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New Toronto taxi licence rules put on hold after suit argues drivers' widows would lose ability to earn income
National Post
An Ontario judge put part of Toronto's controversial new taxicab licensing regime on hold, granting an injunction to a lobby group fighting the new rules in court. The ruling, from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, will see several of the most contentious elements of the city's plan delayed until after a full legal challenge to the bylaw is heard this fall.
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Provinces keep Ottawa in the dark on foreign workers violations
The Globe and Mail
For employers of temporary foreign workers, there is supposed to be a price for breaking provincial labour laws: blacklisting from the federal program that allows businesses to hire outside the country. In reality, the flow of information on wayward employers is scant between provinces and the federal government. Ontario, one of the largest users of temporary foreign workers (TFWs), doesn't have an information-sharing deal with Employment and Social Development Canada.
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Hydro One bills have unleashed 'incredible' number of complaints to Ontario ombudsman
National Post
The "horror" stories of Hydro One customers over their bills have unleashed an unprecedented number of complaints to his office, Ontario ombudsman Andre Marin said. So far, his office has received more than 7,900 complaints about the provincial utility's billing practices — and they keep pouring in, he said after releasing his annual report.
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Red Deer bans e-cigarettes under local smoking bylaw
CBC News
Red Deer residents fond of electronic cigarettes will no longer be able to puff where they please, after city officials clarified the reach of a local smoking bylaw. The city issued a statement Thursday morning clarifying the existing Smoke Free Bylaw in regards to the devices, saying vaping an e-cigarette falls under its definition of smoking.
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Winemaker wins bitter court battle over Ontario icewine
Toronto Star
A hairdresser turned winemaker has won a precedent-setting court case that restricts the power of the agency regulating Ontario's wine industry. Joseph DeMaria, a former Toronto resident who makes icewine in the Niagara Peninsula, beat back attempts by Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario to strip his icewine of the certification the agency had given it.
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Mayers: Ontario Liberals to renew push for lower car insurance
Toronto Star
An energized Liberal government with a strong mandate will mean lower car insurance costs for Ontario's nine million drivers, says provincial finance minister Charles Sousa. The Mississauga South MPP is promising that as Queen's Park gets back to business, a full slate of promises made in the April budget, but stopped dead by the election, can now come back to life.
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Animal control issues need to be solved 'at warp speed'
Northern Life
City councillors approved a 120-day extension to give staff more time to find a contractor willing to take on the city's animal control duties — at a price the city is willing to pay. But the extension could delay a decision until October or November, when city councillors may no longer have the power to vote on the contract, because of election-year rules in Ontario's Municipal Act.
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Ontario's eldercare laws under review as dementia rates rise
Toronto Star
Despite increasing dementia rates among the population, early findings of an influential review suggest the provincial laws that dictate how decisions are made for seniors who can no longer decide for themselves are poorly understood, difficult to navigate and can lead to bitter family disputes.
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Caledon officials lobbied for Canadian Tire facility before public was consulted, documents show
Toronto Star
The town of Caledon lobbied the province to approve a massive distribution hub in a residential area more than a year before any public consultation about the controversial plan, according to documents obtained by the Star. An email about the Canadian Tire facility now under construction was sent by a staffer in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to other staff, dated December 1, 2011.

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Ontario building code should require 'backup power for a longer period of time' in new buildings
Canadian Underwriter
The Province of Ontario should consider changing to building code to require more backup electrical power than is currently required, while the City of Toronto should work with the local electrical utility to increase guidelines on the clearance between tree canopies and electricity distribution cables, a review panel suggests.

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Heated debate over Thornhill Woods condo plan expected to surface ahead of meeting
CTV News
Tension is rising ahead of a meeting on the proposal by a Muslim group to turn a plot of land into a housing complex north of Toronto. The development debate brings religious and cultural concerns to the surface, as the divided community considers a plan that would bring two condo towers and dozens of townhouses to the low-density neighbourhood.

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