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Ontario Liberals dodge credit-rating downgrade from 'Standard and Poor's'
The Globe and Mail
A major credit-rating agency is warning Ontario must do more to either control spending or jack up revenues if it hopes to get its budget back to balance. Standard & Poor's opted to leave the province's rating unchanged, at AA– for long-term debt and A-1+ for short term credit with a negative outlook, sparing the Liberal government a downgrade after reintroducing its budget.
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Police crack down on dangerous driving in Toronto neighbourhood
National Post
Police are cracking down on speeding and hazardous driving in the Leaside neighbourhood where a seven-year-old was struck and killed. Georgia Walsh, daughter of Conservative party president John Walsh, died after being hit at the intersection of Millwood Road and McRae Drive, south of Eglinton Avenue.
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City seeking new ways to regulate Hamilton's E-Bike explosion
The Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton's bylaw boss is calling for an e-bike strategy as the city spins its wheels trying to keep the speedy vehicles off walking and cycling trails. But fans of the power-boosted bikes argue common sense should rule the trails, not a ban on the latest two-wheeled technology. Marty Hazell said the bylaw department is fielding more complaints about the increasingly popular e-bikes, particularly on the waterfront trail and in parks where the motorized vehicles are banned.
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Proposed Ontario child care law might save two Toronto daycares
Metro News
New provincial child care legislation, reintroduced by the Kathleen Wynne government, may give Toronto new powers to stop commercial child-care centres from gobbling up non-profit daycares when their leases expire, say city staff. If approved, the legislation may offer some protection to two non-profit daycares that are poised to lose their leases to a for-profit child care chain willing to pay more rent, said Elaine Baxter-Trahair, Toronto's general manager of children's services.
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Pot growers appeal Sudbury zoning bylaw to Ontario Municipal Board
CBC News
A provincial agency will decide where in Greater Sudbury medical marijuana can be grown. Sudbury city council wants prescription pot to be grown in industrial areas, 150 metres away from residential or rural land. However, two local companies say the regulations make it difficult for them to run a business.
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Exotic pet ownership on the rise
Toronto Sun
While creatures like chickens, raccoons and goats can't be kept as pets in Toronto, many animals that would be considered exotic are also banned, particularly large snakes over three metres and any venomous or poisonous animals, including tarantulas and scorpions. Crocodilians — which include caimans — are universally banned as pets in the GTA. However, bylaws can vary between municipalities.
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Windsor: Still not following the new garbage container rules?
The City of Windsor's new garbage container bylaw is now implemented and officials are reminding residents to follow the rules. The city says you're reminded that containers of garbage can not be overflowing or beyond the weight limit (44lbs for containers 125 litres/30 gallons or less), or garbage will not be collected.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates

2014 Provincial Budget
On July 14, the government, as expected reintroduced the same Provincial Budget as on May 1, 2014 prior to the dissolution of the legislature. As this budget is the same, AMCTO directs its members to view AMO's original analysis of the budget which they highlight has "initiatives that are both good and bad for municipal governments." To see their analysis, please visit the AMO website.
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Wynne Government re-introduces the Accountability Act
AMCTO released a statement on the government's plan to re-introduce the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014. To see the AMCTO statement, please click here.
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AMCTO updates list of Ontario Integrity Commissioners
AMCTO regularly receives requests for an updated list of integrity commissioners in Ontario municipalities. In response, an updated list has been posted on our website. AMCTO does acknowledge that this list changes frequently and we encourage members to submit any corrections or updates. Click here to access the updated list.
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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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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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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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