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Rob Ford's office reportedly tipped to location of video
CBC News
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's staff was recently told about the potential location of an alleged drug video that has threatened his administration, according to a pair of reports. Ford, who recently turned 44, has been under fire following reports about an alleged video shown to reporters at the Toronto Star and the U.S. gossip website Gawker. The alleged video reportedly shows the mayor of Toronto smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.
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Ontario transit proposal could cost each household $477 a year
CBC News
A final report released by Ontario's transportation agency, Metrolinx, recommends new fees to raise $2 billion annually for public transit in the Greater Toronto Area and the Hamilton area. If adopted, the proposed fees could amount to each household paying about $477 more in annual taxes, Metrolinx says. "We're very aware that $477 for a family is a substantial amount of money but we believe it's more than offset by the benefits," Metrolink chairman Robert Prichard said.
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Parts of Waterloo rental housing bylaw deemed 'discriminatory'
CBC News
The Ontario Human Rights Commission is calling parts of the City of Waterloo's rental housing bylaw discriminatory. The commission takes issue with the language that regulates how much floor space is required per-person. The bylaw stipulates there must be at least seven square metres of bedroom space per person. The OHRC says this is much more stringent than what is required in the Ontario building code.
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Ontario helps social enterprises create jobs and strengthen communities
Ontario.ca
The Ontario government is launching the country's first microloan fund to help social enterprises — businesses that have a positive social, cultural, or environmental impact while generating revenue — create more jobs and strengthen local communities. The province has partnered with the Centre for Social Innovation, TD Bank Group, Microsoft Canada, Alterna Savings, KPMG and Social Capital Partners to launch the Ontario Catapult Microloan Fund.
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Recycling fees jump for large TVs in Ontario
Waste & Recycling
Ontario Electronic Stewardship, the organization that oversees electronics recycling in the province, recently introduced a new model for applying recycling fees to electronics purchases. Currently, OES collects so-called "eco fees" from the electronics manufacturers, retailers and distributors in the province, based on the amount of products they put into the market each month. The fees are then used to pay the companies responsible for collecting, transporting and processing used electronics, said Jonathan Spencer, executive director of OES. The eco fees are passed on to the consumer in the form of an increased point-of-sale cost.
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Former Ontario premier to testify at Elliot Lake mall collapse inquiry
CTV News
Former premier Dalton McGuinty will be testifying in September at the inquiry into last year's shopping mall collapse in Elliot Lake, ON. The probe says McGuinty is slated to appear Sept. 12 to close out Part 2 of the probe into the tragedy. The second phase of the inquiry is looking at the emergency response to last June's collapse that killed two women.
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Report: Fees, fundraising increase gap between Ontario's schools
CTV News
Education advocates say there's still a big difference between what's offered at wealthier and poorer public schools — and that it can affect students' chances in the future. The annual report by People For Education says the average family income at a school influences students' access to gifted and French immersion programs, extracurricular activities and even some academic courses.
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Rob Ford faces more calls to address crack allegations
CBC News
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford remained silent about allegations he was filmed smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine, even amid mounting pressure from councillors to make a proper statement on the allegation. Although the mayor spoke in council chambers, delivering his most lengthy public speech since the allegations arose recently, his remarks had nothing to do with his reaction to the purported video.

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Tough garage sale rules suck joy out of bargain-hunting
Toronto Star
Thou shalt not sell unwanted household goods without a permit. Thou shalt not advertise said sale on yonder hydro pole. And thou certainly shall not make it a regular gig. So proclaimeth the town council of Brighton — about 150 km east of Toronto — where the newly minted 10 commandments of garage sales have riled residents who complain the draconian rules are sucking the fun out of a popular pastime.

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Hidden camera catches abuse at Peterborough seniors facility
CBC News
The Ontario government and police are investigating a long-term care facility after a hidden video camera captured an elderly woman with dementia being abused by her caregivers. Camille Parent first became concerned last year when his 85-year-old mother, who lives at St. Joseph's at Fleming in Peterborough, ON, appeared with scratches and bruises.

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Ontario Bike Summit aims to change the conversation on cycling
Torontoist
Eleanor McMahon thinks it's time to change the conversation around cycling in Ontario. McMahon is the founder of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, who will be hosting the fifth annual Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto. She says that we need to stop talking about things like bike lanes and other bicycle infrastructure as a zero sum game between cars and bikes.
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OLG, union reach tentative deal to avert strike at Slots at Woodbine
CP24
A strike has been averted at the OLG Slots at Woodbine after union officials hammered out a tentative agreement with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. The 420 workers had been poised to go on strike, but in a press release, The Public Service Alliance of Canada said it had reached an agreement with the OLG to avert the work stoppage.
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 AMCTO Special Announcement


Ontario Lieutenant Governor the Honourable, David C. Onley, ON, to Attend 75th Anniversary AMCTO Conference
AMCTO
Helping to honour the significant milestone of AMCTO's 75th year, Ontario's Lieutenant Governor the Honourable David C. Onley, will attend the Conference Gala Dinner on Tuesday, June 11 as the Special Guest of Honour.
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