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Hwy. 407 debts no reason to deny vehicle permits to bankrupt drivers
Toronto Star
Outstanding Highway 407ETR bills are not a valid reason for the province to withhold the vehicle permit of a bankrupt driver, Ontario's Court of Appeal has ruled. A series of recent court battles have attempted to resolve a key question that pits federal legislation against provincial: If a driver doesn't pay the 407ETR toll, should the province take away their vehicle permit?
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Clear your sidewalks of snow: It's the law
Windsorite
While many home and business owners think the city is responsible for clearing away the snow from the city sidewalks, this is not the case. The City of Windsor has a snow removal bylaw which requires the owners and/or tenants to remove snow or ice in front of their property within 12 hours after a snowfall.
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Mandatory CO alarm law welcomed by firefighters
Ottawa Sun
Firefighters say an incident at a downtown co-op apartment building shows why they support new legislation which makes carbon monoxide alarms mandatory in Ontario. Crews were called to 140 Mann Ave. by Enbridge Gas and asked to do carbon monoxide readings after receiving complaints from residents of the four-storey building.
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Joanne Chianello: No reason to allow corporations, unions to donate to Ottawa election campaigns
Ottawa Citizen
Mathieu Fleury was a 25-year-old university graduate and lifeguard when he unseated veteran councillor Georges Bédard, a political veteran for as long as Fleury had been alive. That Fleury bumped Bédard from the Rideau-Vanier seat in 2010 was shock enough. But the political upset is all the more surprising when you learn that Fleury did it on contributions of $15,862 — almost half of which came from the young candidate’s own pocket.
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Hydro rates: Time of use rates haven't spurred conservation
Toronto Star
Ontario's time of use hydro rates haven't significantly reduced over-all energy use by householders, says a new study. The time of use rates went hand in hand with the installation of "smart meters" across the province, at a cost of more than a billion dollars.
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City report recommends Toronto allow e-bikes in bike lanes
National Post
City staff are recommending that Toronto should allow electric bikes, or e-bikes, to use bicycling lanes, bringing the city more in line with other cities in Ontario. The report will be considered at the city's public works and infrastructure committee, and it has drawn a crucial distinction between two types of motorized bikes.
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Greater Sudbury prepares for new medical marijuana rules
Northern Life
With new federal regulations set to take effect soon, the city is starting to plan exactly what rules it wants in place for local producers of of medical marijuana. The planning committee will receive a report on the zoning and other implications a prospective commercial marijuana grower will have to meet if they want to supply Sudburians who have a legal right to medicinal pot.
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Ontario Liberals reschedule convention for Toronto as all signs point to spring campaign
Toronto Star
All signs point to an Ontario election this spring. Premier Kathleen Wynne and Liberals will rev up their campaign machinery at the party's annual general meeting in Toronto. The Progressive Conservatives, who have wanted to hit the hustings for the past two years, are girding for battle by getting their election finances in order.
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Milton council officially ousts Lambert
Inside Halton
Town council voted to appoint a new councillor to fill Tony Lambert's vacant seat after he was dismissed because of jail time that placed him in violation of provincial legislation governing municipalities. "I've made some personal mistakes which I take full ownership for; I apologize for them, I"m responsible for them," Lambert told his council colleagues.

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$190 million cheque helps Ontario seal jobs deal with Cisco
The Globe and Mail
Highly paid knowledge-economy jobs are prized by governments, and politicians all over are elbowing each other to attract them. Robert Lloyd, president of development and sales at Cisco Systems, says his company gets approached "every day" by policy makers from Poland to North Carolina who are vying to bring such jobs to their own jurisdictions. Ontario made its own pitch, with a large cheque attached — and it won.

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Ontario transit funding plan could eventually cost drivers $260 per year
Toronto Star
Ontario motorists will be pumping as much as another $260 a year in tax into their cars, on average, eight years from now if the province acts on the latest recommendations for funding a massive Toronto region transit expansion. The Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel report, offers two options for phasing in the gas tax starting in 2015 — one that puts the hike at 10 cents a litre, the other at five cents.

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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Asset Management Plans — MOI responds to questions
AMCTO
The Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) has obtained responses from the Ministry of Infrastructure (MoI) on key questions municipalities have been asking regarding asset management plans. The questions and responses can be found by visiting the OGRA website or by clicking here.
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Report of the Special Purpose Business Property Assessment Review released
AMCTO
Steven Del Duca, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance has now completed his report regarding special business property assessment after months of consultation on the matter. The report was released on the Ministry of Finance website on Dec. 17, 2013 and can be accessed by clicking here.

The report has a series of recommendations related to the operation of MPAC and the assessment system. Recommendations fall under a number of headings and there are recommendations related to specific property types, which are referenced in the AMO news release.

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2013 Annual Report on Drinking Water
AMCTO
The 2013 Annual Report on Drinking Water was released by Minister Jim Bradley on Dec. 19, 2013 and outlines how Ontario's award-winning safety net and diligent work of our partners has helped to safeguard Ontario’s drinking water.

The full report can be accessed at www.ontario.ca/drinkingwater.

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