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Ontario transit funding plan could eventually cost drivers $260 per year
Toronto Star
Ontario motorists will be pumping as much as another $260 a year in tax into their cars, on average, eight years from now if the province acts on the latest recommendations for funding a massive Toronto region transit expansion. The Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel report, offers two options for phasing in the gas tax starting in 2015 — one that puts the hike at 10 cents a litre, the other at five cents.
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Milton council officially ousts Lambert
Inside Halton
Town council voted to appoint a new councillor to fill Tony Lambert's vacant seat after he was dismissed because of jail time that placed him in violation of provincial legislation governing municipalities. "I've made some personal mistakes which I take full ownership for; I apologize for them, I"m responsible for them," Lambert told his council colleagues.
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License plate scanners: Ontario police expand program
CBC News
The Ontario Provincial Police will expand the use of vehicle license plate scanners in a move aimed at catching drivers with suspended licenses. The OPP say 27 new cars will be equipped with back- and forward-facing cameras mounted on police vehicles and able to scan two license plates per second.
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Ombudsman André Marin: Ontario municipal councils 'addicted' to secrecy
Toronto Star
There are Ontario municipal councils "addicted" to secrecy going to great lengths to keep their residents in the dark, ombudsman André Marin says. Marin's second annual report on local government transparency found that 19 of 96 meetings investigated by his office were found to be illegal because they violated the Municipal Act guidelines.
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Brockville judge criticizes colleagues who skirt victims fine surcharge law
Ottawa Citizen
A Brockville judge and former Ottawa Crown attorney has taken issue with fellow judges who are "creatively sabotaging" the Conservative government's mandatory victim fine surcharge. In a strongly worded ruling, Ontario Court Justice Kevin Phillips declined to give a 44-year-old repeat offender, who was on a disability pension, a "human lifespan as time to pay" the victim surcharge.
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$190 million cheque helps Ontario seal jobs deal with Cisco
The Globe and Mail
Highly paid knowledge-economy jobs are prized by governments, and politicians all over are elbowing each other to attract them. Robert Lloyd, president of development and sales at Cisco Systems, says his company gets approached "every day" by policy makers from Poland to North Carolina who are vying to bring such jobs to their own jurisdictions. Ontario made its own pitch, with a large cheque attached — and it won.
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Ontario vows to go it alone on pensions
Toronto Star
Ontario is vowing to set up its own pension plan after federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty ruled out any enhancements to benefits under the Canada Pension Plan. Accusing the federal Conservatives of ragging the puck, Finance Minister Charles Sousa told reporters that the provincial government intends to develop a "made in Ontario" solution to increase benefits to pensioners.
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Municipalities push for Ontario waste bill
CBC News
Municipalities in Ontario took out advertisements warning a proposed law aimed at reducing the amount of garbage being sent to landfills is in jeopardy. The Waste Reduction Act aims to promote the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste and also make producers of waste take more responsibility for their packaging and paper.
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Conservative MP, radical feminist and evangelical Christian come together to block online porn in Canada
National Post
As Britain enacts laws forcing Internet companies to block access to pornography unless customers opt in, a fledgling movement is under way to bring similar laws to Canada. "If we can get a man on the moon, certainly we can figure out a way to protect children from unwanted porn," said Winnipeg Conservative MP Joy Smith.

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'No airport is the healthiest option': Toronto's board of health urges city council to reject Porter's bid to fly jets
National Post
Toronto's board of health wants city council to reject Porter Airlines' bid to fly jets at the island airport for health reasons. In a unanimous vote, the board also endorsed a report by Dr. David McKeown, the Medical Officer of Health, who said he is more concerned about the existence of the airport, period, versus the proposed expansion.

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Speaker urges Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, councillors to improve behaviour in chamber
CTV News
The speaker of Toronto City Council has issued a warning to her fellow councillors, asking them to respect council procedures and behave better while in the council chamber. Councillor Frances Nunziata issued a memo to Mayor Rob Ford and other city councillors, asking them to review guidelines on council procedure and behaviour.
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 AMCTO Special Announcements


Apply now for the 2014-2015 Ontario Municipal Management Internship Program
AMCTO
AMCTO is accepting applications from municipalities wishing to participate in the Ontario Municipal Management Internship Program for 2014-15.

The submission deadline for municipalities to apply is Jan. 22, 2014
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AMCTO 2014 Conference — Registration now open!
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Private Member's Bill introduced — Municipal Elections Act
AMCTO
On Dec. 11, 2013, MPP Jim McDonell introduced a private members bill; Bill 152, the Functioning Municipal Councils Act, 2013. The Bill seeks to advance the date when terms of office would commence by two weeks (i.e. second Monday in Nov).

This shortens the "lame duck" period. The Bill also amends penalties respecting campaign financing. Candidates would be provided 60 days to comply with expense filing deadlines or payment requirements prior to the imposition of penalties including forfeiting office and ineligibility to hold office until after the next election.

A few concerns from AMCTO include:
• The timing of this Bill (should it pass) will impact municipal resources developed such as candidate guides with information regarding financial reporting;
• 60 day period window is quite long, creating greater uncertainty and limbo;

Overall, AMCTO is supportive of improving the Municipal Elections Act where possible but continues to be disappointed to see changes put forth immediately prior to the start of an election year. AMCTO provided input on this legislation in 2011 post the last municipal election and will do so again in 2015, in order to provide sufficient time to assess our proposals. At AMCTO, we believe strongly in helping government better understand the professional and managerial implications associated with their actions.

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Ombudsman releases annual report on closed meetings
AMCTO
On Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 Ontario's Ombudsman, Andre Marin, released his second annual report on his office's investigation into municipal closed meetings. To access his report, please click here.

AMO has provided an overview of the current situation and that can be viewed on their website.

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