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Andrea Horwath wins 77 per cent in leadership review at NDP convention, will stay on as leader
National Post
In the end it wasn't even close as Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath easily survived a vote on her leadership at the party's convention in Toronto. Horwath got the support of 77 per cent of the NDP delegates after making a passionate speech to the convention in the morning, one percentage point higher than she got at the party's last leadership review in 2012.
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Ottawa MPs approved sexual harassment policy in 2001, it just didn't cover themselves
National Post
A closed-door committee of MPs approved a harassment policy for House of Commons employees 13 years ago, but has yet to create one that would specifically apply to politicians and their office staff. The committee known as the board of internal economy is the same secretive, multi-partisan body that's looking into allegations of personal misconduct levelled against two Liberal MPs by two of their NDP counterparts.
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Builder's board can legally limit liability for defects
Toronto Star
Can a developer's board of directors — appointed to serve at a new condo until owners can vote in their own board — prohibit buyers from suing for deficiencies that are not covered by the Tarion warranty? Yes, according to a decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal last month. The case involved a 510-unit condominium project at 628 Fleet St., in Toronto.
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City of London demolishes nine buildings in blitz on hazardous properties
London Free Press
London has demolished nine abandoned buildings and boarded up 15 in two months as part of a crackdown on vacant and hazardous properties. There's more to come, say city inspectors working their way through a list of 90 reported properties. Saying unattended buildings become magnets for pests and crime, city inspectors have investigated 57 that were on their radar as abandoned in recent years.
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Statscan: Recession sent surge of graduates back to school
The Globe and Mail
Canadian university graduates went back to school in large numbers after the recession of 2008-2009, with almost half the class of 2010 taking further courses after their BA, a new study released by Statistics Canada has found. Over the past decade, students have increasingly pursued more education after their bachelor's degree, but the new figures show a jump in the number who found the classroom a better choice than the labour market.
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Overhaul of Don River mouth could spur Port Lands development
Toronto Star
Don Murphy sits at the control panel of a dredging boat in the Keating Channel, the pathway between the Don River and Lake Ontario. He pumps his limbs energetically, controlling the pedals and joysticks that guide a crane scooping sludge from the still, brown water. "We call him the dancing bear," says colleague Shannon McKinnon. This is how the Toronto Port Authority tries to keep the Don from flooding.
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What leaders really do
Harvard Business Review
The article reprinted here stands on its own, of course, but it can also be seen as a crucial contribution to a debate that began in 1977, when Harvard Business School professor Abraham Zaleznik published an HBR article with the deceptively mild title "Managers and Leaders: Are They Different?" The piece caused an uproar in business schools.
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Treasurer takes aim at Ontario's 'underground economy' to find $700 million
Toronto Star
Finance Minister Charles Sousa is taking aim at the "underground economy" with hopes of bringing in an additional $700 million to the treasury over the next four years, the Star has learned. Sousa will use the fall economic statement to announce a new push by the cash-strapped Liberal government to clamp down on contraband tobacco and tax cheats.
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Study: Canadian women still hesitant to climb corporate ladder
Toronto Star
Canadian women believe there's been progress in the workplace in closing the salary gap, a survey by Randstad Canada has found. Yet women are still showing a surprising reluctance to climb the corporate ladder. Nearly half — 48 per cent — of Canadian women surveyed said they don't aspire to a management or senior executive role, according to the poll released Monday. Thirty per cent said they're undecided about moving up the ranks.
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RCCAO: HOT lanes can ease Ontario traffic congestion
Daily Commercial News
As the 2015 Pan Am Games inch closer, the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) is again suggesting the province move forward and test drive the idea of High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes as a way to ease congestion. RCCAO Executive Director Andy Manahan reiterated the alliance's views on HOT lanes after Ed Clark, the chair of the Advisory Council on Government Assets, recently suggested ways the province could improve managing its assets and invest in transit and transportation infrastructure.

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Ontario health minister orders data on clinics made public
Toronto Star
Health Minister Eric Hoskins is introducing sweeping measures to make Ontario's health system more transparent. He told the Star that he has put the province's 36 public health units and 23 colleges that regulate health professionals on notice that he wants investigation and inspection reports made public.

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Guthrie: Unpaid fines depriving Guelph of millions in revenue
CTV News
Guelph's mayor-elect says he's already found one way the city can raise its revenue without raising its tax rates. More than $5 million is owed to the city in the form of unpaid fines, Cam Guthrie says, and it's time to collect. "I would rather do that than try to tax more," he says. "We would love the money (and they) owe it anyway, so let's get going." The fines cover parking tickets, noise bylaw infractions and all other manners of civic wrongdoing that result in financial penalties.

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Bill 8, Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act
AMCTO
Last week the Association of Municipalities in Ontario (AMO) released a statement expressing its reservations about Bill 8, the proposed Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act. In it, AMO stated that while they strongly support the spirit of transparency and accountability that the Bill promotes, they have reservations that it will not be implemented in a cooperative and respectful manner.

In March of 2014, AMCTO expressed its own concern about the introduction of this Bill. These reservations continue to exist. AMCTO is particularly concerned about why there has been only minimal engagement with the municipal sector about the perceived deficiencies within the current accountability system, and why these perceived deficiencies would necessitate the creation of an additional layer of provincial oversight, as proposed in Bill 8.

If passed, AMCTO will support its members with the implementation of this new legislation and provide any required managerial or technical training, as well as any other necessary support to ensure its effective implementation. As municipal professionals, AMCTO members are committed to enhancing effective local government management without creating additional layers of oversight that could lead to inefficiencies for local ratepayers.

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Gas Tax Transfers
AMCTO
Last week saw Gas Tax transfers come to some of the provinces municipalities from both the federal and provincial governments. To learn more about gas tax funding, which has become an important source of long-term, stable funding for municipal infrastructure projects, you can read these backgrounders prepared by the federal and provincial governments.
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New Webinar on Effective Multi-Site Joint Health and Safety Committees
AMCTO
For municipal professional who work with Joint Health and Safety Committees, AMCTO is happy to share this new training webinar offered jointly by the Ministry of Labour (MOL) and the Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHCA).
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