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Critics say Ontario expanding too quickly into risky private clinics
Mississauga.com
The Liberal government's love affair with private medical clinics is putting patients' lives at risk, opposition critics say. They were reacting to a Toronto Star story revealing that 13 per cent of Ontario health clinics, which perform procedures such as cosmetic surgery, colonoscopies and pain injections, have not met inspection standards since they began in 2011.
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Joe Oliver: Ontario is holding up infrastructure plan funding
CTV News
Finance Minister Joe Oliver says the Ontario government is causing delays in the federal government's plan to devote nearly $11 billion to infrastructure investments in the province over the coming years. Oliver said that he was still waiting for the Liberal government to submit its list of preferred infrastructure projects under the Building Canada Plan, which is designed to give predictable long-term funding to provinces and territories.
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Brampton council calls special meeting to debate penalty for Mayor Susan Fennell
Brampton Guardian
Brampton councillors have called a special meeting to deal with the unfinished business of possibly punishing Mayor Susan Fennell on two points: a forensic audit that found she broke spending rules 266 times, and the integrity commissioner's ruling that she had broken the code of conduct.
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Lessons from London: For building transit, there's no avoiding taxes
Toronto Star
During the election campaign, John Tory often referred to London, England's Crossrail project, as a comparison to his SmartTrack plan. The 118-km, 40-station project runs on existing heavy rail tracks outside central London and in a 42-kilometre tunnel through the central city.
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Ontario hospital launches lawsuit against owners of gene patent
CTV News
A hospital in eastern Ontario is launching a lawsuit against the owners of a patent of cardiac genes, in the hopes that the case will eventually make it easier for Canadian doctors to conduct important genetic testing. The test case speaks directly to an issue affecting Canadian health-care services: Can human genes be patented?
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Ontario Tories push government to examine workplace sexual harassment
Toronto Star
Premier Kathleen Wynne says she's "open" to another look at workplace sexual harassment issues in the wake of allegations against fired CBC broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi. She was pushed recently by Progressive Conservative MPP Laurie Scott to form an all-party committee of MPPs to delve deeper into Ontario's prohibitions against harassment and ways they could be improved.
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York Region ends contract with company turning garbage into fuel pellets
Toronto Star
There was much hope riding on the little pellet of pulverized garbage. In 2008, a Vaughan-based company Dongara Developments opened up a $50 million plant that would sort, shred, fiberize and compress household garbage into clean-burning fuel pellets. It was touted as a remarkably clean solution to every city's messy garbage problem.
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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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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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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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Ontario plans to keep pushing for restaurant chains to post nutrition data
Metro News
Restaurant diners want to see both sodium and calorie counts on menus, and those who use that information make healthier choices and opt for lower-sodium meals, a University of Toronto study has found.
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Build a change platform, not a change program
McKinsey & Company
Transformational-change initiatives have a dismal track record. In 1996, Harvard Business School professor John Kotter claimed that nearly 70 per cent of large-scale change programs didn't meet their goals, and virtually every survey since has shown similar results. Why is change so confounding?
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What to do after a bad performance review
Harvard Business Review
It can be hard to recover from a less-than-stellar performance review, especially one that you didn't see coming. You might feel angry, embarrassed, and confused. How do you regain your professional confidence? And how do you make the best use of the critical feedback?
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Critical Infrastructure Act
AMCTO
The provincial government has declared its intention to introduce a new act to enhance security and better protect Ontario’s critical infrastructure. For more information about this pending legislation, read this backgrounder prepared by the province.
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New Rail Safety Regulations
AMCTO
As part of its response to the tragic Lac-Mégantic train derailment last summer, the federal government has released new rail safety rules. Read more about the new regulations here.
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Ministry Releases new Line Fences Act Guide
AMCTO
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and housing has released a new guide for municipal staff who work with the Line Fences Act.
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In depth: AMO Election Results Webpage
AMCTO
Following last week’s municipal elections, AMO has set up a website with election results from a number of municipalities across the province.
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