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Is the Beer Store-LCBO agreement anti-competition?
CBC News
Canada's largest restaurant association is calling a recently unearthed agreement on beer sales between the LCBO and Beer Store anti-competitive and is demanding an investigation into the deal by the Competition Bureau. Restaurants Canada said a deal signed in 2000 to divvy up how beer is sold in Ontario between the LCBO and Beer Store "restricts competition and inflates the price of beer in restaurants, bars and pubs."
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Cabinet minister accused of 'sexist' shots at Ontario Auditor Bonnie Lysyk
The Hamilton Spectator
Opposition parties accuse Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli of making "sexist" comments dismissive of auditor general Bonnie Lysyk after she chided his department in her hard-hitting annual report. The Progressive Conservatives and NDP urged Premier Kathleen Wynne to fire Chiarelli, who flatly denies taking a gender-based shot at the auditor who spent 10 years in senior roles at Manitoba Hydro.
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Ontario authorities take action on doctors who deny birth control
The Globe and Mail
Ontario doctors will be able to deny birth control prescriptions, abortions and vasectomies to patients on the condition they refer them to another physician, according to a new policy created by the province's regulatory college. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario will release a policy today that attempts to find a middle ground between the need to provide fair, non-discriminatory treatment while respecting the rights and beliefs of individual physicians.
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2 years and $11,000: Hamilton neighbours still feuding
The Hamilton Spectator
Turns out Hamiltonians in disputes with neighbours aren't interested in giving peace a chance. The city is poised to end an experimental mediation program offered to warring neighbours, even as ward councillors and bylaw officers continue to field hundreds of complaints over shared fences, untended trees and other border disputes.
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Ontario bill would force Tarion to publish detailed information about builders' track records
Mississauga.com
The Ontario auditor general and ombudsman should have the power to look under the hood of Tarion, the private corporation created by the government to protect new homebuyers, according to a private member's bill tabled Wednesday at Queen's Park. The bill, entitled the Tarion Accountability and Oversight Act, would also force Tarion Warranty Corp. to publish detailed information about builders' track records, require employees who make more than $100,000 annually to be included on the provincial "sunshine list," and make the corporation's bylaws subject to government approval.
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Was secret Waterfront Toronto budget meeting legal?
Metro News
Waterfront Toronto followed the rules when it decided to increase its budget for the redevelopment of Queens Quay by $35 million, according to the organization's board chair. The group was legally entitled to hide the spending increase from the public for 10 months, said Mark Wilson, pointing to the provincial law from 2002 that founded the Waterfront Toronto corporation.
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Toronto police 'carding' policy to be assessed by third-party
Toronto Star
The 14th-floor boardroom in the east tower of City Hall is barely big enough to fit the people in chairs crammed around the table and in seats against the wall, who have come to hear U.S. academic Phillip Atiba Goff explain how he will measure racial attitudes in the Toronto Police Service. Goff, a UCLA associate professor and co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity, was brought in as an independent third party to assess the effectiveness of the force's Police and Community Engagement Review, an internal report that recommends ways to improve the controversial practice of carding and the perceived racial bias of officers.
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Ontario to receive $1.25 billion increase in federal transfers
The Globe and Mail
Ontario will receive a $1.25 billion increase in federal transfers due in part to higher equalization payments. Finance Minister Joe Oliver released new details on provincial transfers and the figures show Ontario is in line for the biggest increase by far. The revelation marks a sharp change from this time last year, when Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa reacted furiously to what he said was the surprising news that Ontario would lose $640 million in transfers.
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Ontario's daycare safety inspection system flawed
CBC News
Many parents dropping their children off at daycare may be wondering just how safe their children are after Ontario's auditor general found that the province's system for inspecting daycare facilities is flawed. In her annual audit of government spending report, Bonnie Lysyk reported more than 29,000 "serious occurrences" at provincially licenced and private home services over about a four-year period.
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 Management Resources


8 merry leadership lessons you can learn from Santa
Business 2 Community
We are officially in the holiday season, which means that the dude in the North Pole is hard at work making sure that people around the world are getting some awesome gifts. Now, I've seen those claymation movies about that Santa Claus guy, and I can't help to think that he has one or two good leadership skills that help the people around him like him a little better. I wanted to mix it up this time around and a little holiday season flavor to something this is a serious topic within the HR community: Good leadership practices.
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How successful people squash stress
Forbes
We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious physical and emotional consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action to reduce our stress levels and improve our lives? Researchers at Yale University have the answer. They found that intense stress actually reduces the volume of gray matter in the areas of the brain responsible for self-control.
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How we trick our brains into feeling productive
Fast Company
I'd been working from home last week when I found myself furiously scrubbing the grout between the kitchen tiles in the middle of the day. I had a deadline and didn't feel up for tackling the task. Somewhere along the line, I must have figured scrubbing grout would be a noble substitute. After all, I wasn't mindlessly clicking around the Internet or watching cat videos. Surely cleaning was a productive use of my time. Right? That's a way to rationalize it, but current research in psychology says we're only fooling ourselves when we do.
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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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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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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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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Queen's Park rises for the holidays

Last week Queen's Park rose for its holiday break. It has been a busy fall sitting for the legislature, with the government pushing forward a number of its legislative priorities. Since October the government has introduced 10 new pieces of legislation, and reintroduced 26 bills that were previously introduced in the spring or summer. Seven bills have already become law including measures to increase the minimum wage, change the way courts and power stations are secured, reduce levels of auto insurance fraud and extend the Ontario Ombudsman’s oversight authority over municipalities, school boards and publicly funded universities. Learn more about the legislation passed during the fall sitting here.
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Changes to energy use reporting requirements

The Ministry of Energy is considering a number of changes to energy use reporting requirements for public sector agencies, including municipalities. Amongst the reforms being considered to the Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, are changes to the way multi-use buildings are reported, an elimination of the requirements for municipalities to report on flow rates and energy use for sewage and water pumps, and a change of the reporting deadline from July 1 to June 1, beginning in 2015. The Ministry is seeking feedback from public sector agencies, and anyone wishing to submit comments can follow the process outlined here, or contact Eric Muller.
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Bill 8 set to become law

Bill 8, the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, passed its third and final reading last week and is now set to become law. For more information, you can read the final bill, or a backgrounder prepared by the government.
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