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Conservatives say Ontario Liberal government used 'fake' deficit figure
National Post
Ontario's Progressive Conservatives released cabinet documents that they said show the Liberal government has misled the public for years with "fake" figures on the size of the province's deficit. The documents, prepared by Finance Ministry officials and given to a legislative committee, show the Liberals knew the $24.7 billion deficit figure they announced in 2009-10 "was never a real expectation" and was a deliberate move to provide a "worst case" outcome, said PC Leader Tim Hudak.
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Ontario pledges $1 billion for Ring of Fire
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's governing Liberals say they’re willing to put up $1 billion to develop an all-season transportation corridor to the Ring of Fire if the federal Conservatives match the funds. Ottawa must help bear the cost of building the infrastructure that's needed to develop the mineral-rich region, create jobs and boost northern Ontario's hard-hit economy, they said.
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First Nations leaders call on Conservatives to scrap aboriginal education bill, hint at blockades
National Post
The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations finds himself in the difficult spot of supporting a Harper government bill that one of his chief political rivals described as an affront to Canada's aboriginal community. Shawn Atleo has publicly backed Bill C-33, the so-called First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act, calling it a step toward long-standing aboriginal demands for control of their schooling, respect for their treaty rights and recognition of their language and culture.
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Auditor General: OLG's modernization plan too ambitious
CTV News
Ontario's Lottery and Gaming Corp. failed to adequately consult municipalities before promising to increase revenues by building new casinos that it turned out cities don't want, auditor general Bonnie Lysyk reported. "OLG included projected profits from those casinos without first confirming that new casinos would be accepted, would be considered, in certain municipalities," said Lysyk. "In fact, large Ontario cities such as Toronto and Ottawa rejected OLG's proposals for constructing new casinos."
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Skin Cancer Prevention Act coming into force
Ontario.ca
Ontario is protecting young people from skin cancer through a new law that bans the use of tanning beds by youth under the age of 18. Soon, youth under 18 will no longer be allowed to use tanning beds in Ontario. The new legislation protects young people, who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, from skin cancer.
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Tim Hudak set to defend Kathleen Wynne's defamation lawsuit
Toronto Star
A legal battle between Premier Kathleen Wynne and the Progressive Conservatives is ramping up, with the Tories filing a notice of intent to defend a $2 million defamation suit. "We're prepared to fight it out," Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod said, challenging Wynne to drop the suit and "stop playing little games behind the scenes with lawyers."
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James: Rob Ford has no corner on 'savings' claim
Toronto Star
When is a saving not a saving? When it becomes a political football punted between the curved towers at city hall. The city's finance staff — city manager, CFO, budget analysts, number crunchers, spin doctors and a timid team numbering about 10 — tried gallantly to explain to the media the real meaning behind Rob Ford's $1 billion savings claim.
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Kathleen Wynne condemns Brampton anti-immigration flyers
Toronto Star
Ontario's premier is lashing out at what she calls a "hateful flyer" being distributed in Brampton. Kathleen Wynne has issued a statement saying she will not tolerate what she calls the "hateful politics of division in Ontario." Media reports say the flyers show a black and white picture of a group of Caucasians above separate photograph of a group of Sikhs with captions that read "from this...to this..."
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


ServiceOntario Memo — Getting Married in Ontario
AMCTO
ServiceOntario requested AMCTO to share a memo to municipalities that reminds them to share the "Before You Get Married" notice with those marrying to ensure it is performed both properly and legally. They are keen to get this information out ahead of the busy upcoming marriage season.

ServiceOntario has made an English and French version available.

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Ontario Cycling Action Plan
AMCTO
Ontario's Cycling Strategy looks ahead 20 years and outlines what needs to be done to promote cycling across the province as a viable mode of transportation. The government plans to make nearly $10 million dollars available to municipalities to support this action plan.

Click here to learn more about the Cycling Action Plan.

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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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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 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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