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Ontario gas plant scandal: McGuinty aide to testify about attempts to influence Speaker
Toronto Star
Efforts by senior Liberals to pressure the Speaker of the Ontario legislature to change a preliminary finding of contempt against the government will be the focus of committee hearings. Email exchanges show a group of unelected officials in former premier Dalton McGuinty's office tried to get Speaker Dave Levac to change a ruling that there was a "prima facie case" of contempt against then-energy minister Chris Bentley for not releasing documents on two cancelled gas plants.
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Mississauga asks Ontario for disaster relief
Toronto Star
After an epic summer stormed left thousands with flooded basements and no power, and ground transportation to a halt, the city of Mississauga wants provincial disaster relief. Acting Mayor Nando Iannicca signed a resolution asking for all or part of the city to be declared a "disaster area" to access the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program.
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Plan will be Guelph's road map for even more accountable, transparent and engaging local government
City of Guelph
The City's innovative open government action plan — the first of its kind in Canada — is now underway. "The City is committed to pursuing an even more open, accountable, transparent and engaging municipal government — one that empowers the Guelph community to work together on innovative solutions and ultimately, all civic decisions," said Mayor Karen Farbridge.
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North Bay seeks to recoup firefighting costs
North Bay Nugget
North Bay is partnering with a private company in a bid to recoup a portion of firefighting costs through homeowners' insurance policies. Council gave staff the go-ahead to enter into an agreement with Fire Marque, which will seek to recover certain costs associated with fire responses from homeowners' insurance companies on behalf of the city in return for 30 per cent of the proceeds.
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Environmentalists split on green energy projects
Toronto Star
Cindy Sutch, who lives amid the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine, about 45 kilometres northeast of Oshawa, is a vocal advocate for the preservation of southern Ontario's "rain barrel." And like most environmentalists, she also supports efforts to reduce the province's reliance on fossil fuels. But recently, a handful of wind energy projects proposed for the moraine have thrown this pair of ordinarily simpatico beliefs into conflict.
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Police board wants Toronto cops to review 'dooring' policy
Toronto Star
The chair of the Toronto Police Services Board wants the force to track how many cyclists are "doored" by parked cars, a much-feared accident that police stopped recording last year. In a report written after the Star published an article on the issue, board chair Alok Mukherjee questions why cyclists struck by open car doors are not recorded in the force's accident database.
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Thousands of failed refugees lured home with federal government's bonus
Toronto Star
A year after Ottawa launched a controversial program to pay money to failed refugee claimants for leaving Canada, more than 2,000 people have taken up the offer. As of June, some 2,157 failed refugees had participated in the federal government’s Assisted Voluntary Returns and Reintegration pilot program, which offers as much as $2,000 and a one-way plane ticket to any refugee claimant denied asylum who will voluntarily go home.
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Wind farm wars playing out in rural Ontario
Toronto Star
Lawsuits, marches and public meetings — these are the new signs of summer in rural Ontario as energy companies advance their plans for hundreds of wind turbines across the province. Opponents of large-scale wind farms gathered for a public meeting in the 600-seat Imperial Theatre in Sarnia, designed to "bring what everyone thinks is a rural issue to the city," said organizer Ingrid Willemsen.
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Transport Canada issues emergency rail safety directive after Lac-Mégantic disaster
Financial Post
The federal government announced new emergency measures aimed at improving rail safety in the wake of the Lac-Mégantic disaster as it eyes new permanent regulations on the industry that it hopes to have in place by year-end. The emergency directive, which includes ending the practice of moving dangerous goods with one-person crews, will be in place until it expires in December.
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Backyard chickens ruffle feathers in Cobourg
Northumberland News
When Paul Hoepfner-Homme and Laire Taverner hatched a plan to start an urban garden on a quiet residential street in Cobourg, the last thing they wanted to do was run afoul of the law. While the Town does not object to the urban market garden supplying its growing business, Victory Garden Vegetables, it does consider keeping backyard chickens in residential zones fowl play.
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Township of Bonfield mayor imposes his own employment terms on city staff, prompts strike
Canadian Labour Reporter
A rural northern Ontario community's city staff went on strike after their mayor bypassed the bargaining process and instead imposed his own terms of employment, according to the union representing those workers. Municipal employees in the Township of Bonfield, located just southeast of North Bay, walked off the job after the mayor and town council members attempted to impose the conditions of their latest contract offer, according to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
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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. e

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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.

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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.

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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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