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Security review at Ontario legislature
Inside Halton
Security concerns remained high at the Ontario legislature recently, after a gunman attacked Parliament Hill, with talk of wider user of metal detectors but still no plan to arm security officers. Members of the legislature began the day with an emotional singing of O Canada, requested by Ottawa-area MPP Lisa MacLeod, before they launched into security issues during question period. "There are several of us here from the nation's capital and we are reminded that we are, in Ottawa, the guardians of every Canadian's second hometown," said MacLeod.
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Ontario aims to join forces with Quebec on climate, electricity
Toronto Star
Fuelling a growing alliance aimed at strengthening mutual interests, Ontario and Quebec will hold a joint cabinet meeting next month on climate change, electricity needs, internal trade and ‎infrastructure. Premiers Kathleen Wynne and Philippe Couillard — both Liberals — said recently they hope to boost the fortunes of Central Canada at the half-day event in Toronto. "Those shared priorities are things we can make progress on," Wynne told reporters after she and Couillard chatted before 240 executives and government officials at the annual Ontario Economic Summit.
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City breaks down barriers to allow London homeless to cast ballot
London Free Press
The buzz over London's civic election has reached some of the city's most marginalized people. As the election neared homeless people had been coming to city hall to find out how they can vote. Traditionally, you had to be on the voter's list and provide ID to vote in a civic election. But the city eliminated those barriers for those without a fixed address, allowing the homeless to take part.
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Bonnie Crombie becomes Mississauga's first new mayor since 1978 while Fennell loses badly in Brampton
National Post
For 36 years, the people of Mississauga re-elected Hazel McCallion. They elected her despite Ms. McCallion's staunch refusal to campaign, they elected her as the population tripled and they even elected her despite recent conflict of interest allegations. And they did not just elect her, they adored her: In 2011, as Montreal and Toronto began to turn dramatically against their own chief executives, a poll found Hazel McCallion to be the most popular mayor in Canada.
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Development fee bylaw is under appeal at OMB
MuskokaRegion.com
Not all residents are happy with Gravenhurst's new development charges bylaw. According to town staff, a local developer has appealed the development charges bylaw that came into effect in August because of concerns regarding the wording. During the August meeting, council voted in favour of discontinuing the collection of development fees for non-residential properties in a move to make the town more attractive for commercial growth.
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Pension plan, LCBO sell-off, MaRS bail-out top agenda at Queen's Park
Toronto Star
Ontario's legislature resumes today with the Liberal government anxious to implement what it calls its "ambitious agenda" now that it has a majority. The government is looking to pass more than 20 bills that died when the spring election was called. Premier Kathleen Wynne says she also wants to move ahead with her efforts to create an Ontario pension plan, saying her implementation target of January 2017 sounds far away, but the government must "get moving" on the file.
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Tory invites Chow and other candidates to join his team
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John Tory has invited Olivia Chow and David Soknacki to join his transition team. It's a slick early move as mayor-elect, one surely designed to underscore his oft-repeated desire to diminish the divisiveness that plagued city hall for the much of the Ford mayoralty. There are few better ways to signal a change in governance style for Toronto than by inviting one's former competitors to join forces.
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Calls for re-dedication of National War Memorial to include Cpl. Cirillo
Canada.com
This week the National War Memorial wears a necklace of flowers, candles, poppies and teddy bears in memory of the young corporal killed while standing guard. But once they are removed, the memory of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo should be among those permanently honoured by an upcoming re-dedication of the site, say veterans' advocates.
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Conservatives' new anti-terror laws likely to mirror 'immensely controversial' U.K. legislation
National Post
The Harper government's new anti-terror legislation is likely to mirror laws introduced in the United Kingdom after the 2005 London bombings — and they are set to be just as controversial. As the National Post reported recently, the new legislation is likely to include provisions that make it an offence to condone or glorify terror acts. There will also be moves to lower the evidentiary threshold necessary to detain suspected terrorists.
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Development plan divides Simcoe County village
Toronto Star
In a rural village in Simcoe County, concerned residents have turned the municipal election into a referendum on growth, and to some extent, the province's efforts to limit sprawl in the fertile farmland north of the protected Greenbelt. At the heart of the issue, according to residents, is a "special rule" created by the province in 2012 that effectively green-lighted a major development in Midhurst, a sleepy community tucked in the trees just beyond the bustle of Barrie.
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Sault receives casino money
Sault Star
The City of Sault Ste. Marie has received $360,540 in its second-quarter non-tax gaming revenue payment for hosting a charitable casino. The money represents the formula agreed to under the Municipality Contribution Agreement that determines the fee cities receive for hosting an OLG gaming facility. The formulas is based on an escalating scale of slot machine revenue that is consistent across all sits in Ontario.
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Help your team spend time on the right things
Harvard Business Review
What is the most common resource that's always in short supply? The answer, of course, is time. This applies not only to your time, but to your team's. It's the one organizational resource that is neither expandable nor renewable. Therefore, making sure that time is spent in ways that will have the biggest impact is a critical determinant of organizational success. Unfortunately, many managers don't think about time as a finite resource in the same way that they consider the limitations of headcount and budget.
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How to discover your individual communication style
Fast Company
Knowing how your strengths — and challenges — stack up gives you insight and an awareness to guide you in having more successful conversations. When those who work together understand their own and each others' strengths, they bring out the best in each other and take more risks, respecting individual differences and developing a stronger team where innovation and productivity flourish.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


New Bill will help municipalities collect unpaid POA fines
AMCTO
New legislation introduced by the province last week will help municipalities collect unpaid fines for provincial act offences (POA). AMCTO was pleased to see these measures put forward again, and strongly encourages the government to pass this legislation.
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Former Lieutenant Governance takes up the cause of accessibility in Ontario
AMCTO
Former Lieutenant Governor (LG) David Onley has been appointed as the government's new special advisor for accessibility.
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Impending review of skilled trades in Ontario
AMCTO
The government has appointed a former senior civil servant to lead a review of the Ontario College of Trades. Learn more about this review here.
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Central Canada Cabinet Meeting
AMCTO
The premiers of Ontario and Quebec have announced that they will be holding a joint cabinet meeting in November. The meeting will include topics such as internal trade, climate change, la Francophonie, the economy and infrastructure.
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Centre Wellington accessibility report endorsed
The Wellington Advertiser
Centre Wellington is adopting the multi-year accessibility plan submitted by the manager of legislative services/municipal clerk, Kerri O'Kane. In her report, O'Kane stated the township "is committed to, and will continue to promote accessibility through the development of policies, procedures and practices and by ensuring they consider people with disabilities."

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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.

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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.

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