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As 2012 comes to a close, AMCTO would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the Municipal Minute, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

20. Township approves new OLG agreement
The Wellington Advertiser    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Oct. 31, 2012: Centre Wellington council has passed a new agreement with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) that will see its portion of slots revenue from the Grand River Raceway remain unchanged. Councillors recently approved recommendations from chief financial officer Wes Snarr and acting CAO Andy Goldie regarding a new Municipality Contribution Agreement. They recommended council pass a bylaw authorizing the mayor and clerk to execute a new Municipality Contribution Agreement with the OLG. The report noted the OLG is entering into a new Municipality Contribution Agreement with each host community under its Modernization of Lottery and Gaming in Ontario plan. The plan includes a new municipal funding formula, and engagement of regulated private sector provider companies with experience and expertise operating gaming facilities. More



19. Norfolk buying gauges to uphold noise bylaw
Tillsonburg News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Sept. 12, 2012: Noisy dirt bikers in rural Norfolk have to be on their guard. Norfolk County has adopted a bylaw that outlaws off-road "motorized conveyances" which generate noise levels louder than 94 decibels. Norfolk will also invest in sound-sensing equipment and training for the county's bylaw enforcement staff. Staff could be operational and in the field at any time. Noise bylaws tend to be technical and complicated because nuisance levels are subjective. More

18. Ontario taking leadership role in tackling key justice issues
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From Nov. 7, 2012: Ontario took a leadership role in improving the justice system across Canada this week when justice and public safety ministers met in Regina. Ontario led the discussion in three key areas: Asking the federal government to improve the safety of witnesses testifying in criminal proceedings by amending the Criminal Code; modernizing gaming provisions in the Criminal Code to keep up with current issues such as technology and municipal interest to use proceeds from charitable gaming; responding to situations when a judge makes comments suggesting that a police officer has been deliberately untruthful under oath. Ontario is formalizing its longstanding approach to such allegations. More

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17. Ontario Liberal deal to move gas-fired plant will cost another $40 million
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From Sept 26, 2012: The Liberal government has reached a deal to move the cancelled gas-fired generating station in Oakville to eastern Ontario. Energy Minister Chris Bentley told the legislature the total unrecoverable cost for moving the Oakville energy project to the Lennox generating facility in Napanee will be $40 million. Bentley made the announcement just before the government was to release up to 100,000 documents on two cancelled power plants. More

16. Northern Ontario road repairs progressing after Wawa washout
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From Oct. 31, 2012: The mayor of a northern Ontario town where a section of the Trans-Canada Highway was washed away by heavy rain says it should be partly reopened within days. Wawa Mayor Linda Nowicki said it's expected the southbound stretch of Highway 17 to Sault Ste. Marie will be fully reopened soon, although one lane is expected to be open to emergency traffic. Northbound lanes of the highway could remained closed for another week as crews repair 15-metre holes in the road. She said the town itself is secure, but that officials didn't have a sense of just how much of a toll the rainstorm took on the area's road network. More





15. Ontario needs a commitment to language freedom
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From Nov. 14, 2012: It really shouldn't be news when a government stands up for the constitutional liberties of its citizens, but the sad truth is that these days, governments are more often found violating individual liberty than defending it. That's why the actions of the municipal council in eastern Ontario's South Stormont Township deserve attention. In a meeting hall packed with more than 250 townspeople, following a rousing presentation by language rights activist Howard Galganov, the five councilors voted unanimously to amend the township's municipal sign by-law to say that the municipal government will never compel businesses to use any particular language — neither English, nor French, nor any other language — for advertising purposes. More

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14. Pooling pension assets of public-sector workers in Ontario urged
The Globe and Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Nov. 21, 2012: The Ontario government has been advised to follow the lead of other jurisdictions within Canada and internationally by creating a massive pension fund to manage the retirement savings of public-sector workers. A report commissioned by the government says pooling various pension plans together under one roof would create economies of scale, reduce administration costs and broaden investment opportunities, particularly for smaller funds. The report recommends that the new pension fund manage at least $50 billion in assets. "There is strong evidence to suggest that large pension funds outperform smaller and medium-sized funds," says the report, written by William Morneau, executive chairman of consulting firm Morneau Shepell. More



13. Ontario legislature may not be recalled until after byelection
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From Nov. 14, 2012: Former Ontario cabinet minister Sandra Pupatello says she won't bring back the legislature until after she wins a seat in the event that she is elected Liberal leader. Pupatello made the announcement in Toronto when she formally declared she would seek to succeed Premier Dalton McGuinty, who is relinquishing his role as Liberal leader. Pupatello's number one priority is job creation, she said at a news conference at Ryerson University. "The reason I'm doing this is I want the opportunity to have not just the Ontario government [but] all parties, all of us talking about jobs," she said. More



12. Ontario wind war widens
London Free Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From Nov. 7, 2012: The war over Ontario wind turbines is shifting to the courts, with property values brandished as the main weapon by opponents of the multi-billion-dollar provincial push to develop wind farms. Toronto lawyer Eric Gillespie said he has lawsuits in the works from 10 different parts of Ontario and is in talks with at least three other groups in its southwest. "That number is growing quite rapidly," Gillespie said. "Currently, we have either filed claims or are about to file claims that go all the way from Windsor to Ottawa." Lawsuits have already been launched in Chatham-Kent, LaSalle, Prince Edward County, Clearview/Creemore and the Stayner area. More



11. Ontario tweaks green energy rules
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From Sept. 19, 2012: Ontario's new rules for green energy projects should prevent solar farms from sprouting up on vacant residential lots, like one did in Alvinston more than a year ago. The revised rules followed a review launched last fall of the province's Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program for awarding contracts to buy electricity from green energy projects. One change is to not allow new ground-mounted solar energy projects on residential property, or next to it. More


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