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Feds launching $200 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund in Ontario
Canadian Manufacturing
The federal government is launching a $200 million fund as it looks to boost growth in Ontario's advanced manufacturing sector. Announced by Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) Gary Goodyear, the five-year Advanced Manufacturing Fund will support large-scale manufacturing activities in a bid to grow the sector on home soil.
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New Ontario legislation discourages use of temporary employment agencies
Financial Post
The Ontario government has tabled new legislation that will drastically alter employers' obligations to temporary workers. "The changes proposed in Bill 146 appear to be focused on making it less attractive for companies to use temporary agencies," write Ryan Conlin and Jeremy Schwartz in Stringer LLP's Management Update.
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Ottawa's $120 million land claim settlement with the Chippewas of the Thames will set up an urban reserve in London
London Free Press
Two hundred years ago, the Chippewas of the Thames fought beside the British to save the London region from invaders. Now, the Chippewas will end a long battle that could save this region from economic decline.
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Cohn: Ontario tilts against wind turbines as costs spiral
Toronto Star
Who would have imagined Ontario as Ground Zero for the global anti-wind movement, pitting people power against wind power? Instead of a low-carbon environment, the governing Liberals generated a highly toxic political environment.
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Ontario mom urges schools to let kids with asthma carry inhalers
CTV News
Ontario schools should allow students with asthma to carry puffers with them in case of emergencies, says the mother of a 12-year-old boy who died when no one could get his inhaler in time because it was locked in the principal's office. Ryan Gibbons died when he suffered a severe asthma attack during recess at school in the village of Straffordville, in southwestern Ontario.
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'No airport is the healthiest option': Toronto's board of health urges city council to reject Porter's bid to fly jets
National Post
Toronto's board of health wants city council to reject Porter Airlines' bid to fly jets at the island airport for health reasons. In a unanimous vote, the board also endorsed a report by Dr. David McKeown, the Medical Officer of Health, who said he is more concerned about the existence of the airport, period, versus the proposed expansion.
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Hamilton clean air bylaw aimed at pollution, not business
The Hamilton Spectator
Hamilton is exploring whether it should take a page from Oakville's pioneering clean air bylaw to crack down on pollution. But Steeltown's industrial base is signalling it's not crazy about new legislation that would hamper competitiveness and laden it with "environmental burden." Oakville has reduced fine particulate matter emissions by 37 per cent since town council passed the bylaw in 2010, says Cindy Toth, Oakville's director of environmental policy.
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Conservative MP, radical feminist and evangelical Christian come together to block online porn in Canada
National Post
As Britain enacts laws forcing Internet companies to block access to pornography unless customers opt in, a fledgling movement is under way to bring similar laws to Canada. "If we can get a man on the moon, certainly we can figure out a way to protect children from unwanted porn," said Winnipeg Conservative MP Joy Smith.
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    Ontario power rates to rise under new plan (CBC News)
Rob Ford upset Premier Kathleen Wynne will meet with Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, says he can save city '$50-million, easy' (National Post)
Access watchdog: Ban government use of instant messages (CBC News)

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Parties split over source of soaring hydro costs
Toronto Sun
The average Ontario family will pay $636 more a year for its electricity by 2018. When Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said that for the average family, the $675 million cost of cancelling the Oakville gas plant works out to a cup of Tim Hortons coffee — or a "miniscule" $2 a year — it raised serious questions about why the government needs to raise hydro bills by 42 per cent over the next five years.
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Conservative MP tables private member's bill to give party caucus more power
CTV News
Conservative MP Michael Chong has tabled his private member's bill that would give more power to party caucuses, including the ability to oust their leaders. Chong, who has served as the MP for Wellington-Halton Hills for nearly 10 years, was so overwhelmed by the interest in his bill generated by media reports that he tabled it two days earlier than he had planned.

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Access watchdog: Ban government use of instant messages
CBC News
Canada's information commissioner, Suzanne Legault, recommends in a special report to Parliament that specific controls be placed on instant messaging to preserve government records and respect the access to information law. The report says access to instant (text) messages sent and received by ministers' office staff is at particular risk.

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Rob Ford upset Premier Kathleen Wynne will meet with Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, says he can save city '$50-million, easy'
National Post
As his brother took on the voice of business in the city, Mayor Rob Ford vowed to find $50 million in budget cuts and took a shot at a meeting between the deputy mayor and the premier, suggesting it should take place with him, "the elected Mayor of Toronto." That all happened recently, when Premier Kathleen Wynne and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly announced their first tete-a-tete since city council stripped the mayor of many of his powers and transferred them to his deputy.

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 AMCTO Legislative Updates


Ontario releases its Long-Term Energy Plan
AMCTO
The government in releasing its 2013 Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) is seeking to balance five principles that will guide future decisions. These principles are cost-effectiveness, reliability, clean energy, community engagement, and an emphasis on conservation and demand management.

The LTEP can be a guiding document for energy conservation, generation, transmission and distribution, which in turn helps provide the necessary background for undertaking future regional and municipal energy planning. Municipalities are naturally large consumers and managers of energy, accounting for over $1 billion of energy supplies in Ontario annually. AMO discusses the impacts to the municipal sector in more detail on their website or you can read the provincial media release.

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Release of the Chief Drinking Water Inspector's Annual Report 2011-2012
AMCTO
On Dec. 3, 2013, Ontario's Chief Drinking Water Inspector's annual report was released. The report provides an overview of progress during 2011-12 and includes in-depth information on the performance of Ontario's drinking water systems and licensed laboratories. The report is available online at www.ontario.ca/drinkingwater.
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New rail safety directive for municipalities
AMCTO
Transport Canada announced a set of new requirements for railways to provide municipalities with full information on dangerous goods being transported through their respective municipal jurisdictions. This information seeks to help in preparation of emergency response planning and training, arising from the recent Lac-Mégantic derailment.

In order for municipalities to review this information, municipal CAOs are required to register the names of the designated municipal emergency planning officials with the Canadian Transportation Emergency Centre.

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