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Environment Minister to weaken emissions rules for coal-fired power
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After a year of tough negotiations with companies and premiers that tested Ottawa's resolve to fight climate change, Environment Minister Peter Kent is finally ready to present the final version of regulations to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from the coal-fired electricity sector. Kent is traveling to Saskatoon to present a weaker version of the regulations he previously drafted. Multiple sources say the new performance standard for coal plants will not be as strict as initially proposed. More

Public hearings on Ontario teachers' bill end after less than 24 hours
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Lightning-quick public hearings on anti-strike legislation for Ontario teachers ended after less than 24 hours. An all-party committee wrapped up its examination of the controversial bill, which also imposes a new contract on the majority of teachers and education workers in the province. The bill imposes a two-year wage freeze on veteran teachers while allowing younger ones to still move up the salary grid, and mandates three unpaid days off in the second year of the contract. More

Ontario's green energy revolution started with a single turbine
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What seemed like a wacky idea at the time — building a 600-kilowatt wind turbine right in the heart of Toronto Ontario — turned out to be the butterfly that flapped its wings and caused a storm of renewable energy development in Ontario. Twelve years ago, the TREC Renewable Energy Cooperative formed with a simple idea — build a highly-visible urban wind turbine — and it ended with the most robust renewable energy regime in North America. More

Georgian Triangle casino issue going to public
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Local municipalities are planning to hold a public consultation session to determine if residents support a casino locating in the Georgian Triangle. Municipal officials, following a closed-door meeting with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation representatives, said they plan to hold the meeting in the near future. Details about the date, location and format are still to be worked out. More

Canada's abandonment of environmental project worries scientists
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The Canadian government plans to discontinue a unique environmental research project that has yielded insights into water pollution and climate change in 2013. The Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) comprises 58 freshwater lakes and their watersheds in remote areas of the province of Ontario, where researchers can study how human influences impact complex, real-world waterways. More

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Ontario to review building code for glass in high-rise balcony guards
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The Ontario government plans to support a national standard for the use of glass in balcony guards and to take a second look at the Building Code, says Kathleen Wynne, the provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. According to an advisory panel established by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, there were about 30 incidents of glass guard breakage during 2010 and 2011 on 11 buildings in Toronto. More

Norfolk buying gauges to uphold noise bylaw
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Noisy dirt bikers in rural Norfolk have to be on their guard. Norfolk County has adopted a bylaw that outlaws off-road 'motorized conveyances' which generate noise levels louder than 94 decibels. Norfolk will also invest in sound-sensing equipment and training for the county's bylaw enforcement staff. Staff could be operational and in the field at any time. Noise bylaws tend to be technical and complicated because nuisance levels are subjective. More

Red tape crippling convenience stores
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Government over-regulation is crippling the convenience store industry in Canada, particularly the smaller independent businesses, a new report shows. Convenience store owners face 517 different federal and provincial laws and regulations at an estimated annual cost of $225 million, the 2012 State of the Industry Report from the Canadian Convenience Stores Association said. The report is being presented at a meeting of Canadian retailers, distributors and manufacturers in Toronto. Ontario is the most regulated with 85 laws. More

Tens of thousands of dead fish rotting on Lake Erie shore
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Tens of thousands of rotting fish are lining a 40-kilometre stretch of shoreline along Lake Erie, reports the provincial environment ministry, which is investigating the cause. A spokesperson for the Ontario Ministry of Environment said the kill was reported on the weekend. So far it appears the fish may have died from the effects of a naturally occurring lake inversion rather than a spill, but cautioned the investigation is continuing. More

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