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Study: Countdown crosswalk signals leading to more crashes
CTV News
Those crosswalk countdown timers that let pedestrians know how much time they have left to get across an intersection might actually be leading to more accidents, according to a new study. Two Canadian researchers just completed a study that suggests that while the signal timers make pedestrians safer, they could be leading to more car-on-car collisions as drivers use them to try to beat the lights.
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Company that supplied diluted chemo drugs in jurisdictional grey area
Times Colonist
It's unclear who has ultimate authority over the operations of an Ontario company that supplied diluted chemotherapy drugs to patients in two provinces, the Ontario and federal governments acknowledged. More than 1,100 cancer patients in Ontario and New Brunswick received weaker-than-prescribed doses of the drugs, which were prepared by the same supplier, Marchese Hospital Solutions. Some were taking the diluted drugs for more than year.
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Improving commuter safety and reducing travel times along Highway 400
Infrastructure Canada
Motorists traveling on Highway 400 will soon benefit from major road and bridge improvements announced by the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Government House Leader and Member of Parliament for York-Simcoe, and the Honourable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation. "Thousands of motorists rely on Highway 400 each day to get where they need to go safely and quickly," said the Honourable Peter Van Loan. "Our government is proud to invest in these important improvements that will ensure efficient travel for commuters and commercial vehicles alike. "
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Incorrect textbooks being used to teach civics in Ontario
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's high-school civic textbooks are filled with errors and omissions that have a group of educators worried that a generation of students will grow up with wrong ideas about how the Canadian government is run. High-school history teacher Nathan Tidridge has mobilized leading educators, including political-science professor Peter Russell and master of Massey College, John Fraser, to write to the province's Education Minister appealing for an examination of the Grade 10 civics curriculum and its textbooks.
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New rules on derelict buildings could forbid boarding up windows
Ottawa Citizen
Forbidding the owners of vacant buildings to board up their windows may be a way to keep them from falling to ruin, a city report suggests. It's part of a long-awaited set of ideas the city's bylaw department is proposing as it takes up a fight against derelict properties, on the orders of Mayor Jim Watson. The department isn't proposing specific changes to the laws in its report to city council's community and protective services committee, just laying out changes its administrators want to examine.
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Ontario cracks down on door-to-door water heater sales
Toronto Star
Ontario is taking aim at "aggressive" door-to-door water heater sales, saying complaints about bad apples in the industry are second only to collection agencies. Consumer Services Minister Tracy MacCharles said she will introduce legislation soon to double the "cooling off" period to 20 days for people to cancel contracts signed at the door.
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Ontario to increase spending on settlement programs
CICS News
The government of Ontario, Canada's largest province, recently announced more funding for settlement services for immigrants. The funds will be provided to the Newcomer Settlement Program, which supports 98 organizations that the provincial government says help 80,000 newcomers settle and find jobs in the province.
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Eastern Ontario mayors want public sector salary awards slashed
Seaway News
A collection of eastern Ontario mayors, including Cornwall's Bob Kilger, are gathering ammunition to fight what they feel are unfair public salary arbitration awards. The move by the Eastern Ontario Mayor's Committee (EOMC) takes aim at awards delivered to public employees like police and firefighters who have seen their salary increases far outpace other sectors.
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Crosstown LRT: Below Eglinton, first enormous machine set to tunnel east
Toronto Star
They used to be known as sandhogs. The tunneling crews that built New York City's subways and sewers around the turn of the last century only spent part of their shifts digging tunnels. Half their workday was devoted to decompression, so the urban miners working beneath the earth wouldn't die from "the bends," the atmospheric pressure-related illness that afflicts deep sea divers if they surface too quickly.

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Trent Hills bans e-bikes on municipal trails
Northumberland News
E-bike owners, the municipality wants you to stick to the roads and stay off its trails. If you don't and you get caught, you'll be fined. Council passed the bylaw at its recent meeting, at the request of the Trent Hills Police Services board and on the recommendation of director of planning Jim Peters.

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City of Hamilton steps up enforcement of smoking ban
The Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton is starting to enforce its smoking ban in city parks, recreation areas and at festivals this spring after having spent the past year educating people about the new bylaw. "As we move into season two (of the bylaw), our focus is still creating awareness, but we are also commencing to issue tickets," public health services manager Kevin McDonald said.

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Ontario Liberals to replace G20 'secret law' with new legislation
Toronto Star
The Ontario government has finally tabled legislation to replace the controversial "G20 secret law." Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur introduced "a more modern, transparent law" than the "obsolete" Public Works Protection Act that is being repealed. The new Security for Courts, Electricity Generating Facilities and Nuclear Facilities Act "achieves the important balance between protecting critical facilities and respecting the civil liberties of the people of this province," Meilleur told the legislature.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Energy Conservation and Demand Management Webinars
AMCTO
Please find attached the registration information for the webinars for municipalities and municipal service boards. These sector-specific webinars have been designed to help public agencies better understand the reporting requirements for provincial regulation O. Reg. 397/11 — Energy Conservation and Demand Management developed under the Green Energy Act, 2009.
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OMPF reconciliation announced by Ministry of Finance
AMCTO
On April 12, 2013, the Ministry of Finance announced the reconciliation for the OMPF funding in the amount of $28 million. Click here for more.
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