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Keep Union-Pearson express train affordable, Toronto councillor urges
Toronto Star
Toronto Councillor Josh Matlow fears people will end up being gouged by high fares and a special tax to travel on the rapid transit line from Union Station to Pearson airport. Matlow is looking to ensure fares are affordable — meaning less than the planned $20 to $30 per person Metrolinx is looking at charging.
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Burlington city council candidate challenging sign bylaw
Inside Halton
Ward 6 council candidate Jim Curran is challenging city hall over its sign bylaw. The Alton resident posted his first two lawn signs on July 25, with many more ready to go, but within two hours, he was contacted by bylaw enforcement to remove them. The city's sign bylaw stipulates election signs can only be erected up to six weeks before a municipal election, which is on Oct. 27 this year.
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Liquor licensing impasse resolved
Toronto Star
Toronto and the Ontario government have tentatively resolved a dispute that had left new businesses with no way to get a liquor licence. City council will decide soon whether to OK the new arrangements, which would end uncertainty for licence applicants now stuck in limbo. The liquor impasse began last March when the province announced it would no longer enforce municipal conditions intended to control such things as noise and rowdyism.
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Cost of fire, police unsustainable, AMO president says
Toronto Star
The president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario says the cost of first responders — fire and police — in the province is not sustainable. "We need to rethink how we deliver policing...,” Russ Powers said in a speech to 1,500 delegates at the AMO's annual conference in London, ON. "When it comes to wage and benefit increases, police and fire are in a class of their own... and it is not sustainable."
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Waterloo bylaw introduced to further combat illegal puppy mills
570 News
A new bylaw in the city of Waterloo aims to prevent dogs, bred for-profit, from being sold in pet shops. Instead, shops will only be able to carry animals that are from rescue groups and registered charities. The motion was put forward to City Council by Angela Cowan and Jennifer Storey.
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Details on Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell's limo use elusive
Toronto Star
Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell billed her city $530,000 over 10 years for an untendered private limousine service that has not produced records to show when or for what purposes she used the car. The Star asked Fennell and her chief of staff Ian Newman a number of questions about why no reports detailing the car service's use were submitted for a recent forensic audit of the mayor's spending, such as what she uses the car service for, and why the contracts over 10 years have never been tendered.
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Wynne makes no promises on teachers' lost benefits
CBC News
Premier Kathleen Wynne made no promises when asked whether the Liberals would restore benefits Ontario's public school teachers lost two years ago as they head into new contract talks. The governing Liberals imposed new contracts on teachers in 2012 that froze some of their wages and limited their ability to strike.
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Bear bylaw to take bite out of troubles, according to resident, councillors
Muskoka Region
Mike O'Mara has had his share of company at his Lake of Bays home. Some, like his daughter and grandchildren, are always welcome. Others... not so much. O'Mara, who lives with his family in the Limberlost area, has had his share of unwanted visitors over the years, those of the four-legged variety. He lives close to the resident who has allegedly been feeding the bears for a number of years. He said that he routinely had the creatures visiting his property, a fact he attributes to his neighbour's feeding routine.
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Toronto board of health asks province for e-cigarette ban
Toronto Star
Toronto's board of health is asking the province to impose an Ontario-wide ban on electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, wherever smoking is prohibited. "The best thing for the province to do is to tackle this right away and get a legislative framework in place immediately," said city councillor and board of health chair Joe Mihevc.
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    Poll shows most want Fennell to step down (Brampton Guardian)
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Ontario teachers to head back to the bargaining table, but Kathleen Wynne's Liberals have little they can offer (National Post)

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Toronto councillor wants shorter window for election signs
The Globe and Mail
Toronto politicians are contemplating a shorter life-span for election signs under proposed rules that would would limit their use to two weeks before election day and require candidates to pay the city $125 for the right to put them up. The proposal will be considered next week by city council and would take effect before this October's municipal election. If approved, it also would apply to federal and provincial campaigns in Toronto, city staff said.
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Kathleen Wynne announces annual $100 million investment in small towns
Toronto Star
Calling roads and bridges the transit systems of small, rural and northern municipalities, Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced a $100 million annual infrastructure fund to put a dent in a much larger need. The money, promised in her Liberal government's budget passed in July, can also be used for waterworks and sewer upgrades in communities that have a population below 100,000 or are located in rural or northern Ontario.
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Smart meters that started fires in Saskatchewan not used in Ontario
Toronto Star
After 12 days of checking while homeowners waited uneasily, Ontario officials have finally confirmed that no homes or businesses in the province have the same model of smart meter blamed for eight unexplained fires in Saskatchewan. The Ontario Energy Board said that 77 local utilities have finished their checks and determined that none has installed the Sensus Corporation Generation 3.3 meters installed by SaskPower, which has decided to remove them as a precaution.

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Ford's lawyer suspects 'political motive' in subpoena timing
The Globe and Mail
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has not yet been subpoenaed to testify in an extortion case involving his former friend Alessandro Lisi, according to the mayor's lawyer — who accused police of having "political" motives. A report in the Toronto Star said that Toronto Police are ready to subpoena Mr. Ford in the case involving Mr. Lisi, who allegedly made threats to attempt to obtain the video purportedly showing the mayor smoking crack cocaine.

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Poll shows most want Fennell to step down
Brampton Guardian
Seven in 10 Brampton residents want Mayor Susan Fennell to resign, and half believe crimes were committed, following the scathing results of a forensic investigation of her lavish spending. A Forum Research poll also shows that Fennell's chances of winning a fifth straight term in the Oct. 27 election are not good.

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