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Government funding available under Municipal Infrastructure Strategy
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Applications are now being accepted for roads, bridges, water and wastewater projects under the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy.

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Ministry of Finance issues 2013 allocation for Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF)
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Reductions to the OMPF were expected from the recent provincial budget and today's announcement reflects movement toward these reductions. AMO has provided a useful summary of what today's announcement means for municipalities and the OMPF for 2013 and years ahead. Highlights include:

• The total envelope will decrease from $598 million in 2012 to $575 million in 2013 (both figures include transition funds)
• Total allocations to recipient municipalities will decline in each of the next four years by about $25 million per year. The OMPF will total $500 million by 2016.
• The five individual grant components have been merged into a single municipal allocation and the introduction of the new Municipal Fiscal Circumstances Index (MFCI) will be used to help determine the degree of funding cuts. For a more detailed analysis, please see AMO's announcement.


City of Toronto faces legal action over bag ban
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The City of Toronto is being taken to court over its proposed bylaw banning plastic shopping bags. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) said that it was moving forward with legal action and served the city with a notice of application. "We'll go right to the end to have it thrown out," said association CEO Dave Bryans. "We're not seeking financial damages, we're seeking that the bylaw is invalid." Shortly after, the Toronto Taxpayers Coalition said it's also planning a challenge, as it watches what happens when the bylaw goes to council for final signoff on Nov. 27. The legal flare-up came the day after council's public works and infrastructure committee endorsed the ban in a 4-2 vote. More

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Conservatives: McGuinty deceived public when he prorogued Ontario legislature
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The opposition says Premier Dalton McGuinty misled people when he said he prorogued the Ontario legislature to allow time to negotiate with unions and the Progressive Conservatives on a public sector wage freeze. It's now been a month since McGuinty's surprise resignation and prorogation of the legislature, and Tory finance critic Peter Shurman says there have been no talks at all with the Liberal government on a wage freeze. Shurman says the real reason McGuinty prorogued the legislature to avoid hearings into the cancelled gas plants in Mississauga and Oakville that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. More



GO train: 15 minutes late and it's free
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Fifteen minutes or your ride is free. That guarantee from GO Transit kicked in recently, qualifying passengers who arrive at their destination more than 15 minutes late a credit on their fare. Like most guarantees, this one comes with fine print: The delay can't be due to weather, police investigations, pedestrian incidents or passenger assistance alarms. Although those might be the situations that stand out in commuters' minds, about 67 per cent of GO train delays over 15 minutes would actually qualify for the guarantee. Those late arrivals are commonly caused by mechanical or signal issues or ice and snow accumulation along doors. Presto fare card users will have seven days to collect their credit. Other single ticket, day pass and group pass users will have 24 hours to claim their credit at a ticket window. More



Ontario township leads fight for language freedom
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It really shouldn't be news when a government stands up for the constitutional liberties of its citizens. But the sad truth is that, these days, governments are more often found violating individual liberty than defending it. That's why the actions of the municipal council in eastern Ontario's South Stormont Township on Sept. 26 deserve attention. In a meeting hall packed with more than 250 townspeople, following a rousing presentation by language rights activist Howard Galganov, the five councilors voted unanimously to amend the township's municipal sign bylaw to say that the municipal government will never compel businesses to use any particular language — neither English, nor French, nor any other language — for advertising purposes. More

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Pooling pension assets of public-sector workers in Ontario urged
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The Ontario government has been advised to follow the lead of other jurisdictions within Canada and internationally by creating a massive pension fund to manage the retirement savings of public-sector workers. A report commissioned by the government says pooling various pension plans together under one roof would create economies of scale, reduce administration costs and broaden investment opportunities, particularly for smaller funds. The report recommends that the new pension fund manage at least $50 billion in assets. "There is strong evidence to suggest that large pension funds outperform smaller and medium-sized funds," says the report, written by William Morneau, executive chairman of consulting firm Morneau Shepell. More

City of Greater Sudbury gets $1.3 million extra
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The city got a bit of good budget news recently: A key transfer payment from the provincial government will be $1.3 million higher than expected. The City of Greater Sudbury learned its Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund grant for 2013 will be $34.3 million — about $1.3 million more than expected. The amount is still less than this year's $35.4 million allocation, but Ward 11 Coun. Terry Kett, who is also chair of city council's finance and administration committee, said the extra money was a pleasant surprise. "I just know it gives us a much better bottom line to work with," Kett said. "It gives us a little more room in which to operate, so I feel very positive about that." More

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Ontario elementary teachers set to follow high school teachers in job action
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With elementary teachers set to join their high school colleagues in strike action, union leaders and the provincial government are bickering over whether or not they returned to the bargaining table, dashing hopes for a last-minute deal. The president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Sam Hammond, said his union sat down with the government and made hopeful progress over the course of three hours that was dashed when the province suddenly called the negotiations off. "It's a real tragedy," he said. "Everyone in the room was intent on finding solutions." Education Minister Laurel Broten wrote in a statement that ministry officials were just updating ETFO leadership on how negotiations were progressing with the high school teachers' union, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF). More



Town of Petawawa talks smoking bylaw enforcement
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With the impending implementation of a bylaw prohibiting smoking on municipally-owned property, council is switching its focus to enforcement. As staff continues to flesh out details on the comprehensive bylaw, Mayor Bob Sweet is asking how will this legislation be enforced once it is on the books. With the town having only one bylaw enforcement officer, the task of ensuring smokers light up in the designated areas could become daunting. That was the challenge that Sweet threw out to staff during council's finance and management committee meeting. "There's no point in having a bylaw if it can't be implemented," said the mayor. "If you can't enforce it then what is the point in passing it." More



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