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Ontario taking leadership role in tackling key justice issues
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Ontario took a leadership role in improving the justice system across Canada this week when justice and public safety ministers met in Regina. Ontario led the discussion in three key areas: Asking the federal government to improve the safety of witnesses testifying in criminal proceedings by amending the Criminal Code; modernizing gaming provisions in the Criminal Code to keep up with current issues such as technology and municipal interest to use proceeds from charitable gaming; responding to situations when a judge makes comments suggesting that a police officer has been deliberately untruthful under oath. Ontario is formalizing its longstanding approach to such allegations. More

London retailers, citizens weigh in on holiday shopping
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Hitting up a mall on Good Friday or even Thanksgiving Day sound like your idea of the bee's knees? Think again, several Londoners and retailers said. As Toronto's Eaton Centre announced plans to stay open 364 days next year and the city considers loosening the reins on other retailers, some warn that a province-wide shift could come with negative results. Bob Usher, CEO and president of the Covent Garden Market, spent 24 years in mall management, most of them at White Oaks. He pointed to the less-than-booming return many businesses have seen from allowing Sunday shopping as an example of the quagmire. "You still have the same (size) population, they've still got the same amount of money," Usher said, noting London's not a tourism mecca like Toronto. More

Ministry of the Environment approves four-turbine project near Belwood
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A four-turbine development near here has been approved by the Ministry of the Environment and will move ahead. The project planned by wpd Canada is bounded by Sideroad 20 (in old West Garafraxa) to the northwest, County Road 16 to the northeast, 2nd Line to the southwest and Sideroad 15 to the southeast. Its proposed connection point is at the Eramosa-Garafraxa Townline and Wellington Road 29. The turbines will stand 100 metres tall, have 45.2-metre blades and produce 8.2 megawatts of power, capable of providing power to about 1,900 homes. More

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Ontario Ombudsman André Marin finds Ontario municipalities hold too many closed-door meetings
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This should be a no-brainer — municipal councils are required by law to work in an open and above-board way. But too many remain out of touch, still conducting the people's business behind closed doors, where the people can't see. Some work "like something out of the Twilight Zone," says Ontario Ombudsman André Marin. They're "shockingly secretive." And that needs to change. Marin has handled complaints from the public about undue municipal secrecy since 2008. The more than 300 cases investigated by his enforcement team include politicians in the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands holding a closed-door session to vote themselves a 60 per cent raise. More

Housing and homelessness
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The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has slapped another requirement on County government in Ontario. Barbara Hall — Manager of Housing and Property Services for Huron County — says a ten-year forecast of housing services is due by Jan. 1, 2014. Hall tells us the upper tier has struck a task force of individuals to deal with the undertaking. At County Council's Committee of the Whole last month, Hall received approval to hire the firm OrgCode Consulting to coordinate the plan's development. More

Exotic pet ban considered
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The Town of Essex will consider banning exotic pets during tonight's council meeting. The town would like to ban venomous or poisonous pets along with any pets that pose a risk to the local ecosystem. If the bylaw is passed no resident or business would be allowed to keep or sell exotic animals. Anyone with a current pet fitting this description would be allowed to keep the animal until it passed away. Melanie Coulter from the Windsor-Essex Humane Society and a member from the Ontario Exotic Pet Council will make presentations to council before they make their final decision. More

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Ontario wind war widens
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The war over Ontario wind turbines is shifting to the courts, with property values brandished as the main weapon by opponents of the multi-billion-dollar provincial push to develop wind farms. Toronto lawyer Eric Gillespie said he has lawsuits in the works from 10 different parts of Ontario and is in talks with at least three other groups in its southwest. "That number is growing quite rapidly," Gillespie said. "Currently, we have either filed claims or are about to file claims that go all the way from Windsor to Ottawa." Lawsuits have already been launched in Chatham-Kent, LaSalle, Prince Edward County, Clearview/Creemore and the Stayner area. More

Government throws wrench in teacher talks
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Negotiations between teacher unions and the two local school boards are following bargaining rules, despite an unexpected fall recess of the Ontario legislature called by resigning premier, Dalton McGuinty. Sharon Indrevold, president of the Algoma District Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation acknowledged, however, that the government's decision to pass legislation in September freezing teacher salaries and restricting other contract discussions, has complicated the bargaining process. Indrevold, whose union represents area public high school teachers, said the OSSTF negotiation team filed for conciliation through the Ontario Labour Relations Board on Oct. 29. More

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Health Minister Deb Matthews issues warning about generic OxyContin
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Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews says the federal government must act to prevent a generic version of highly addictive OxyContin from 'flooding the streets' early next year. Matthews told the Toronto Sun that if the Health Canada gives drug companies the approval to manufacture generic OxyContin on Nov. 25, it will have a 'devastating impact' on Ontario. She wrote federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq this summer asking for a ban on any generic version of the pain killer. More

Sharing a vision for a new city
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Many GTA residents may not know that they have the power to help shape new developments in their neighbourhoods. Whether it's for a proposed transit line or redevelopment of pockets ripe for revitalization, there are opportunities to get involved in the planning process. In fact, becoming informed about the process of planning is key, says the City of Toronto's chief planner, Jennifer Keesmaat. "There needs to be room for movement...[and] room for change, and the planning process can facilitate those conversations." For every development application, the provincial Planning Act sets out rules for holding public meetings to discuss the proposed vision. BILD's president and CEO, Bryan Tuckey, says the public meetings to discuss proposed developments are beneficial when participants "come with an open mind to listen and learn." More

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