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$190 million ice storm aid unclaimed by Ontario municipalities
Toronto Star
It's been almost a year since last December's crippling ice storm and not a penny of the $190 million Ice Storm Assistance Program has been paid to municipalities, including hard-hit Toronto, the Star has learned. Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin blamed municipalities for not completing and filing detailed applications. The deadline is Dec. 31. "It's simple as that," McMeekin said.
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Meet the man who secretly runs Toronto city hall
The Globe and Mail
On the days that Toronto city council is in session, John Elvidge will arrive at City Hall at around 8 a.m, and take the elevators up to the empty council chambers on the third floor. From his seat in the middle of the floor — a round table covered with eight monitors — he'll go through his checklist of preparations: Is the equipment in the chamber, including mics and monitors, working? Have all the councillors received all the documents for the day's agenda?
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NDP: Thousands of kids of low-income families to lose dental care
Toronto Star
Thousands of children of low-income families will be denied dental health services because of cuts proposed by the Liberal government to take effect next summer, NDP MPP France Gélinas warns. Gélinas said that because the government is proposing to slash income-based eligibility in half, some 15,000 children in Toronto will not have access to dental services.
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Ombuds turf war over bill breaks from political decorum
The Globe and Mail
An attempt to expand the powers of Ontario ombudsman André Marin has sparked a bizarre turf war between Mr. Marin and two other high-profile accountability officers. The row even led the outspoken ombudsman to troll the other watchdogs on Twitter — calling one "Chicken Little" — in a break from political decorum.
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Liberals tabling legislation to create Ontario pension
Toronto Star
The Liberal government is taking the first legislative step toward creating a made-in-Ontario pension. Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Associate Finance Minister Mitzie Hunter on Monday are introducing the framework legislation that will lead to the creation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). Designed to complement the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), the mandatory ORPP would deduct 1.9 per cent of the pay of Ontarians who do not have a workplace pension plan. Their employers would be forced to match that contribution.
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Billings by Ontario doctors are secret: Should they be?
Toronto Star
Nineteen physicians billed Ontario's publicly funded health insurance plan more than $2 million each in 2012-13. But you can't know who they are. Revealing their names would be an unjustified invasion of privacy, according to the health ministry's privacy office, which denied that part of a freedom-of-information request from the Star.
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Municipal by-law development and public health: A primer
Public Health Ontario
To provide a foundation for municipal by-law development, Public Health Ontario has developed a primer that outlines the steps one should undertake to develop a by-law. Municipal By-law Development and Public Health: A primer explains the municipal by-law development process for health promotion and public health practitioners. This resource provides a well-organized, evidence-informed process for health promotion and public health professionals to engage in municipal by-law development. It can help you work with municipal decision makers to develop a new municipal by-law or make changes to an existing one.
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Stephen Harper's spat with Kathleen Wynne hurting Ontario's economy
Toronto Star
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's "partisan" refusal to meet with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is undermining relations with the country's biggest province and hindering efforts to kickstart its economy, opposition MPs say. "It's a freeze out," NDP MP Peggy Nash said. "There's a petulance to it that frankly I don't understand."
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Ontario premier concerned about constitutionality of new prostitution law
CTV News
Shortly after a new and controversial federal prostitution law came into effect, the premier of Ontario is calling on her attorney general to look at the "constitutional validity" of the law. In a recent statement, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said she is gravely concerned the new law will not protect sex workers or communities. Wynne has asked Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur to advise her on the options available to the province, should it be found that the legislation's constitutionality is in question.
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Ontario MPP introduces 'Protecting Passenger Safety Act' to address Uber's 'bandit cabs'
Mobile Syrup
Uber's ride-sharing service continues to be a hot topic in Canada. While the company rolls out new features to its customers, like Spotify integration, heat from various business and political outlets is coming at a fierce pace. Uber operates in a number of Canadian cities, including Toronto and Vancouver, but recently its business has been under fire for the legitimacy of its operations.
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2 vital steps for fixing your employee engagement problem
Fast Company
Last year, Gallup released a report showing that seven out of 10 workers in America are either not engaged or are actively disengaged in their work. So why do companies care if their employees are engaged? According to Gallup, "companies with engaged workforces have higher earnings per share (EPS) and seem to have recovered from the recession at a faster rate."
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Leading your team into the unknown
HBR
Ask notable innovation leaders what they think about traditional management practices — say, those taught in a typical MBA program — and you get some pretty strong reactions. Take Elon Musk, a cofounder of PayPal, Tesla, and SpaceX. "At my companies," he says, "our position is that we hire someone in spite of an MBA, not because of one." Or Intuit cofounder Scott Cook: "When MBAs come to us, we have to fundamentally retrain them — nothing they learned will help them succeed at innovation."
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Avoid these 8 mistakes as as new leader
The Globe and Mail
Trying to make every decision will only turn you into a micro-manager. Strong leaders know there are numerous decisions that can be made just as well by others, and there’s no better way to allow others to develop their leadership skills than by letting them make decisions.
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Critics slam Premier over welfare payout 'glitch'
Toronto Star
Numerous welfare recipients got no money or as little as $5 due to problems with the new $240 million computer system that manages Ontario's social assistance caseload, says the head of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. Warren "Smokey" Thomas said the wrong allowance payments affected Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients and is concerned the problems might mean recipients don't get their December cheques in time for Christmas.

