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Rob Ford withdraws from mayor's race, Doug files to take his place
Toronto Star
The unprecedented Rob Ford era ended as dramatically as it unfolded: Ford, the mayor whose scandals roiled city hall and captured global attention, withdrew from the mayoral election because of his abdominal tumour — and asked Toronto to vote for his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, who scrambled to register as a candidate just minutes before the deadline. The mayor signed up to run for his old Ward 2 council seat in the riding of Etobicoke North, taking the place of his nephew, Michael Ford, who withdrew from that race to run for school trustee.
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Doug Ford keeping a low profile since announcing mayoral campaign
The Globe and Mail
After Doug Ford entered the Toronto mayoral race with just six weeks remaining until the election, many city hall watchers expected the brash councillor and brother of Mayor Rob Ford to come out of the gates swinging. Instead, on his first official day as a candidate, the usually outspoken Mr. Ford was nowhere to be found.
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OPP to investigate misspending by Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell and council
Toronto Star
The Ontario Provincial Police will handle an investigation into the expenses of Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell and the city's councillors, following a forensic audit that found spending rules were repeatedly broken. "I can confirm that we did receive a request from (Peel police) Chief (Jennifer) Evans," OPP Sgt. Peter Leon said. "We're going to have a member of our anti-rackets branch do a review of the reviews that have been conducted by the forensic auditor and the integrity commissioner."
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Suspected EV-D68 cases in Windsor nearly double in one day
Toronto Star
Windsor hospital administrators have blocked children from visiting pediatric patients because of concerns that a rare respiratory virus may have moved from the U.S. into their city. The number of possible cases almost doubled recently — jumping from 11 to 20, hospital spokesperson Ron Foster said in an interview. Foster said in an interview that it will take a week or more for testing to confirm if the Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has reached Ontario. "There is no confirmation that it's the virus," Foster said.
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Ontario's full-day kindergarten splits classes — and raises concerns
The Globe and Mail
Ontario's full-day kindergarten children are being squeezed into split-grades, prompting questions about whether the province's youngest students are fully benefiting from the Liberal government’s much-touted play-based curriculum and leaving classroom teachers coping with the fallout. A ministry briefing note marked "confidential advice to minister," obtained by The Globe and Mail through freedom-of-information legislation, showed that 261 classrooms in the past academic year housed both full-day kindergarten and Grade 1 students.
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Rockland mayor's room changes are legally questionable
Ottawa Citizen
Within a day of officially registering as a candidate seeking re-election, Clarence-Rockland Mayor Marcel Guibord was again the target of a legal opinion claiming he had offended provincial laws in his conduct of town council meetings. Recently, Mayor Guibord and some council members abandoned the regular council chamber for another room after what's been described as a "verbal altercation" between himself and another councillor.
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Province says no to giant Ticat sign, councillors may still say yes
The Hamilton Spectator
City council appears ready to approve a giant electronic Ticats sign beside the QEW over the opposition of the province and planning staff. The city signed a stadium lease agreement with the Tiger-Cats football team last fall promising to work together to erect a "marquee" gateway sign to score advertising dollars, promote the new stadium and the city. Councillors will be asked to endorse a 20-year licensing agreement for the $3 million, six-storey sign.
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Ontario teachers contribute $100,000 to striking teachers in B.C.
CP24
A coalition representing 160,000 Ontario public school teachers has donated $100,000 to British Columbia's teachers' union so striking teachers can continue their labour dispute with the provincial government. Ontario Teachers' Federation president Rian McLaughlin says her members want to stand with their B.C. counterparts in their struggle for a fair bargaining process.
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Toronto trustees expense everything from $28 cookies to $4,000 walking tours of Israel
Toronto Star
Toronto public school board trustees have charged taxpayers for everything from $19 worth of groceries — including nuts and hand lotion — to a tour of Israel that cost almost $4,000. An internal audit of questionable expenditures filed by Toronto District School Board elected officials, obtained by the Star, includes scores of reimbursed claims that are not allowed or for which it is "unclear" as to how they relate to the job of trustee.
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Report: Stuck on subways, Toronto transit lags behind other Canadian cities
Metro News
Torontonians take three times as many transit trips per capita as Vancouver residents. But the West Coast city has built more than twice as much new rapid transit in the last 20 years. A new report released by the Pembina Institute shows that much of Toronto's success in attracting people to transit is based on old investments in subways and streetcars.

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Waterloo pitches open data incubator
The Record
Waterloo city councillors want to go into the data business — but they would have to spend about $3.8 million to do it. City staff unveiled a proposal to convert the Carnegie library at 40 Albert St. into a data centre, at an estimated cost of $3.8 million. That's equal to an approximate 6.3 per cent tax increase. The idea is to create an incubator that could attract entrepreneurs in the field of open data. Open data is a movement to make government information more easily accessible.

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What does the future hold for Ontario teachers?
CBC News
As school in this province begins, the Kathleen Wynne government is keeping an eye on British Columbia where teachers are still walking the picket line. Because while the Liberals will deny it, they are privately worried that their tough line with teachers could backfire and Ontario's labour peace in the classroom could evaporate. Many teachers believe they've made personal sacrifices for the government or had them imposed on them.

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