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Undercover city staff book Uber rides in Ottawa then charge drivers with $650 fines
National Post
The dispute between the city of Ottawa and ride-sharing company Uber escalated when two drivers were charged as part of an undercover investigation. The city intends to keep investigating after both drivers were charged with operating a cab without a taxi driver license and says more bylaw charges are possible.
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Top court to tackle jury representation after manslaughter conviction thrown out over lack of First Nations jurors
National Post
Just what provinces must do to ensure juries are properly representative of the population in an area will be put to Canada's highest court in a case that could change the country's jury landscape. At issue, as the Supreme Court of Canada kicks off its fall session, is an appeal by Ontario in the case of an aboriginal man whose manslaughter conviction was thrown out because his jury had no First Nations members.
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Toronto school board sets higher improvement targets for students based on race, sexual orientation
Toronto Star
For the first time in Ontario, a school board has set a different — and higher — target for raising the marks of students who are black, Spanish-speaking, aboriginal, Portuguese, gay or lesbian, than the target for its students overall.
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Is your basement apartment safe? Bylaw delays across the GTA are leaving tenants at risk
Toronto Star
It was on a cool autumn night last year that Josh Schaefer, 25, stepped outside his downtown basement apartment and lit the cigarette that saved his life. He heard the faint beeping of an alarm before his neighbours started screaming "Fire!" Running down to the basement, he says, he was choked by smoke and blasted back by a brutal heat. The door to his apartment at College and Dufferin was in flames and his girlfriend, Alisha Lamers, 24, was sleeping inside.
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Program to equip people prone to wandering with tracking bracelets not available in London
London Free Press
A program has been set up in parts of the London region to help find people prone to wandering. Project Lifesaver provides bracelets to people with dementia or others, like children with autism, who have a history of wandering or becoming disoriented. The bracelets emit radio frequencies. If a person goes missing, police officers use a transmitter to locate him or her.
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Burlington council opposes nuclear waste storage facility in Great Lakes Basin
Inside Halton
City council has made its opposition official to a proposed nuclear waste repository in the Great Lakes Basin. Voting as the Development and Infrastructure Committee and then as council at a special meeting immediately after, there was unanimous approval for a resolution against the project. Council members did not support opposing the project in fall 2013.
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Crowdfunded Liberty Village bus makes first run
Toronto Star
A crowdfunded bus service for transit-starved Liberty Village residents has made its inaugural run recently. The privately run bus service, dubbed the Liberty Village Express, set off on its first run of the morning at 7:45 a.m., with a total of four trips scheduled from the corner of Pirandella and East Liberty Streets to Union Station.
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Why your team needs rookies
Harvard Business Review
Hiring managers often view newcomers to their organizations as not only long-term assets but also short-term burdens: people who need to be inducted, trained, and given lighter loads as they get up to speed, inevitably slowing everyone else down. But that doesn't have to be the case.
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How important is flexible work? 43 per cent choose it over pay raise
Forbes
In a world where no one seems to have enough time, the ability to arrange it as you choose has become increasingly valuable. That's the clear message from a new global survey: 43 per cent of respondents would choose flexibility over a pay raise. The survey, which included 800 employees at all organizational levels, was conducted by Unify, a communication software and services firm.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Protecting Rural Broadband — Message from ROMA Chair
AMCTO
In an announcement last week, the ROMA’s Chair Ron Eddy released a statement highlighting significant concerns to potential changes being considered by Industry Canada and the impact it will have on high speed internet access in rural communities. Click here to read more.
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Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
AMCTO
The Prime Minister officially released the full text of the agreement under review at an event with European officials last week. The text must be ratified before it comes into effect. The implications most associated with Ontario's municipalities will focus in on the area of procurement with fairly significant changes potentially to be seen should the agreement be ratified.
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James: If John Tory's SmartTrack seems credible, details don't matter
Toronto Star
Can John Tory's SmartTrack transit line be built as he suggests? Probably not, but it doesn't matter. The public supports the idea. Torontonians expect transit plans to change more times than the Blue Jays' prospects during a baseball season, so few expect SmartTrack will run where Tory's election campaign map shows the stations.

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Ezra Levant show narrator reads apology to Justin Trudeau for host's on-air rant
National Post
Sun Media apologized for an on-air rant by its outspoken provocateur, Ezra Levant, about Justin Trudeau and the Liberal leader's famous parents. The apology aired at the beginning of Levant's Sun News Network show. It was read by a narrator; Levant didn't deliver the mea culpa. "It is the view of Sun News that this segment was in poor taste and should not have been aired," the apology's narrator intoned.

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Queen's Park could add 15 MPPs after 2018 election
Toronto Star
Coming soon to Queen's Park — 15 more MPPs. The Ontario legislature looks set to expand from 107 members to 122 after the 2018 provincial election. That's thanks to new ridings expected to be carved out in Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan, Markham, Barrie, Kitchener, and Ottawa. So says Premier Kathleen Wynne in "mandate letters" to cabinet ministers on her expectations for their tenure.

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