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Council to debate Scarborough subway, 'vexatious' bylaw complaints
City News
There are dozens of items on the public agenda as Toronto city councillors begin their two-day meeting, but none that has garnered more headlines than Scarborough transit. Converting the existing Scarborough RT into light rail transit has already been approved by the Ontario government under a deal with the provincial agency, Metrolinx, but council will debate extending the Bloor-Danforth subway into the east end of the city.
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Cabinet shuffle 2013: Stephen Harper pushes youth but relies on old guard
Toronto Star
Canadians who bothered to check in during the dead of summer were treated to a spectacular feat of political marketing. They were witness to a social media striptease from Stephen Harper's office, full of breathless tweets, selfies and video quotes from new ministers, everything but canned applause and a laugh track, all in a bid to do the impossible — make a cabinet shuffle look sexy, not solemn.
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Ontario begins energy plan review
Daily Commercial News
The Ontario government is launching a review of the Long-Term Energy Plan to garner feedback from industry stakeholders and the general public on the province's use of energy sources and conservation, among other topics. The Ontario government says by the end of 2014, the use of coal for electricity generation will be discontinued completely.
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Cabinet shuffle 2013: new ministers given 'enemy' lists
Toronto Star
Ministers in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's newly shuffled cabinet are being armed with "enemy" lists of people and bureaucratic interests to avoid, according to a PMO email obtained by the Star. The email, from Erica Furtado in the PMO's issues-management department, directs government staffers on what to include in the transition booklets that are given to new ministers.
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Ombudsman to probe daycare policies
Global News
Ontario's ombudsman says he'll investigate whether the government is doing enough to protect children in unlicensed daycares. The move comes after a toddler died at a home daycare in Vaughan, north of Toronto. Education officials have admitted that they failed to follow up on two of three complaints lodged against the daycare.
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Sudbury Downs' efforts to fight problem gambling lauded
Northern Life
Sudbury Downs is now one of only eight gaming facilities to earn RG Check accreditation, the Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation has announced. Describing it as "the most rigorous Responsible Gambling accreditation program in the world," OLG said in a news release the Downs and facilities in the Sault, Thunder Bay and Ajax have all qualified for RG status.
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Waterloo city councillors reconsider development process
The Record
Waterloo city councillors are questioning how they review development projects. In February, councillors voted to let staff approve demolition applications, which pave the way for new projects. But the move was a lightning rod as councillors received their first quarterly report of what was approved. The two-page report wasn't received well. Councillor Mark Whaley was the sole vote of opposition in February and said council now has very little ability to make comment on new projects.
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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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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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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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Smokers asked to butt out at Sudbury festivals
CBC News
Festival season in Sudbury isn't anything new — but what is different this year is that there will be no smoking in any event being held in a municipal park. In February, city council voted to ban smoking in all city-operated parks, which includes such events as the Northern Lights Festival Boreal, Summerfest, and this weekend's Dragon Boat Festival. The bylaw came into effect this past May.
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