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Ottawa mayor pulls plug on policy to block emails to journalists
CBC News
Ottawa's mayor has scrapped a city of Ottawa policy quietly introduced that blocked most city employees from emailing journalists who cover city hall. Recently, only city staff on a select list were able to send emails to the media without having those emails bounce back. Journalists complained it was the latest in a series of communication clampdowns at City Hall, making them unable to relate information to the public.
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Ontario to overhaul teachers' college, halve admissions
CBC News
Aspiring teachers in Ontario will soon face a drastically different landscape than their predecessors. They will be competing for half the number of spaces in teachers' college, taking twice as long to earn their degree, and spending double the number of days in classroom placements — all before joining the glut of teachers looking for a job in Ontario.
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Canada adds whopping 95,000 jobs, more than half in Ontario; more students find work
Toronto Star
The Canadian economy delivered a "jaw-dropping" 95,000 new jobs in May, Statistics Canada reported. Almost all of the jobs were in the highly desirable full-time category, more than half were in Ontario, and even summer students got a break, according to the federal agency's data. The spectacular gain pushed Canada's jobless rate down by one-tenth of a point to 7.1 per cent, the agency also said.
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Hamilton lobbyist registry pushed back another 3 months
CBC News
The next stage in the city's quest to start a lobbyist registry has been pushed back until September. The initial timeline set out by the accountability and transparency subcommittee showed members voting on a draft bylaw, and sending it to a general issues committee meeting soon. But its members gave staff three more months to come up with a good draft, aiming to take it to council in the fall for implementation in 2014.
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Ontario approves tourism marketing district
Daily Bulletin
Along with the beaches, mountain resorts and theme parks, Southern California itself is a destination location. In order to make Ontario and the surrounding area standout among other competitive travel and meeting destinations, Michael Krouse knew something needed to be done more Krouse, who leads the city's visitor bureau, has spearheaded the formation of the Greater Ontario Tourism Marketing District with Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga.
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Energy rate hike back on table in Ontario
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's energy regulator will have to reconsider a bid by Ontario Power Generation to hike the price of electricity. The OPG, the government-owned company that produces most of the province's power, proposed a 6.5 per cent increase in rates in 2010. The firm argued that it needed the money to cover operating costs, including an arbitrator-imposed contract that gave the OPG's white collar employees a six per cent pay bump.
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Councillors want Ontario to set up Toronto facility that allows parents to anonymously abandon unwanted babies
National Post
Two Toronto councillors are calling on the city and provincial government to set up a drop-off facility at a local hospital that accepts unwanted babies, anonymously. The "safe haven" site would be based on the "Angel Cradles" program in Edmonton, which is designed to be an alternative to abandoning a newborn. Parents open a door to a cubbyhole located at a hospital and leave the baby in a cradle inside.
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Ontario to double nursing home inspectors
CBC News
Ontario's Liberal government is promising to double the number of long-term care home inspectors. The move comes after repeated safety violations at care homes and revelations by the opposition that thorough, annual inspections were not happening despite government promises.
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Bar, restaurant patios next on the no-smoking chopping block?
Northern Life
A report on banning smoking on all city property is calling for broad community consultation to be held first, with the results to be included in a final report that would go to city council for a final decision. The report would also include a range of options for new smoking restrictions, which would extend a ban passed in the spring that outlawed smoking in city parks and playing fields. City councillors asked for the report after extending the ban to parks and playing fields.
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High Ontario power rates blamed for deterring investment
CBC News
A growing number of Ontario mayors and manufacturers say the province's energy prices and infrastructure are bad for business. According to the Association of Major Power Consumers of Ontario, industrial customers pay approximately $85 per megawatt hour in Ontario when all components of the price of electricity is included.

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New wireless code sets caps on roaming charges, data
CTV News
Cellphone customers will be able to walk away from their contracts after two years without any early-cancellation penalties under a set of new rules unveiled by the CRTC. But the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission didn't go as far as an outright ban on the controversial three-year contracts that are so widely hated by many Canadians.

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Survey: Most Canadians are satisfied with municipal governments
The Province
The vast majority of Canadians are satisfied with their municipal governments, but many citizens also feel alienated and disengaged from city hall, found a new Vision Critical survey. The online survey found 71 per cent of Canadians are satisfied with their municipal government — a higher satisfaction rating than for the provincial or federal governments.

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Ontario's proposed Waste Reduction Act
Ontario.ca
Ontario's proposed Waste Reduction Act would transform waste diversion by making individual producers responsible and environmentally accountable for recycling the goods they sell. Recycling protects our environment, conserves resources and landfill capacity, and leads to new investment, new recycling factories, new jobs and new Ontario-made products.
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Ontario to scrap eco fees at the checkout counter
Toronto Star
The Liberal government is moving to scrap controversial consumer eco fees on things like tires and electronics. Environment Minister Jim Bradley introduced waste reduction legislation that, among other things, will put the cost of recycling on the producers. The Waste Reduction Strategy Act, if passed, would end the practice of tacking on a fee at the checkout counter, which simply went back to the producers.
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