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 Industry News

Ontario consults public on closing wage gap between men and women
CBC News
Ontario's Liberal government will hold hearings across the province to get feedback on ways to close the wage gap between men and women. Nearly 30 years after Ontario passed legislation requiring "equal pay for work of equal value," women still earn between 12 and 31 per cent less then men.
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Why can't Ontario's police boards make police stop carding?
CBC News
Two Ontario police services recently thwarted attempts by their police boards to have a say over how the controversial practice of carding or street checks is carried out in their cities. The showdowns raise questions of police accountability and civilian checks on police power, especially connected to practices that raise issues of discrimination and civil rights.
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Failed government policies sinking Ontario
Toronto Sun
The past dozen years of political decision-making have derailed the country's once unstoppable economic engine — the Ontario economy — a new Fraser Institute report says. Author Philip Cross, former chief economic analyst for Statistics Canada, makes the case in Ontario — No Longer a Place to Prosper. The new report suggests failed government policies are to blame for turning the powerhouse economy into a laggard.
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Aboriginal voters ponder policies on education, 'nation-to-nation relationship'
CBC News
While federal politicians talk about the aboriginal education gap, Catherine Pawis lives with this every day. The principal of Wasauksing-Kinomaugewgamik elementary school in Wasauksing, south of Sudbury, said the $4,500 per pupil she receives from the federal government barely covers the basics at her school in Wasauksing, south of Sudbury.
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Bylaw charges politically motivated, former Pickering councillor Peter Rodrigues alleges
Durham Region
Former Pickering councillor Peter Rodrigues has called for bylaw charges against him to be dismissed, claiming in a motion filed with the court that he's the victim of political skullduggery. In a motion filed in provincial offences court Mr. Rodrigues's lawyer, Carol Shirtliff-Hinds, accused the city of abuse of process, alleging charges laid against the former politician were initiated by political rival David Pickles.
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Ontario to permit self-driving vehicle testing on public roads
Auto Focus via Globe and Mail
Ontario wants to become the first province to let automakers test self-driving cars on public roads, and may begin issuing test permits as early as January 1, the Globe and Mail reported. Sources told the Globe that the move was designed to help Canadian companies test and tune self-driving car components and technologies and channel some of the billions of dollars the auto industry is spending on autonomous car development to Ontario.
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Ontario to increase equipment for winter road maintenance after company fined $500,000
CTV News
The Ontario government will allocate more equipment to winter road maintenance this year, in an effort to prevent the dangerous conditions witnessed during a snowstorm in November, 2014. The vow came a day after an exclusive CTV News report that revealed that a company hired to ensure road safety on part of the Queen Elizabeth Way is facing a hefty fine.
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Brampton Mayor's attempt to stop her pay raise deferred to council meeting
Brampton Guardian
Brampton city councillors will consider a motion to freeze the mayor's salary at a meeting next week. Mayor Linda Jeffrey presented the motion to freeze her own pay during a Corporate Services Committee meeting. The proposal comes after a contentious 6-5 vote by council members that led to approval of a new pay structure and substantial salary raises for politicians at City Hall.
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 Management Resources


3 tips on managing your manager
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There"s not a lot written on the skill of managing upwards, what"s your advice here when it comes to managing your managers" expectations? A topic not often mentioned or indeed written about. Managing your managers is a relationship that needs to be managed smartly and carefully. Follow these three steps to do just that.
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6 tips for learning to delegate
Business Management Daily
Delegating is a vital leadership skill, but many people find it hard to do. These six tips can help you delegate more effectively and confidently.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Applications open for Smart Grid fund

Applications are now open for the next round of grants under Ontario’s Smart Grid Fund. The Fund is designed to support new products or services to improve conservation, develop new technologies and help consumers manage energy costs. Learn more about the Smart Grid Fund here.
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Call for Expressions of Interest: Measuring Rural Community Vitality

The Rural Ontario Institute is looking for four rural communities to participate in a 30-month applied research project focusing on deepening our understanding of community vitality in rural areas. Selected communities will have access to valuable expertise, tools and knowledge transfer opportunities, and up to $15,000 in financial support for consulting. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Eric Muller (emuller@amcto.com).
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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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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
October 20-21 Emergency Planning for Critical Infrastructure conference Toronto ON



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