial party as well. More than one third of Ontario's municipalities, 165 so far, have passed resolutions opposing the Liberal's plans to sell the giant electricity transmission utility, with many complaining they were not consulted.
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Carding is 'wrong and illegal' says Ontario ombudsman
CityNews
Carding is "wrong and illegal" and it violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Ontario's ombudsman's office has boldly declared in a report titled Street Checks and Balances. The report, which was recently made public, was submitted to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services at the end of August by former ombudsman Andre Marin.
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Peel chief refuses to suspend carding
Toronto Star
Peel Police Chief Jennifer Evans has refused to suspend carding, ignoring her police board's instruction to halt the controversial practice until further review. "Street checks will continue in Peel," Evans told the board, moments after board members voted 4-3 to suspend the practice.
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John Tory threatens higher rent on city buildings leased by province
Globe and Mail
John Tory is threatening to "jack up the rent" the Ontario government pays to lease space in city-owned buildings. The Toronto mayor gave warning after learning the province is trying to squeeze money out of the city by appealing property tax assessments on Ontario government buildings.
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Rob Ford was 'unnecessarily reckless' when he accidentally tackled a city councillor
National Post
Toronto's integrity commissioner says then-mayor Rob Ford was "unnecessarily reckless" when he accidentally knocked over a city councillor during a televised high-stakes meeting two years ago. In a report to be presented at next week's council meeting, Valerie Jepson says the collision on Nov. 18 2013 caused Coun. Pam McConnell "physical and emotional harm."
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EnviroCan wins tilt at radar-hexing windmills
IF Press
Environment Canada can't block wind farms from being built close enough to throw off its weather radar readings, but it's won the right to order turbines curtailed during severe weather in Southwestern Ontario, documents obtained by The London Free Press show.
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High-speed electric vehicle charging station
City of Markham
Electric Vehicle (EV) owners who live in Markham or are just passing through can now enjoy the convenience of high-speed charging at the Markham Civic Centre. The unit is located within minutes of Markham Centre — the City's developing downtown core — and steps away from the Markham Town Square outdoor shopping mall and Markham Hilton Suites.
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MPAC announces new vice-president of Municipal and Stakeholder Relations
MPAC
The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is pleased to announce that Carla Nell will assume the role of Vice-President, Municipal and Stakeholder Relations. Effective October 19, 2015, Ms. Nell will lead MPAC's new Municipal and Stakeholder Relations department with a focus on strengthening relationships through proactive outreach and collaboration as MPAC begins to deliver on the 2016 Assessment Update.
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Mayor's Innovation Roundtable highlights opportunities and challenges
City of Brampton
Some of Brampton's most forward-thinking professionals and entrepreneurs met in City Hall recently for the Innovation Roundtable hosted by Mayor Jeffrey and the RIC Centre. The group discussed the challenges and opportunities in Brampton with respect to fostering investment in innovation, building partnerships, and creating the right conditions for sustained economic growth. The public sector, private sector and educational institutions all have roles to play and specific strengths to bring in creating an environment that supports innovation.
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Ontario home-care agencies spending almost $1 billion a year on administration costs
National Post
Ontario's network of agencies that co-ordinate home and community-based care spend over $930 million dollars per year on administration — 39 per cent of their total budget — the provincial auditor has found. The review of the province's Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) is the first full audit since they were created in 1995.
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 Management Resources


6 things true leaders do
Entrepreneur
"Now that I'm a leader, I fear people will find out I'm a fraud." Many leaders with varying degrees of experience share this sentiment. At the heart of this dilemma is the transition from being a "doer with expertise" to a "leader with vision." This shift, which is rarely easy, differs depending on the company, position and the amount of responsibility you have within your organization. As you assume leadership positions that take you further away from day-to-day tasks, this feeling can become increasingly pronounced.
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Your first 5 days as a new manager
Entrepreneur
Whether you've just started your first company or are brand new to management, you probably come to the position ill prepared. Most people taking on a management role for the first time have had little or no training to prepare them. According to the Corporate Executive Board, 60 per cent of managers fail in the first 24 months. The Center for Creative Leadership puts the rate even lower, at 50 per cent, which is still unacceptable.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


AMCTO attends PPF Meeting on the Expanding Mandate of Ontario Ombudsman

On Monday September 21st in Ottawa, the Public Policy Forum (PPF) hosted a meeting where members of the broader public sector — including AMCTO — were able to participate in an open dialogue about the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act. The meeting focused on identifying concerns with the legislation and identifying resources that the municipal sector would find useful as it seeks to comply with this new mandate. A follow-up meeting and event is in the works and more details will follow from the Public Policy Forum in the weeks ahead.
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Northern Policy Institute Launches New Research Tool
North by Numbers
The Northern Policy Institute, North Superior Workforce Planning Board, and the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre have made data just a click away by launching this new interactive data tool that displays Northern Ontario census data from between 2001 and 2011.
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What are the Next Big Things in Local Government?

The Alliance for Innovation has just published a new study that attempts to answer the question: what the next big things facing local government? The report, which is the culmination of over a year of research and consultation, contains 44 trends in four categories: resources, technology, demographics, and governance that will likely impact how local governments function in the future. You can learn more about this project here.
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