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Counsel: COVID-19 Update: Ontario Government Introduces COVID-19 Economic Recovery Bill

COVID-19 Update Ontario Government Introduces COVID-19 Economic Recovery Bill July 8, 2020 Good evening, Today the provincial government introduced a sweeping new bill to kickstart the province’s economic recovery. The omnibus bill COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, proposes to change 20 pieces of current legislation that govern the province’s schools, municipalities, and justice system. If passed, the proposed legislation would: Amend the Municipal Act andCity of Toronto Act, to equip municipalities with the tools they need to continue to provide public services in alternative ways, including allowing municipalities and their local boards to continue to choose to hold meetings virtually at any time and provide proxy voting. Allow for a new community benefits charge to help municipalities pay for the infrastructure and services needed for growing communities. Make changes to the Environmental Assessment Act to allow increased focus on projects that have the highest impact on the environment, reduce timelines by half from six to three years for the largest projects, and match the level of assessment requirements with the level of environmental impact so critical infrastructure projects can get off the ground without undue delay.  Additionally, require large landfill applicants to ensure there is local support from host municipalities and certain neighbouring adjacent municipalities within 3.5km as part of the approvals process. Amend the Building Code Act, 1992 to transfer regulation-making authority from the Lieutenant Governor in Council to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and clarify the scope of these authorities. Update the Planning Act to reduce red tape with the intent to speed up transit construction, the development of affordable housing and construction projects (that are not in the Greenbelt.) When making a Minister’s Zoning Order, the proposed...

Ontario reveals new picture of how COVID-19 has hit cities, regions

Ontario reveals new picture of how COVID-19 has hit cities, regions Provincial health data shows how reproduction number, acquisition has changed https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-covid-report-1.5641965 “A new report from Public Health Ontario is breaking down the COVID-19 pandemic by region, and showing how different cities and areas have done when it comes to curbing the spread of the dangerous virus. The report also includes details on the reproduction number — the average number of secondary cases of infection generated by each person with COVID-19 — as well as the likely sources of acquisition and how they’ve changed since March. In Toronto, for example, the main source of acquisition is now close contact, where it had previously been outbreaks (like those in long-term care homes) and travel. The basic reproduction number is now around one. Early in the pandemic, it was over two. For more on this key measurement tool, check out this story. Here’s a look at the city’s curve from the report:” Here’s a look at how Toronto’s COVID-19 cases have changed over the past few months. (Public Health Ontario) You can read the document for yourself in the PDF below and see how your community is doing. If anything in the data stands out to you, feel free to get in touch at: TOnews@cbc.ca. DOCUMENT PAGES Zoom « Page 1 of  179 » Mobile users: View the document (PDF KB)...

Ontario Starting Down the Path to Growth, Renewal and Economic Recovery COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act Will Help Create Jobs and Opportunities, Build Stronger Communities

News Release Ontario Starting Down the Path to Growth, Renewal and Economic Recovery COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act Will Help Create Jobs and Opportunities, Build Stronger Communities July 8, 2020 2:15 P.M. Office of the Premier TORONTO — The Ontario government is taking the first step in a made-in-Ontario plan for growth, renewal and economic recovery. Today, the province introduced the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, proposed legislation that lays the foundation to restart jobs and development, strengthen communities, and create opportunity for people in every region of the province. Details of the legislation were provided by Premier Doug Ford, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance. “The COVID-19 pandemic has touched all Ontarians and created significant hardship for individuals, families and businesses,” said Premier Ford. “People are relying on our government to help rebuild the province and get people back to work ― and that’s exactly what we’re doing, starting with this new legislation.” If passed, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act will: Restart jobs and development to get Ontario’s economic engine roaring again by getting key infrastructure projects built faster, attracting more jobs and investment, and cutting red tape to help businesses adapt to the new environment. Strengthen communities by ensuring municipalities are equipped with the tools they need to continue to provide the critical services people rely on every day, including allowing municipalities and their local boards to continue to choose to hold meetings electronically at any time and putting in place a new community benefits...

