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Ontario Liberals vow electrified GO trains that will run every 15 minutes
Metro News
Within a decade, commuters will be travelling on GO trains powered by electricity and they will only have to wait 15 minutes for one to show up, Transportation Minister Glen Murray says. "This will double the ridership of GO over the next decade," he said.
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Ontario Premier Wynne seeks $2 million from Conservatives in libel suit
Ottawa Citizen
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne took the next step in her libel suit against the province's Opposition leader, filing a statement of claim seeking $2 million in damages. The libel suit stems from Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak's comments suggesting that Wynne "oversaw and possibly ordered the criminal destruction of documents" and that criminal conduct took place in her office.
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Public sector band together against Ontario Liberal government
Toronto Sun
Six public sector unions have signed a pact of mutual support in defence of what they say is an unprecedented declaration of war on labour by the Kathleen Wynne government. Gary Gannage, president of AMAPCEO which represents Ontario civil service managers and professionals, said the government is demanding devastating cuts of members despite Wynne's recent comments that she doesn't want a Progressive Conservative-like battle with unions.
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Downsview Park should be given to Toronto
Toronto Sun
A Toronto councillor is calling for the federal government to stop the "secret schemes" around the future of Downsview Park and hand it over to the city. Ward 9-North York councillor Maria Augimeri said Monday she has learned through a source that Canada Lands Company (CLC), a real estate arm of the federal government that has held stewardship of Downsview since November 2012, has asked city officials to revisit the park's "official plan" reached two years ago of allowing for 10,000 residential units to be built there.
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Ontario to invest in cycling infrastructure
Daily Commercial News
Ontario is proposing to invest $10 million over three years to help municipalities improve cycling infrastructure. As part of its first Cycling Action Plan, the funding would help municipalities expand their local cycling routes and support connections for a future provincial cycling network.
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Windmill unveils plans for 'world's most sustainable community' for former Domtar lands
Ottawa Citizen
Windmill Development Group chose Earth Day to submit rezoning applications to the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau for the former Domtar lands, a step toward developing what the company is calling the "world's most sustainable community" on the post-industrial waterfront property. "We plan to bring new life and energy to this once bustling heart of industry, and to do it through historically and environmentally sensitive redevelopment," said managing partner Rodney Wilts.
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New Toronto police 'carding' policy could help repair relations with minority youth
Toronto Star
The often tense dynamic between Toronto police and young black men will ease, the police board hopes, under a tough new "carding" policy that restricts officers' authority to stop and document people on the street. "One of the key objectives we put in, with the chief's approval, is that service members do not consider race or age when deciding to initiate a contact," said lawyer Frank Addario, who was hired by the board to create the new policy.
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Decibel reading too costly to enforce noise bylaw in Thorold
Niagara This Week
The City of Thorold won't be switching over to investigating noise complaints by measuring decibels, with city politicians hearing it could be very costly to do so. Like other cities and towns, Thorold has a bylaw regulating noise from such things as bands playing at bars, house parties, industries, dogs barking, squealing tires and racing engines.
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Barrie examining bonus practices regarding developers
The Barrie Examiner
Refining Barrie's bonusing policies looks too much like a carrot and stick to some city councillors. A recent public meeting on an Official Plan (OP) amendment identified the type of facilities, services and contributions which can be part of approving greater height and/or density than allowed in the city's zoning bylaw.
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Windsor humane society urges council to adopt tethering bylaw
Metro News
Animal lovers in Windsor are pushing for a bylaw limiting the amount of time dogs can be tethered outside, despite the fact city bureaucrats say the change is unnecessary. "It also causes dogs to bark a lot, which can be annoying for neighbours."
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Casino question, brand on agenda
Fort Frances Times
A public meeting will be held to consider a bylaw that, if approved, will see council include a question on the municipal election ballot this fall asking whether Fort Frances should be considered a future site for a casino. The meeting is part of the process to include the question on a ballot. If the question is included, the result of the referendum is binding if at least 50 per cent of eligible voters vote on the question — and if more than 50 per cent of those vote "yes."

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IT expert linked to Ontario gas-plant scandal to testify by videoconference
The Globe and Mail
The IT expert swept up in a criminal probe into the alleged destruction of government records has agreed to testify at a committee of the Ontario legislature. But Peter Faist will not be appearing in person. His lawyer, David Shiller, sent an e-mail to the clerk of the Standing Committee on Justice Policy, saying Mr. Faist is available for questioning by way of videoconference.

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Toronto committee considers giving councillors $13,628 pay raise and hiking mayor's salary to $200,013
National Post
Toronto city councillors have fallen further behind some of their Canadian counterparts when it comes to salaries, a new study has found, but a proposal to give the next term a $13,628 pay raise is unlikely to get traction in an election year. "Forget that option," said Frank Di Giorgio, the budget chief and a member of the executive committee. Councillor Michael Thompson burst out laughing at the mere suggestion.

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