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Ontario students voice their thoughts on how to fix federal budget
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Imagine a question period where politicians took turns arguing the merits of each other's positions, just to make sure they fully understood both sides of an issue before casting a vote. Would they change their own minds? It's a novel idea from a couple of students who are learning how government works and how a federal budget is made with a new program from Civix, a charity that aims help young Canadians to participate in their democracy. More

Smoking bylaw may be hard to enforce
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With designation smoking areas selected, council is turning its attention to how it will enforce a bylaw prohibiting smoking on municipally-owned property. The bylaw outright bans smoking in all town parks and playgrounds, Petawawa Point, the Civic Centre complex, including the public library, arena and Kin Hut, town hall, both fire stations and Norman Behnke Hall. Staff presented councillors with the locations of three designated smoking areas for the Civic Centre, Centennial Park and Petawawa Point Beach. More

York Region in the eye of storm over teachers' rights
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York Region has emerged as an epicentre of the elementary teachers' dispute, with a walkout set to shutter schools at the first large board in the Greater Toronto Area. Teachers at the board, north of Toronto, have made Bill 115, a controversial piece of legislation that dictates the terms of their contracts and restricts their ability to strike, the rallying cry for protests. High-school teachers there ignited province-wide job action by rejecting a government-approved deal drafted by their local union leadership. More

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Sudbury council blasts Ontario Ombudsman
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Sparks flew as the Ontario Ombudsman made his long-awaited visit to Sudbury city council. Councillors appeared to still be sore after being slammed by Andre Marin earlier this year. "It's not the office I'm concerned with, it's you," said Councillor Terry Kett, who said he was troubled by what he called Marin's sarcastic attitude — both in his reports and on social media website Twitter. Other councillors zeroed in on the Ombudsman's accusation that they refused to co-operate with his investigation into closed door meetings earlier this year. More

Property re-zoning approved
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The site of the former Huffman School property on Williams Avenue will become a residential subdivision after the majority of council voted in favour of amending the zoning bylaw a recent meeting. Council voted 6-1 in favour of amending Zoning By-Law 8/98, effectively changing the zoning and permitted uses on the property from institutional to residential (R2). The town will create a 16-lot residential subdivision, with six fronting Williams Avenue and an additional 10 on a proposed cul-de-sac. More

Legislation to hold city councillors liable for drinking-water system
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City councillors will be among people held liable for the drinking-water system under new provincial legislation that takes effect in a couple of weeks, and face stiff penalties for shirking their duties. Legal responsibility is to be extended to municipal councillors under a new piece of Ontario's Safe Drinking Water Act that comes into force on Dec. 31. They don't have to become experts, but should be familiar with the city's systems, ensure they're properly briefed and take prudent action as needed in order to protect residents' health, said city clerk and solicitor Rick O'Connor, one of the city staff members who provided a technical briefing to councillors and their assistants. More

Nipigon woman fined $55 for feeding pigeons
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A woman in Nipigon says she is being "picked on" after the small town in northwestern Ontario gave her a $55 ticket for feeding pigeons on her property. Bev St. Jean, 63, says she's the only one who has been fined in town under the bylaw. "I got fined for throwing seeds on the ground, which is so stupid," St. Jean said. "I just feel targeted." She has four bird feeders in her backyard and believes the pigeons, while pecking away at their food, kicked some of the seeds to the ground. More

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Council approves licence fee bylaw increases
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Several people showed up at City Hall to protest proposed license fee increases that were on council's agenda. Transient traders and dog kennels were the highlights that came under fire. Staff advised that licensing fees have not increased for several years, many since 2005. Businessman Peter Zadikian, a transient trader, told council the proposed new fee of $500 per visit was unacceptable. He currently pays the annual fee of $280, which will increase to $300. More

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 AMCTO Legislative Updates

New regulations regarding occupational health and safety
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The Ministry of Labour recently posted information related to the introduction of new regulatory requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. In particular, these are important to municipalities in that they prescribe mandatory occupational health and safety awareness training for all workers and supervisors. It is anticipated that the proposed new regulation would be filed on or before July 1, 2013 and would come into force on Jan. 1, 2014.

Planning Act — regulatory changes
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A series of proposed changes to the Planning Act have been posted by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Please see below for more information regarding the proposed regulatory changes to the Planning Act.

Ontario Regulation 352/02 (Mandatory Adoption of Official Plans) — The proposed amending regulation would only impact those upper-tier municipalities that had not had an official plan in place or had not adopted an official plan. It would require any such municipalities to adopt an official plan no later than Mar. 31, 2015.

Regulation 353/02 (Approval Authority — Plans of Subdivision) — This would have the effect of giving the councils of the listed municipalities the power to approve subdivision and condominium applications within their geography.

Regulation 354/02 (Consent Granting Authority) — The proposed amendment will allow 8 municipalities with the authority to approve consent applications.

Ontario Regulation 525/97 (Exemption from Approval (Official Plan Amendments) — this proposed amendment seeks to exempt certain municipalities from the requirement to obtain the Minister's approval of official plan amendments.

The deadline to provide comments back is Jan. 25, 2013.

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