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Canadian federal government passes job creation legislation
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Recently, the Attracting Investment and Creating Jobs Act was passed. This Act has made the Eastern Ontario Development Fund (EODF) permanent and has created the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund (SWODF). These regional development funds for southwestern and eastern Ontario will soon be open and accepting proposals to help support local companies and help generate local jobs. More

Ex-trucker says video about Ontario's move over law 'not based on any facts'
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An ex-trucker says a new video aimed at educating drivers about Ontario's 'move over' law makes him look guilty in the death of a police officer when he was acquitted. Twelve years after the devastating crash that killed Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Marg Eve, the video 'Move Over ... Protect Us All' shows a re-enactment of the Chatham-area crash. More

Tories have cancelled almost 600 environmental assessments in Ontario
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The Conservative government has cancelled federal environmental assessments of nearly 600 projects in Ontario after its 2012 budget bill eased environmental review laws. In Ontario, the list of proposed developments that are no longer to be subject to a federal review for potential environmental damage by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is wide-ranging and raising red flags. More

Toronto tunnel project supports reliable electricity supply
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Ontario is strengthening and modernizing Toronto's electricity transmission grid by replacing aging infrastructure and increasing capacity to ensure a reliable electricity supply. Construction of a 2.4 kilometre long tunnel from Bayview Avenue to Yonge Street is set to begin as part of Hydro One's Midtown Electricity Infrastructure Renewal Project. A specialized 120-tonne boring machine will start tunneling to make room for six high-voltage cables that will carry an additional 100 megawatts of power, enough electricity to power 25,000 homes. More

Supreme Court to hear appeal of Ontario generic drug rules
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Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. will take its battle with the Ontario government over generic drug sales to the Supreme Court of Canada, opening up the possibility that the province's pharmacies may once again substitute brand-name drugs with their own private-label generic equivalents. The top court said it will hear a pair of appeals from pharmacies including Shoppers, Rexall owner Katz Group Canada Ltd., private-label drug supplier Sanis Health Inc. and other stakeholders, after a 2011 Ontario Court of Appeal decision restored regulations that bar private-label drug sales in the province. More

Motor vehicle or bicycle? Law must decide
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The death of a man driving a gas-powered bicycle in Toronto is raising questions about the legality and the lack of regulation surrounding such vehicles. The Toronto fatality took place after the man aboard the gas-powered bike, a small engine strapped to its frame, collided with a car in Toronto's east end. The bikes aren't terribly common but are becoming more popular and are on the radar and becoming a headache for Ontario police services. More

Ontario is falling behind as an equitable society
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Ontario has dropped to last place in Canada in supporting its most vulnerable citizens, according to a new report by the Ontario Common Front, a coalition of community groups, immigrant organizations, unions, First Nations and students. The statistics in the Falling Behind report are not new. What is new is that the study zeroes in on Ontario and compares it to the nine other provinces. More

AODA Multi-Year Planning Package
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Dalton McGuinty: Sick day benefits for police, firefighters too expensive
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Ontario municipalities must ask themselves if they can afford to continue allowing police and firefighters to bank unused sick days during these tough economic times, Premier Dalton McGuinty recently said. The governing Liberals are trying to impose new contracts on tens of thousands of teachers that would eliminate the practice of banking unused sick days to be cashed out at retirement. More

Ontario NDP backs teachers in opposition to McGuinty's legislation    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the public's attention was directed at 5,000 teachers gathered on the grass in front of Queen's Park, it neglected the buzz of activity going on only a few hundred yards away. While the province's educators protested a bill that would freeze their wages and deny them the right to strike, Ontario's MPPs were returning from summer recess and preparing to duke it out over Premier Dalton McGuinty's Putting Students First Act. More

McGuinty government supporting northern economic development
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Ontario is launching the Northern Policy Institute to boost the northern economy and help provide a stronger voice to Northern Ontario. The institute, an independent, not-for-profit organization, will monitor the implementation of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario and make provincial policy recommendations for the region. More

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September 4 - 6 Association française des municipalités de l'Ontario (AFMO) Temiskaming, Ontario
September 9 - 12 Ontario Building Officials Association Annual Conference Holiday Inn, Sudbury, ON
September 10 - 12 National Municipal Infrastructure Forum
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September 20 - 21 Ontario Professional Planners Institute "Healthy Communities and Planning for Active Transportation" Markham, ON
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