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Wynne ready to battle beer store for revenue
Toronto Star
Premier Kathleen Wynne says she won't shrink from a battle with The Beer Store as her government thirsts for a bigger cut of sales despite brewers' warnings it would mean higher prices for suds lovers. The comments came recently as Wynne commented in detail for the first time on recommendations from a blue-ribbon panel on squeezing more money from publicly owned agencies and the distribution system for beer, wine and spirits.
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Ontario designates 10 hospitals to treat potential Ebola patients
Global News
The Ontario government is bolstering its Ebola preparedness plan with additional training and support for front line health care workers including designating 10 hospitals to treat potential cases. "To our health care workers, I am grateful. Ontarians are grateful," said Health Minister Eric Hoskins during a press conference recently. "You have my commitment that we will continue to work hand in hand with you."
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Ontario lags behind in notifying press and public about publication bans
Toronto Star
In a B.C. court, an application will be heard to determine whether a publication ban should be placed on the identities of undercover officers involved in a robbery investigation. A notification email about the hearing was sent out recently, a procedure that is routine in B.C, Nova Scotia and Alberta where the media are informed in advance of Crown or defence motions to exclude the public from the courtroom, seal evidence or impose a publication ban on the identity of an accused, victim or witness that is not mandatory under the Criminal Code.
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Rob Ford kicked out of 3 advance polling stations
Hamilton Spectator
Mayor Rob Ford was kicked out of multiple advance polling stations across Toronto for illegal campaigning on three consecutive days recently. After the mayor was asked to leave voting stations on both, the city clerk emailed Ford a letter, warning him he was breaking the Municipal Elections Act. Later that day, Ford visited a polling station in Ward 17 and ignored an election official's requests for him to leave — instead he was seen posing for photos and talking to voters, City of Toronto spokeswoman Jackie DeSouza said.
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Toronto's toxic dirt being dumped in Ontario's prime farmland
Metro News
Toronto's construction boom is unearthing massive volumes of soil contaminated with dangerous heavy metals and petroleum, but it's nearly impossible to know where the dirt is going because Ontario doesn't track it. Instead, thousands of tons of toxic earth taken to prime farmland from downtown condominium projects are usually discovered accidentally — by neighbours who report bad odours from soil that is supposed to be "clean."
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Toronto school board trustees tampered with FOI request for expense reports, emails suggest
Metro News
Toronto trustees and senior staff interfered and tampered with documents related to trustee expenses requested by Torstar News Service, say emails sent by the board's own freedom of information officer. Maria Mavroyannis, a lawyer herself, was so concerned by the "clear interference in my ability to carry out the FOI request responsibly" that her emails say she sought outside legal help to ensure "we have discharged our duties responsibly" given the "misinformation being provided... and given evident trustee tampering."
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Cambridge mayoral candidate fails in bid to disqualify 2 rivals
Waterloo Region Record
A legal bid to wipe two mayoral candidates off the ballot in Cambridge was shot down by a judge after an expedited hearing recently. Sandra Hill, one of six hopefuls trying to unseat incumbent Doug Craig, brought an application in Superior Court to disqualify fellow contenders Linda Whetham and Andrew Johnson. She claimed they both gave wrong information when they swore oaths and registered as candidates, making them ineligible to stand for the city's top political office.
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4 tiny tweaks to make meetings vastly more productive
Fast Company
It probably seems like you spend most of your working life in meetings. So does Connie Williams. The difference is that as General Managing Partner, CMO & Chief Knowledge Officer at Synecticsworld, a company that studies meeting processes (to train people to hold better ones), she watches hours and hours of other people's meetings. That may sound like "a profession born in hell," she jokes, but it gives her surprising insights into why so many meetings go wrong before they start.
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How to lead break-through change at work
Forbes
Anyone who has tried instituting change at work or worked for someone making the attempt knows that the experience can be rough. As Mary Shelley wrote in Frankenstein: "Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change." In his timely, new book, Stacking the Deck: How to Lead Breakthrough Change Against Any Odds, David Pottruck provides useful guidance about making change happen that could help you keep your job, get a promotion or snag a new position.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Legislature back in session
AMCTO
The Ontario legislature is back in session this week and the government is immediately pushing over 20 pieces of previously-tabled legislation, including the public sector transparency and accountability act (Bill 8).
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Results from the Elliot Lake Commission of Inquest
AMCTO
Last week, the Commission examining the Elliot Lake mall collapse released its report with 71 recommendations, and there are a number of implications for municipalities. View a preliminary analysis of the implications for the municipal sector, prepared by AMO, here.
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New carbon monoxide regulations take effect
AMCTO
The province has announced that new regulations making carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in all homes and other residential buildings.
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Carbon monoxide alarms now mandatory in Ontario homes
Ottawa Citizen
If you don't have a carbon monoxide alarm installed in your home yet, time's up. Effective as of recently, alarms that can detect the deadly gas are mandatory in almost all Ontario homes. The new regulation requiring the carbon monoxide alarms follows passage on the provincial legislature last November of a private member's bill proposed by Progressive Conservative MPP Ernie Hardeman.

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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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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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