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Holding cellphone in hand while driving illegal in Ontario
CBC News
Ontario's top court says it's illegal to hold a cellphone while driving even if it's not transmitting and no matter how briefly it's in a driver's hand. The Court of Appeal for Ontario released a pair of decisions Friday ordering two people convicted under the Highway Traffic Act for violating the ban on using cellphones while driving.
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Canada chocolate factory may get new life as marijuana farm
The Globe and Mail
A Canadian start-up wants to turn an empty chocolate factory in eastern Ontario into a production facility for medical marijuana, a possible boost for a local economy that has been hurting since the landmark Hershey plant shut down in 2008. The old factory, which for decades churned out Hershey chocolate bars, has been conditionally sold to a start-up called Tweed Inc, which plans to use about a third of the 470,000 square foot plant to grow medical marijuana.
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Ontario drivers can now renew licence online
Toronto Star
Motorists due to renew their Ontario driver's licenses can now do it online instead of standing in line. It's the latest upgrade at Service Ontario, which is trying to drive more of its business to the web and now has one-third of its features online, including newborn baby registrations and license plate sticker renewals.
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Board of Health asked to back new Toronto smoking restrictions
The Globe and Mail
Toronto's Board of Health is being asked to lend its support to new restrictions on smoking including a ban outside all public buildings, at beaches, sports fields and public squares. A report by the Medical Officer of Health recommends making more outdoor spaces in Toronto smoke-free, including a change in municipal regulations to ban lighting up within nine metres of all public building entrances.
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Ontario audit puts pension fund's pay levels, appointees under scrutiny
The Globe and Mail
A government audit of one of Ontario's largest public-sector pension funds calls for greater scrutiny of board appointees and raises questions about pay levels, undocumented employee expenses and "significant" bonuses. The year-long examination of the $15 billion OPSEU Pension Trust (OPTrust) also uncovered failures to follow rules on procurement and advisers and found gaps in risk management and whistle-blowing policies.
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Busker claims Ottawa bylaw discriminates against women
CBC News
An Ottawa circus artist has filed a human rights complaint against the city, alleging that a bylaw discriminates against female street performers. Stephanie Wheaton has taken the City of Ottawa to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, arguing a rule banning buskers in the Byward Market from using voice amplification equipment, such as microphones, adversely affects women.
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Wynne promises to boost agri-food sector to help the Ontario economy
Toronto Star
Premier Kathleen Wynne wants her government to get out of the way of food and beverage companies trying to do business in Ontario by cutting red tape and regulatory hurdles. But Wynne, who also serves as agriculture minister, told a round table of executives representing more than 25 companies that she will happily intervene to help them boost their businesses.
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    Mayor, 2 councillors of eastern Ontario city charged with breach of conduct (CTV News)
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OLG began review of racetracks' spending of slot revenues in 2010
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's gambling agency launched a review of Woodbine Entertainment Group and other racetrack operators in 2010, demanding that they provide proof of how billions of dollars from government-owned slot machines had improved the horse-racing industry, reveals a letter obtained by The Globe and Mail.
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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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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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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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 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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 Upcoming Municipal Events

Date Event Location
Oct. 16 - Oct. 17 Leading Edge Summit Hockley Valley Resort, Orangeville, ON
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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