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Timing of Attawapiskat audit release comes under scrutiny
The Globe and Mail
Government "media lines" related to a critical audit of Attawapiskat First Nation included responses to anticipated questions about the length of time it took to be released and whether it was intended to discredit Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, who was on a high-profile hunger strike when the report was officially released.
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An unfair act for rural areas
Barry's Bay this Week
Ontario's Endangered Species Act not only discriminates against rural property owners but is seriously impacting the region's agriculture and forestry industries. That was the key message stakeholders from various business sectors and landowner associations delivered during a workshop on the province's wide-sweeping endangered species legislation hosted recently by the County of Renfrew.
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New citizen's-arrest law greeted with applause, criticism
The Globe and Mail
Four years after Toronto Chinatown merchant David Chen made national headlines by chasing down a serial shoplifter only to be charged with assault and forcible confinement, his Lucky Moose Food Market is in the spotlight again, this time with its name attached to a Criminal Code amendment.
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  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.

Hazel McCallion turned a blind eye to details of son's hotel project, Mississauga resident says in conflict case
National Post
Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion turned a blind eye to key details of her son's hotel project five years ago, then voted for a bylaw amendment that could have saved Peter McCallion millions of dollars, alleges the man seeking her ouster.
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Casino vote now delayed as city seeks more information from lottery agency
The Globe and Mail
City councillors will have to wait to cast their votes on a Toronto casino. A highly anticipated report to Mayor Rob Ford's executive committee on the controversial question of new gaming facilities in Toronto will not be released as planned, a spokeswoman for the city confirmed. The city is waiting for additional information from the province's lottery agency.
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Smokers brace for another ban
Niagara this Week
Once free to puff away to their heart's desire everywhere from smoke-filled bars to restaurants right next to grossed-out families with little children, the ever-dwindling smoking minority faces the possibility of seeing the ever-shrinking area where they can light up shrink dramatically.
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  Foster the New Economy in Your Community

The event, hosted in Toronto on March 26th and 27th, 2013, is designed for municipalities, including Councillors, Economic Development Officers, and other stakeholders involved in cultivating the creative economy. Attract entrepreneurs and investments; Improve quality of life; Strengthen economic competitiveness. Enter VIP Code AMC15 and save 15% when registering online.

Ontario Liberals were wrong about gas plant documents, but didn't intentionally mislead the house
National Post
The Speaker of Ontario's legislature has ruled Liberal cabinet ministers were not in contempt and did not intentionally mislead the house about the release of documents on cancelled gas plants in Oakville and Mississauga.
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Union: Etobicoke superjail sits empty because province can't staff it
The Toronto Star
A new $622 million correctional centre in Etobicoke, the largest of its kind in Ontario, sits empty because the province is scrambling to find enough corrections officers to staff it, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union says. "They got this new building sitting there empty because they don't have the money to staff it properly," said Dan Sidsworth, chair of OPSEU's corrections unit.
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Ontario to table law banning minors from using tanning beds
The Globe and Mail
Ontario will be the latest province to table legislation banning minors from using tanning beds. Health Minister Deb Matthews said she'll introduce a bill that would ban the sale of tanning services to people under the age of 18.
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NAV Canada assessment appeals could pinch cities
CBC News
Municipalities across Canada could lose some significant tax revenue if Canada's air traffic authority is successful in appealing its property assessments in B.C., CBC News has learned. Recently, NAV Canada successfully argued before B.C.'s Property Assessment Appeal Board that the value of their Victoria air traffic control tower was not $1.4 million, but just $20.
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NDP wants new rules for prorogation in Ontario to prevent political abuse
CTV News
The NDP is proposing new rules to restrict Ontario premiers from proroguing the legislature for purely partisan purposes, accusing Dalton McGuinty of abusing the power. New Democrat Catherine Fife says she was shocked last Oct. 15 when McGuinty announced his resignation and prorogued the legislature indefinitely just 11 days after she had first taken her seat as the MPP for Kitchener-Waterloo.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates

The Government of Ontario through the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund is putting out a call for grant applications aimed at assisting communities in taking action to protect and restore areas around the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin.

AMCTO Legislative Update — Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund

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Fund now for patient safety, paramedics are overworked
The Intelligencer
Governments must boost funding for ambulance service before patients suffer, a local union president says. Area paramedic Jenn Mizerovsky, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Unit 142, said she and her co-workers of Hastings-Quinte Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are overworked and a lack of proper staffing puts patients at risk. "Something's got to give," said Mizerovsky, an executive member of the union's provincial arm and a member of its Ontario ambulance committee.

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Commuting and transit: 66 per cent would pay more to cut their trip to work or school, new poll finds
Toronto Star
Six out of ten Toronto area residents believe that building more public transit is the route to reducing regional traffic congestion. But their preferences on how to pay and how much they're willing to contribute vary dramatically, according to a new poll from Forum Research. The survey of 1,750 residents, believed to be among the largest studies of transit issues in the Toronto region, shows that many residents are persuaded they will have to pay something toward transit expansion.

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Report urges Ontario ban on marketing junk food to kids
CBC News via The Canadian Press
A new report is urging the Ontario government to ban the marketing of junk food to kids under the age of 12. It's also urging a ban on promotions and displays of high-calorie, low-nutrient foods at the cash in stores, starting with sugary drinks. It wants restaurants, including fast-food and grocery stores, to list the calories of each item on their menu.

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