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Wynne vows Ontario budget will have dedicated transit fund
Toronto Star
Premier Kathleen Wynne vows the spring budget will have a dedicated transit fund despite having ruled out raising some taxes to pay for billions of dollars in needed improvements. Wynne announced her minority Liberal government will not raise gasoline taxes, the HST or income taxes for the middle-come families and individual to pay for transit.
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Ontario's plan to post calorie counts on fast-food menus may fatten companies' bottom lines
Financial Post
Pundits and politicians alike have had a largely skeptical reaction to news that Ontario wants to post calorie counts on fast-food chain's menu boards. Similar efforts in the United States have had seemingly little effect on people's buying behaviour, they argue, so how will this help fix our mounting obesity crisis?
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Tempted to text at the wheel?
The Globe and Mail
Ontario Provincial Police recently conducted a concerted campaign to charge drivers they see holding mobile devices. With distracted driving becoming as significant a cause of accidents as driving while intoxicated, authorities across the country are making enforcement a higher priority. However, experts say many people continue to ignore the dangers of texting and checking messages while behind the wheel.
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Eastern Ontario fears economic blow as campuses close
The Globe and Mail
The University of Guelph's decision to close two agricultural campuses has left communities in Eastern Ontario frustrated, worried and rushing to preserve some of the programs and jobs on the chopping block. The university plans to shutter its campuses in Kemptville and Alfred, ON, at the end of 2015 to save $7 million in annual costs as enrolments have sagged.
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Waterloo coalition files for injunction to stop LRT
CBC News
The group Coalition Stop Waterloo LRT is applying for a legal injunction to halt construction of the Region of Waterloo's $532.1 million dollar light rail transit project. The application will be heard in Ontario Superior Court at the Regional Courthouse on Frederick Street in Kitchener. The coalition claims the Region has violated Section 24 of the Ontario Planning Act and also did not perform a proper environmental assessment.
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New City of Ottawa bylaw would force bus drivers to stop at the Transitway when rail signals are on
Ottawa Sun
The city will amend a transit bylaw to prohibit buses from running through activated rail signals on the Transitway. Deputy city manager Steve Kanellakos told council in a memo that OC Transpo and legal services looked at the bylaw and felt that adding an offence was justified. The Transportation Safety Board recently recommended the city review the bylaw.
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Cobourg man fighting fines for feeding fowl
Toronto Sun
What's good for the goose is good for $210 in fines. If Cobourg's Bill Thompson wanted to shoot ducks or geese there are licenses for that and proper seasons. But if you try to save them during this winter season for the ages, well, you'll be fined for that. Thompson's got two bylaw offence tickets already and a promise of more to come if he does not stop feeding the waterfowl in Cobourg Harbour.
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Elliot Lake votes down controversial bylaw
Elliot Lake Standard
Protestors demonstrated outside city hall before a council meeting. George Dudgeon's sign urged council to "Vote no to a police state." Ken Young, also demonstrating against the bylaw, said the proposed law was "too extreme" for Elliot Lake. "This is a retirement community," Young said. "How many people believe that we need that (law) up here? Is what they're doing going to help us bring more people up here to retire and enjoy the city and the north?"
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AMCTO's 4th Annual Municipal Leaders' Forum
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AMCTO's 4th Annual Municipal Leaders' Forum, a premier event for CAOs and Executive Leaders from Ontario's municipal sector. Developed in partnership with OMAA (Ontario Municipal Administrators Association), the focus of this year's event is Leading and Managing in a Politicized Environment.
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AMCTO 2014 Conference — Registration now open!
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund
AMCTO
The Ministry of the Environment is now accepting applications for projects to improve the Great Lakes. Grants up to $25,000 are available for eligible municipalities. For more information, please visit the Ministry webpage.
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Updating the Schedule of Noxious Weeds — Environmental Registry
AMCTO
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food is proposing to update the Schedule of Noxious Weeds under the Weed Control Act. The proposal is now posted to the environmental registry and comments are due by April 14, 2014.
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Public Health: Kill patio smoking
Guelph Mercury
The results of a comprehensive survey are clear, and now Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is recommending the city of Guelph develop and implement a comprehensive smoke-free outdoor spaces bylaw. Public Health has submitted a report to the city which includes the results of the 2013 Smoke-Free Outdoor Spaces Survey conducted by the agency in November. In total, 902 residents of the city responded.

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Support builds for Wynne's Ontario Pension Plan
Ottawa Citizen
The federal Conservatives' unwillingness to work with the provinces to find ways to enhance the retirement security of Canadians has been a disappointment, says Ontario's premier. "We're very disappointed with the federal government in its unilateral decision to shut down discussions on enhancing the Canada Pension Plan," Kathleen Wynne said during part of her one-day visit to Ottawa.

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Usage-based insurance promises rate relief for Ontario drivers
Toronto Star
Ontario's insurance companies say they can lower your car insurance rates by an average of 12 per cent, but the provincial regulator is being slow in approving the technology that would allow them to do it. GTA drivers pay the highest car insurance rates in Canada, with an average cost per car of $1,500 a year.

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