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$9 million lawsuit over flooding served against Amherstburg
CBC News
The Town of Amherstburg has been served with a $9-million-dollar lawsuit. The suit accuses the town of negligence because 75 homes flooded following a downpour of rain on Aug. 9, 2011. That morning, 18 cm of rain fell. Amherstburg deputy clerk and risk manager Paula Parker said about all that's clear to the town in the lawsuit is the monetary value.
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Proposal to bury nuclear waste in Ontario wins local support, sparks U.S. ire
The Globe and Mail
Ordinarily, a proposal to bury radioactive waste in a scenic area that relies on tourism would inspire "not in my backyard" protests from local residents — and relief in places that were spared. But conventional wisdom has been turned on its head in Ontario, where a publicly owned power company wants to entomb waste from its nuclear plants 680 metres below the surface near Lake Huron.
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Smokers cost their employers more than $4,000 each per year
The Conference Board of Canada
Smokers take a toll on the bottom line of their employers, according to a Conference Board of Canada report released ahead of its 2nd Summit on Sustainable Health and Health Care. On average, each smoker costs his or her employer an estimated $4,256 in 2012 — more than $3,800 in lost productivity due to unsanctioned smoking breaks and more than $400 in lost productivity due to absenteeism.
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Study: First Nation being exposed to pollutants in Ontario's 'chemical valley'
CTV News
Members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation living on a reserve near Sarnia, ON, have long suspected harmful chemicals were behind an unusually low male birth rate and slew of other reported health issues. Now, tests performed by a McGill University professor suggest mothers and children are being exposed to higher-than-average levels of harmful hormone-blocking pollutants.
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GreenView: Ending coal for cleaner air in Ontario
Northumberland View
Ontario is introducing legislation that, if passed, would eliminate coal-fired generation as a source of electricity. The proposed Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act would ensure that once coal facilities stop operating by the end of 2014.
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Time to say no to university growth, yes to quality
The Globe and Mail
Over the last 20 years, enrolment in Canada's postsecondary institutions has grown from 1.3 million to 2.0 million. The results have been particularly impressive in Ontario. From 2003-2008, for example, enrolments in Ontario universities grew 29 per cent from 302,000 to 389,000 and in colleges 11 per cent from 181,000 to 201,000.
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Peel police face $125 million class-action lawsuit
Toronto Star
A proposed $125 million racial profiling class-action lawsuit was filed in Superior Court against the Peel Police Services Board and Peel Region's former chief of police. Three civilian plaintiffs and two legal advocacy groups that represent racial minorities are asking for damages as a result of alleged systemic racial profiling in the Peel police force.
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Toronto named 'Youthful City of the Year,' edging out Berlin and New York
Toronto Star
Despite the storm of controversy at city hall, a recent index of data assembled and analyzed by YouthfulCities named Toronto the "Youthful City of the Year 2014." Based on data from 25 cities around the world, YouthfulCities, an organization that aids youth in building better cities, created 16 categories, including civic participation, diversity, safety and mental health, food and nightlife and more.
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    Norm Kelly takes the reins at city hall after Rob Ford stripped of power (CTV News)
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How the Rob Ford story has reached beyond our borders (The Globe and Mail)

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New poll: Ford Nation still 'stands by their man'
CTV News
Rob Ford's approval rating is holding steady despite the ongoing scandal surrounding Toronto's embattled mayor, a new public opinion poll suggests. A new Forum Research public opinion poll finds that 42 per cent of Toronto voters approve of Ford. The results of the poll are virtually unchanged from a similar Forum poll released two weeks ago, when Ford's approval rating stood at 44 per cent.
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Day care crisis: Ontario inspections reveal numerous violations
The Hamilton Spectator
Ministry of Education files, obtained by the Toronto Star, show in about 40 per cent of cases, caregivers were looking after more than five children under age 10, not including their own, in violation of Ontario's Day Nurseries Act. The violations ranged from caregivers with six kids, eight kids, 11 kids, and as many as 14 children in a Toronto home.
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City seeks review of laws governing e-bikes
Sault this Week
Sault city councillors are asking federal and provincial governments to review the Criminal Code and the Highway Traffic Act, given the growing number of e-bikes on Sault Ste. Marie streets. City Clerk Malcolm White said the resolution below was being forwarded to the appropriate ministers in the upper levels of government, for "review and possible action."
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 AMCTO Special Announcements


AMCTO 2014 Conference — Registration now open!
AMCTO
June 8 to 11, 2014 — Niagara Falls, ON

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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


AODA BPS Reporting Requirements
AMCTO
As you may know, this year is an AODA accessibility compliance reporting year for designated public sector organizations, including municipalities and the deadline is fast approaching! AMCTO member municipalities must complete an online accessibility compliance report by Dec. 31, 2013. For more information, please click here.
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Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Advocates for Long-Term Housing Funding
AMCTO
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Linda Jeffrey lobbied the federal government regarding federal funding for affordable and social housing:
"We need a national housing plan — one that includes the creation of new affordable housing opportunities and maintains our existing social housing units... We urge the federal government to return to the table as a long-term housing funding partner."
To read the whole statement from the Minister, please click here.

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MFOA's Development Charges Review
AMCTO
AMCTO is monitoring closely the work that MFOA is leading around the Development Charges Review and is happy to share with members the two papers released just this month.

     • "Frozen in time: Development charges legislation underfunding infrastructure 16 years and counting."
     • "Dispelling development charge myths and misconceptions"

Click here for the full update provided by MFOA.

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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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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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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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