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Ontario moves toward curbing pesticide blamed for bee deaths
Toronto Star
Ontario is moving closer to curbing a class of pesticides blamed for massive bee kills that endanger the pollination of crops and the environment. But farmers are infuriated by the move by Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-coated corn and soybean seeds by 2017.

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Researcher: Ontario's flavoured tobacco ban 'comprehensive'
CBC News
The Ontario government's move to ban flavoured tobacco, including menthol cigarettes, would make the the province a leader in tobacco laws across the country, says a researcher with the University of Waterloo's School of Public Health. "Menthol is the one flavour youth actually use. So about 30 per cent of youth smokers smoke a menthol brand, that's way more than adults," said David Hammond, who studies tobacco control policy and nutrition labelling.

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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Amended Version of Bill 8 Out of Committee

The Standing Committee on General Government has finished its work on Bill 8, and suggested several amendments that will be voted on by all MPPs when the bills is read before the legislature this week for the third and final time. For more information on the changes to the Bill, you can view a marked-up copy of the legislation here, or an AMO release, which outlines the amendments relevant to the municipal sector.
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Province considering new speed limit regulations for municipalities

The province is considering changes to the default minimum speed limit in municipalities across the province. Currently, the Highway Traffic Act empowers local communities to set the speed limits within their jurisdictions, up to a maximum of 100km/ hour. However, as part of its broader highway safety reform package, which includes Bill 31 the Keeping Ontario's Roads Safe Act, the government is considering a proposal to direct municipalities to lower the default speed limit in unsigned areas. Prior to making a decision the Ministry has committed to consulting with municipalities and a range of relevant stakeholders.
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Government holding Safe at Work Ontario consultations

The Ministry of Labour is holding its annual Safe at Work Ontario consultations across the province in January 2015. The consultation sessions are an opportunity for the Ministry to hear from its key stakeholders about how to improve occupational health and safety enforcement. The deadline to register for one the Ministry's consultations sessions is December 19. Find out more about the process here.
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Further Reading: When and Why Do Cities Work Together?

A new paper, released by the Munk School's Institute on Municipal Finance & Governance and written by Zachary Spicer, examines of the evolving practice of regional service-delivery cooperation between municipalities in Ontario. The paper discusses the range of factors that motivate municipalities to form inter-municipal agreements and provides a high-level overview of the various forms that these agreements take in the province. Read the full paper here.
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