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Constitutional challenge threatens Ontario's anti-bullying law
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A little-known provision in Canada's Constitution could complicate Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty's effort to force the province's Catholic schools to allow gay-straight alliance clubs. It also has the potential to drag the Harper government into the matter. A leading constitutional scholar hired by a conservative-minded think tank, Cardus, says a section of Canada's Constitution not used in more than a century could be used to challenge Ontario's new anti-bullying law, the Accepting Schools Act, on the grounds it violates Catholic education rights. More

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Car vs. bike may become bike vs. e-bike on Sherbourne
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In the 1.8-metre-wide battlefield that is a Toronto bike lane, new combatants have, of late, appeared. But the brand new Sherbourne Street bike lanes, which are separated from traffic by a strip of concrete, will soon throw into fresh relief the issue of who may safely use them. It's a question that has been growing steadily more pressing in the past three years: Should people riding the new breed of electric scooters and power-assisted bikes use the cycling lanes that, according to the city's bylaw, are reserved for muscle-powered vehicles? More

Environmental assessment continues for proposed highway interchange north of Hamilton
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An environmental assessment is underway for a proposed provincial highway interchange construction project north of Hamilton, Ontario. IBI Group Inc. is working on the Environmental Assessment Addendum and Detail Design for an interchange of Highways 5 and 6 in the community of Clappison's Corners. The level intersection of the highways is immediately west of the former village of Waterdown, now within the limits of the City of Hamilton. If approved, the contract would be ready for tender in early 2014, Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) engineer Makael Kakakhel wrote in an email to DCN. More

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Changes proposed to Ontario's land use planning policy statement
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The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will release final recommendations later this fall concerning a two-year review of its land use planning policy statement. Leaders from the province's general farm organizations say they submitted their ideas during the initial review but will also be poring over the draft recommendations, released this week by the ministry, and submitting comments. More

Councillor Clark wants review of bylaw governing distance between group homes
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Councillor Brad Clark is taking aim at a controversial bylaw that seeks to space out group homes. "The radial separation bylaw is either going to be reviewed by us proactively, or reactively by an order from the Human Rights Commission," said Clark. "I think we've got our head in the sand if we think that it's not." Clark made the comments after a heated debate about the Lynwood Charlton Centre at a recent council meeting. More

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Region of Peel approves tan ban for minors    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Region of Peel has officially closed tanning salon doors to anyone under the age of 18. Regional councillors voted today in favour of a recommendation by public health officials to regulate commercial tanning operations in Peel, including prohibiting minors from using the equipment. Peel Region becomes the latest Canadian municipality to enact such a ban in response to growing concerns that young people who use tanning beds excessively are putting themselves at risk of developing skin cancer. More

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Campbellford affordable housing given green light
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A Municipality of Trent Hills zoning bylaw that would permit construction of 24 affordable housing units on King Street has been approved by the Ontario Municipal Board. Board vice-chairwoman Jan de P. Seaborn, in a decision recently released, said evidence presented at a two-day hearing last month "does not support a finding that the rezoning be refused due to unacceptable impact." More

Toronto might delay final vote on plastic bag ban
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Toronto's plastic bag ban isn't yet in the bag: the city's legal chief will advise council this week not to finalize the ban immediately, sources on both sides of the debate have told the Star. City solicitor Anna Kinastowski was expected to come to council with a bylaw to be voted on at the next meeting. Pro-ban and anti-ban sources say they now expect her to instead recommend that council first allow for consultation with industry groups and the public. More

Sewage plant expansion plans worry Ajax
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Recently, the Town of Ajax voiced concerns about an environmental assessment to increase the amount of treated sewage, called effluent, released in Lake Ontario by the Duffin Creek water pollution control plant, located at the foot of Squires Beach Road in Pickering. The study and its findings are meant to prepare the plant, jointly owned by Durham and York regions, for growth in service. The plant's existing outfall pipe, which releases treated sewage into the lake for mixing and dilution, is about one kilometre offshore, under the lake bed. The regions are looking to spend $900 million to upgrade the plant's outfall to release up to 630 million litres of treated sewage per day. More

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