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Information commissioner may ask province to open access to councillors' records
Toronto Star
Ontario's information and privacy commissioner may ask the province to change the freedom of information law so city councillors are no longer shielded from scrutiny. "Given the recent orders dealing with councillor records and the City of Toronto, I will definitely consider approaching the government to recommend changes that increase transparency," Ann Cavoukian, the commissioner, said in a recent email.
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City of Niagara Falls fuming over casino tax cuts
Niagara Falls Review
Even talk of potential casinos in Hamilton and Toronto is impacting the two gambling sites in Niagara Falls. Ken Todd, chief administrative officer for the City of Niagara Falls, said Municipal Property Assessment Corporation officials told him competition from new casinos in Hamilton or Toronto — which have not been built or approved — was a factor in why MPAC reduced Fallsview Casino's 2012 property assessment by around 50 per cent.
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OMERS posts 10 per cent return for 2012
Toronto Star
Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System has posted a 10 per cent return on investments last year, led by private equity and real estate. "We've had a reasonably good year in terms of our returns," Michael Nobrega, chief executive officer, told reporters in Toronto.
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Mayor Keith Hobbs: All I'm saying is let's explore
NetNewsLedger
Recently, there has been a lot of media coverage over my comments asking the Chief of Police for his opinion on an Ontario Provincial Police costing for police services for the City of Thunder Bay. A substantial amount of those comments have been taken out of context while others have been misinterpreted. For the record, I have never called into question the ability of the Thunder Bay Police Service or its members to provide policing services to the city or its citizens.
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City of Greater Sudbury and its partners select team to design Elgin Greenway
City of Greater Sudbury
This week, the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners, selected a team led by EDA Collaborative to develop the detailed design for the Elgin Street Greenway — one of two signature public realm improvements planned for the downtown in the next ten years. The Elgin Street Greenway is a green, active and balanced transportation corridor that will improve the look and feel of the western edge of the core, buffer the downtown from the rail lands and connect downtown Sudbury to the Junction Creek Waterway Park, Bell Park and Science North.
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Trustee accused of conflict of interest in school closure
Raise The Hammer
A West Hamilton resident has filed an application with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to have his school board trustee removed from office under the terms of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. Mark Coakley alleges that Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) trustee Judish Bishop contravened the Act by failing to disclose a conflict of interest when voting to close Prince Philip School while keeping GR Allan and Dalewood Schools open.
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Polling firm head says survey shows council out of step on sanctuary city
Toronto Star
City council's recent vote allowing undocumented migrants access to services regardless of their immigration status, doesn't match how Torontonians feel on the issue, according to a new public opinion poll. A Forum Research survey of 806 respondents released Saturday found 51 per cent disapprove of council's 37 to 3 decision declaring Toronto a sanctuary city.
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TTC could face legal action if it reneges on newsstand deal
Toronto Star
The operator of the TTC's Gateway newsstands is threatening to take legal action if the TTC board tries to reopen the $48 million lease extension that it has twice approved at public meetings. Tobmar Investments International, which operates 65 Gateway stores, some lottery booths and bakeries in the subway, recently sent TTC chair Karen Stintz a lawyer's letter.
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Restoring Great Lakes to protect Ontario's future
Ontario Ministry of the Environment
Ontario is re-introducing legislation today that, if passed, would ensure cleaner and healthier Great Lakes that are protected for future generations. The proposed Great Lakes Protection Act would provide new tools to restore and protect the lakes and create a council to identify priorities and recommend actions to address them.
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City of Ottawa's proposed 'special events bylaw' pulled back for more consultation
Ottawa Citizen
A proposed bylaw to regulate large outdoor events on public and private property has been sent back for more consultation after organizers and community groups feared it was too onerous and restrictive. A "special events bylaw" proposed by city staff would have required organizers of fairs, festivals and "social, recreational, educational, community or similar" events involving more than 300 people to apply for a permit at least 90 days in advance.
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Brampton moves toward licensing kids' entertainers
Toronto Star
Brampton inched a step closer to becoming the first Canadian municipality to license clowns and other children's performers in a move that has widespread council support, says Councillor Elaine Moore. The committee of council requested city staff to begin drafting a bylaw that would require performers — be they clown, magician or Santa — to get a licence and criminal check to entertain kids in Brampton.
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London's methadone policy could challenge before Ontario Municipal Board
Metro News
City rules governing where methadone clinics can open could soon face their first challenge at the Ontario Municipal Board. Going to the board is one option Towards Recovery Clinics will consider if city council turns down a request to open a facility at 527 Wellington Rd., said Peter Earle, the company's vice-president of outreach and development.
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