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Ontario mayors back Wynne on transit funding
The Globe and Mail
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's transit-building ambitions have received a big boost from a posse of Ontario mayors. The Large Urban Mayors' Caucus of Ontario is backing Ms. Wynne's call for new revenue streams — likely to entail taxes, tolls or levies — dedicated to building transit. Provincial transit agency Metrolinx will recommend which tools to use in a report later this month.
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Canada loses WTO appeal over Ontario's green energy program
CBC News
The World Trade Organization's appeal body has upheld complaints from the EU and Japan that Ontario's program to promote green energy use violates international trade rules. The WTO's appellate body confirmed the Ontario program to encourage the development of wind and solar power discriminates against foreign firms because Ontario's Green Energy Act mandates that a certain percentage of solar and wind components be domestically made.
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Ontario minister defends funding for developmental disabled
CBC News
Ontario's Minister of Community and Social Services responded to criticism his department wasn't doing enough to help families with adult children with developmental disabilities, saying it is working to improve services in difficult economic conditions. Ted McMeekin said the proposed Ontario budget sets aside $42 million for people with disabilities, a three per cent increase over last year.
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Spring melt drives some Ontario, Saskatchewan residents out of homes
CTV News
A provincial flood watch remains in effect in Ontario, where communities in the northeast corner of the province and around the Ottawa River are seeing water levels rise. Officials are warning that warm temperatures forecasted for the week will spur the annual spring melt, causing water levels to rise. The Ministry of Natural Resources noted that a number of rivers have already reached their peak level, and in some cases are beginning to decline.
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Ontario beekeepers want pesticide ban as hive populations decline
Toronto Star
Dan Davidson's bees are dying, and by the thousands. "I was hoping this wouldn't happen again this year," said Davidson, a farmer near London, ON. "But it is and we can't do anything. The pesticide is so widespread... the bees can't escape it." The "it" he's talking about is a group of insecticides known as neonicotinoids. These insect neurotoxins are wide used in agriculture — and have been linked to the decline of honey bees.
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Ontario town mulls $120 fine for vomiting, other bodily fluids in taxis
National Post
The City of Woodstock is looking into imposing a $120 charge on anyone who vomits or leaves other bodily fluids in taxis. Taxi companies in the southwestern Ontario city have been complaining about an increase in intoxicated passengers on Friday and Saturday nights. A taxi industry representative recently told council that vomit and other body fluids must be dealt with as a bio hazard and the affected cab must be taken off the road until it is professionally cleaned.
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Ontario budget 2013: Minimum wage stays at $10.25 an hour
Toronto Star
The Liberal budget proposes no hike to the minimum wage, which has been frozen at $10.25 an hour since 2010. However, if the Wynne government's budget is approved, the Liberals would make good on an earlier pledge to establish an independent panel to advise the province on future increases. The panel, to be made up of representatives from business, worker and youth groups, would report within six months of the date the budget passes.
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Horwath's NDP 50-50 Ontario budget gamble
CBC News
With the fate of Ontario's $127.6 billion budget in the hands of the third-place New Democrats, all eyes will be on the outcome of a meeting between NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. In an interview with CBC Radio's The House, Horwath told host Evan Solomon there's a 50-50 chance she'll either prop up Kathleen Wynne's Liberal minority government or reject the budget, which would trigger an election.
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Enbridge pipeline protesters close Ontario highway
CBC News
A highway near Hamilton, ON, was blockaded for almost 90 minutes as a group stopped traffic to protest Enbridge's plan to reverse the flow of its pipeline that cuts through a rural area of Hamilton. About 40 protesters staged a mock oil spill and cleanup on Highway 6 near Concession Road 6 to express their concerns about the pipeline.
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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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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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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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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Ontario's 2013 provincial budget released
AMCTO
The Honourable Minister Sousa released the Provincial Budget on May 2, 2013. This budget needs to be adopted in order for the government to avoid an upcoming election. Click here to read more.
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