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Don't drive? Then don't pay that bylaw ticket
CBC News
If a municipal bylaw officer issues you a ticket, do you have to pay it? Not if you don't plan on driving any time soon. Hamilton's task force for cleanliness and security in the downtown core will debate adding two extra officials to downtown patrols to curb municipal bylaw offences such as spitting, loitering, public drinking and urination. The proposal would mean adding one police officer and one bylaw enforcement officer.
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Ontario Liberals to reintroduce distracted driving legislation
Collision Repairmag
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says her newly elected majority government intends to introduce stiffer fines for distracted drivers following the release of a new survey suggesting an alarming number of students use their mobile phones when behind the wheel. Premier Wynne feels it's critically important to condition teenaged drivers as they're just beginning to text-and-drive, as the habit can become more difficult to break as young drivers age.
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Ontario Liberal government tables 'déjà vu' budget
Toronto Star
Finance Minister Charles Sousa's three Rs budget reduces take-home pay for affluent Ontarians, reuses rhetoric from last spring, and recycles campaign pledges like a provincial pension plan. Sousa tabled an identical big-spending $130.4 billion fiscal blueprint to the one he introduced May 1, which sparked last month's election.
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Watchdog: Ontario not doing enough to tackle climate change
Canadian Manufacturing
Ontario's Liberal government has done virtually nothing to address climate change beyond boasting about its move to stop burning coal to generate electricity, the province's environmental watchdog said. "For the very last time I hope to say that of course the coal plants was a good thing and caused the greatest single reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in North America," said Environment Commissioner Gord Miller.
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Good Samaritan immunity law could save lives
The Record
Across this country, people are dying from legal and illegal drug use. Reliable statistics on drug overdoses across Canada are difficult to find, but research by the Ontario coroner's office shows on average, there is an overdose every day in our nation's capital and 33 people a year die from overdoses in Ottawa. But what can be done? How can we save people? One answer lies in the way emergency services respond when they receive drug overdose emergency calls.
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First Nations student deaths inquiry faces further delay
CBC News
Ontario's Chief Coroner has made an "administrative decision" to delay an inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations youth who died while attending school in Thunder Bay. The inquest was first called in 2012. The first of the seven students died in 2000, the last in 2011.
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Prostitution bill's fate unclear as committee begins final review
CBC News
The House of Commons justice committee is moving on to the second phase of its study on the government's bid to rewrite Canada's prostitution laws. Over the course of four days, during back-to-back sessions, MPs heard from more than 70 witnesses, including current and former sex workers, families of women victimized by the sex trade, law enforcement, legal experts, academics, researchers, frontline outreach workers and human rights activists.
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Prosecutor calls for jail term for ex-London mayor Joe Fontana
Toronto Star
The Crown is calling for former London, ON, mayor Joe Fontana to spend up to six months in jail for defrauding the government of $1,700 while he was a federal Liberal cabinet minister. Fontana resigned as mayor after he was found guilty of three fraud-related offences for forging an expense document in 2005 that resulted in a $1,700 government fraud.
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Hamilton police already watching for Pan Am threats
CBC News
Amid ballooning security costs for the Pan Am Games, a group of law enforcement agencies are already working behind the scenes gathering intelligence and monitoring for any threats that could target the biggest sporting event to hit Hamilton in years. And while that part of the security apparatus is invisible to the public, fans heading to the games here should expect a very visible security presence that will include a tight cordon around the stadium with metal detectors and the likelihood of video surveillance.
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City of Windsor's skunk-trapping program has had 'little effect'
Windsor Star
Windsor's controversial skunk-trapping program has had "little effect" on the skunk population and should be cancelled, says the city's environmental services department. "In terms of the trapping, at this point — it's really not making a huge difference," said environmental services manager Anne-Marie Albidone.
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How a shirtless jogger got frustration with Ford off his chest
The Globe and Mail
Other people heckled Rob Ford when he appeared at a parade in east-end Toronto, but Joe Killoran forever gained fame as the "shirtless jogger" who chewed out the mayor on Canada Day. A high-school teacher, Mr. Killoran said his action wasn't planned, though. Because his words struck a chord with a segment of Toronto voters, Mr. Killoran — initially dubbed the "topless jogger" by a clever headline writer at the Global News website — quickly became a minor Internet celebrity, praised in some quarters for his frank talk.

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Still putting your garbage bags at the curb?
Windsorite
A new rule requires residents to place all garbage bags in a hard-sided container both when storing bags on property, and when putting garbage out for collection. Officials are using this month to educate residents about the new changes. "No tickets were issued," says Albidone. "We will not be referring non-compliant stops to our by-law enforcement department until August."

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Ontario looks at restricting pesticide that may play role in death of honey bees
The Hamilton Spectator
Ontario is looking at restricting the use of a pesticide that may pose a risk to honey bees, rather than banning it temporarily as recommended by a government-appointed panel. The governing Liberals say they'll start consultations on a potential system where permits would be required to use plant seeds treated with neonicotinoids.

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