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5 ways the Canada-EU trade deal will impact Canadians
CBC News
Canada and the European Union have reached a "political agreement" on free trade that the federal government says could boost Canada's annual income by as much as $12 billion annually, and bilateral trade by 20 per cent. While the deal is not expected to be ratified for at least two years, it is expected to remove 98 per cent of EU tariffs on a wide range of Canadian products.
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China's Lenovo raises security fears with possible bid for BlackBerry
The Globe and Mail
Lenovo Group is joining the list of suitors considering a bid for BlackBerry, raising concerns that the Canadian company's ultra-secure communications network for the global elite might end up owned by a firm based in China. BlackBerry provides mobile phones and an encrypted wireless network to many of the world's largest corporations and most Western governments.
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A Conservative government in Ontario could spell the end of Metrolinx
Toronto Star
Tory Leader Tim Hudak says the future of Metrolinx could be in doubt if the Progressive Conservatives form the next government. Hudak told reporters his government would look at the viability of the controversial provincial transit agency, created in 2006, as it looks for ways to dramatically cut costs in the province.
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Paul Ainslie: Rob Ford robocalls an act of 'political thuggery'
CBC News
Toronto city councillor Paul Ainslie intends to file a complaint with the city's integrity commissioner after Mayor Rob Ford "carpet-bombed" his ward's residents with robocalls. The Ward 43 representative from Scarborough resigned from the mayor's executive committee recently, citing political differences over the direction Ford was taking the city.
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Enbridge pipeline: Ontario demands third-party scrutiny of Line 9B proposal at Toronto hearings
Toronto Star
Ontario urged federal regulators to demand an independent review of the risk and engineering assessments submitted by Enbridge in its bid for approval to boost capacity and reverse the flow of an oil pipeline running through Toronto. If the project is approved, Ontario wants to require Enbridge to maintain $1 billion in insurance to cover potential spill costs, rather than its current $685 million.
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Toronto Ward 9 candidate Gus Cusimano faces trial on illegal voting charge
Toronto Star
A Toronto council candidate who nearly defeated a longtime incumbent in 2010 will face trial this month on charges of voting illegally and providing "false or misleading information" to elections officials. Gus Cusimano cast a vote for himself in Ward 9 (York Centre) although his home was in Ward 23. To get himself added to the Ward 9 voter list, Cusimano filled out a form saying he was a tenant at 951 Wilson Ave. — his campaign office.
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Ontario to release much more through open data portal
The Globe and Mail
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is planning to release vast swaths of government data, making public everything from hospital wait times to student achievement to traffic gridlock. The information will be posted online in a centralized location, the government's Open Data Portal. Ontarians will vote online on what data the government will make public first.
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Thunder Bay's scooter, skateboard bylaws under review
CBC News
Thunder Bay's engineering division is reviewing bylaws that dictate what is and isn't allowed on sidewalks and recreation trails. Existing regulations don't cover many kinds of transportation that are new to the market, including scooters and skateboards. Active Transportation Co-ordinator Adam Krupper says the city wants to promote these new forms of transportation, but not at the cost of pedestrian or rider safety.
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DCC gets greener with charger station
The Chatham Voice
The Downtown Chatham Centre and Entegrus have partnered with Sun Country Highway to make Chatham's future a little greener. A new charger station for hybrid and electric vehicles (EV) is now located on the northeast corner of the Downtown Chatham Centre parking lot behind the Retro Suites Hotel. EV drivers now have the opportunity to plug in their cars for free while they enjoy Downtown Chatham.
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New Ontario bargaining legislation for teachers aims to stave off labour unrest
The Globe and Mail
The Ontario government will introduce legislation on teacher collective bargaining in the hopes of preventing a repeat of the labour turmoil that gripped the school system through most of the last academic year. The legislation will spell out how negotiations, expected to begin in 2014, will be conducted, education sector sources say.
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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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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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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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 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 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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 Municipal Career Opportunities

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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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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. 4 AMCTO Municipal Finance Forum: Innovations in Long-Term Financial Planning Mississauga, ON




 


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