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Dusty dump calls for new bylaw
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Clearing, grading and building on a construction site creates a lot of dirt — and some Oshawa residents are alleging it's impacting their quality of life. Alex Alexander has lived at his Columbus home for 41 years, he says. He appeared as a delegation in front of the City's Development Services Committee to inform them dirt, dust and noise from a dumping ground next door continues to bother his family. The property began operating as a dump in 2007, he says. "Over the years we've been inundated with noise and dust... and there's no end in sight," claims Alexander. "Our quality of life has gone down the tubes." A bulldozer driving around the lot, as well as the clanging noise of dump trucks emptying themselves contribute to a lot of the sound and air quality problems, he says. Some days five to 10 trucks could be on site, another day 80 to 100. More

NOMA calls on MNR to reverse announced park service cuts
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The Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association is joining efforts to get announced cuts in service at several provincial parks reversed. Last month, the Ministry of Natural Resources announced as part of its cost-cutting efforts, it would no longer allow overnight at 10 provincial parks. Nine of those parks are in Northern Ontario, with one here in the northwest — the Caliper Lake Park near Fort Frances. Officials with NOMA say the move will have a negative effect on local businesses and will reduce opportunities for campers. More

Northern Ontario road repairs progressing after Wawa washout
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The mayor of a northern Ontario town where a section of the Trans-Canada Highway was washed away by heavy rain says it should be partly reopened within days. Wawa Mayor Linda Nowicki said it's expected the southbound stretch of Highway 17 to Sault Ste. Marie will be fully reopened soon, although one lane is expected to be open to emergency traffic. Northbound lanes of the highway could remained closed for another week as crews repair 15-metre holes in the road. She said the town itself is secure, but that officials didn't have a sense of just how much of a toll the rainstorm took on the area's road network. More

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Will Richmond Hill toss dice on casino here?
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Richmond Hill is exploring the possibility of bringing a casino to town. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) is eyeing several potential 'gaming zones,' including one in Richmond Hill, and town council has asked staff to learn more about what that would entail. Councillors have asked staff for a report that would include potential locations, jobs and revenue and the status of other GTA municipalities in the GTA concerning their willingness to host a casino. "It is incumbent upon the town to provide the OLG and the province with direction regarding the town's desire to be a willing host for land-based gaming," read the motion put forward by Councillor Greg Beros. More

Township approves new OLG agreement
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Centre Wellington council has passed a new agreement with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) that will see its portion of slots revenue from the Grand River Raceway remain unchanged. Councillors recently approved recommendations from chief financial officer Wes Snarr and acting CAO Andy Goldie regarding a new Municipality Contribution Agreement. They recommended council pass a bylaw authorizing the mayor and clerk to execute a new Municipality Contribution Agreement with the OLG. The report noted the OLG is entering into a new Municipality Contribution Agreement with each host community under its Modernization of Lottery and Gaming in Ontario plan. The plan includes a new municipal funding formula, and engagement of regulated private sector provider companies with experience and expertise operating gaming facilities. More

Toronto bag-ban critics launch protest campaign
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Toronto city council is the target of a new campaign aimed at reversing the plastic bag ban before it takes effect in the new year. The 'ReverseTheBagBan' coalition which, according to its website is comprised of 'environmentalists, manufacturers, recyclers, remanufacturers, retailers, and business groups,' recently gathered at city hall. According to the various speakers who addressed reporters there, the bag ban is wrong for a variety of reasons that range from its impact on local businesses and jobs to the the environment. Plastic bags trump the paper bags that would replace them, they said, insofar as shifting to paper would mean using the equivalent of Toronto's tree canopy in the next ten years. More

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Ontario calls for national transit plan
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The Ontario Government is asking the federal government to develop a national plan for public transit and increase overall infrastructure funding to boost productivity and create jobs. This request comes from the recommendations put forward as 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. Investing in transit infrastructure projects delivers immediate economic benefits, from increasing manufacturing jobs to savings billions lost because of gridlock. More

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Toronto homeowners to receive new municipal property tax assessments
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The good news is that most Toronto homeowners have gained some equity over the past four years. The bad news, according to the numbers crunched by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, is that many of those homeowners will be paying for that in the form of higher property taxes. On average, Toronto homeowners have seen a 22.8 per cent increase in their assessments since 2008 — the last time the provincial property assessment company looked at property values across Ontario. The property assessments are a crucial part of setting property tax rates. While municipal councils can set the rate of annual increase for the overall tax rate, the amount each property pays is based on its assessed market value. More

Thunder Bay behind on recycling waste
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Thunder Bay residents need to change their recycling habits if they are to catch up with other Ontario municipalities, a recent report points out. A 2012 Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative report shows the city has one of the lowest waste diversion rates among 14 communities. Small businesses in Thunder Bay are part of the problem because they are not required to recycle, said Jason Sherband, the city's Solid Waste Diversion and Recycling co-ordinator. "The bigger establishments — your educational institutions, bigger restaurants, office buildings, those type of things — they're all covered by provincial legislation that's been in place since the early 90s," he said. More

Plan to protect drinking water submitted to province for approval
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The CTC (Credit Valley, Toronto and Region, and Central Lake Ontario) Source Protection Committee is pleased to announce the submission of the Proposed Source Protection Plan for approval to the Ontario Minister of the Environment. The Plan sets out policies which, when implemented, will reduce threats to sources of drinking water in the Region. Protection of drinking water sources stems from the incident at Walkerton, Ontario in 2000 where seven people died, and thousands became ill due to the contamination of the town's drinking water. The subsequent commission lead by Justice Denis O'Connor recommended protection plans be developed for drinking water sources around the province. The province responded with the Clean Water Act that enshrined drinking water source protection into law. More

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