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The calendar year is coming to a close, and AMCTO would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer Municipal Minute subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Wednesday January 7, 2015.





20. Orillia senior with 10-foot snowbank fined, but has nowhere else to put snow
Owen Sound Times
From Jan. 29, 2014: Wayne Miller, 67, has nowhere else on his property to pile the snow that keeps falling on his driveway, but that might not stop his city from fining him for it. The senior was fined $235 by the City of Orillia in central Ontario after a snow bank taller than himself had tumbled down on the nearby sidewalk and road.
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19. Hydro One bills have unleashed 'incredible' number of complaints to Ontario ombudsman
National Post
From July 2, 2014: The "horror" stories of Hydro One customers over their bills have unleashed an unprecedented number of complaints to his office, Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin said. So far, his office has received more than 7,900 complaints about the provincial utility's billing practices — and they keep pouring in, he said after releasing his annual report.
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18. Bonnie Crombie becomes Mississauga's first new mayor since 1978 while Fennell loses badly in Brampton
National Post
From Oct. 29, 2014: For 36 years, the people of Mississauga re-elected Hazel McCallion. They elected her despite Ms. McCallion's staunch refusal to campaign, they elected her as the population tripled and they even elected her despite recent conflict of interest allegations. And they did not just elect her, they adored her: In 2011, as Montreal and Toronto began to turn dramatically against their own chief executives, a poll found Hazel McCallion to be the most popular mayor in Canada.
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17. No charges, no trial, but presumed guilty
Toronto Star
From May 21, 2014: It was to be Gordon Sinclair's last chance. At 46, after decades of getting by on contracts in the animation industry and then working long hours as a chef, he decided to pursue a career that matched his abilities to his passion. He enrolled in George Brown College to become a nurse. "I was excited," says Sinclair, now 50. "I wanted to go to Africa and work with Doctors Without Borders. Those plans have all been ruined."
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16. Kathleen Wynne says full-steam ahead with Ontario pension plan
Toronto Star
From July 9, 2014: Ontario is forging ahead with its own provincial pension plan regardless of whether there is "a change of heart" — or government — in Ottawa, says Premier Kathleen Wynne. With Prime Minister Stephen Harper's refusal to enhance Canada Pension Plan benefits, Wynne said the new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan must be implemented.
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15. Burlington man told to remove homemade political sign
Global News
From June 11, 2014: A Burlington resident says he is offended after being told by the city to remove a homemade political sign on his front lawn. Louis Magyar is a retiree that has lived in his tidy bungalow since 1977. He says he put the sign up on May 15, but got a warning on June 5 that the sign must come down. The city bylaw does allow for political signs, however. This is where the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) believes Magyar may have an argument.
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14. James: Joe Pennachetti speaks truth to politicians
Toronto Star
From March 5, 2014: Ever so slowly, Toronto's top bureaucrat is gaining courage. City manager Joe Pennachetti stuck his toe in the water again in a speech to business and legal types and, y'know, a tidal wave of controversy didn't wash up against the city walls.
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13. Elliot Lake votes down controversial bylaw
Elliot Lake Standard
From March 19, 2014: Protestors demonstrated outside city hall before a council meeting. George Dudgeon's sign urged council to "Vote no to a police state." Ken Young, also demonstrating against the bylaw, said the proposed law was "too extreme" for Elliot Lake. "This is a retirement community," Young said. "How many people believe that we need that (law) up here? Is what they're doing going to help us bring more people up here to retire and enjoy the city and the north?"
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12. IT contractor breaks silence on gas plant allegations
Toronto Star
From April 9, 2014: A computer expert with close Liberal ties who's accused by police of wiping computer hard drives in the premier's office is not "hiding" from authorities and "has done absolutely nothing wrong," his lawyer says. David Shiller — who represents Peter Faist, the boyfriend of ex-premier Dalton McGuinty's chief of staff, Laura Miller — broke days of silence on the Ontario Provincial Police claims.
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11. Ontario to raise minimum wage to close to $11
Toronto Star
From Jan. 29, 2014: Ontario's minimum wage workers are getting a raise. After a four-year freeze at $10.25 and a provincial advisory panel's call Monday to peg future minimum wage increases to inflation, the Wynne government is poised to boost the rate retroactively, sources say.
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