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Election robocalls need new regulations, panel advises
CBC News
A report for Elections Canada obtained exclusively by CBC News calls for new laws to crack down on federal political parties making misleading and fraudulent phone calls to voters during election campaigns. The report comes on the heels of news stories that Elections Canada is recommending charges be laid in connection with automated phone calls — so-called robocalls — to voters in Guelph, ON, on election day 2011, deliberately directing them to wrong polling stations.
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Peterborough's nuclear industry aims for new deals in the U.K.
The Peterborough Examiner
Two members of the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation are heading to England next week to generate interest in the city's nuclear industry. Dan Taylor, GPAEDC president, crosses the pond recently with Danielle Deal, who works in investment attraction and job creation for the organization.
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Brampton monster homeowner files appeal
The Toronto Star
The owner of a "monster" home being built in Brampton has filed an appeal with the Ontario Superior Court after the city revoked his building permit due to an "error." "I'm preparing all the evidence to show whose mistake it is," Ahmed Elbasiouni said.
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Ontario PCs pitch biodiesel initiative
The Globe and Mail
The Progressive Conservatives want to make Ontario's trucks and buses a little greener by bringing in a requirement that two per cent of the diesel sold in the province be biodiesel. Tory Leader Tim Hudak and MPP Ernie Hardeman unveiled the proposal as part of a policy paper on the province's agriculture industry and rural communities recently. They pitched the biodiesel mandate as a way to help farmers by giving them a new market for their grain.
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New Ontario government protecting the environment
Bay Today
The new Ontario government is helping community groups protect animals, plants, forests and lakes through the creation of two new programs. The Land Stewardship and Habitat Restoration Program (LSHRP) will provide funding to eligible community groups for land stewardship initiatives and projects that enhance fish and wildlife habitats. The Community Hatchery Program (CHP) will help strengthen community fish hatchery operations by providing funding to eligible volunteer fish hatcheries.
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Police vehicles can now control traffic lights
North Bay Nugget
North Bay Fire and Emergency Services' ability to control traffic lights is only going to get better. And now city police will also get the green light. The North Bay Police Service will outfit its emergency vehicles with GPS Pre-Emption technology as it replaces its fleet over the next couple years, while the fire department will upgrades its system.
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Renting out a private parking spot in Toronto is illegal
The Toronto Star
For $80 a month, you can rent a west-end driveway on College St. Or there's an off-lane spot in the Annex for $100. A Yorkville driveway goes for $12 per day. Kijiji, Craigslist and parkatmyhouse.com list dozens of available parking spots for rent in Toronto. The problem, however, is that renting out private parking is technically illegal in this city and could result in a $25,000 fine, although that's unlikely.
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Ontario says no to special casino deal for Toronto
The Globe and Mail
The Ontario government has stipulated that the same funding formula for casinos will be used everywhere, derailing a lottery corporation arrangement that was attacked for appearing to treat Toronto preferentially. Premier Kathleen Wynne is adamant that she would not approve special terms for Toronto in the event city councillors approve a casino, a government official told The Globe and Mail.
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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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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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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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Ontario Tories want public-sector retirement ages raised, pensions reformed
The Globe and Mail
Ontario must raise the retirement age for public sector workers and reform their pension plans to avoid a "ticking time bomb" of unfunded pension liabilities, Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said. The province's Liberal administration has negotiated deals over the last year to shift more responsibility for pension payments away from the treasury, but the Tory proposals would go a step further.
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Province taking action to collect unpaid fines
Winnipeg Free Press
The new Ontario government is taking action to help municipalities collect unpaid traffic fines from drivers who do not follow the rules of the road. Legislation to be introduced later this week would, if passed, deny license plates to drivers who have unpaid fines for offences such as speeding, improper lane changes, illegal turns, driving with no insurance and careless driving.
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Ontario's Green Energy Act sparks spirited debate
Northumberland Today
The Green Energy Act, with its Feed In Tariff Program (FIT) goal of creating 10,700 megawatts of green power over the next 20 years, can't be evaluated in isolation of the fact that the existing generators of power in this province need replacing and/or refurbishing, as do the transmission lines that deliver power to the people throughout Ontario, says green energy proponents.
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Province to allow cities to chase non-Ontario red light runners
CFRA 580 News Talk Radio
The Ontario government has announced legislation that will allow municipalities to charge out-of-province drivers for running red lights. The legislation has been much in demand from border communities, especially Ottawa, where many fines are incurred by Quebec drivers.
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