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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack cocaine
CTV News
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has admitted to smoking crack cocaine. Speaking to reporters at Toronto City Hall, Ford said that he's smoked in the past, but he is not addicted to the drug. "Yes I have smoked crack cocaine. But I am not an addict," he said. "Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors," he said, suggesting that he may have smoked it approximately one year ago.
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6 questions Mayor Rob Ford has yet to answer
The Globe and Mail
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apologized to the City of Toronto during his recent radio show, saying he's made "mistakes" — but stopped short of describing in detail what those mistakes were, addressing questions about a video that allegedly shows him smoking crack cocaine, or his ties to an alleged drug dealer.
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Senate scandal: Mike Duffy allegations bring RCMP to PMO doorstep
CBC News
The RCMP are looking for a chain of emails and documents that support Mike Duffy's allegations that the Senate expenses scandal reaches right into the Prime Minister's Office, CBC News has learned. "The existence of such documentation may potentially be evidence of criminal wrongdoing by others," says Supt. Biage Carrese from the RCMP National Division in a letter obtained by CBC News and subsequently released publicly by Duffy.
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Hume: Brampton, like Mississauga, has hit the fiscal wall
Toronto Star
As the bills come due, suburbia is fast going from having the best of both worlds to the worst. That loud sucking sound heard first in Mississauga as it entered a downward spiral some years ago is now audible in Brampton. Both "cities" are reaching the end of the late-suburban development cycle and all those fees that kept property taxes low for years have dried up, or are about to.
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Police chief won't respond to Doug Ford's 'personal attacks'
CTV News
Responding to calls from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's brother that he step down, Police Chief Bill Blair says he will continue to do his job. Blair told reporters that it's important for the police service to refrain from responding to any "personal attacks." "We're simply doing our jobs, collecting evidence and putting it before the courts. And that's what we're endeavoring to do," Blair told reporters at police headquarters.
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Ontario cops look to repair relationship with LGBTQ community
Canada.com
With the release of a new set of guidelines, the Ontario Association Of Chiefs Of Police (OACP) is hoping to build trust with the province's LGBTQ community. The OACP recently revealed the Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) Communities in Ontario (embedded below), a report that offers recommendations for how police services can repair the historically shaky relationship law enforcement has with the queer community — both with the public and within its own ranks.
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Updated bylaws can connect vision and city building
Toronto Star
When the provincial government introduced the Places to Grow Act in 2006, it spurred a significant shift in Ontario's regional development. With a goal of guiding growth, the policy promoted intensification — urban development that went up, not out. The GTA is now seeing the execution of that vision and a significant shift to high-density development in the City of Toronto.
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Beer makes 1 out of 100 Canadian jobs
CBC News
A report from the Conference Board of Canada says beer is a major driver of Canada's economy, supporting 163,200 jobs across the country. Canada's beer industry is disproportionately domestic compared to that of other countries, the report released Tuesday found, as 85 per cent of the beer consumed in Canada is produced here.
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Ontario loosens ban on health professionals treating their spouses
National Post
The Ontario legislature has loosened one of the world's most stringent laws on sexual abuse in health care, allowing spouses of doctors, dentists and others to be exempted from a zero-tolerance ban on sex with patients. The long-standing prohibition put health professionals who treat their spouse at risk of sexual-abuse charges, and has been a source of heated debate.
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No federal plan for biodiversity, environment watchdog warns
CBC News
Canada's environmental watchdog says that while the federal government talks a good game about biodiversity, and the protection and restoration of ecosystems, creating and executing a plan to follow up on those priorities remains a challenge. "The challenge of protecting Canada's natural heritage is immense and pressures are growing."
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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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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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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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 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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 Upcoming Municipal Events

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Nov. 8 AMCTO Open Data Forum: All You Need to Know Today Vaughan, ON
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Nov. 22 OMHRA: Employee Engagement Surveys Workshop Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre, 6750 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, 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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