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Throne Speech fires up the Tory machine for 2015 election
The Globe and Mail
The Harper Conservatives will hit the gas pedal this week in the race toward the next election in 2015. But the opposition parties are vowing to push down hard on the brakes in reminding Canadians about what they call the government's lapse in ethics in the Senate.
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Rogers cellphone outage highlights 911 vulnerability
CBC News
A countrywide outage of the Rogers Wireless network has focused concern over persisting problems with Canada's 911 system. Rogers Wireless customers reported widespread disruptions with voice and text messaging services recently. The outage also affected Rogers' Fido and Chatr customers — more than nine million people in total.
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Enbridge pipeline hearings to start in Toronto
Toronto Star
After a raucous four days of hearings in Montreal that saw protests, arrests and alleged assaults on police officers, the public will weigh in on an Enbridge proposal to increase capacity of an oil pipeline in Toronto. Public hearings before the National Energy Board — the federal agency that will decide whether to approve the project — will run at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
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Toronto paying millions in lawsuit claims
Toronto Star
The City of Toronto has spent more than $200 million to settle civil lawsuits since 2000, and the payouts are getting richer, a municipal database obtained by the Star shows. Litigants range from people alleging they were struck by golf balls to prisoners claiming they were assaulted in police custody.
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Ontario horse racing industry says $400 million isn't enough
CBC News
The Ontario government's plan to infuse $400 million over five years into the horse racing industry won't do enough to stem the decline of the sport across the province, says the president of the Ontario Harness Horse Association says. Brian Tropea said the funding promise pales in comparison to the $345 million dollars a year the industry raked in through the Slots at Racetracks scheme.
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Study: Specialized MDs can't find work
The Windsor Star
A report that says nearly one in six newly graduated medical specialists can't find work doesn't mean places like Windsor don't need more specialists. Hospitals just don't have the funding for the added operating room and staffing costs that come with hiring more specialists. "The need is there," Essex County Medical Society president Dr. Joslyn Warwaruk said.
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Ontario 'deliberately dismantling' environmental protections
Toronto Star
Premier Kathleen Wynne is "deliberately dismantling" protections for everything from Crown land to prized species like polar bears, snapping turtles and lake sturgeon, Ontario's environmental watchdog warns. In his 190-page annual report, Gord Miller sounded the alarm over an "obscure" change in last spring's budget that allows Wynne's cabinet to delegate powers over government-owned wilderness to private companies.
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If not new nuclear plants, what's Ontario plan?
Toronto Star
If the Ontario government has ruled out building new nuclear plants and coal plants — and if natural gas-fired plants are political poison — what's left for Ontario? The Liberal government confirmed that it has scrapped the proposal to spend more than $10 billion to build two new nuclear reactors at the Darlington power station — a decision that knocks 2,000 planned megawatts out of the power supply.
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Hume: Toronto's chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, challenges Mirvish/Gehry scheme
Toronto Star
Toronto's chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat, makes no secret she has "serious concerns" about David Mirvish's plan for a massive Frank Gehry-designed mixed-use complex on King Street West. She worries that it's too dense, too tall and architecturally "trite." Keesmaat also fears that, like many Toronto developers, Mirvish will resort to "bait and switch," that what we see is not what we'll get.
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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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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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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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Ontario drives manufacturers away with overpriced electricity
The Globe and Mail
The laws of economics suggest that when supply goes up, prices fall. Not so in Ontario's increasingly twisted electricity market. Here, heavily discounted surplus power is routinely sold to neighbouring utilities in Quebec and various U.S. states, while customers at home face a steady diet of higher rates.
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Teamsters warn of possible strike or lockout at CN Rail on Oct. 28
CTV News
The Teamsters union is warning of a potential strike or lockout at CN Rail starting on Oct. 28. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference said in a statement Monday that its offer to continue a conciliation effort, which ended Oct. 7, has been rejected. The union represents some 3,300 conductors, trainmen, yardmen and traffic coordinators at CN.
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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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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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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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