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IT contractor breaks silence on gas plant allegations
Toronto Star
A computer expert with close Liberal ties who's accused by police of wiping computer hard drives in the premier's office is not "hiding" from authorities and "has done absolutely nothing wrong," his lawyer says. David Shiller — who represents Peter Faist, the boyfriend of ex-premier Dalton McGuinty's chief of staff, Laura Miller — broke days of silence on the Ontario Provincial Police claims.
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Hudak 'not backing down' after Wynne slapped Ontario PC leader with libel notice over gas plant remarks
National Post
Tory Leader Tim Hudak says he won't back down after being slapped with a libel notice from Premier Kathleen Wynne over accusations she was behind an alleged plan to destroy documents in the gas plants scandal. Mr. Hudak says the ongoing scandal over the pricey cancellation of the two plants leads directly to Ms. Wynne's office "whether she likes it or not."
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Ontario continues to beat its fiscal targets
Ontario.ca
Ontario's new deficit for 2013-14 is estimated to be $11.3 billion — a $400 million improvement compared with the 2013 budget. This marks the fifth year in a row that the province is on track for a deficit lower than forecast. The province's performance against its fiscal targets to date is the result of a responsible and balanced approach to fiscal management, and the government's commitment to ensuring value for taxpayers' money by making every dollar count.
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Ontario enacts protection for wireless customers
Toronto Star
Ontario has enacted the Wireless Services Agreements Act to add to the patchwork of provincial and federal rules designed to protect cellphone users. The law applies to new cellphone service contracts as well as existing agreements that are amended, renewed or extended as of that date. Under the changes, service contracts for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet PCs will have to be written in plain and unambiguous language.
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Beer Store steps up campaign against alcohol sales at Ontario stores
CTV News
The Beer Store is trying to turn Ontarians against the idea of alcohol sales at the province's convenience stores and gas stations, warning it could increase the risk of sale to minors. "I think we all have a responsibility to look out for Ontario's kids and to protect our communities," The Beer Store manager and world curling champion Glenn Howard says in a new ad. "At The Beer Store, it's a commitment we take to heart."
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Toronto councillor wonders if city hall has policy discriminating against hiring white men
National Post
A Toronto councillor raised questions at city hall about whether the municipal government had a policy of discriminating against the hiring of white men. Mike Del Grande made the inquiry at the employee and labour relations committee after reading a column by the National Post's Barbara Kay entitled "Affirmative action for her, but never for him."
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Parents fear mandatory police checks on school volunteers will wipe out fun fairs, pizza lunches
Toronto Star
A local parent advisory group is concerned proposed changes to school volunteering policies will wipe out countless activities, including pizza lunches, fun fairs and field trips. Members of PIAC, the TDSB's parental involvement advisory committee, worry a motion to make criminal checks mandatory for each and every school volunteer, including parents and grandparents, will make it difficult for schools to get the help they need.
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Most of Ontario Northland Transportation Commission to remain public
CBC News
The province plans to continue to operate the motor coach, Polar Bear Express, rail freight, and refurbishment services of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission as a government owned company. However, the province said the sale of Ontera, a telecommunications company is moving forward and will be sold to Bell Aliant for $6 million.
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Ontario launching controversial pilot project that lets residents hunt bears
CTV News
Ontario is going ahead with a controversial pilot project letting residents in the province hunt bears this spring. A spokesman for Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti says the pilot starts May 1 and will run for six weeks in eight wildlife areas known for having the most public safety incidents involving the animals.
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Zoning bylaw amendment approval expected in Port Hope
Northumberland Today
Port Hope council is poised to approve a zoning bylaw amendment to permit the development of a "treatment centre" for men recovering from drug and / or alcohol addiction on the former site of the Hillcrest Inn and Spa on Dorset Street West at the corner of Bramley Street. Clients of the centre — maximum 20 at a time — would not be permitted to bring their own vehicles to the site, according to the rezoning application.
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Ontario's Liberals may go green to fund public transit
The Record
With the prospect of an election growing more likely every day, the minority Liberals' spring budget may turn out to be more campaign platform than peace treaty. It will also need to lay out a plan to fund a massive expansion of public transit in the vote-rich Greater Toronto and Hamilton area — one of their key promises — without raising taxes for the middle class.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Bill 69 — Prompt Payment Act Update
AMCTO
In a recent AMO announcement, it was noted that the Committee on Regulations and Private Bills of the Ontario Legislative Assembly voted on a motion to set aside Bill 69. AMCTO is pleased, as this represents a victory for Ontario's municipal sector in avoiding a serious challenge to managing public funds for any constructions contracts.
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Regulations approved — Ontario Underground Notification Systems Act
AMCTO
Regulations under the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012 have been approved. ON1Call can now levy fines for non-compliance and require confirmation of locates. To see the official correspondence from MCS, please click here.
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MMAH proposed changes to the Ontario Building Code
AMCTO
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing some amendments to the Building Code. This relates to permitting the construction of up to six-storey wood framed buildings. Further information can be found on the Ministry's regulatory registry posting, including their policy document.
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Cornwall beefs up firefighting bylaws
Standard-Freeholder
The city has beefed up its firefighting legislation in response to a review by the Ontario Fire Marshal's office. Council accepted four fire marshal recommendations. As a result, council passed four new bylaws that will make the following changes. Fire suppression (frontline firefighters) and fire prevention officers will also become bylaw enforcement officers. Suppression deals with smoke alarms, open air burning and other applicable bylaws.

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Trillium plans to resume operations on waterfront
Seaway News
It looks like construction will resume any day now at the site of a pair of controversial chemical tanks on Cornwall's waterfront. City hall said despite efforts to arrive at a solution Trillium Distribution plans to resume work at the site owned by Transport Canada at Cornwall Harbour. "I am disappointed that Trillium has chosen to not recognize the city's interim control bylaw," said Mayor Bob Kilger.

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UN scientific panel: Global warming impact could spiral 'out of control' without drastic change in emissions
National Post
If the world doesn't cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral "out of control," the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned. And he's not alone. The Obama White House says it is taking this new report as a call for action, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying "the costs of inaction are catastrophic."

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