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Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak promises judicial inquiry on cancelled gas plants
National Post
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says a Tory government would call a judicial inquiry into the cancellation of two Toronto-area gas plants by the Liberal government. Hudak made the announcement in Mississauga at the site of one of the cancelled plants, saying "a billion dollars went into this hole."
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Ontario privacy watchdog moves to block more police access to TCHC security cameras
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's top privacy official made an 11th-hour intervention recently in an attempt to stop a proposal to give Toronto Police greater access to security-camera footage from public-housing properties. "I don't understand why they wouldn't have consulted with us. We don't want to live in a surveillance state," Ann Cavoukian, Ontario's Information and Privacy Commissioner, told The Globe and Mail. "You are talking about people's homes."
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Residents: Northern Ontario poorly managed by province
CBC News
A new poll finds that 56 per cent of residents in northern Ontario feel the provincial government has done "a poor or very poor job of managing the affairs of the north." The recent survey was commissioned by the northern Ontario Heritage Party. Paul Seccaspina is CEO of OraclePoll, which conducted the poll. He says the perennial northern issues are not addressed at Queen's Park.
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Ontario poll suggests Wynne's leading, but Hudak may have ace up his sleeve
Huffington Post
Polling in the Ontario election has been a little less than clear. Some polls show a comfortable lead for Tim Hudak's Progressive Conservatives. Others show an advantage for Kathleen Wynne's Liberals. A new poll is in the latter category. The longer term trends, however, hint that the Liberals may be making gains.
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Water quality tests data shows elevated lead levels in Toronto homes
Toronto Star
Thirteen per cent of household water tests conducted in Toronto over the past six years showed unsafe levels of lead, according to city data obtained by the Star. The data, drawn from the 15,000 samples, was collected by Torontonians from their water taps and submitted to the city for analysis between 2008 and 2014.
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No charges, no trial, but presumed guilty
Toronto Star
It was to be Gordon Sinclair's last chance. At 46, after decades of getting by on contracts in the animation industry and then working long hours as a chef, he decided to pursue a career that matched his abilities to his passion. He enrolled in George Brown College to become a nurse. "I was excited," says Sinclair, now 50. "I wanted to go to Africa and work with Doctors Without Borders. Those plans have all been ruined."
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Ghosts of former premiers haunting Ontario leaders in election campaign
National Post
Running for political office sometimes means running from your party's history, which can make it tricky to avoid being tripped up by the ghosts of premiers past. Kathleen Wynne has been Ontario premier for just 15 months, making her the only rookie leader in the campaign for the upcoming election, but she's not the only one who must deal with voters' vivid memories of high-profile former premiers.
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Kathleen Wynne vows no condos at Ontario Place
Toronto Star
The Liberals are ruling out any condominiums at Ontario Place if re‎-elected. After completing a short jog along the waterfront with candidates and supporters, Kathleen Wynne‎ promised to return the lakeshore park to its former glory. "Toronto's waterfront should be for everyone to enjoy. Thoughtful and careful planning for the future of this site will make it an attractive destination for tourists and local residents alike," Wynne said.
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Vacant house a nightmare for neighbour in Parkdale
Toronto Star
Bylaws require that vacant houses be maintained and secured. If officials detect an imminent risk — the danger of collapse, for example — the city can issue emergency orders demanding an owner take immediate action. If they fail to do so, the city can step in and do the work, later charging the property owner for it to cover expenses.
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Election signs fuel safety concerns for Guelph motorists
The Record
As campaigning for Ontario's provincial election throttles ahead, one Guelph resident is raising concerns about the potential safety hazard of election signs along city roads. Judd Rossman recently encountered a sign for incumbent Liberal candidate Liz Sandals' campaign on Watson Parkway North at the intersection of Fleming Road. In an interview, Rossman said the sign was obstructing his view of drivers headed southbound on Watson Road, forcing him to inch forward into the northbound lane.
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Council approves compromise on Cobourg Legion development
Northumberland Today
Opponents to the redevelopment of the Cobourg Legion property are unmollified that a proposed Minutes of Settlement between the Town and the developer agree to a five-storey building instead of a six-storey one.

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Vaughan to appeal Ontario court ruling that allows nudity in body rub parlours, extended hours
York Region
Vaughan plans to appeal a court decision to strike down part of its groundbreaking body rub parlour bylaw. Ontario Court Justice Rhonda Shousterman agreed with the complainant, Vaughan Spa owner Eric Tsui, who took exception to being ticketed by police for allegedly keeping his establishment open after the prescribed hours of the bylaw, which allowed such venues to remain open until 10 pm Monday to Friday, 6 pm Saturdays and 5pm Sundays.

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How a growing GO Transit is keeping the GTA from standing still
The Globe and Mail
Lots of executives say they are excited about the organizations they head, but Greg Percy has better reason than most. GO Transit, the regional commuter service he has quarterbacked as president since November, is on a roll. More and more commuters are choosing to ride its growing fleet of green-and-white trains and buses.

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