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Canadians deliver water to protest Detroit shutoffs
USA Today
Protesters fighting water shutoffs in Detroit greeted a convoy of Canadians who traveled to the city with hundreds of gallons of water to help those who have been cut off because of unpaid bills. Maude Barlow, a leading water rights advocate in Canada, and other activists brought 750 gallons of water in a seven-vehicle convoy that traveled through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel to deliver the water and the message that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's policy of shutting off service to delinquent customers violates the United Nations' 2010 declaration that water is a human right.
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Interns, vulnerable workers, target of Ontario private member's bill
Toronto Star
Students and new immigrants need to be protected from internship programs that pay them nothing for their labour under the guise of training, NDP MPP Peggy Sattler says. "We are creating a new generation of workers who are going to start out their careers having... to go from unpaid internship to unpaid internship," the London-West MPP told reporters at Queen's Park.
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Ontario bill provides for seizure of cars when illegal guns found
Digital Journal
A private member's bill introduced by Liberal MPP Mike Colle would allow police to seize vehicles and suspend the license of drivers when an illegal handgun is found inside the vehicle. The bill gives the police the power to seize vehicles and suspend the license of drivers when an illegal handgun is found in the vehicle. The proposed law will only apply to illegal handguns; long guns and those possessed legally will not be affected.
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Ontario towns grapple with power dam subsidy reduction
CBC News
A small township north of Timmins is taking a big blow to its coffers with the reduction of a provincial subsidy. But, unlike Wawa, Fauquier-Strickland will continue to pay for provincial services, even though the mayor says the township will lose $81,000 from its $1.4 million budget. A reduction in the Power Dam Special Payment program — one that compensates municipalities because they're barred from taxing hydro dams — is affecting small rural Ontario towns that have power dams.
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Deal clears way for PenEquity's $300 million retail complex near Hwy. 401
London Free Press
It's not hard to look at the environmental compromise brokered by the firm behind a $300 million commercial development near Hwy. 401 and see a parallel with the mega-project's potential economic impact. In both instances, it may bring something new to London — but only at the expense of what's already here.
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Reevely: Ontario ombudsman's delight over municipal oversight
Ottawa Citizen
Ontario's ombudsman, André Marin, worries that the damning report on Ottawa's composting contract its auditor presented will cost the auditor his job. The danger that city council will find a way to get rid of Ken Hughes, whom they hired at the end of last year, is evidence in Marin's argument for why the provincial government needs to pass a bill giving Marin the authority to investigate complaints about municipal governments.
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Liberal government spends $7.2 million on recreation programs
Toronto Star
The cash-strapped Ontario government is spending $7.2 million in community recreation programs for everyone from kids to seniors because it's a "no-brainer," says the sports minister. "Investing in physical activity at any age saves taxpayers' dollars because there's less people relying on the health care system and it keeps young people away from possible problems," Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Michael Coteau said.
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Ontario's battle over 3-litre milk jugs on grocery shelves
Toronto Star
A spat over milk containers is souring relations between dairy farmers and manufacturers. For months, Ontario's milk bureaucracy has been battling over whether you should be able to buy 3 litres of milk in the grocery store. On one side are the milk processors, represented by the Ontario Dairy Council, who want to open up the market entirely to 3-litre milk containers.
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Ontario Municipal Elections 2014: Residents can confirm voter eligibility online
Huffington Post
Ontario residents can now go online to confirm their eligibility to vote in the Oct. 27 municipal elections. The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation says people can go to voterlookup.ca to make sure they are on the voters list, and update their information if necessary.
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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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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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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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