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Toronto plastic bag ban upheld
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Toronto's controversial plastic bag ban will stand after council failed to get enough votes to reopen debate on the issue. Although 27 councilors voted in favour of reconsidering the ban, compared to 18 who were against it, the motion failed because it required two thirds of the total vote. The plastic bag ban is set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013. "I'm disappointed," Ward 34 Council Denzil Minnan-Wong told CP24. He said the ban was "done on the fly" and it exposes the city to legal action from retail groups. More

Toronto casino debate: Province could trump city's anti-casino zoning
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A new staff report suggests the City of Toronto would be powerless to fight a casino if the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation approved the city as a site and the government stepped in. The province has the power to issue a ministerial zoning order to the city, which trumps local bylaws, according to the report. "They have constitutional powers that allow them to override local objection and local planning rules and just do what they want," said Councillor Adam Vaughan, a vocal opponent. "That's the way the game is played." More

AMCTO Accessibility Implementation Training
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The Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR) is now law. As part of AMCTO's partnership with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO) AMCTO is offering tailored accessibility training focused on the needs of small, medium sized and large municipalities, as well as the broader public sector through 2012-2013. AMCTO current round of training is geared specifically to medium to small municipalities. Attendance at these critical sessions is essential to your municipality's capacity to implement the legislative requirements of the AODA's IASR. Click here to register and for more information about AMCTO’s current round of Accessibility training.

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King revisits firearms discharge bylaw
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What had likely been seen as a routine update of the municipal firearms discharge bylaw opened up a bit of a Pandora's Box at King council recently. Fearing tighter restrictions on the use of firearms drew several delegates to plead their case to council. Eric Milotzki, a Maple resident, and an agent for King landowners, urged council to stick with the status quo and maintain an exemption for landowners and farmers. Hunters, he stressed, spend a lot of money during their outings in King. More

Environment watchdog slams Ontario's drought response    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As several local waterways face the risk of drought, Ontario's environmental watchdog is urging the province to shape up. In the second instalment of his report, Losing Touch, Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller takes aim at Ontario's Low Water Response (OLWR) program and its Permit to Take Water (PTTW) policy. While highlighting concerns about many of Ontario's other environmental protocols, Miller doesn't sing the province's praise for taking swift action to prevent droughts either. Administered by the Ministry of Natural Resources, the OLWR program places drought risks into three categories, with Level III being the most urgent. More

Ontario calls for national transit plan
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Ontario is asking the federal government to develop a national plan for public transit and increase overall infrastructure funding to boost productivity and create jobs. These recommendations are part of Ontario's submission to the federal government's long-term infrastructure plan. Ontario is calling for urgent investment in core economic infrastructure which includes transit. More

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Provincial park users demand return of overnight camping
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A public meeting will be held in Timmins to gather public feedback on changes to some provincial parks. Recently, the government announced it will change the status of 10 provincial parks to non-operational — a decision that affects eight parks in northeastern Ontario. The status change means there will be no overnight camping available at the parks. The president of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities said he's received a lot of calls since the government's decision was made. More

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Food waste is a growing environmental challenge in Ontario
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A new report from Ontario Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller highlights the stress on the environment of growing, packaging, transporting and then throwing out food. Overseas, politicians have resolved to make 2014 the 'European Year Against Food Waste.' Closer to home, despite evidence that Canadians waste more food than Europeans, the political discussion is just beginning, Miller said, following the release of his 2011/12 annual report Losing Our Touch. "It's kind of sad that we don't see that in the public discourse here," Miller said. "We don't recognize these environmental problems as what they are which is major societal challenges." More

Ontario's McGuinty government modernizes Mining Act
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Ontario's provincial government, under the leadership of Premier Dalton McGuinty, said new rules aimed at modernizing the provincial Mining Act would come into effect in November. The Ontario government announced new rules that would impose exploration plans and permits on anyone planning to undertake certain early exploration activities, requiring them to immediately inform private landowners or Aboriginal communities of the expected activity. Exploration plans and permits would be voluntary from Nov. 1, and become mandatory from Apr. 1, 2013. More

Markham, Richmond Hill criticized for raising Chinese flag    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The mayors of Richmond Hill and Markham are fending off a flag flap that unfurled this week over their celebration of China's National Day. Markham's Frank Scarpitti and Richmond Hill's Dave Barrow are defending a decision to raise the flag for the People's Republic of China on municipal property in the wake of criticism by some Chinese ex-pats. More

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