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Mike Duffy drops another bombshell: There were 2 cheques
CBC News
Senator Mike Duffy recently let loose in the Senate again, alleging the prime minister's former chief of staff arranged for not one cheque to him, but two. Duffy told the Senate he has a cheque, negotiated by Nigel Wright, in the amount of $13,500 to pay for his legal fees, on top of the $90,000 from Wright to be used to repay his expenses.
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London could pocket $500,000 selling credits from garbage gas
London Free Press
What makes a bad case of gas go down better? How about a cool $500,000? That's how much London stands to rake in from selling the pollution credits it gets from capturing a greenhouse gas, methane, produced from rotting garbage at its landfill.
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FINTRAC collecting too much info on innocent Canadians
CBC News
Canada's privacy watchdog is blasting a federal agency that is supposed to be gathering financial intelligence on suspected terrorists and money launderers, but has also collected personal banking records of thousands of ordinary Canadians not suspected of anything. By law, Canadian banks, casinos and thousands of other businesses are required to report all financial transactions over $10,000, and any movement of money they suspect may be linked to terrorism or laundering the proceeds of crime.
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Budget watchdog affirms 2015 surplus despite slower growth
CBC News
Canada's budget watchdog predicts the Harper government will be able to balance the budget in 2015 despite slowing growth, but concluded it will be a close shave and that subsequent surpluses will be smaller than Ottawa projects. The latest fiscal and economic report card from the parliamentary budget officer shows the surplus in 2015-16 a razor-thin $200 million — lower than the March budget estimate of $800 million.
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AMO seeks legislative action on key bills
Yahoo! Finance
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is urging provincial legislators to move forward now on two key bills that address municipal priorities and would provide property taxpayers with much-needed relief. Bill 34 aims to help municipalities recoup millions of dollars in unpaid provincial offences fines. The proposal would deny license plates for unpaid fines related to violations such as speeding, careless driving and driving with no insurance.
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London Mayor and former MP Joe Fontana loudly and publicly proclaimed innocence after three charges laid nearly a year ago
London Free Press
Mayor Joe Fontana faces his accusers in criminal court at the outset of what is expected to be a two-day preliminary hearing. Fontana protested loudly and publicly "I'm innocent, I'm innocent," shortly after three charges were laid a nearly a year ago. He has yet to enter a plea in court.
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Ontario beefing up procurement rules to favour local construction bids
The Globe and Mail
Ontario is banking on changes to the way it awards construction contracts to make it harder for companies from outside the province to win government work, while forcing builders to help expand the work force. Government and industry insiders concede that a new "local knowledge" requirement is effectively a way of giving the edge to domestic bidders without violating international trade agreements.
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Ontario rejects selling of beer and wine in convenience stores
Inside Toronto
Toronto large convenience store chains will make another pitch to allow them to sell beer and wine, but Ontario's Liberal government says it is not interested. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association — which includes Avondale, 7-11 and Mac's as well as Petro-Canada, Imperial Oil and Canadian Tire — wants to sell local wines and craft beers. Finance Minister Charles Sousa says while the Liberals plan to put LCBO outlets in some grocery stores, they won't allow sales of beer and wine in corner stores.
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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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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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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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 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

Ontario Public Service - Ontario Disability Support Program Managers

Municipality of Marmora and Lake - Municipal Clerk

Township of Norwich - CAO-Clerk

City of Toronto - Director Business Licensing & Regulatory Services

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 Upcoming Municipal Events

Date Event Location
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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