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 Industry News

Markets expected to welcome Liberal majority
Financial Post
Canada's investors will have to contend with a new economic direction for Canada under Justin Trudeau and his Liberal party, but economists say they expect markets to welcome the stability that comes with a majority mandate. Following the victory, which saw Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party soundly win a majority with 184 seats, the Canadian dollar rose 0.2 per cent after shedding 0.8 per cent in the lead up to election night.
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Highest voter turnout since 1993
Toronto Star
More than 68 per cent of eligible voters cast a ballot in the recent federal election — the highest turnout at the polls since 1993. That's a jump of more than 7 per cent from the 2011 election. Preliminary Elections Canada figures state that 68.49 per cent of eligible voters — or 17,546,697 people — went to the polls for the Liberal Party's majority win.
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Support for nuclear refurbishment in Ontario hits 81 per cent
Northumberland View
Support for refurbishment of nuclear plants in Ontario has reached 81 per cent, the highest level Bruce Power has recorded since it started public opinion tracking in 2001. "It's clear the nuclear sector is gaining public support," said Greg Lyle, Managing Director, Innovative Research Group, who conducted the most recent polling. "Support for nuclear refurbishment is at majority levels across every region and demographic group throughout the province," added Lyle.
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Toronto police to ask board for $1.3 million for new tasers
Toronto Star
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders says the majority of the force's more than 500 Tasers are out of date, and he needs $1.3 million from the police board to purchase top-of-the-line replacements. The purchase would mean Toronto police officers would be "utilizing the best and most efficient technology," Saunders writes in a report to the board.
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Peel residents ask police chief to end 'broken system' of street checks
Brampton Guardian
Peel police chief Jennifer Evans told a mostly black crowd that carding works but admitted there is "no system" in place to back up her claim. When confronted by members of the public about the lack of evidence for the success of street checks, Evans was asked why she won't stop them.
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Municipal politicians say Headwaters merger a 'losing proposition for Dufferin County'
Orangeville
While the political will to allow Orangeville's hospital to merge with the William Osler Health System and Central West Community Care Access Centre may exist at Queen's Park, several of Dufferin County's municipal leaders are dead-set against it. Memories of the Shelburne hospital’s closure in 2010 after it was amalgamated under the Headwaters Health Care Centre umbrella in the early 1990s have still left a sour taste in many of their mouths.
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Ramsey Lake development heads to Ontario Municipal Board
CBC News
A contentious lakefront development that was approved by Sudbury city council has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. It's a plan to build 54 houses and 93 condos beside the city's main source of drinking water and much of the opposition to the University Park development was focused on protecting the already fragile waters of Ramsey Lake.
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The impact of megatrends on Ontario's future infrastructure
The Spec
Infrastructure is an important topic across Canada boosted by a hotly contested federal election campaign, the Ontario government's commitment to invest $130 billion in infrastructure over 10-years and the municipal sector's demand for access to more funding sources to pay for roads, bridges, transit and other infrastructure.
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Windsor seeks more power to target owners of vacant property
Windsor Star
Windsor wants the province to grant municipalities the power to punish speculators who buy up local properties only to let them languish, empty and contributing to neighbourhood blight and decline.
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 Management Resources


Key tips for new managers
Huxley
Be honest: did you get your promotion because of your technical skills or because of your leadership ability? Good managers ideally need to have a complementary blend of both these key qualities, so if your strengths lie more in one area than the other, then you’ve got some catching up to do in order to strike the perfect balance.
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3 traits all effective leaders possess
Entrepreneur
Titles don't define leadership. A certain title may have others calling you their boss or you may be referred as one of the leaders of the organization on the company's website, but true leadership is much more than just a title. True leadership involves the execution of a grand vision, where leaders enroll others to get passionate about seeing that vision through and then joining on the ride to bring that vision to reality.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Great Lakes Protection Act

A recent correspondence from Minister Glen Murray has noted that the Ontario Legislature, through its recent action to strengthen the Great Lakes Protection Act is focused on trying to keep the Great Lakes drinkable, fishable and swimmable for the future. A copy of the Great Lakes Protection Act may be found here or you can check out the recent news release by clicking here.
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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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October 19-21 GTEC Annual Conference & Exhibition Ottawa ON
October 20-21 Emergency Planning for Critical Infrastructure conference Toronto ON
November 3 Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) Toronto ON
November 5 Working Collaboratively to Respond to Complex Challenges Ottawa ON



 Municipal Career Opportunities

Town of Plympton-Wyoming - Tax Collector-Deputy Treasurer

Town of Amherstburg - Director of Planning, Development, and Legislative Services

Elections Ontario - Election Infrastructure Clerk

Township of Carling - Chief Building Official

County of Frontenac - Manager of Human Resources
 


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