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Ontario launches 2-year youth jobs program worth $195 million
Metro News
Premier Kathleen Wynne launched a new two-year, $195 million youth jobs program, but said its timing has nothing to do with five by-elections where her minority government is facing strong challenges. "We need to tackle youth unemployment," Wynne said at Springboard Employment Services, a jobs agency in Scarborough. With the new youth employment fund taking effect Sept. 23, it was important to get word out now to give young people aged 15 to 29 and prospective employers time to prepare, Wynne added.
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Lake Ontario will rise higher and fall lower under joint U.S.-Canada plan
Toronto Star
It can come down to a matter of centimetres. A few too low, and commercial shipping vessels must carry less cargo, losing their competitive advantage over road and rail — and the recreational boating season is cut short. A few too high, and homes are damaged and wetland plants killed. So adjusting the regulations governing how the water levels of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River are managed is a tricky business to navigate — and one that has been done very slowly.
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Mobile Beer Store conforms to bylaw
Simcoe County
A mobile version of The Beer Store may be a welcome sight for thirsty beachgoers but does it come with an environmental cost? The Beer Store's mobile store set up in the parking lot at Real Canadian Superstore this summer is a converted trailer powered by a diesel generator that runs 24/7. It does meet all the regulatory requirements and The Beer Store has not received any complaints about the noise or the emissions.
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Hamilton city council looks at industrial air pollution bylaw
CBC News
City council will soon consider establishing a new bylaw that restricts the amount of particulate matter that comes from local industry. Councillor Brian McHattie will encourage fellow councillors next month to vote in favour of investigating measures to curb Hamilton's "multiple emitters of air pollution" in the form of a bylaw that would fine them for it.
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Local infrastructure improvements for North Bay and region
Ontario.ca
The new Ontario government is investing just over $8 million to support improvements to critical infrastructure in the North Bay area and surrounding region. The province is supporting these improvements through the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy, which is providing $90 million over the next three years to help municipalities across the province build and maintain key infrastructure.
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Ontario only province where police force must pay suspended cops
Toronto Star
Ontario is the only province that requires all suspended police officers to be paid, a little-known law that erodes the public's trust in the ability of cops to police themselves, says a group representing police chiefs from across the province. The issue has arisen again with the recent suspension of a six-year veteran of the Toronto Police involved in the shooting death of Sammy Yatim.
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Online voting coming to Guelph
CBC News
Municipal voters in Guelph will now be able to cast their ballots from the comfort of their living rooms or home offices, after city councillors voted 7 to 4 in favour of implementing the system in time for the city's 2014 election. "People are looking for new ways to get engaged and I believe that municipalities should be looking at alternative methods of voting," Guelph Councillor Cam Guthrie told The Morning Edition host Craig Norris.
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Ontario Liberals escalate complaint against Holyday over garbage truck
Toronto Star
Refusing to let the issue die, the Ontario Liberals have asked Elections Ontario to investigate the use by PC candidate Doug Holyday of a garbage truck carrying the City of Toronto logo as a provincial campaign prop. With a tight provincial by-election in play in Etobicoke-Lakeshore between frontrunners Holyday and Toronto councillor Peter Milczyn, who is running for the Liberals, the Liberals are making hay out of the fact that deputy mayor Holyday posed standing in front of a city-contracted truck with Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.
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Sudbury city gets OLG money
The Sudbury Star
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation has issued a first-quarter non-tax gaming revenue payment of $620,980 to the City of Greater Sudbury for hosting OLG Slots at Sudbury Downs. Since 1999, when Slots at Sudbury Downs opened, Sudbury has received more than $29 million in non-tax gaming revenue.
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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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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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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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 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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