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Cities desperately need new sources of revenue
New research shows something that municipal leaders on the ground already know: cities have a taxing problem and need new sources of revenue in order to continue to deliver the services that citizens expect. Read more…


Ontario wants to let developers pay fee instead of action on endangered species
Ontario intends to allow municipalities and developers to pay a fee in lieu of taking certain actions to protect species at risk, with Environment Minister Rod Phillips saying applicants could pay a regulatory charge instead of completing “some of the more onerous and lengthy requirements of a permit.” Read more…


Peel Region bracing for cuts and health cost downloading
Region of Peel staff is preparing an update for council after receiving notice from the provincial government that “reduced funding” and cost downloading in public health and “some human services programs” were on the way. Read more…


Biggar and area residents being advised to prepare for evacuation
Residents of Biggar and area are being asked to be prepared for an evacuation if one is ordered. Smoke from a nearby grass fire is expected to become heavy at times. Read more…


Maple Ridge mails every B.C. municipality for support in feud with province
There are 161 municipalities in British Columbia with mayors and councils – and the City of Maple Ridge is reaching out to each and every one in its dispute with the provincial government, saying “the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing has taken unilateral action in Maple Ridge … setting a dangerous precedent that jeopardizes the autonomy of all local governments.” Read more…


More community housing could be coming to Mississauga
The Government of Ontario recently announced that it will be providing over $1 billion in 2019-20, including more than $38 million for the Region of Peel, to “help sustain, repair, and grow community housing, and to help end homelessness.” Read more…


Retaining Muskoka’s identity as an identifiable region
Facing imminent municipal government revamp, district council might speak in single voice through a unanimous resolution to stop any further diminishment of Muskoka and reinstate democratic accountability to local affairs, not in nostalgia for times past, but aspiration for good government tomorrow. Read more…


Spotlight on Vancouver’s climate emergency response
One bright spot amidst the dire warnings from scientists is the growing number of municipalities raising their voices and taking action. Several hundred local governments across Canada and around the world have declared climate emergencies, acknowledging that climate change is a crisis that requires emergency mobilization. Read more…


Windsor starting to get serious about bicycling, advocates say
When it comes to cycling in the city, advocates of two-wheeled pedal power say Windsor has a long way to go, but that the powers-that-be – as well as a growing number of motorists – appear to be warming up to the idea. Read more…

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