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Turnout could be low in upcoming Ontario byelections
CBC News
A series of provincial byelections are soon, but a controversy continues about the fact that they have been called in the middle of the summer. Premier Kathleen Wynne has called byelections in five ridings across Ontario, including two Toronto ridings. Voters in these ridings will be heading to the polls within the next week.
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Ontario overhauls animal welfare laws
Toronto Star
Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur says her team is putting "finishing touches" on changes to laws for animals in Ontario that include licensing zoos and aquariums and increasing the scope, funding and transparency of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The plan, which has been in the works for almost a year, also calls for regulations for the care of marine mammals in captivity.
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Experts: Ontario power conservation message short-circuiting with public
CBC News
Amid the recent scorching temperatures that led to warnings about power blackouts, Ontario's energy minister told an audience in Toronto that conservation was the main way to ensure the stability of the electrical grid. But industry experts say the Ontario government has done a poor job of driving home the message of conservation to the public.
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Who is in charge of Burlington Executive Airport operations?
Toronto Star
Are Burlington Executive Airport operations subject to municipal, provincial or federal jurisdictions or possibly a combination? It appears to be a conundrum that will be sorted out in court. The private 77-hectare airport just south of Milton and within Burlington’s city boundaries, has become the focus of legal jurisdictional issues involving municipal, provincial and federal governments.
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Unpaid internships: Free labour or future liability?
Benefits Canada
With each summer comes a wave of students on break and new graduates all looking for a way to gain career experience. This summer, graduation time has coincided with the media spotlight being focused on the nature of unpaid internships in the U.S. and Canada. It is therefore probably a good time for employers with some sort of internship program to reassess whether what seems like free labour is actually a liability in disguise.
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Ontario's draft Waste Act under the microscope
Solid Waste & Recycling
Whether the Waste Reduction Act, 2013 will revolutionize waste diversion in Ontario remains to be seen, but many industry stakeholders want to be sure to get their two cents in as the government floats its 2013 draft legislation at public consultations across the province.
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Documents show city of Toronto knew it was on the hook for $200 million provincial loan repayment
Toronto Star
The City of Toronto's claim a $200 million provincial loan never had to be repaid is dead wrong, according to documents obtained by the Star. The Ontario government recently said the long-standing loan would be forgiven to blunt the impact of phasing out a different compensation fund.
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Temporary foreign workers flood into Canada as youth can't find work: Conference Board asks why
The Globe and Mail
The Conference Board of Canada can't fully answer the question, but it does wonder why Canada is importing so many temporary foreign workers when its own young people can't find jobs. In the final piece of a three-part look at the post-crisis labour market, the group cites the fact that the number of temps from outside the country reached almost 340,000 by December of last year, up from 150,000 in 2006.
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Ontario moving to license condo managers
Brampton Guardian
The provincial government said it is moving forward with the first recommendation from the Condominium Act Review by working to introduce mandatory qualifications for condo managers. The Liberal government said it is the first of several anticipated changes from the province's review to help increase protections for condominium owners, tenants, and buyers.
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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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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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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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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


EBR Weekly
AMCTO
The EBR (Environmental Bill of Rights)Weekly is an attempt by AMCTO to encourage and raise awareness across the municipal sector to the Environment Registry and to matters impacting local communities across the Province. Check it out weekly (click here) or even better yet, review the Environmental Registry website to see what is happening in your community: www.ebr.gov.on.ca.
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