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Queen's Park could add 15 MPPs after 2018 election
Toronto Star
Coming soon to Queen's Park — 15 more MPPs. The Ontario legislature looks set to expand from 107 members to 122 after the 2018 provincial election. That's thanks to new ridings expected to be carved out in Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan, Markham, Barrie, Kitchener, and Ottawa. So says Premier Kathleen Wynne in "mandate letters" to cabinet ministers on her expectations for their tenure.
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Cohn: Vic Fedeli pushing tired Tories into bigger tent
Toronto Star
A political dynasty is dying. Can anyone revive it? Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives lost nine seats in last summer’s election. And lost their leader when a caucus rebellion forced Tim Hudak to resign. Now, this once-proud party is looking for a replacement at the top. But it really needs a top to bottom rebirth, starting with the grassroots.
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Ajax plugged into electronic voting in municipal election
Durham Region
Town officials are confident they made the right choice in going with Internet-based voting for the Oct. 27 municipal election. Now, they have to hope residents will embrace the new format. Ajax is going with e-voting to make it easier, more accessible and environmentally sustainable. "What motivated us was convenience," deputy clerk Nicole Wellsbury said.
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James: If John Tory's SmartTrack seems credible, details don't matter
Toronto Star
Can John Tory's SmartTrack transit line be built as he suggests? Probably not, but it doesn't matter. The public supports the idea. Torontonians expect transit plans to change more times than the Blue Jays' prospects during a baseball season, so few expect SmartTrack will run where Tory's election campaign map shows the stations.
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John Tory, Linda Jeffrey, Steve Mahoney lead in GTA polls
Toronto Star
A trio of new election polls show John Tory, Linda Jeffrey and Steve Mahoney leading the mayoral races in Toronto, Brampton and Mississauga, signalling a dramatic shakeup across the GTA, where the scandal-plagued Rob Ford and Susan Fennell and the soon-to-retire Hazel McCallion now govern. The polls, completed by Forum Research, collected data on which candidates appear to be the front-runners in their races, but also examined attitudes towards Fennell following a recent forensic audit that revealed she and her staff broke spending rules 266 times in seven years.
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Could a radar gun for texting help police?
Global News
A new type of radar gun being developed in the United States may one day help Canadian police crack down on people who text and drive. Virginia based Comsonics is developing a radar-like device that would scan radio frequencies of cell phones. The company claims it would be able to tell if someone is using a phone or texting — but the company isn't commenting on the product or when it would be released.
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When you were born affects who you vote for
The Globe and Mail
In elections, it's more than just the candidates or the issues that can influence a voter's decision. There is a lot of evidence that underlying factors can play a big part, including two outside of a voter's control: their current age and the year they were born. In an effort to explore how this might work, we can look at data from the Canadian Election Study, which covers all federal elections held from 1965 to 2011 (except for 1972).
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New book on Toronto's odd history shows the city was weird before Rob Ford
National Post
In the summer of 1855, some 12 years before Canada became a country, a pack of circus clowns showed up drunk at a brothel on Toronto's King Street. As recounted in historian Allan Levine's new book Toronto: Biography of a City, once inside, the clowns fell afoul of some local firemen. "Nasty words were exchanged," Mr. Levine writes, "and within moments the clowns and the firemen started brawling."
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Think-tank: Transit should be top issue for Toronto mayoral candidates
Toronto Star
Transit should be the top concern for Toronto mayoral candidates, says a new report from a University of Toronto think-tank. The report points out that Toronto, under Mayor Rob Ford's leadership, has been filled with "dysfunction" and that "transportation planning, driven by political agendas rather than evidence, is in shambles."
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Ezra Levant show narrator reads apology to Justin Trudeau for host's on-air rant
National Post
Sun Media apologized for an on-air rant by its outspoken provocateur, Ezra Levant, about Justin Trudeau and the Liberal leader's famous parents. The apology aired at the beginning of Levant's Sun News Network show. It was read by a narrator; Levant didn't deliver the mea culpa. "It is the view of Sun News that this segment was in poor taste and should not have been aired," the apology's narrator intoned.
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Cohn: How Ontario got ahead of Quebec on the fiscal curve
Toronto Star
The biggest non-issue in last spring's election: Ontario's deficit. Hard as the Tories tried to rattle voters, they learned the hard way that fighting deficits is no way to fight a campaign. Tim Hudak lost the vote — and his job as PC leader — because Ontarians didn't buy into his doomsday scenarios. Balancing the budget may be dumb politics, but is it good economics? Either way, it's all about timing.
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Is it time to ban menthol cigarettes and all flavoured tobacco in Canada?
Canada.com
Flavoured tobacco is at the top of the agenda as Canada's health ministers gather today in Banff, but advocates say it's time to stop ignoring the green elephant in the room: menthol cigarettes. Like all flavoured tobacco, mint-flavoured smokes are often a first, softer entry into smoking for young people. But unlike, say, cherry cigarellos, menthol cigarettes are almost always exempt from legislation and regulation to curb the use of flavoured tobacco.
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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Provincial Mandate Letters released
AMCTO
In a rather surprising move, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has released her government's mandate letters. Historically, these remained internal to government and in some cases, limited to the purview of senior management within some Ministries. As such, AMCTO is both pleased (and somewhat surprised) to have this level of transparency. AMCTO staff will begin to review them alongside the Legislative Policy and Advisory Committee in order to align priorities and explore avenues of engagement.

AMCTO encourages members to take the time to review these letters. They provide a snapshot of what to expect from your provincial government over the coming term of office. Click here to access the mandate letters.

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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'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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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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