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Taxi prepayment could lead to discrimination, critics fear
Toronto Star
Buried in the complex taxi reform city council passed this week is a provision allowing cabbies to demand up to $25 up front, and refuse to take a passenger who won't pay. This bylaw, technically already in force, has raised concerns that prepayment could be used to discriminate against certain passengers and give drivers a way to refuse them service.
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Distracted driving fines in Ontario jump to $280
CBC News
The fine for distracted driving in Ontario will soon nearly double. Driving with the display screen of a phone, computer, MP3 player or tablet computer visible to the driver will jump to $280 from $155. The total includes a $25 victim surcharge and $5 court costs.
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North Bay speed limit reduction may be too costly
North Bay Nugget
City politicians may end up rethinking a plan to reduce North Bay's speed limit. Council agreed in 2012 to tighter traffic controls throughout the city, including dropping the speed limit on all residential streets to 40 km/h. But it looks like bylaws to implement the reduction may never be passed if city staff members have come to the same conclusions as their counterparts in nearby Sudbury.
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Ontario proposal would let municipalities adopt ranked-ballot voting
The Globe and Mail
Ontario is mulling legislation that would give municipalities the option to switch to ranked ballot voting systems, The Globe and Mail has learned. The idea would, if enacted, represent a sea change in the way elections are done in Canada, opening the door for the first votes in this country to be conducted without the traditional first-past-the-post system in decades.
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Study: Algonquin Park cottagers put ecosystems at risk
Toronto Star
Cottagers hoping to get leases extended at Algonquin Park have been rained on by a government study indicating they put fish habitats and water quality at risk. "Cottages in Algonquin Park contribute cumulatively to the pressures on the park's ecosystems," says the scientific study, commissioned by Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources.
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Tasers carried by all front line police
North Bay Nipissing
Two local police departments will be outfitting all front line officers with conductive energy weapons (CEWs) in this year. North Bay Police chief Paul Cook said the use of the weapons, most commonly referred to by the company name Taser, for all officers was approved during the police board meeting. "The bylaw that covers this also assures that police officers will get the necessary training," he said.
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Conservatives' Fair Election Act proposes to eliminate Elections Canada's abilities to run get-out-and-vote campaigns
National Post
Among the controversial proposals in the Conservative government's proposed Fair Elections Act is one to eliminate Elections Canada's abilities to run campaigns encouraging Canadians to get out and vote — no matter who for.
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Third-floor additions: Why homeowners love 'em, city hates 'em
The Globe and Mail
Adding a third floor to one's home is difficult enough: Beyond practical considerations and who best to design and implement them, schedules and disruption of daily routines, there are neighbours to appease. And now, adding to the confusion, the City of Toronto has added an additional layer of red tape in the form of a zoning bylaw put into effect in May 2013.
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Noise bylaw could stifle windmills
The Belleville Intelligencer
Strength in numbers could provide municipalities with protection against unwanted developments including wind farms. Warren Howard, a councillor from North Perth (Listowell) in southwestern Ontario appeared in front of Prince Edward County's committee of the whole to determine if there was any interest in joining a municipal coalition to establish a noise regulation bylaw.

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Ottawa seeking public input on rewriting prostitution laws
CTV News
The Conservative government wants to hear from the public about how to rewrite the prostitution laws that were struck down by the Supreme Court late last year. A month-long, online consultation period on the Justice Canada website will run to March 17.

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Toronto police to test out lapel cameras
Toronto Star
Toronto police will roll out a pilot project to test the use of body-worn cameras on front-line officers this year, following up on a recommendation in a 2013 report. Deputy chief Peter Sloly said the project, approved last week by Chief Bill Blair, will go ahead this year, though most details still need to be hashed out.

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