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Rob Ford relinquishes power as mayor after taking leave for alcohol addiction
Toronto Star
Thirteen hours after Rob Ford announced a temporary leave to see professional help for his drinking, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly announced he was taking over Ford's last remaining powers. "I do not see this as a crisis of government," Kelly said. "Nothing's changed."
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Ontario election expected to be close race between Grits, PCs
The Globe and Mail
Ontario has been plunged into a snap election that will pit the activist, big-spending agenda of Liberal Kathleen Wynne against the small-government, tax-cutting plans of Tim Hudak's Progressive Conservatives in a battle of starkly different ideas for steering the province through a tough economy.
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Ontario and federal pension plan pitches: Why both are smart policy
The Globe and Mail
The budget issued by Ontario's Liberal government proposed a new retirement pension plan that will undoubtedly become a talking point in the provincial election campaign that. The federal government issued a proposal for a type of workplace pension where employers and workers share the risks. Both the Ontario and federal plans are designed to make people better prepared for retirement, and they're both smart policy.
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Editorial: Canada should stop enlisting telecoms in secret violations of privacy
Toronto Star
Canadians are being watched as never before. On a daily basis — in secret and often without a warrant — government agencies have asked telecom and social media providers for personal information on thousands of customers. There were almost 1.2 million requests in 2011 alone, an astonishing intrusion into personal privacy.
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Bylaw on drug paraphernalia up in smoke?
Orillia Packet
With little interest from Orillia council members in the development of a bylaw prohibiting the sale of drug paraphernalia to minors, Councillor Patrick Kehoe has asked for more time. "It is a long shot, but I'd like to explore this once more before bringing it back," Kehoe said during a council committee meeting.
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Rob Ford beat pal Sandro Lisi on night of crack video, claims man who shot it
Toronto Star
Mayor Rob Ford assaulted friend Sandro Lisi and repeatedly used a highly offensive racial slur on the night he was filmed smoking crack cocaine, according to the 20-year-old drug dealer who shot the recent video. Ford repeatedly used the n-word to refer to the drug dealer, and described former Toronto Community Housing boss Eugene Jones, whom he supports, with the same word, the man alleged.
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Ottawa says the pit bull ban is impractical. What do other cities do?
Ottawa Citizen
The City of Ottawa does not enforce the province's pit bull ban, but other jurisdictions including Toronto, Hamilton, Oshawa, Windsor and Kitchener-Waterloo enforce the law. In fact, Kitchener-Waterloo has been policing a bit bull ban since 1997. It was the first municipality in Ontario to prohibit the powerful dogs.
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Liberal budget triggers provincial election on June 12, 2014
AMCTO
Premier Wynne sought from the Lieutenant Governor the dissolution of the Provincial Parliament and the writ to be drawn up for an election June 12, 2014. This came forth when it was clear the NDP would not support the Liberal Budget.

The Budget itself contained many items and they can be reviewed for municipal significance on the AMO website. However, of greater importance is the proposed legislation that will go by the waist side as a result of the dissolution of parliament.

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Great Lakes Guardian Fund
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The Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund was established to assist community groups and organizations toward taking action to protect and restore their corner of the Great Lakes. For municipalities interested, the application deadline is May 9, 2014.
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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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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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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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