Now On-Demand! PLA 2020 Virtual Conference

Learn to decrease barriers, create diverse collections, go fine free, and more! If you are having trouble viewing this mailing, please click here for our online version. Now Available On-Demand! PLA 2020 Virtual Conference   Even though the PLA 2020 Conference in Nashville feels like a lifetime ago, the learning still continues on! We are happy to share that all ten recorded programs from the PLA 2020 Virtual Conference are now available on-demand. These programs were selected from among the highest rated in the PLA 2020 session preference survey, and were originally presented on Thursday, February 27 and Friday, February 28.   On-Demand Sessions Bringing Technology and Arts Programming to Senior Adults Creating a Diverse, Patron-Driven Collection Decreasing Barriers to Library Use Going Fearlessly Fine-Free Intentional Inclusion: Disrupting Middle Class Bias in Library Programming Leading from the Middle Part Playground, Part Laboratory: Building New Ideas at Your Library Programming for All Abilities Training Staff to Serve Patrons Experiencing Homelessness in the Suburbs We’re All Tech Librarians Now   Purchase Details Cost: $33 per session for PLA Personal Members; $49 per session for Nonmembers; $199 per session for Group* Includes: Access to the program recording for one year from date of purchase.   *Group rate is for viewing by staff at a single library, including all its branches/outlets.   LEARN...

Municipal World Podcast: Organizational reviews and the continued challenge of council-staff relations – latest episode of MW Shares

July 8, 2020 MW SHARES: MUNICIPAL WORLD PODCAST New episode! Local government guru George Cuff joins Susan Gardner for a deep dive on municipal organizational reviews, highlighting early warning signs of trouble. Plus, why good council-staff relations continues to be a significant hurdle for many local governments and George’s advice for getting new councils started on the right foot. LISTEN...

Third Library 2.020 mini-conference: “Sustainability in Libraries” which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 14th

  We’re excited to announce our third Library 2.020 mini-conference: “Sustainability in Libraries,” which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 14th, from 12:00 – 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). This mini-conference will center on the concept of “Sustainable Thinking” which aligns the core values of libraries with the “Triple Bottom Line” definition of sustainability–i.e. the intersection of environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic feasibility–to inspire investment and build support for your library in the future. Library leaders must mobilize to ensure libraries take an active, visible role in building sustainable and resilient communities, particularly in light of the events of 2020. Our future depends on citizens who are able to work together with empathy, respect, and understanding to adapt to the many challenges and opportunities facing society today. As we struggle with the concurrent challenges of COVID-19, the resulting financial crisis, the political landscape and the increasing effects of climate change, we also find opportunities in these moments such as the rise of the Black Lives Matter/Solidarity Movement in the face of the “I Can’t Breathe” protests and an increasing call for locally driven solutions to problems impacting us on a global scale. Through this mini-conference we will explore the importance of infusing the new core value of sustainability into everything we do and demonstrate how libraries – of all types – that lead into the future using “sustainable thinking” to fulfill our mission as libraries in new and innovative ways. Conference sessions will include topics related to: Libraries as Inspiration & Catalyst – topics and examples related to how libraries...

Liberals to detail preview of federal deficit, spending affected by COVID-19

Seeing double — the Finance Department’s two pessimistic scenarios in the fiscal snapshot https://ipolitics.ca/2020/07/08/seeing-double-the-finance-departments-two-pessimistic-scenarios-in-the-fiscal-snapshot/ Ottawa projects historic $343B deficit this year Ottawa projects historic $343B deficit this year Liberals to detail preview of federal deficit, spending affected by COVID-19 https://www.thestar.com/business/2020/07/08/liberals-to-detail-preview-of-federal-deficit-spending-affected-by-covid-19.html...

Your Journey: A Career Guide for Trans and Nonbinary Students

University of Toronto: Your Journey: A Career Guide for Trans and Nonbinary Students Welcome to Your Journey: A Career Guide for Trans and Nonbinary Students. We hope this guide is informative and offers a nuanced approach to thinking about your career. The guide is designed to support you in applying for jobs by showing you how to leverage available resources and make decisions that work for you and your career. Your Journey encourages you to reflect on your own wants, needs, and values, and how these might show up in different career possibilities. It emphasizes the importance of community in the career process, and having a circle of support and guidance to help you make choices that you feel comfortable with. Your Journey also provides practical tips and strategies – such as how write an effective resume – as well as useful information on your rights in the workplace. This guide is not able to answer every question you might have, but we hope that it answers some of them, and offers insight into steps you can take to get closer to finding the answers you’re searching for. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback on how this guide can be improved, please email sgdo@utoronto.ca. Download the Career...