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Access watchdog: Ban government use of instant messages
CBC News
Canada's information commissioner, Suzanne Legault, recommends in a special report to Parliament that specific controls be placed on instant messaging to preserve government records and respect the access to information law. The report says access to instant (text) messages sent and received by ministers' office staff is at particular risk.
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Rob Ford upset Premier Kathleen Wynne will meet with Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, says he can save city '$50-million, easy'
National Post
As his brother took on the voice of business in the city, Mayor Rob Ford vowed to find $50 million in budget cuts and took a shot at a meeting between the deputy mayor and the premier, suggesting it should take place with him, "the elected Mayor of Toronto." That all happened recently, when Premier Kathleen Wynne and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly announced their first tete-a-tete since city council stripped the mayor of many of his powers and transferred them to his deputy.
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Ontario power rates to rise under new plan
CBC News
The Ontario government has unveiled its long-term energy strategy and if you're paying a power bill, you can expect to pay up to 33 per cent more in coming years. The average monthly bill in Ontario right now is around $125 per month. By 2016, that will jump to $167 a month. Within 20 years, the average bill will rise to $210 per month.
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Conservative MP tables private member's bill to give party caucus more power
CTV News
Conservative MP Michael Chong has tabled his private member's bill that would give more power to party caucuses, including the ability to oust their leaders. Chong, who has served as the MP for Wellington-Halton Hills for nearly 10 years, was so overwhelmed by the interest in his bill generated by media reports that he tabled it two days earlier than he had planned.
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Ontario to close private school daycare loophole
Toronto Star
The provincial government is taking action to close the loophole that allows some day cares associated with private schools to operate without a license, the Star has learned. In legislation to be introduced, the minority Liberal government will be making several changes to the Day Nurseries Act, which governs all child care in the province.
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Local pressure to raise Ontario's minimum wage
The Hamilton Spectator
Local supporters of the drive to increase Ontario's minimum wage are meeting to call for more action. A forum, sponsored by the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and Hamilton Organizing for Poverty Elimination (HOPE), is designed to let local supporters voice opinions they were denied the chance to share at a provincial panel.
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No recourse in Ontario for shelter residents facing eviction
Metro News
Two Ottawa women who say they were unjustly evicted from social housing programs, are fighting to give disabled and abused women more rights and support when it comes to transitional housing. Sankira, who wished to keep her last name anonymous, says she was evicted from the Taggart Family YMCA TRY program — a supportive housing program for women — in mid-November after she complained that she had been threatened by other residents and that staff had entered her room without her permission.
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STA license bylaw passed
Simcoe County
After several years of debate, an Ontario Municipal Board hearing, and pressure from residents and rental owners alike, The Blue Mountains has enacted a Short Term Accommodation (STA) licensing bylaw, requiring units to be inspected and licensed by next summer. Members of town staff plan to establish the licensing program in time for the spring, opening up the license application process and beginning inspections soon.
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 AMCTO Special Announcements


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

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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Regulations amended — Municipal Elections Act
AMCTO
As was expected (See September's Elections Express), the following two regulations were amended in late November via signature from the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

ONTARIO REGULATION 303/13Payment of Nomination Fee

O. Reg 303/13 amends regulation 101/97. Section 1(2) will now allow the nomination fee to be paid by cheque, money order, or by an electronic method of payment that the clerk specifies. The regulation has also been updated to prescribe forms dated November, 2013 for use in elections. The updated forms can be found at the Ontario forms repository.

ONTARIO REGULATION 304/13Voter Identification

O. Reg 304/13 replaces regulation 500/09 (Voter Identification). It removes the requirement to produce a document with a signature on it, and provides one list of acceptable documents showing name and address.

AMCTO resources, including the Elections Manuel will be updated to reflect these regulatory amendments.

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Conservation and Demand Management Guide — O. Reg. 397/11
AMCTO
As a reminder, O. Reg. 397/11 requires all broader public sector organizations (including municipalities) to post their completed template to their inter- and intra-net sites and make them available upon request.

To further assist in reporting, the Ministry of Energy has developed a Guide To Preparing Conservation and Demand Management Plans to assist you in preparing your agency's 2014 CDM Plan.

If you have any questions about the CDM guide, please feel free to contact the Ministry at BPSSupport@ontario.ca.

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Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training
AMCTO
A reminder for municipalities on the new regulation entitled Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training (O. Reg. 297/13) will come into force on July 1, 2014.

The regulation:
- Requires that employers ensure that workers complete the training program as soon as practicable and supervisors complete the training within one week of performing work as a supervisor;
- Sets out the minimum content of both the worker and supervisor awareness training programs; and
- Requires employers to maintain a record of training, and provide workers and supervisors with proof of completion, on request, for up to six months after the worker or supervisor stops performing work for that employer.

Click here to view the new regulation on e-laws. Additional information on the regulation can be found on the MOL website or training materials can be accessed at: www.Ontario.ca/LearnToWorkSafe.

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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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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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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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