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Rob Ford ready to face motion calling for him to take leave
CBC News
Mayor Rob Ford appears ready to face a challenge from a councillor who has proposed a motion that calls on the mayor to take a leave of absence amid a drug-related scandal that has made worldwide headlines. Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong's motion seeks several actions from the mayor, including an apology for "misleading" the city about the existence of a video that reportedly shows him using crack cocaine, as well as for writing a letter of reference for "an alleged drug dealer" on city letterhead.
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Toronto's problem has grown beyond its mayor
The Globe and Mail
Bill de Blasio, the newly elected mayor of New York, rode to office on the phrase "a tale of two cities," reflecting the stark divide between the ever-growing fortunes of the super-rich and the sagging conditions of everyone else. Rob Ford rose to power on the basis of the very same divide — in Toronto's case, between its so-called downtown elites and its struggling suburban everymen.
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Confirmed: Canada 2011 polls fraudulent
Press TV
The Canadian Federal Court has confirmed that the country's 2011 federal election, which led to the victory of Stephen Harper's government, was fraudulent. The court emphasized in a ruling that it has found in no uncertain terms that widespread election fraud took place during the vote. The ruling also stated that "there was an orchestrated effort to suppress votes during the 2011 election campaign by a person with access to the [Conservative Party's] CIMS database."
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Regional funds could save Waterloo Central Railway
The Record
When the not-for-profit group that runs the Waterloo Central Railway learned it would be booted from its uptown station by the incoming light rail system, the future looked bleak. Faced with a move north to a new base off Northfield Drive — and a potential bill approaching $500,000 — the group was beginning to think its days were numbered in Waterloo Region.
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Tighter regulations coming for freight train companies
CBC News
Ottawa is set to move ahead with plans to give municipalities more information about potentially dangerous train traffic in their communities. CBC News and its French-language service Radio-Canada have learned that Ottawa is currently working on new regulations for train companies following this summer's deadly train crash in Lac-Mégantic, QC.
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Report: Ontario must stand ground on pipeline projects
The Globe and Mail
Ontario needs to take a more aggressive stand on new oil pipeline proposals to ensure the province's interests are being addressed, says a former deputy minister. Matthew Mendelsohn — who served as deputy minister of intergovernmental affairs under former premier Dalton McGuinty — said Ontario is seeing its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions swamped by the booming oil sands while getting little benefit from the economic growth.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Hume: Brampton, like Mississauga, has hit the fiscal wall (Toronto Star)
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack cocaine (CTV News)
6 questions Mayor Rob Ford has yet to answer (The Globe and Mail)

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Suspended senators off public payroll? Not necessarily
Toronto Star
Moments after the Senate voted to suspend Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau, Stephen Harper's office issued a statement expressing its satisfaction that the trio are no longer on the public payroll. Not so fast, prime minister. At least one of the trio, Duffy, may still be eligible for a disability allowance should he resign for medical reasons.
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Business reviews now available on the Municipal Supplier's Guide
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Nearly seven out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our Municipal Supplier's Guide. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. We are building a valuable resource for the industry, but need your help to get it started. Visit the Municipal Supplier's Guide to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.



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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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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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 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


The 2013 Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund announced
AMCTO
Ontario's Premier recently outlined the eligibility criteria for the New Municipal Infrastructure Fund, which was included in the 2013 provincial budget. The criteria include those municipalities with:
    • 100,000 or fewer residents;
    • 25 per cent or greater rural residents; or
    • Are located in Northern Ontario.

For additional information, visit either of the following websites:
Ministry of Infrastructure
AMO

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Review of Land Use Planning and Development Charges Act
AMCTO
Minister Jeffrey announced that Municipal Affairs and Housing would be undertaking a review of how municipalities plan for growth — with respect to the land-use planning approvals system and the number of issues going to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) as well as looking at the Development Charges Act.

AMCTO as a key stakeholder was also contacted with a consultation document to review and provide comment by a Jan. 10, 2014 deadline. AMCTO, through members on its Legislative and Policy Advisory Committee will review the material and work with partners like MFOA prior to deciding any course of action.

More information can be found on the Ministry webpage or through the Provincial Media Release.

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CanSIA FIT 3.0 Update
AMCTO
The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) has provided AMCTO with a second update for the now approved rules around the Ontario Power Authority's Feed-in-Tariff Program. Click here to access this latest update.
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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

Date Event Location
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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