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As more cities embrace countdown signals at intersections, Toronto study casts doubt on their safety
National Post
They are the latest in crosswalk safety and have been installed across Canada and the U.S. at a cost of thousands of dollars each. But the pedestrian-countdown signals in this country's biggest city seem to have actually increased crashes between people and cars, a detailed new study suggests.
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Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan wants OSC to force firms to add female directors
The Globe and Mail
The giant Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan wants the province's securities regulator to require all public companies to have at least three women on their boards, saying a voluntary option is unlikely to have much impact. Teachers outlined its bold proposal in a letter submitted to the Ontario Securities Commission, saying companies that fail to have at least three female directors after a transition period — which it suggests setting at 2020 — should be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange.
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Clarence-Rockland mulls arrest powers for bylaw officers
CBC News
Town councillors in the embattled eastern Ontario community of Clarence-Rockland are looking at giving their bylaw officers the right to handcuff people, including unruly citizens at council meetings. Clarence-Rockland's administration committee discussed granting the greater powers to bylaw officers to help keep council meetings under control.
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Rural communities face population challenge
Minden Times
Maintaining population levels will be a major challenge for rural communities in Ontario in the not-so-distant future. That was the message from Dr. Wayne Caldwell when he spoke to a crowd at the Minden Hills Community Centre as part of the 2013 Healthy Communities Symposium. While 99.5 per cent of the land mass of the country is rural, only 14 per cent of the country's population resides in non-urban areas.
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OPP costing delayed a year?
Brockville Recorder
Brockville's OPP costing "holding pattern" is now official, and it could last as long as a year or as little as a few months. It depends whether one trusts provincial officials or unofficial talk. The Ontario government issued a press release affirming the province's commitment to the Ontario Provincial Police's billing reform process.
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Wynne promotes rural infrastructure projects
Simcoe Reformer
Premier Kathleen Wynne said her government wants to turn a special fund to help rural Ontario rebuild its roads, bridges, and water systems into a permanent program. Announcing the first 21 projects to get approval, Wynne said she'd like to see $100 million go towards small town Ontario's ailing infrastructure every year.
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Wind turbine 'unwilling hosts' list grows to 71 municipalities
CTV News
A growing list of municipalities in Ontario are declaring themselves as "unwilling hosts" for more wind turbines. The total number of municipalities grew to 71 as South Dundas and Bruce County joined the Coalition of Unwilling Hosts. The number has more than doubled since the provincial government announced that they were going to address municipal concerns with the wind turbine program.
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Protests against 'arbitrary' detention of migrants planned Ontario-wide
CTV News
The group End Immigration Detention says 191 detainees ordered deported are being kept locked in cells for up to 22 hours a day at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay. It says some of the migrants have been held for years in what it calls "arbitrary" detention because they can't be sent back to their home countries.
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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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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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 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

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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