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London, Ontario Mayor Joe Fontana resigns after fraud conviction
Toronto Star
The mayor of London, ON, who was convicted on three fraud-related charges from his time as a federal Liberal cabinet minister, announced that he is stepping down. Joe Fontana issued the statement days after he was convicted of fraud, forgery and breach of trust after a judge found he forged an expenses document submitted to the House of Commons in 2005 that resulted in a $1,700 government fraud.
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Federal finance minister: Ontario must tackle deficit
Toronto Star
Finance Minister Joe Oliver says Ontario is facing a difficult economy, but is urging Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne to aggressively take on the province's growing deficit in the post-election budget. The Liberals, who won a majority, are expected to reintroduce essentially the same budget they were defeated on when the legislature returns — including adding more than $1 billion to the deficit to take it to $12.5 billion.
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Education Development Charges on the rise again
Inside Halton
Future owners of new homes in Halton likely will be paying more for their residence after both of the region's school boards approved increases to the Education Development Charges (EDCs) levied against land developers. The Halton public and Catholic school boards both passed amendments to their EDC bylaws at separate public meetings in June. Halton District School Board EDCs have risen to $3,380 for every new residential unit, up from the previous charge of $2,691, an increase of $689 or 25.6 per cent.
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Mississauga parking restriction during prayer hours discriminates against Muslims, rights complaint says
National Post
Two men say a parking restriction in the City of Mississauga that's in effect during prayer services discriminates against Muslims and they're asking the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to back their claim. Salman Khalid, 32, is an emergency physician at a hospital about half an hour from the ISNA Canada Centre, a mosque he and his family have always attended in Mississauga, west of Toronto. In May 2012, he was given a ticket for parking on nearby Finfar Court rather than the mosques parking lot, while attending prayer services.
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Two-year freeze on fees to give Sudbury builders some breathing room
Nothern Ontario Business
Sudbury's city council has imposed a two-year freeze on the fees it charges developers to help pay for infrastructure upgrades. The freeze will leave a $2.6 million shortfall in the city budget, since revenue from a hike in the development charges was already included in revenue calculations in the coming years. But with builders in Sudbury struggling, and some homes being built outside city limits to avoid the fees, councillors agreed to delay a 16 per cent increase for a couple of years, in hopes the market will bounce back.
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Hamilton to feds: Make gruesome anti-abortion ads illegal
CBC News
The city of Hamilton is asking the provincial and federal governments to step in and pass laws that would prevent images of aborted fetuses from landing on local doorsteps. Council voted to ask for legislation preventing advertising or communications from showing "gruesome and disturbing images." The move comes after the pro-life group Canadian Centre for Bio-ethical Reform (CCBR) delivered postcards to Hamilton Mountain homes showing aborted fetuses.
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Burlington Executive Airport owner loses appeal to dump dirt on property
CBC News
The owner of Ontario's Burlington Executive Airport, where thousands of truckloads of contentious dirt have been dumped in recent years, has lost a court appeal to allow the dumping to continue. Vince Rossi had argued that municipal and provincial rules do not apply to his land, given that airports and aerodromes fall under federal jurisdiction. He said he needed the soil to expand his airport.
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No more discounts for development near LRT stations
Ottawa Sun
Council voted to stop a discount for developers building around future LRT stations. College Councillor Rick Chiarelli's recommendation to cancel the fee break for developers drew support from 20 other council members, including Mayor Jim Watson. "Landowners around the transit stations are receiving a huge windfall and that's certainly enough incentive," Chiarelli said.
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Hamilton police want better protection for their horses and dogs
CBC News
The six-feet-tall horses that patrol the streets of Hamilton have always been head turners. But think twice before you want to get too personal with one. You could soon face a bylaw ticket and a $250 fine. Hamilton is one of the first cities in the region to consider a unique bylaw that would allow police officers to issue a $250 ticket to someone who interferes with police animals, such as horses and dogs.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates

Liberals claim a Majority Government in Ontario
After much campaigning, the voters in Ontario have put the Wynne government back into Queens Park but this time with a majority of seats in parliament. This situation represents a sea change from the last few years in a minority setting and the expectation for AMCTO and its members is to foresee a far busier legislative agenda for the coming years ahead.

AMCTO, through its Legislative and Policy Advisory Committee will be seeking to reach out to the new Cabinet once it has been announced and will seek to work with our partners and government staff to help guide public policy outcomes appropriately for Ontario's municipal sector.

AMCTO will keep members notified of actions going forward and being clear to hold the government to its stated priorities arising from the election campaign. Many of these are captured in AMO's Municipal Policy Priorities Tracker during the election period.

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Burlington man told to remove homemade political sign
Global News
A Burlington resident says he is offended after being told by the city to remove a homemade political sign on his front lawn. Louis Magyar is a retiree that has lived in his tidy bungalow since 1977. He says he put the sign up on May 15, but got a warning on June 5 that the sign must come down. The city bylaw does allow for political signs, however. This is where the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) believes Magyar may have an argument.

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Mixed reviews on proposed regional development fee bylaw
The Record
Increase rates, don't offer exemptions, give more exemptions — Region of Waterloo councillors heard varying advice at a public meeting on a proposed development charge bylaw. Resident Uwe Kretschmann argued proposed exemptions for industrial development amount to bonusing and won't attract jobs. "Manufacturers locate in the region because of, among other things, proximity to markets and transportation corridor, an educated labour force and a sound infrastructure," he said.

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Western University: Racing law has saved hundreds of lives
Western University research shows a "significant" drop in the number of young men killed in speeding-related collisions in Ontario since the stunt driving law was introduced in 2007. The study found a sustained reduction of about 58 speeding-related injuries and fatalities a month among males aged 16-24. That means about 700 fewer young men have been injured or killed in speeding-related crashes every year since the law was passed.

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