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Ontario legislature may not be recalled until after byelection
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Former Ontario cabinet minister Sandra Pupatello says she won't bring back the legislature until after she wins a seat in the event that she is elected Liberal leader. Pupatello made the announcement in Toronto when she formally declared she would seek to succeed Premier Dalton McGuinty, who is relinquishing his role as Liberal leader. Pupatello's number one priority is job creation, she said at a news conference at Ryerson University. "The reason I'm doing this is I want the opportunity to have not just the Ontario government [but] all parties, all of us talking about jobs," she said. More

Changes to Ontario's Cabinet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Premier Dalton McGuinty announced changes to his Cabinet and government following the resignations of Charles Sousa and Dr. Eric Hoskins. To ensure that the Cabinet stays focused on delivering on key priorities for Ontario families, the Premier is recommending the following changes: Michael Chan would become Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games. He continues to serve as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Laurel Broten would become Minister of Children and Youth Services. She continues to serve as Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues. More

Ontario high school teachers, government agree to meet
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Ontario high school teachers announced they will meet with Ontario government officials to try to solve the standoff that has schools bracing for mounting labor disruptions. As a result, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) has postponed the launch of boycotts of various teacher duties, including reporting attendance, filling in for absent colleagues and supervising students outside class. The news came just hours after government sources said early talks had broken off because the union would not delay the boycotts, which were slated to start at eight school boards that will be in a legal strike position, including Toronto and Halton. More

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Kathleen Wynne fills gap in Ontario energy policy
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Maybe it's just a coincidence, or maybe it's clever politicking, but Kathleen Wynne made a smart move. Before resigning her cabinet post and announcing her intentions to run for leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party, the MPP for Don Valley West signed amendments to two pieces of legislation that could potentially fill a gaping hole in the province's troubled energy policy. Exercising her authority as minister of municipal affairs and housing, Wynne approved changes to the Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act that empower all municipalities in Ontario to take the lead on energy and water conservation programs. Specifically, municipalities such as Toronto can now use a financing tool called a local improvement charge (LIC) to help property owners finance changes to their homes that are aimed at reducing energy or water consumption. More

Toronto plastic bag ban bylaw ready for new year soft launch
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Toronto retailers may get six extra months to prepare for the city's plastic bag ban before they can be fined for violating it. Responding to concerns from industry groups, city officials say they plan to conduct only 'educational' exchanges with retailers during a grace period between Jan. 1, when the new bylaw would take effect, and June 30. In theory, the city would begin issuing fines of to-be-determined amounts on July 1. But no store was ever fined for violating the five-cent bag fee bylaw council that was in force between 2009 and this summer. More

Landfill sites near capacity in South Dundas, Ontario
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Both the Matilda and Williamsburg waste disposal sites have a limited lifespan, and South Dundas township officials want the residents of South Dundas to do what they can to prolong the life of these waste disposal sites. One way to prolong the lifespan of the waste disposal sites is to reduce the weekly two bag limit down to one bag weekly, but South Dundas council is not willing to take that step... yet. At a recent meeting, council spoke at length about the need for the public to be educated on the use of the sites and the impact misuse will have on the community. Presently, South Dundas pays almost $40,000 a month for garbage and recycling pickup. Officials warn that amount could easily double, or more, when South Dundas no longer has access to its own waste disposal sites and that day could come within the next few years. More

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Laws on e-bikes need to be clear
Sault Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Considering the proliferation of e-bikes, it is time the federal and provincial governments got together to nail down a uniform set of laws and regulations covering them. In this city I have seen two on an e-bike intended for one, once with a child in front of the operator. I have seen e-bikes with the pedals off and on two occasions have seen e-bikes pulling trailers. I don't think any of this was intended under the legislation, so it must be cleared up. As well, police cannot be expected to judge in each instance whether an e-bike is being operated as a motor vehicle or a bicycle depending on whether or not it is being pedalled. More

OLG boss gives council more time
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The province's gambling agency has extended the city's timeline to make a crucial decision about a new casino. But councillors on the gaming subcommittee remain deeply divided about the future of gambling in Hamilton. Rod Phillips, the president and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), said he agreed to Mayor Bob Bratina's request that the OLG's deadline — previously set for the end of the year — be extended to the end of Feb. 2013. "We're open to trying to be helpful to the city trying to make a decision," Phillips said. More

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Ontario needs a commitment to language freedom
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It really shouldn't be news when a government stands up for the constitutional liberties of its citizens, but the sad truth is that these days, governments are more often found violating individual liberty than defending it. That's why the actions of the municipal council in eastern Ontario's South Stormont Township deserve attention. In a meeting hall packed with more than 250 townspeople, following a rousing presentation by language rights activist Howard Galganov, the five councilors voted unanimously to amend the township's municipal sign by-law to say that the municipal government will never compel businesses to use any particular language — neither English, nor French, nor any other language — for advertising purposes. More

Niagara region recognized for outstanding waste management activities
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Niagara Region's waste management programs have been recognized by both the Municipal Waste Association and the Recycling Council of Ontario for their efforts in 2012 to improve waste diversion and recycling. "Niagara Region continues to place a strong priority on waste diversion and education activities with the goal of keeping valuable recycling and compostable materials out of our landfill sites," said Regional Chair Gary Burroughs. "Being recognized with awards such as these reinforces and highlights the high quality services that the Region delivers to Niagara residents." More

Grey Bruce Health Unit kills public places smoking ban
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Public health's dream of a Grey County-wide ban on smoking at outdoor public places like playgrounds and sports fields has been killed. County council voted to abandon the Grey Bruce Health Unit proposal, saying it would be best to wait for the rules to be established and enforced by the province. Council has requested that county staff write a letter to the Ministry of Health to ask it to consider amendments to the Smoke Free Ontario Act that address outdoor public spaces. Angela Newman, a program manager at the local health unit, said council's decision is 'very disappointing,' especially since six of nine municipalities in the county were supportive of the bylaw. More

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