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Liberals pledge $295 million to boost youth employment
Toronto Star
Premier Kathleen Wynne hopes meeting NDP Leader Andrea Horwath's demand to boost youth jobs will keep her minority Liberal government gainfully employed. Bowing to another of Horwath's conditions for supporting the upcoming budget, Wynne announced a two-year, $295 million youth employment strategy to create 30,000 jobs.
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Ontario budget 2013: Kathleen Wynne promises $100 million for rural infrastructure
Toronto Star
With the possibility of a snap election looming, the governing Liberals are launching a new $100 million fund to build roads and bridges in small, rural and northern municipalities. The initiative will be formally introduced in the provincial budget. "Across the province, Ontario's infrastructure challenges require tailored solutions," Premier Kathleen Wynne said at a highway rest stop under construction in Barrie.
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Board of health to debate stricter menu regulations
CP24
The menus at many Toronto restaurants will list nutritional information alongside price if the city's medical officer of health gets his way. The board of health is meeting to consider a staff report from Dr. David McKeown that calls for new regulations that would force restaurants with 10 or more outlets nationwide to list total calories and sodium content for each item on their menus and menu boards.
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Dealing with developers: Municipal bonusing spurs debate
CBC News
In November of last year, a shouting match erupted in Toronto city council chambers. Mayor Rob Ford hurled accusations at Councillor Adam Vaughan, calling a $1 million deal that Vaughan secured with a developer a "shakedown." Ford's outburst is just one snippet in a much greater debate over the ambiguous, ad hoc nature of Section 37 of the Planning Act, a "density for benefit" agreement introduced by the province in 1983. It allows municipalities in Ontario to secure benefits for a community undergoing significant land development.
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Ontario plans new law to make cellphone contracts more consumer friendly
Financial Post
Cellphone bills may be the most hated piece of mail Canadians open every month and regulators and elected officials across the country are taking pains to reassure citizens they're taking action to change that, but don't look for a break on prices to come out of it. Ontario is the latest province to float the idea of legislation around how wireless providers deal with their customers and the federal telecommunications regulator is in the process of developing a code with national application.
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New outdoor smoking bylaw takes effect in London, ON
CTV News
Tough new rules on where people can smoke in London are coming into effect, and smokers could face a steep fine if they light up around play areas in city parks after May 1. The new bylaw forbids smoking or holding a lit cigarette within nine metres of playgrounds, splash pads, pools, sports fields, picnic areas and skate parks. The same applies to entrances to city-owned buildings.
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Ontario's licence-refusal scheme shot down
Law Times
The Ontario government can't refuse to renew the driver's licenses of bankrupts who haven't paid their debts to the province, a Superior Court judge has ruled. Refusing to renew a driver's licence is one of the remedies the province uses against debtors who haven't kept up with their payments. But if these debtors have filed for bankruptcy under federal laws, the province should no longer be able to decline license renewals, according to the court.
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Power authority: Ontario Liberals' move to cancel Oakville gas plant cost $310 million
The Globe and Mail
It cost $310 million to cancel a gas-fired power plant in Oakville — more than seven times the amount Ontario's Liberal government has previously claimed. What's more, the Liberals knew the price tag would be higher, even as they repeatedly pegged the cost of pulling the plug at $40 million. The revelations came from Ontario Power Authority CEO Colin Andersen, who testified before a legislative committee.
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Ontario MPPs debate change in security laws
Sun News Network
The security and freedom of Ontarians is up for debate in the provincial legislature. In the same week the RCMP announced two terrorist-related arrests, MPPs are considering legislation to replace a controversial G20 secret law which was used to detain over 1,000 citizens during a June 2010 weekend in Toronto. Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal, speaking in support of the proposed Security for Courts, Electricity Generating Facilities and Nuclear Facilities Act, noted his riding of Peterborough is not far from the Darlington nuclear plant in Durham.
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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.

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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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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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Richmond Hill councillor defends his ability to juggle two full-time government jobs
National Post
A Richmond Hill councillor is defending his ability to perform his duties after a citizen's group raised concerns because he had two full-time government jobs. The group, known as the Richmond Hill Watchdog Committee, started questioning Godwin Chan, Ward Six councillor in the Town of Richmond Hill, after finding out that he was listed on the province's Sunshine List for earning just over $150,000 from the Ministry of the Attorney General in 2012.
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Whitby's hunting ban is target of criticism
DurhamRegion.com
At first, Eugene Gmitrowicz thought it was kind of thrilling to see coyotes near his rural home in north Whitby. But after the coyotes killed the rabbits, they moved on to the neighbour's cats. The coyotes tend to come in cycles, and Gmitrowicz blames their presence on the decline of hunting in the area, made absolute last September, when the discharge of firearms and bows was banned in Whitby.
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Ontario toxic exposure rule upgrades anticipated
Daily Commercial News
The Ontario Ministry of Labour is considering upgrading the rules and guidelines for exposure to toxic substances on construction and demolition sites. Changes to the guidelines are coincidental to a stop-work order issued by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission last November at a downtown Toronto building because of fears of radioactive contamination but highlight the challenges demolition crews face.
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