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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath wants 15 per cent cut to auto insurance premiums
The Toronto Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ontario auto insurers should be forced to slash premiums by 15 per cent given that their payouts have dropped dramatically over the past two years, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said. The reduction was among a shopping list of things the New Democrats want the minority Liberal government to consider when the legislature resumes sitting, including a home-care guarantee that would see seniors receive services within five days at a cost of $30 million. More

Horwath: Gas plant scandal will heat House of Commons
The Waterloo Region Record    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Premier-designate Kathleen Wynne can expect plenty of heat at Queen's Park if there's no public inquiry into the costly cancellation of two gas-fired power plants. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath wants the probe to pinpoint who made decisions to relocate the plants from Oakville and Mississauga to Sarnia and Napanee. The moves mean taxpayers, already faced with a provincial debt that tops $250 billion, are on the hook for an estimated $230 million to $1 billion. The sites were changed due to local opposition before the provincial election in 2011. More

Failing Ontario health clinics to become public
The Hamilton Spectator    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The public will find out what private health clinics in Ontario are currently deemed substandard by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, thanks to a bylaw that takes effect soon. In a 27-0 vote, the college council approved a bylaw allowing the release of results of private clinic inspections carried out since April 2010 across Ontario. More

Scytl Canada Modernizes Elections
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Proposed limo bylaw concern for businessman
My Kawartha    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new bylaw legislating limousine services in Peterborough could put one company out of business. Bob Doornenball, with Driving Miss Daisy, says if changes aren't made to the current bylaw structure, he will be forced to cease operations. His company transports seniors and the physically disabled to appointments. More

Ontario replacing coal with a mix of N-power and renewables
Financial Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Canadian province of Ontario is a widely recognized as the world leader and an established hub for renewable energy, energy management, and water and environmental technologies. As Ontario continues to forge a bright future for clean technology investment and growth, various government and private bodies are weighing options of forging ties with their Indian counterparts in the clean energy space. More

Wynne: 'No plan' to halt casino expansion
Ottawa Citizen    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Critics of the provincial government's plan to expand casino gambling in Ontario don't have an ally in premier-designate Kathleen Wynne, who recently said she will be staying with the plan. "I understand that the reality of casinos is with us. There's no plan on my part to change that reality," she said in a conference call with reporters from Eastern Ontario. More

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Proposed smoking bylaw sparks debate
The Daily Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The town's anti-smoking bylaw moved closer to becoming law as council agreed this week on how it would enforce the sweeping municipal ordinance. Staff submitted three options for enforcement and recommended council adopt fines between $25 and $300 per occurrence. Chief administrative officer Mitch Stillman told council they can either hire a part-time or casual bylaw enforcement officer, contract the Ontario Provincial Police or add the smoking bylaw to the current bylaw enforcement officer's duties. More

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Ontario Municpal Board hearing set for No Frills
Cambridge Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ten days have been set-aside for an Ontario Municipal Board hearing into whether a No Frills grocery store and three retail buildings can be permitted on the northeast corner of Bishop Street North and Can-Amera Parkway. Last spring, city council voted 6-3 to deny an application for a zoning bylaw amendment to designate the entire 5.42-acre property as Class 2 (General) Industrial, which would allow for a shopping centre. Under the city official plan, the balance of the land, known as the Paracom property, is already zoned Class 2. More

 Municipal Career Opportunities

Ontario Public Service — Policy Analyst — Job ID 49068

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City of Vaughan — Records and Information Analyst

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York Region — Email Management Business Analyst

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Feb. 21 - Feb. 22, 2013 Stormwater & Urban Water Systems Modeling Conference Toronto, ON
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