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Ontario to be first North American jurisdiction to eliminate coal
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Canada's Ontario province will burn virtually zero coal by the end of 2013, marking the first time a North American government has shut down an entire coal fleet, and proving a powerful point that ending coal use can save money and lives. The provincial government announced recently that it would close its final two baseload coal-fired power plants a year ahead of schedule, leaving just 1 per cent of total electrical capacity to be generated by coal. The province's last remaining coal generator, a small backup unit, will be closed in 2014. More



London stabbing sparks bylaw investigation
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London bylaw officials are investigating two suburban northwest London homes that neighbours say are packed with workers from a nearby grocery store. And it's not the first time city bylaw officers have probed a home with a large amount of occupants linked to an Asian grocery store. A complaint prompted bylaw officers to open an investigation into 1703 and 1709 Beaverbrook Ave., said Orest Katolyk, the city's manager of bylaw enforcement. More

Mayor Rob Ford says he knows what Toronto wants: A casino
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Toronto residents still have five days to speak out on the controversial prospect of casino development in their city, but Mayor Rob Ford says he already knows what most people think. "I have a pretty good feeling of what they want out there," Ford said during his weekly two-hour radio program. "How can people say no to this?" An outspoken proponent of casinos, the mayor devoted much of his radio show to extolling the benefits — in jobs and revenue — that he says would flow from the construction of a major casino somewhere downtown, along with an expansion of the gambling attractions already available at Woodbine Racetrack. More

Scytl Canada Modernizes Elections
Scytl Canada, renowned for pioneering internet voting nationally, is evolving to better serve the needs of elections officials. Scytl expands its suite of election modernization tools, providing voters with greater access to information about elections, polling places, and so much more. These solutions have been deployed worldwide in over 1400 jurisdictions. more


Low water in Great Lakes means high costs for Canada
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Steadily dropping water levels in the Great Lakes threaten to leave the Canadian economy high and dry as shipping routes evaporate and water dependent industries shut down, costing billions of dollars, according to one expert. "The economic well-being of Ontario largely hangs on the ability to get product to market and that relies on shipping, shipping relies on water," said Bob Duncanson, executive director of the Georgian Bay Association, an umbrella group of cottage associations. More

Ajax councillor charged with selling liquor without a licence
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An Ajax councillor is facing charges after a liquor compliance sweep found his nightclub operating without a liquor sales license in December. Ward 2 councillor Renrick Ashby is facing three charges under the Liquor License Act. Coun. Ashby is president of Nexx Nightclub and Lounge Inc., said Derek Hannan, manager of bylaw services for the Town of Ajax. More



Health minister urged to tell colleges to publicize cautions
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Health Minister Deb Matthews must take "immediate" action to ensure that Ontario's health regulatory colleges publish cautions issued to doctors, dentists and others for mistakes or improper behaviour, say opposition parties. A recent Star investigation revealed that more than 2,200 secret cautions were issued to Ontario health-care professionals between 2007 and 2011 by the colleges that regulate them. More

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Toronto's billboard tax set to fund city arts and culture
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Finally Toronto's cultural community is set to get a game-changing boost at city hall. The stunning bonanza comes in the form of millions the city is already collecting from the "third party sign tax," a.k.a. the billboard tax. The upshot: a major increase in arts funding, which many artists, cultural organizations and consultants have been seeking for more than a decade, is finally about to become a reality rather than just an unfulfilled promise or an elusive dream. More

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Wynne pledges to bring back Ontario legislature quickly if elected
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Kathleen Wynne, a frontrunner in the Liberal leadership race, says it is imperative for the Ontario legislature to get back to business as soon as possible to overcome the controversy surrounding prorogation. "Am I happy the house is prorogued," Ms. Wynne told The Globe and Mail's editorial board. "No, no one is happy." The only "antidote" to prorogation, she said, is reopening the legislature at the soonest possible date, which happens to be Feb. 19. More



 Municipal Career Opportunities

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Town of Cochrane — Building Official

City of Toronto — Committee — Council Administrator



 Upcoming Municipal Events

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Jan. 23 - 25, 2013 Human Resources Professionals Association Conference Toronto, ON
Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, 2013 Ontario Library Association Super Conference Toronto, ON






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