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Ontario facing childcare crisis
Metro News
Proposed changes to the law could leave Ontario families struggling to find childcare, a group of care providers in London has said. The province risks a "crisis," the Coalition of Independent Childcare Providers of Ontario says, if it goes ahead with proposals to limit the number of children they can look after. It has the potential to affect arrangements for 350,000 children across Ontario, CICPO has estimated.
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Beer and wine in Ontario: Will consumers prevail?
The Globe and Mail
As the summer of 2014 cools down, a fight is heating up. For decades, Ontario consumers of those classic summer beverages, wine and beer, have had to buy their beverages from government-sanctioned quasi-monopolies. Now a C.D. Howe Institute study suggesting that Ontario let grocery, convenience and other stores sell wine and beer has provoked outrage. If Ontario's wine and beer lovers are to toast better prices, selection and convenience in the summer of 2015, they will need to get past some entrenched interests in the status quo.
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Do parking enforcement officers wait for meters to expire?
The Globe and Mail
How long can you have a petered parking meter before you get a ticket? "There's now a 10-minute exemption in the bylaw," said Toronto Police Parking Enforcement Staff Sgt. Nicole Lee. "So we won't write you a ticket until ten minutes after the time on your Pay and Display receipt." The new policy clears up a confusing system. Before that, police had a five-minute grace period — but the city would throw out tickets written within ten minutes of the expiry time.
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Fairness Commissioner: Prospects not entirely rosy for foreign-trained MDs
Toronto Star
Ontario's Fairness Commissioner Jean Augustine says things are anything but rosy for foreign-trained doctors trying to break into Ontario. Augustine took particular exceptions to an overly "rosy and glowing portrait" in a report by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, bragging that a record number of international medical graduates (IMG) were either being accepted into residency programs or being certified to open up their own practices.
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What is a meeting? Municipal Councils and the Ontario Ombudsman
University of Western Ontario
Recent decisions by the Ontario ombudsman suggest that informal meetings of small groups of municipal councillors in which municipal business is discussed are in violation of Ontario's Municipal Act. In this province the Municipal Act provides that, except in certain specified circumstances, municipal council and committee meetings must be open to the public.
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What's behind the trend of declining crime rate in Toronto?
Toronto Star
For the tenth consecutive year, Statistics Canada's most recent Crime Severity Index — which measures the number and severity of crimes reported to police — showed a drop from the previous year. In 2013, there was a nine per cent overall decline from 2012 figures. The report also put Canada's homicides that year at 505, or 1.44 victims per 100,000 population, the lowest level since 1966.
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Full-day kindergarten: Good investment or just good politics?
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's rollout of full-day kindergarten is part of a growing movement to make universal early learning the cornerstone of broader education platforms, with supporters pointing to studies that show investments in childhood can pay off in adulthood through higher salaries, lowered health-care costs and reduced rates of imprisonment. In Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador is the latest jurisdiction that will offer full-day senior kindergarten in the fall of 2016.
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Toronto residents upset by unsolicited emails from Rob Ford campaign
Toronto Star
When Janice Meighan opened her inbox recently, she was surprised to see an email from the Rob Ford re-election campaign soliciting donations in exchange for a variety of Ford Nation merchandise, including t-shirts and bobbleheads. "I was shocked because I'm not a supporter of Rob Ford and I've never signed up to receive any emails, materials or information from Ford's current or previous campaign," said Meighan, a lifelong Torontonian.
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Kathleen Wynne hopes poll, research will convince premiers on pension reform
Toronto Star
Pension reform is smart public policy and shrewd electoral politics. That's the message from Premier Kathleen Wynne to her provincial and territorial counterparts gathered for the annual Council of the Federation meeting. Bolstered by her surprise majority election victory, Wynne will present the other premiers with Ontario government research — including an internal poll — on the importance of improving retirement security.
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Ontario government employees get small wage hike
Toronto Star
The Ontario government's 11,500 unionized managers and professional employees have ratified a four-year contract agreement that gives them a wage hike of 1.4 per cent in each of the last two years. The endorsement of the deal by the Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario, which includes no increases for the first two years, was announced by the Liberal government.
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Police setting sights on illegal gambling in London, Ontario
London Community News
About 5 p.m. every night, the gravel parking lot in front of the former church at Southdale and White Oak roads would start to fill up. Turns out the quiet gatherings have been the subject of an illegal gambling investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police's organized crime unit for about a year. With the help of London police the raid turned up $1,690 in cash, score sheets, betting slips and playing cards.
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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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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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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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