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With 2013 coming to a close, AMCTO would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide Municipal Minute subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories. 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 8, 2014.





20. Mayor Rob Ford says Liberals 'blindsided' him over funding for Toronto
Toronto Star
June 26, 2013: Mayor Rob Ford is accusing Premier Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government of "blindsiding" him on a change to funding arrangements for the city of Toronto. But Finance Minister Charles Sousa countered by suggesting the embattled mayor's aides aren't keeping him in the loop. A visibly upset Ford said his meeting with Sousa "was a complete waste of everyone's time."
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19. Hidden camera catches abuse at Peterborough seniors facility
CBC News
May 22, 2013: The Ontario government and police are investigating a long-term care facility after a hidden video camera captured an elderly woman with dementia being abused by her caregivers. Camille Parent first became concerned last year when his 85-year-old mother, who lives at St. Joseph's at Fleming in Peterborough, ON, appeared with scratches and bruises.
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18. Norm Kelly takes the reins at city hall after Rob Ford stripped of power
CTV News
Nov. 20, 2013: Toronto's Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly took the reins at city hall, meeting with members of the media, the city manager and his new staff following an unprecedented vote that saw embattled Mayor Rob Ford stripped of key powers. Kelly said he plans to continue with a fiscally conservative agenda, but noted it will differ somewhat from Ford's style of politics.
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17. Information commissioner may ask province to open access to councillors' records
Toronto Star
Feb. 27, 2013: Ontario's information and privacy commissioner may ask the province to change the freedom of information law so city councillors are no longer shielded from scrutiny. "Given the recent orders dealing with councillor records and the City of Toronto, I will definitely consider approaching the government to recommend changes that increase transparency," Ann Cavoukian, the commissioner, said in a recent email.
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16. Dog breeders face bylaw violation
The Kitchener-Waterloo Record
Jan. 9, 2013: Despite a fresh round of legal trouble, the Amish couple at the centre of a dog-breeding controversy say they have no intention of getting rid of their animals. Recently, two officials from the Township of Perth East returned at Menno and Viola Streicher's farm, this time with a warrant and summons to appear in court.
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15. Township of Bonfield mayor imposes his own employment terms on city staff, prompts strike
Canadian Labour Reporter
Aug. 7, 2013: A rural northern Ontario community's city staff went on strike after their mayor bypassed the bargaining process and instead imposed his own terms of employment, according to the union representing those workers. Municipal employees in the Township of Bonfield, located just southeast of North Bay, walked off the job after the mayor and town council members attempted to impose the conditions of their latest contract offer, according to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
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14. Ontario's 'sunshine list' of high wage-earners grew 11 per cent in 2012
Toronto Star
Apr. 3, 2013: Ontario's top-earning public servant took a pay cut last year — to $1.7 million. Thousands of other public sector workers, including Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair and TVO anchor and producer Steve Paikin, saw their compensation rise despite the minority Liberal administration's push for voluntary pay freezes as the province fights an $11.9 billion deficit.
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13. Toronto firefighters axed over inappropriate tweets
Toronto Star
Sept. 18, 2013: Three Toronto firefighters have been fired following a month-long investigation into tweets and other social media posts seen as degrading to women. The firefighters' social media activity was in clear violation of city policies, and was not "in any way acceptable for city employees," fire chief Jim Sales said, declining to go into further detail.
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12. Toronto woman squeezed between dueling lawsuits over car she no longer owns
Toronto Star
Aug. 28, 2013: Janice McNabb found herself in an unusual situation in when she received a phone call from Joe Dominelli, who owns the garage where her wrecked car was being held for storage. "Why are you suing me?" Dominelli asked. "I am?" she remembers asking. It turns out her insurer, Intact Insurance, filed suit in small claims court in her name, seeking the release of McNabb's 2002 Subaru wagon from Dominelli's garage.
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11. Oshawa council ousts auditor general in wake of controversial report
Toronto Star
Sept. 11, 2013: What started as a regular city council meeting in Oshawa came to more closely resemble a barroom brawl that left two men facing charges and sporting minor injuries. "I find it unbelievable," said Councillor John Neal, who had a "ringside seat" to the fracas that started with a few heckles and escalated to fisticuffs and plainclothes police officers who'd been seated in the crowd arresting several people.
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