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Ontario NDP to negotiate with Premier for budget deal
The Globe and Mail
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will begin negotiating a possible budget deal with Premier Kathleen Wynne, as her party finishes consultations on the fiscal plan. With Ms. Wynne's Liberals holding only a minority of seats in the provincial parliament, and the Progressive Conservatives vowing to vote against the budget, the Premier must secure NDP support to allow the budget to pass and avert a spring election.
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Ontario ruling sheds light on massive scam targeting law firms
Law Times
Details of an international scam targeting law firms in Canada and the United States that bilked them of an estimated $70 million are slowly emerging in court actions on both sides of the border. At its core is a wide-ranging probe of advance fee collection fraud schemes launched in 2008 that involved the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service, the Toronto Police Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and the U.S. attorney's office for the middle district of Pennsylvania.
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Human Rights Commission wants North Bay to change housing bylaw
CBC News
A clause in a North Bay bylaw created to target overcrowded rental units could be discriminatory in some cases, according to the Ontario Human Rights Commission. The commission recently finished its inquiry into a housing bylaw in North Bay that limited the number of tenants that could legally live in a single residence.
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Ontario may lift time limit on shareholder lawsuits
The Globe and Mail
The Ontario government is contemplating rules that would give a leg up to investors trying to pursue class-action lawsuits against companies accused of misrepresenting their financial results. The recent provincial budget mentioned a possible change to the Ontario Securities Act that would suspend the controversial time limit currently facing investors seeking court permission to proceed with a class-action suit against a company.
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Transportation Minister: Ontario not interested in Toronto subway extension
The Globe and Mail
The province will not be giving Toronto a new subway extension in exchange for a deal on revenue streams to build transit, Transportation Minister Glen Murray said. Some Toronto city councillors and Liberal MPPs had hoped to convince Premier Kathleen Wynne's government to build an eastward extension of the Bloor-Danforth subway from Kennedy Road to Scarborough Town Centre and north to Sheppard Avenue.
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Chemotherapy scandal: Ontario College of Pharmacists to amend bylaws on drug mixing
Toronto Star
A startling oversight gap that for decades has allowed drug-mixing companies to escape government inspections and public accountability is closing. Nearly six weeks after more than 1,200 cancer patients learned they received diluted intravenous chemotherapy drugs that may have compromised their recovery, the Ontario College of Pharmacists convened an emergency meeting recently to amend its bylaws.
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Sprinkler systems in seniors homes to be mandatory in Ontario
Toronto Star
Sprinkler systems will be mandatory in all seniors' homes under new rules, says Premier Kathleen Wynne. Speaking to the annual general meeting of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, Wynne praised them for their efforts toward "enhancing fire safety and housing for seniors and other vulnerable people."
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Ontario food now qualifies as 'local' under federal policy change
Toronto Star
Food produced and sold in Ontario now qualifies as "local," thanks to updated rules from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which critics say was following outdated policies. The federal agency's original policy said food was only "local" if it was sold 50 kilometres from where it was produced or in the neighbouring municipality. This meant produce like blueberries from Thunder Bay wouldn't qualify as local if sold in Toronto.
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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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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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Long-term plan coming for Ontario's horse racing industry
Ontario.ca
Ontario has asked the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel to bring forward a long-term plan to implement recommendations from its final report. As transition funding negotiations with track operators are now substantially complete, the province has asked the panel for a plan that sets a clear path forward on.
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