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Rob Ford to fight 'tooth & nail' to keep his job after judge ousts mayor
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Mayor Rob Ford firmly stood his ground following a judge's stunning decision to remove him from office for breaking conflict of interest rules, vowing to appeal the ruling and fight 'tooth and nail' to keep his job. Ontario Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland issued his ruling in the case that revolved around Ford participating in a city council vote last February about whether he should have to repay questionable donations to his private football charity. "In view of the respondent's leadership role in ensuring integrity in municipal government, it is difficult to accept an error in judgment defence based essentially on a stubborn sense of entitlement (concerning his football foundation) and a dismissive and confrontational attitude to the Integrity Commissioner and the Code of Conduct," Hackland said in his ruling. More

Cancel Ontario programs for recycling hazardous waste and electronics
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The Progressive Conservatives say they have a better plan for recycling hazardous and electronic waste in Ontario. They're proposing to get rid of Waste Diversion Ontario — which was created in legislation by the previous Tory government — as well as controversial eco fees on hazardous waste and electronics that are passed on to consumers. WDO is an independent corporation which develops recycling programs in conjunction with industry-funded stewardship organizations. Producers and importers pay eco fees to these organizations to administer the programs, which are usually passed on to consumers either at the cash register or built into the ticket price. More

Ontario's climate plan remains off track
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A report this week from the World Bank said the anticipated impacts of climate change 'will pose unprecedented challenges to humanity' and 'must not be allowed to occur.' Surely, we'll be hearing similar high-level warnings as we approach the start of the Doha Climate Change Conference in Qatar. Despite all this talk, not enough is being done to adequately address the problem. Not Kent. Not President Obama, the man who Bloomberg endorsed in the recent U.S. election. Not the World Bank, which continues to finance the construction of coal-fired power plants in the developing world. Closer to home, the McGuinty government's climate strategy continues to disappoint, and there are too few initiatives in the pipeline to meet stated targets. More

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Ontario urges Ottawa to reconsider generic OxyContin ban
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Ontario is rallying other provinces and territories to put pressure on Ottawa to reconsider its decision not to ban generic forms of OxyContin, a highly addictive and much-abused painkiller. Health Minister Deb Matthews says she also plans to bring in regulations that would limit access to the drug in Ontario unless it's tamper-resistant. Under the proposed regulations, long-acting oxycodone products won't be considered for public funding or be substituted for the brand name drug by pharmacists unless they meet certain criteria. The draft rules would also give the ministry the authority not to pay a dispensing doctor or pharmacy operator who doesn't comply with legislation aimed at tracking potential misuse and diversion of prescription narcotics. More

Brantford mayor: Casino means money for a new downtown
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Sitting tidy and groomed between Colborne to Dalhousie streets, Harmony Square is a symbol of Brantford's new downtown. The square is home to year-round events. It holds a skating rink in the winter and a splash pad in the summer. Built in 2008, the square is a far cry from the downtown Brantford of old. Fifteen years ago, ramshackle buildings lined the main streets and vacancies were so high that film crews used it as the scene of an abandoned town in a horror film. To hear the city tell the story, this is what a casino can buy — and a vision of what Hamilton could do if it spends its casino money wisely. Built in 1999, Brantford's OLG Casino earned $112 million last year. Each year, the city gets about $3.4 million, or five per cent of the slot machine revenue. That money is put into a capital investment fund the city has used for property improvement loans and projects such as Harmony Square. Since 1999, the city has spent $14,162,999 of its $48,668,444 in casino money on improving the downtown. More

Dalton McGuinty remains unapologetic about prorogation
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Outgoing Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is in a defiant mood heading into the premiers conference, unapologetic for his move to prorogue the legislature and insisting it was necessary for his minority government to push its agenda through. Mr. McGuinty readily acknowledges he knew exactly what he was doing when he shuttered the chamber recently. Prorogation has become a dirty word. "Absolutely, I knew that," he said. "It's seen differently since the federal government had prorogued in the face of an effort on the part of the opposition parties to come together and defeat it." But he said his government has done a lot since the prorogation – making progress on labour negotiations, including public-service pensions, teachers and 11,000 public-sector managers. More

New law may push Ontario to allow scrap wine importation laws
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A proposed move by Nova Scotia to allow consumers to import wine from other parts of Canada could help nudge Ontario in the same direction, wine industry experts say. As more provinces lift prohibitions on wine importation, others will consider reciprocating, said Aaron Goertzen, economist at BMO Capital Markets. "By and large, Canadians expect fairly similar treatment from their provincial governments. It would be pretty hard to justify such different rules between provinces," he said. "Anytime you start to dismantle trade barriers, there's a positive for consumers, increased choice and competition." More

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London, Ontario mayor's expenses on city tab raise eyebrows
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The austerity-preaching mayor who rode tax-freeze promises into office and is now criminally charged with misusing public dollars has logged some eyebrow-raising expenses on the city's tab since winning the job in 2010. Prompted by the RCMP probe into how his son's 2005 wedding reception was paid for when Joe Fontana was a Liberal MP and cabinet minister, QMI Agency used the municipal freedom-of-information law to examine many of Fontana's public expenses during his first two years as mayor — and came away with several questions the embattled politician refuses to answer. More

If councils flout laws, penalties must be applied    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It won't be long before Ontario's municipal politicians will be playing 'cards' at council meetings. No, not bridge or bid euchre: they'll be holding educational cards outlining tips on how to follow protocol required under the Municipal Act. Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin's recent report on closed-session meetings has infuriated citizens on not only the number of annual infractions but the fact that when it happens, there are no penalties. Mr. Marin intends to send educational cards on closed-door meetings to all 444 Ontario municipalities, not just the 191 where he serves as investigator. More

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 AMCTO Legislative Updates

MPAC Notice — Property Assessment Change Notice (PACN) for exempt for Payment in Lieu (PIL) properties
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MPAC has provided the information at the link below to inform our members aboutn how they will seek to bring consistent reporting and notification for all property types, when a supplementary or omitted assessment is processed.

For any questions, MPAC suggests contacting your local municipal relations representative.

Growing the greenbelt — Proposed amendment to the Greenbelt Area boundary regulation
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The proposed regulation would add approximately 255 hectares (630 acres) to the area of land designated as Greenbelt Area in O.Reg. 59/05. The area proposed for addition is located in the Town of Oakville, near the intersection of Highway 407 and Regional Road 25 (Bronte Road). The subject area is provincially owned land which is part of the Glenorchy Conservation Area.

This proposal has been posted for a 45 day public review and comment period that closes on Jan. 4, 2013. More information regarding the regulation and how you can respond can be found here.

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TBD AMCTO joint board meeting Toronto, ON
Dec. 3, 2012 AMCTO Municipal Finance Forum: Tax Reassessment Readiness Seneca College, Newnham Campus
Dec. 7, 2012 Ontario Regional & Single Tier Treasurers Meetings Toronto, ON

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