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Ontario's police chiefs want changes to rules about suspended officers' pay
The Record
Suspended police officers in Ontario collect millions of dollars each year and, in the only province where police chiefs have no power to revoke their pay, there's a push for change. Even if convicted of a criminal offence, police officers in the province can continue to receive their salary. That doesn't sit well with David Stern, whose son was beaten up by Constable Jason Nevill in Barrie.
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Legal challenge prompts West Grey to rewrite fee bylaw
Owen Sound Sun Times
West Grey is going to rewrite its fees and charges bylaw relating to wind energy projects to better withstand a legal challenge. Upon the advice of its lawyer, council agreed to rescind the bylaw past earlier this year and draft a new one.
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Accident sparks call for changes to cycling laws, bylaws
The Record
A pileup of cyclists that injured some riders after they were passed by an SUV in Wellesley Township highlights the need for changes to local and provincial laws, says the head of a provincial cycling advocacy organization. Eleanor McMahon, of The Share the Road Coalition, said the township needs to scrap its bylaw that bans cyclists from riding side-by-side and the province needs to pass a law that keeps drivers at least one metre away from cyclists.
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Burlington's transportation master plan challenges residents to make 1 in 5 trips
City of Burlington
The City of Burlington is updating its transportation master plan, which sets out a 20-year vision for transportation in the city. "It is the city's responsibility to create a cohesive transportation network that moves people throughout the city in a safe, efficient way regardless of what method of transportation they choose," said Bruce Zvaniga, director of transportation services. "The theme of the transportation master plan, 'Go Your Way,' reflects this."
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Hamilton city weighs spending another $165,000 on illegal dumping
CBC News
City councillors are weighing whether to spend another $115,000 to extend a program combatting illegal dumping that has so far earned the city about $7,200. Council will decide soon whether to extend the illegal dumping pilot project, which has cost about $115,000 so far, until next June. About 19 charges have been laid under the program, which involves using student employees and unmarked vans to crack down on illegal dumpers in the city.
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New study concludes nuclear generation is the best investment for Ontario's energy future
The Wall Street Journal
A new detailed analysis concludes that investment in Ontario's nuclear generation capacity will deliver the greatest benefit to Ontario ratepayers and the economy while dramatically reducing future potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Ontario is in the middle of a review of its 2010 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP).
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Lung association urges tighter control on backyard smoke
CBC News
The Ontario Lung Association is calling for stiffer bylaws to control what people burn in their backyards, as chimineas and fire pits are popular across the province, including in Thunder Bay, at this time of year. Respiratory therapist and educator Chris Haromy, who works on the lung association's helpline, said he gets lots of complaints about smoke coming from neighbours' yards.
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Toronto Zoo poop slated to help generate electricity, heat
CBC News
Flipping a light switch doesn't normally conjure images of a defecating rhino, but a novel project at Toronto Zoo might just change that. An energy plant project set for construction in 2014 will turn manure into electricity for Ontario's power grid, after a 50-day "digestion" process. "It works basically like a big concrete stomach," said Daniel Bida, executive director of the ZooShare project.
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Municipalities fighting good fight on cell tower locations
Guelph Mercury
The rash of new cellphone towers being built across Canada has led concerned citizens and several municipalities — including Guelph — to speak out against such developments, on the grounds that they devalue property and pose potential safety risks. The health impacts of the towers have not been widely analyzed in Canada.
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Ontario teachers shocked by ex-union head's jump to Liberals
Toronto Star
High school teachers still stinging after a year-long battle with the provincial government say they feel betrayed by their former union president's jump to the Liberals, and they demand that their new union leader condemn the move. Ken Coran, former president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, announced recently he will run for the Grits in the London West byelection.
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Highway billboards now allowed in Ontario's cottage country
The Globe and Mail
There was a time when billboards were banned from the 400-series highways. This was when the province took this seriously and obtained court orders forcing the removal of signs that were off the highway right-of-way but still visible to drivers. Now the rules have changed and cheap little billboards are spreading like weeds in some of the most beautiful parts of the province.

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Ontario First Nations battling OLG over $35 million
Toronto Star
Ontario First Nations are locked into a multimillion-dollar dispute with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. The native collective has laid claim to two pots of gambling proceeds from a former Casino Rama deal totalling $35 million, but neither the OLG nor the province is feeling generous. The provincial gaming agency doesn't want to talk about the two-year-old dispute.

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Mac's urges Ontario to allow alcohol sales in corner stores
CBC News
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa isn't shutting the door to selling alcohol in convenience stores — a move the governing Liberals have long opposed. Asked repeatedly whether he'd allow convenience stores to sell booze, Sousa wouldn't rule it out. He said there are no plans to change the structure of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario — one of the largest purchasers and retailers of alcohol in the world — which turned over $1.65 billion to the province last year.

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