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Province to crack down on distracted driving this fall
City News
Ontario's transportation minister says tougher texting and driving fines are on the way. Transportation Minister Stephen Del Duca told the Toronto Star the new law will be introduced at the Ontario legislature after it resumes on Oct. 20. As reported by 680News earlier this year, a driver caught using his or her phone while driving will face a fine of up to $1,000 and three demerit points.
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Sikhs denied exemption from Ontario's motorcycle helmet law
Toronto Star
Motorcycle-riding Sikhs in Ontario will not be exempted from the province's helmet law, Premier Kathleen Wynne has decided. The Canadian Sikh Association says it received a letter from Wynne stating the Liberal government, for safety reasons, will not allow Sikh motorcycle riders to wear only turbans as British Columbia and Manitoba currently allow.
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Call out for e-cigarette legislation
Timmins Press
At the moment, there's nothing stopping someone from smoking an electronic cigarette in public places. But that could change. Recently, Toronto's medical officer of health raised concerns about e-cigarettes and called for a city-wide ban. The call for a ban prompted Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins to ask ministry staff to look into the use of e-cigarettes.
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Councillor Augimeri won't have to pay for breaching code of conduct
The Globe and Mail
Toronto councillors have voted for the city to pay the legal costs of council candidate Gus Cusimano, after the integrity commissioner found that Councillor Maria Augimeri — who is running against Mr. Cusimano — breached the code of conduct by calling him a "criminal." A report from Integrity Commissioner Janet Leiper found that, in keeping with the city's protocol, Mr. Cusimano's legal fees up to $5,000 should be covered by the city.
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Ontario court to hear challenge to speed limiter law
Overdrive
The Court of Appeals for Ontario has agreed to hear a challenge to province's speed limiters law, according to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. The next step will be for the province's highest court to schedule oral arguments before a three-judge panel. The case was originally filed by OOIDA member Gene Michaud, who died from cancer in 2013, according to a Landline report.
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Milton Mayor Gord Krantz poised to become the next Hazel McCallion
Toronto Star
In 1965, Milton was a speck on the map with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants. That year, Hwy. 401 had just been extended west to Milton, the single-screen Roxy Theatre was the biggest action in town and Gordon Krantz was first elected to Milton Town Council, where he has served ever since. The original town is still evident: Turn off the highway, away from the big box stores and subdivisions and towards the leafy streets, detached brick homes and mom-and-pop stores of Main St. and the stone courthouse that became town hall.
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Guelph contemplates bylaw to restrict the sale of pets in pet stores
Guelph Mercury
Guelph may follow Waterloo's example and institute a bylaw that restricts the sale of pets in pet stores. But while the issue is pressing in some locales, there are no pet stores in Guelph that sell cats or dogs at present, said Doug Godfrey, manager of bylaw compliance. "In the City of Guelph that is being done voluntarily," he said in a phone interview. "Instead of selling new animals, pet stores encourage people to adopt animals."
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Province takes slow approach to reforming liability legislation
Northern Life
Hopes the province would act quickly to help cities stem soaring insurance costs were dashed at the meeting of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. What's known as "joint and several liability" rules in the province often force municipalities to pay the bulk of multi-million dollar damage awards in lawsuits. Under the "one per cent rule," even when cities are found to have played an extremely minor role in an accident, judges can order them to pay most of a damage claim if the other defendants don't have the resources.
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Joint and Several Liability
AMCTO
AMCTO staff was recently notified of correspondence between the Minister of the Attorney General to AMO on the topic of Joint and Several Liability. As recent communications have indicated, the government was keenly seeking sector input on various proposed models over the past 6-12 months. In a surprising turn, the now Attorney General has indicated that the government no longer sees the merits of this issue from the perspective of municipal sector and supports a continued approach on joint and several liability.

AMCTO is extremely disappointed in this sudden move away from an issue that has been a municipal priority item for well over 5 years now. AMCTO views this news as extremely disappointing for Ontario's municipalities.

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AMO Conference Update
AMCTO
This past week in London Ontario, AMO held its Annual Conference where municipal politicians gathered alongside their provincial counterparts to discuss a variety of key legislative issues. To find out more about some of these key discussions, please visit the AMO website by clicking here.
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Discussion with Mayor Hazel McCallion
AMCTO
Brian Lambie, President of Redbrick Communications, sits down for a conversation with Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion at the AMO Conference. The Mayor discusses her thoughts as she looks back on her more than 40-year run in municipal politics. The YouTube interview is accessible by clicking here.
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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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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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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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