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 Industry News

Canada to pay out $4.3 million to farmers in wake of TPP deal
Globe and Mail
Canada is joining a massive Pacific Rim free-trade zone, but has sacrificed some long-held protections for the country's dairy, poultry and auto industries to gain entry. Negotiators for the 12 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership struck a tentative deal in Atlanta that will eliminate most tariffs in a region spanning roughly 40 per cent of the global economy.
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Inquest into deaths of First Nation students begins, may take 6 months to complete
TB News Watch
A long-awaited coroner's inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay is finally set to begin this week. The inquest is being held at the Thunder Bay courthouse, starting at 9:30 a.m., and is expected to take about six months to complete.
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Toronto ditches idea of putting the Gardiner underground
Globe and Mail
Toronto city council has tried again to kill the persistent dream of burying the downtown highway across the waterfront, rejecting a call for more study on an idea staff said should be abandoned. The possibility of moving the Gardiner Expressway into a tunnel has been around for decades, cropping up periodically as a way to remove the barrier to the lake and open up land for development.
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'How big are our hearts?' City launches refugee response
Ottawa Citizen
The first, Refugee 613, is a short-term project designed to respond to the refugee crisis. The second, United For Refugees, is a fundraising effort to support sponsorship and settlement. "Ottawa has an extraordinary resource pool of experience, insight and wisdom when it comes to issues of refugee resettlement," said Watson. "We're not sure how many and we're not sure when, but we want to be ready to welcome these families properly when they do arrive."
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Brampton city councillors axe $2.1 million office renovation
Brampton Guardian
City councillors have put a lid on plans to renovate their office space — l at least for now. "What I know now and what I knew then about our finances is completely different," said Mayor Linda Jeffrey before tabling a motion to revisit an earlier council decision to spend $2.1 million on a revamp of the fourth floor at city hall.
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Band resolutions lead Hydro One to revoke contracts in favour of Wasaya
TB News Watch
First Nations sovereignty has trumped the provincial procurement process in the Far North. At the request of six First Nations, Hydro One revoked a newly-awarded contract to carry diesel fuel into the Far North and transferred it to a company owned by those First Nations.
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The Uber disruption continues in Toronto
Globe and Mail
Contemplating the City of Toronto’s latest position on Uber is like contemplating existence itself. You know it's there, but you can't always quite believe it. Last week, the city effectively outlawed Uber, the app-based taxi service that launched in Toronto in 2012. Where once Uber fell outside the existing rules, the city now defines it as a taxicab broker and limousine service company, which means it can't operate without a municipal licence.
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 Management Resources


10 habits of ultra-likable leaders
Entrepreneur
If you want to be a leader whom people follow with absolute conviction, you have to be a likable leader. Tyrants and curmudgeons with brilliant vision can command a reluctant following for a time, but it never lasts. They burn people out before they ever get to see what anyone is truly capable of.
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9 hard-earned leadership lessons
Fast Company
No matter how talented or intelligent you are, many of the greatest lessons—in business and in life—don't come until after years of experience. Oftentimes, when looking back, these are the lessons the most successful people wish they knew when they were in their 20s. Other times, they're glad they didn't know them, as knowledge sometimes hold us back in the wrong ways.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Toronto First Ontario Municipality to Regulate Uber

In a decisive 32-12 vote last week, the City of Toronto became the first Ontario municipality to declare its intention to regulate Uber. The move came as municipalities across the province have been struggling to respond to the ride-sharing platform, and other new services that now make up the "sharing economy." Learn more about this here.
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Bill 73 Passes Second Reading

Bill 73, Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, has passed its second reading in the legislature and will now be reviewed by the Standing Committee on Social Policy. The bill, which was carried on division, is designed to ensure that development charges better balance the competing interests of municipalities with developers and give citizens a more active role in the development process. Committee hearings for Bill 73 have not been scheduled yet. Learn more here.

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Ontario Conducting Consultations on a new "Culture Strategy"'
Government of Ontario
The government of Ontario is seeking input from across the province as it begins consulting on a new "culture strategy." Interested individuals and stakeholders can get involved in this process by attending one of several town halls being held across the province, submitting comments on the government's Culture Talks website, or via social media (#ONCulture). Learn more about this here.
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 Upcoming Municipal Events

Date Event Location
October 6-8 Ontario Professional Planners Institute annual conference Toronto ON
October 7-8 2015 Chartered Professional Accountants Canada’s Public Sector conference Ottawa ON
October 13-15 Smart City 360 Summit Toronto ON
October 14-16 Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association fall workshop Kitchener ON
October 19 Municipal Watershed Management seminar Toronto ON
October 19-21 GTEC Annual Conference & Exhibition Ottawa ON



 Municipal Career Opportunities

Toronto District School Board - Integrity Commissioner

Durham Region - Senior Financial Analyst 2

Town of Saugeen Shores - Director of Finance-Treasurer

Municipality of Meaford - Deputy Clerk, Council and Accessibility Coordinator

Durham Region - Senior Financial Analyst 2 Financial Planning
 


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