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Ranked ballot option coming to Ontario municipalities
Yahoo!
It won't help decide the heated race in the upcoming Toronto election — but it could in 2018. The Ontario Liberals are making good on a campaign promise to give municipalities some new tools to supposedly enhance local democracy. A spokesperson for Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin confirms that the Kathleen Wynne government will amend current legislation to give city governments the option of ranked ballots in future elections.
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Can municipal bylaw stop Hydro One Transformer Station?
Environmental Law and Litigation
Can the Municipality of Clarington, Ontario, by bylaw, force Hydro One to submit a groundwater study in order to build a $296 million transformer station, that has been directed to be built by the Ontario Power Authority, and approved by the Ministry of the Environment? Hydro One is planning to build the transformer station in order to replace electricity that will be lost when the Pickering nuclear station goes out of service in 2018.
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Study: Canada paying more than double for common generic drugs
Toronto Star
Canada is paying more than double for six commonly used generic drugs compared with other developed countries because of a "highly unusual" purchasing plan, according to a new study released recently. Researchers found that through a mix of negotiations with drug companies and calls for tender, countries such as New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Germany are paying less than Canada for generic medications that treat everything from high blood pressure to depression.
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Ontario to allow taller wood frame buildings with new fire safety requirements
Canadian Underwriter
Four years after British Columbia started allowing wood frame buildings of up to six storeys in height, the Ontario government will start doing the same thing next year. The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing recently announced that, starting January 1, 2015, builders will be allowed to construct wood frame buildings of up to six storeys in height in the province.
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Big-truck 'licensing mills' put public at risk
Toronto Star
Cut-rate truck schools in Ontario are producing poorly trained drivers who put the motoring public at risk, a Star investigation reveals. The Star found two dozen unregulated schools in the GTA that offer to teach students just enough to earn their AZ licence — required to operate a tractor-trailer with air brakes — and to clear new drivers with scant hours behind the wheel to operate a vehicle about 40 times heavier than a car.
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3 bidders vying for Ontario's prized $3.3 billion lotto
Cambridge Times
Three major players are officially in the high-stakes game to win Ontario's prized $3.3-billion-a-year lottery business, the Toronto Star has learned. Rogers Communications, the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, and GTECH-Scientific Games are the only qualified bidders in the now-closed auction for Ontario Lottery and Gaming's lotto, sources say.
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Seguin's OPP bill to rise to $1.3 million
ParrySound.com
Seguin now has a better idea of its new OPP bill. Earlier this year, the province announced changes to how it bills municipalities for police service. Original estimates pegged an increase of $3 million for West Parry Sound municipalities, including a $1 million bill decrease for the Town of Parry Sound. With municipal pressure and an Association of Municipalities of Ontario committee recommendation, the province amended the new billing formula to include a base fee on industrial and commercial properties, not just on households, and adjusted the base fee and calls-for-service fees to give more emphasis to the latter.
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Leaders must teach employees 5 unwritten rules
Forbes
Many employees go to work faced with troublesome dynamics because they have selfish leaders that just want them to follow orders — without understanding what they are supposed to follow or why. Too much talent is left on the table with potential that rarely gets seen because employees must cater to their leaders' agendas without having a voice in the matter. Unfortunately, too many employees have bad leaders.
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A city on the cusp of change: Issues aplenty for voters in Kitchener
Waterloo Region Record
As voters in Kitchener ready to cast their ballots in the upcoming municipal election, they are confronting a city that has seen many changes in recent years, and that will see many more in the coming ones. Its traditional manufacturing base has given way to new employers in the tech sector, as traditional manufacturing jobs at Schneiders, Colonial Cookies and Kitchener Frame are replaced by jobs at Christie Digital and Communitech.
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Tax payers paying $450,000 a month to cover MaRS loan
The Globe and Mail
Ontario tax payers are handing over $450,000 every month to cover interest payments on a loan to MaRS as part of the province's bail-out of the troubled research incubator. The province could be on the hook for as much as $7.1 million annually in interest payments under the terms of its deal with the organization.
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Why experts reject creativity
The Atlantic
In 2007, Steve Ballmer, then-CEO of Microsoft, emphatically predicted that Apple's new phone would fail. "There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share," he said. "No chance." The volume of Ballmer's voice makes him a popular target in technology, but he wasn't an outlier, just the loudest guy in crowd of skeptical experts. RIM CEO Jim Balsillie said the iPhone would never represent "a sort of sea-change for BlackBerry."
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The curse of the one step
Now Toronto
Ten years, 12 weeks and two days. As of writing this article, that's how long it will take before Ontario is legally required to be fully accessible under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Meanwhile, this summer the TTC admitted that thanks to a $240 million shortfall, 17 subway stations will not be accessible by the 2025 deadline and neither of the three leading mayoral candidates have a clear plan on how to deal with that.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Municipal Elections Act
AMCTO
Interest about the future of the Municipal Elections Act (MEA) continues to grow. In addition to a recent segment on The Agenda discussing potential changes to the way municipal elections are conducted in the province, last week the Toronto Star editorial board published an op-ed applauding the government's decision to reform the MEA. Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, who was instructed in a mandate letter from the Premier to provide communities with the option of using ranked ballots in future elections, has also made it clear that he is already active on this file. Going forward AMCTO will be monitoring potential changes to the MEA and looking for opportunities to share the vast experience of members in this area.
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Report from the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario: Managing New Challenges
AMCTO
The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) released his annual report last week. Among the findings were a few of relevance to the municipal sector, including the role of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in overturning municipal development plans and a recommendation that the province require municipalities to recover the full cost of their drinking water systems. Read the full ECO report here, or AMO's analysis of the Commissioner's findings here.
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National Forum on Housing and the Economy Calls For More Housing Options
AMCTO
Last week the National Forum on Housing and the Economy, a group made up of a number of local governments, national not-for-profits, businesses and industry and professional associations, endorsed a set of shared principles for improving the housing system in Canada. Some of the priorities identified by the Forum include reducing homelessness, improving the purchasing environment for prospective first-time homeowners, preserving Canada's stock of rental properties, and increasing funding for social housing.
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Ontario issues Green Bonds
AMCTO
The province of Ontario has launched a new green bond program, making it the first in the country to do so. The green bond program is meant to generate new revenues that the province can re-invest in projects that have an environmental benefit, such as clean transportation, energy efficiency, conservation, land management and climate adaption and resilience. Read more about green bonds here.
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Further reading: Joint and Several Liability
AMCTO
Canadian Underwriter.ca published a great article, which takes an in-depth look at the joint and several liability tort system in Canada. As many AMCTO members will already be aware, joint and several liability continues to result in municipalities shouldering a heavy and disproportionate financial burden in lawsuits with multiple defendants.
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In public political events, Kathleen Wynne and Justin Trudeau are Liberal allies, campaigning at each other's side. On public pensions, however, they are far from fully aligned. For Ontario's premier, Trudeau — the man who would be Canada's prime minister — remains hard to read when it comes to the fine print of improving pensions.

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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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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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