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Norm Kelly takes the reins at city hall after Rob Ford stripped of power
CTV News
Toronto's Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly took the reins at city hall, meeting with members of the media, the city manager and his new staff following an unprecedented vote that saw embattled Mayor Rob Ford stripped of key powers. Kelly said he plans to continue with a fiscally conservative agenda, but noted it will differ somewhat from Ford's style of politics.
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How the Rob Ford story has reached beyond our borders
The Globe and Mail
Less than half an hour after Rob Ford knocked over councillor Pam McConnell during a city council meeting, a reporter at the New York-based viral-oriented website BuzzFeed tweeted a four-second video of the incident; tens of thousands watched it on the site. Around this time, a user of gifsound.com synched up the same video to the chorus of Miley Cyrus's hit Wrecking Ball, so that the mayor's collision with Ms. McConnell seemed as if it had been choreographed to music.
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Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell racks up $186,000 in expenses
Toronto Star
Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell has expensed taxpayers over the past three years for items such as $2,160 on personalized barbecue aprons, $3,191 for a seat upgrade on a trip to India, $1,326 for Mandarin lessons and $1,500 for an orchestra performance. The recently disclosed expenses from December 2010 to September 2013 total more than $186,000.
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Rob Ford: Ontario says Norm Kelly is in charge at City Hall
Toronto Star
Municipal Affairs Minister Linda Jeffrey says as far as the provincial government is concerned the deputy mayor is now in charge at Toronto city hall. "Logistically, based on the decision they made, it would be Norm Kelly," Jeffrey said, referring to city council's stripping Mayor Rob Ford of most of his power in the wake of the crack scandal.
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Milton Superior Court rules in City of Burlington's favour against the Burlington Executive Airpark
City of Burlington
A Milton Superior Court ruled the City of Burlington's site alteration bylaw applies to the Burlington Airpark. In his decision, the Honourable Justice J. Murray also ruled that: As the city's bylaw is valid and binding on the Burlington Airpark; The city is able to enforce its bylaw; The Airpark's application against the city is dismissed; The City of Burlington is entitled to its legal costs.
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In Mississauga, the chickens aren't coming home to roost — at least not yet
Toronto Star
Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion isn't interested in seeing Mississauga return to its rural roots, when chickens roamed freely in backyards. She and her council colleagues recently pressured Councillor Jim Tovey to withdraw a motion for a two-year pilot program to allow backyard chickens. "Citizens have to realize, whatever you ask for you've got to pay for," McCallion said at the general committee meeting.
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Ontario proposing a black bear management pilot in north
Ontario.ca
Ontario is proposing a pilot program that will enhance public safety while offering an effective response to nuisance bear issues in the north. Ontario has proposed a two-year bear management pilot program in wildlife management units 13, 14, 29, 30, 36, 39, 41 and 42, all of which have reported high levels of nuisance bear activity. Communities in and around these units include Timmins, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie and North Bay.
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Presto electronic transit card system comes under attack
Toronto Star
A Tory MPP levelled a barrage of criticism at Metrolinx officials claiming the Presto smart card system has all the earmarks of the eHealth scandal that rocked the last Liberal government. Metrolinx board chairman Robert Prichard and Bruce McCuaig, CEO and president, appeared before a legislative committee to answer questions about the government agency charged with developing and implementing an integrated transportation system for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
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 AMCTO Special Announcements


AMCTO 2014 Conference — Registration now open!
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


The 2013 Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund announced
Ministry of Infrastructure
Ontario's Premier this past month 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
Ontario.ca
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 January 10th, 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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    Rob Ford ready to face motion calling for him to take leave (CBC News)
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Canada's Gas Tax Fund helping Ontario communities
Infrastructure Canada
It was recently announced that the Government of Canada is making available the second installment of its annual $2 billion federal Gas Tax Fund allocation for municipal infrastructure, bringing Ontario's total allocation this year to close to $746.8 million.
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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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2014 OMPF allocations announced
Ontario Ministry of Finance
The Ministry of Finance recently issued 2014 Allocations for the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund. As expected, the government will continue to roll back allocations in the amount of $25 million for 2014, which takes the OMPF down to $550 million in total. To remind us of the scaling back on this fund; in 2012, the fund was $598 million.

This lessened commitment to OMPF funding will impact Ontario’s communities in light of increasing costs and more analysis can be found on the AMO website or by viewing the Ministry of Finance 2014 allocation notices.

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Canada-European Union Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) announced
Ontario.ca
After negotiating for a number of years, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in October that Canada has agreed in principle with the European Union on the Canada-European Union Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This agreement will reduce barriers to trade, spur investment and change aspects of government procurement.

For more information on CETA and what it means for municipalities, please visit the FCM and AMO or view the CETA Statement from Minister Hoskins at MEDTE.

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November's AMCTO Election Express
AMCTO
In November's Election Express, AMCTO covers all of its upcoming training and provides resources to those administering municipal elections in 2014. In addition, several other topics are covered off including:
· Conflict of interest in an election year;
· Campaigning outside of a campaign period; and
· The challenge of on-air personalities as candidates.

Click here for access to all previous Elections Expresses.

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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.



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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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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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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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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 Municipal Career Opportunities

The Municipality of Marmora and Lake - Manager of Transportation Services

The Corporation of the Town of Greater Napanee - Deputy Fire Chief

Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen - Chief Administrative Officer

Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury - Communications Officer

Township of Guelph-Eramosa - Chief Administrative Officer





 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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