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Ontario passes a bill aimed at cutting auto insurance premiums by 15 per cent
570 News
The Ontario legislature has passed a bill aimed at reducing car insurance premiums an average of 15 per cent by next August. The government says the bill will help tackle fraud to lower costs for insurance companies, which "is expected to help lower insurance rates for Ontario drivers." The bill, which was supported by the Progressive Conservatives but opposed by the New Democrats, is also supposed to help those injured in collisions settle disputed claims faster.
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Power still out for 2,000 homes, businesses in wake of wind storm
Toronto Star
About 2,000 Toronto Hydro customers were still without power by mid-Tuesday morning following a severe wind storm that snapped tree branches and downed power lines across the GTA. Toronto Hydro customers in the west to central north regions and North York were the hardest hit by the damage, according to Toronto Hydro spokesperson Tanya Bruckmueller.
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Can you accept criticism of your leadership skills?
The Globe and Mail
It can be difficult for leaders to get honest feedback on their effectiveness. Many developing leaders are uncomfortable asking their peers — and certainly not their staff or boss — to evaluate their skills. So how can they get the feedback necessary to help them grow?
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Toronto officials want Uber taxi app out of the city
The Globe and Mail
Toronto officials want to stop the app-based taxi service Uber in its tracks, turning to the courts to try and prevent the Silicon Valley company from operating in the city, even as the mayor-elect signals he's at odds with that approach. City lawyers applied for an injunction with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice Tuesday morning, requesting that it order Uber to cease all operations in Toronto.
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Door-to-door water heater firm hit with $7 million in penalties
Toronto Star
The federal Competition Bureau says a subsidiary of Just Energy Group Inc. has agreed to pay $7 million in penalties, restitution and other costs related to complaints over its door-to-door water heater marketing practices in Ontario and Quebec. The settlement with National Energy Corp, which operates as National Home Services and Services aux foyers, follows a finding by the bureau that sales staff were misleading customers about their identity and the purpose of their visits.
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Waterloo ponders ways to bolster public consultation
The Record
After a controversial couple of years, City of Waterloo politicians are asking when enough public consultation is enough. The city found itself faced with angry residents who accused the city of not consulting them on projects or plans in their neighbourhoods: Costco, paving Hillside Trail and uptown west traffic. The problem is that each of those projects or plans was approved as part of larger city planning documents the public was widely consulted on.
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Ontario seeking feedback on proposed changes to OHSA, WHMIS regulation
Canadian Occupational Safety
The Ontario Ministry of Labour is proposing to amend selected provisions in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Regulation, as a part of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). In Canada, the federal government has taken steps to implement the GHS.
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Prepare for the gridlock Pan Am Games: Traffic plans include expanded HOV lanes
Toronto Star
Fighting traffic could be the unofficial sport of the 2015 Pan Am Games with residents and businesses already being warned to start looking at their transportation options next summer. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation recently unveiled its $61 million Pan Am Games transportation plan.
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Auditor General's report slams government for failing veterans on mental health services
National Post
It's one of the great mysteries of modern Ottawa — how can a Conservative government that claims to venerate its veterans screw up so badly and so often when it comes to their welfare in civilian life? The report of the Auditor General on mental health services for veterans, goes a long way to answering that question.
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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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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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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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What to do if your team is in a rut
Harvard Business Review
Another brainstorming session, another slew of tired ideas. Your team is in a rut, but what can you do about it? How can you push everyone to be more creative? Where should you seek inspiration? What’s the best way to bring in new perspectives? And finally: How do you prevent the group from getting stuck again?
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BlackBerry offers $550 to get iPhone users to switch to Passport
The Globe and Mail
BlackBerry Ltd. is offering to pay iPhone users as much as $550 to switch to a square-screened BlackBerry Passport. Starting in December, customers who trade in an iPhone for the keyboard-equipped Passport will get as much as $400 back depending on their Apple Inc. smartphone's model and condition.
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Solar panels pose power problem for firefighters, prompting new guidelines
The Globe and Mail
A year ago, fire trucks arrived on the scene of a blaze at a cheese and deli-meat distribution facility just outside of Philadelphia. But firefighters had to keep their distance because of worries that the thousands of solar panels on the roof were still generating power, putting them at risk of electrocution. The building was completely destroyed.
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Ontario bans flavoured tobacco, cracks down on e-cigarettes
Toronto Star
No ifs, ands or butts about it. The Ontario government is banning all flavoured tobacco — including menthol — and vaporizing e-cigarettes for teenagers as well as curbing their use throughout the province. Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla recently unveiled sweeping legislation that treats the unregulated electronic smokes like traditional cigarettes.
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Bill 8 moving through the legislature
AMCTO
Bill 8, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, a piece of legislation that gives the Ontario Ombudsman oversight authority over municipalities, is continuing its steady passage through legislature. Last week the bill passed its second reading and was sent to the Standing Committee on General Government, which will spend Monday and Wednesday of this week conducting hearings. You can read a copy of this legislation here, and AMCTO’s position here.
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New planning legislation offers hope for electronic planning notices
AMCTO
A new piece of legislation, Bill 39 the Planning Statute Law Amendment Act, includes a provision that may pave the road for municipalities to post electronic planning notices, rather than publishing them in print. Last week Bill 39 passed its second reading and is headed to the Standing Committee on General Government. Though the ultimate implications of the Bill are not clear, AMCTO will use this opportunity to advocate for eliminating the current planning notice paper publication requirement, an archaic regulation that places an unnecessary financial burden on municipalities.
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Ontario's fall economic update
AMCTO
Finance Minister Charles Sousa provided the provincial government's fall economic update last week. In the Minister's statement were several updates with relevance for the municipal sector, including a commitment to reforming the provincial land tax in unincorporated territories, and $50 million in Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) formula allocations for municipalities with a population below 100,000. For more information, read AMO's reaction, or the province's Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.
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FCM wraps-up its Hometown Proud campaign
AMCTO
Last week the Federation of Canadian Municipalities completed its annual Advocacy Days, which saw one hundred municipal leaders conduct over 145 meetings with MPs and cabinet ministers. This year's advocacy days included a new campaign called "Hometown Proud," allowing local politicians to discuss and propose solutions to national issues with repercussions in their hometowns.
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New webinar on the implications of Bill 18
AMCTO
The Public Services Health and Safety Association is offering a new webinar that explores the implications of Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act. The training is also being offered as an in-class course.
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