To keep members informed, AMO provides updates on important issues considered at regular AMO Board of Directors’ meetings. Highlights on the January 27, 2012 Board meeting follow:

AMO Board of Directors Training on AODA Customer Service Standard
The Board was briefed on the Customer Service Standard obligation as required for all public and private organizations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As volunteers representing AMO’s interests, the Board is required to complete mandatory training in accordance with AMO’s Accessible Customer Service Policy.   

Mowat Centre Employment Insurance Task Force Recommendations
Matthew Mendelsohn, Director of the Mowat Centre, presented an overview of the recommendations in the Centre’s report Making it Work: Final Recommendations of the Mowat Centre Employment Insurance Task Force, on Canada’s Employment Insurance program.

Electricity Distributors’ Association Sector Review
Jim Keech, Chair of the Electricity Distributors’ Association (EDA), presented an overview of the EDA’s Road Map for Delivering Ontario’s Electric Future entitled Electricity is the Answer. The presentation was a synopsis of the EDA’s larger paper that represents the EDA’s vision, which the organization is hoping will spark others to seize the opportunity to make meaningful change in the electricity sector.

AMO Pre-Budget Submission
Matthew Wilson reviewed key elements in AMO’s Provincial Pre-Budget Submission. President McNamara will be presenting the submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs when they are convened.

Provincial Offences Act Task Force
Recommendations Matthew Wilson presented to the Board recommendations for AMO’s advocacy efforts related to improving the collection of unpaid fines under the Provincial Offences Act.

Infrastructure Issues
The Board was updated on AMO’s strategic approach to various infrastructure initiatives including the Provincial Municipal Infrastructure Investment Strategy and federal Long-Term Infrastructure planning. Discussion of these issues included their alignment with the Premier’s commitment at the 2011 AMO Conference to create a “permanent, predictable municipal roads and bridges fund” in response to AMO’s key Asks. AMO staff will continue to provide updates on these initiatives as they move forward.

Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste (MHSW) Update
The Board received an update on two current MHSW developments: the newly negotiated Phase 1 contract, and current issues with the Phase 1 incentive program. AMO staff will continue working on these items and will keep members informed.

AMO’s Quarterly Resolution Report
The Board received AMO’s Quarterly Resolution Report for quarter four (October 1- December 31) of 2011. The report highlights volume, trending topics, and the issues of resolutions that were received by AMO during this time.

Legislative Update
Monika Turner provided an update on the current government and private member bills introduced in the Ontario Legislature that may be of municipal interest.  A list of the private members bill will be available on our website.