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Kathleen Wynne: Transit funding: Ontario needs $2 billion a year
Toronto Star
There's no free ride to more transit and less gridlock, says Premier Kathleen Wynne. Speaking to a friendly audience of about 200 people at the CivicAction forum at the Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place, Wynne said the $50 billion in necessary infrastructure improvements over the next 25 years has to come from somewhere. And that means tolls, parking surcharges, congestion charges or some other kind of dedicated tax in and around Toronto.
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Scarborough Bluffs: $6.5 million erosion prevention project offers hope to those living on the edge
Toronto Star
Sometimes you have to give a little to keep what you have. That's why Scarborough Bluffs resident Susan Scinocca is ecstatic about giving away her waterfront view. After all, it was that, or let nature take it away. "Five years ago... we had a problem, and now we've got a solution. And it's a brilliant solution," Scinocca said. She, like 10 other residents along Meadowcliffe Dr., was losing roughly 30 centimetres of her backyard every year.
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City of Kingston: Motion to explore concept of postsecondary student elected to council
City of Kingston
Mayor Mark Gerretsen and Councillor Jeff Scott announced their intention to bring forward a motion recently, that asks Council to defer the 3rd reading of the bylaw on electoral boundary changes to request staff to explore a concept of postsecondary students electing their own student representative on Council.
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Ontario court rules against auto accident claims fund after attempt to suspend uninsured driver's license
Canadian Underwriter
An Ontario court recently ruled against the province's Minister of Finance when the Financial Services Commission of Ontario's payer of last resort tried to collect money from and threatened to suspend the license of an uninsured driver who had been involved in an accident. The uninsured driver, Sandra Clarke, was involved in an accident 24 years ago. The injured passenger successfully sued Clarke, who was unable to pay the judgment in full.
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Sault Ste. Marie council ready to extend bawdy house provision
Sault Star
City council is set to extend its existing moratorium on bawdy houses for another 12-month period. The extension is to await a decision in a case currently before the Supreme Court of Canada which will be heard in mid June. If the Supreme Court finds the Criminal Code sections dealing with bawdy houses contrary to the Constitution and the criminal code sections are struck down, it will be necessary for the planning department to consider appropriate zoning regulations, a report to city council states.
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Ontario law will close regulatory gap that led to diluted chemo drugs
The Globe and Mail
Ontario is moving to authorize the provincial College of Pharmacists to inspect facilities that mix drugs, closing a regulatory loophole that may have led to more than 1,200 cancer patients receiving diluted chemotherapy treatment. The Ministry of Health announced that it was working on a regulation that would make companies like Marchese Health Solutions, which supplied the chemotherapy drugs in question, subject to inspection by the college.
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Ontario high-school teachers, support staff sign off on labour deal
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's high-school teachers and support staff voted in favour of a deal that will boost compensation for newer teachers and bring labour peace to the province's public secondary schools. The agreement won 84 per cent approval from members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation, the union said.
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Ontario to crack down on debt-settlement agencies
The Globe and Mail
Amid sky-high consumer debt, it's a disturbing sign of the times: a growing number of Canadians are being duped by unscrupulous debt-settlement companies. Horror stories from debt-laden consumers who have turned to such operators for help, only to find themselves even further in the hole or being sued by their creditors, are prompting the Ontario government to crack down with new legislation.
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State of emergency in Huntsville and Bracebridge
Toronto Sun
Huntsville and Bracebridge have both declared states of emergency Friday following heavy rainfall in the Ontario cottage country communities. More than 50 mm of rain has fallen in the Hunstville area causing roadways to flood. The Ministry of Natural Resources advised Bracebridge residents of rising water levels on the Muskoka River and Black River. Localized flooding has caused numerous roads and culverts to be washed out, a statement said.
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Should suspended cops have to check in twice a day?
The Hamilton Spectator
Every weekday morning and afternoon at Toronto Police headquarters, a small group of officers suspended with pay must show up and sign in. Chief Bill Blair imposed the twice-daily requirement in 2007 to create "greater accountability" and ensure the public that suspended officers were being monitored. The Toronto Police Association wasted no time filing a grievance. Previously, suspended officers only had to report once a day.
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Ontario Racing Commission interested in Lakeshore track
CBC News
The Ontario Racing Commission wants to work with a group of people trying to bring harness racing to Lakeshore. The group received the news at a recent meeting. When Windsor Raceway closed last year, it was a blow to many people with horses. Tom Bain, the Essex County warden, is also a horse owner, trainer and driver. He's now a board member of the Lakeshore Horse Raceway Society. Bain says the business plan proposed by his team includes tapping into as much as $7 million in purse money left behind in Windsor.
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Ontario Liberals to table budget on May 2
CBC News
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said he will table his budget on May 2, the first for the minority Liberal government since Kathleen Wynne took over as premier. Sousa made the announcement during a speech to the Economic Club of Canada. He said he's "staying the course on tax policy, holding taxes at current low levels."
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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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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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Places to Grow Implementation Fund
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Please click here for information on the Ministry of Infrastructure’s Places to Grow Implementation Fund.
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