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Asset management funding through Municipal Infrastructure Strategy — deadline Oct. 22
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The Minister of Infrastructure, Bob Chiarelli, announced the first phase of the Municipal Infrastructure Strategy, including $8.25 million for asset management by small, rural and Northern municipalities. To access this funding, municipalities must apply by Oct. 22, 2012.

OPP proactive in communicating and consulting with towing and impoundment stakeholders
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(ORILLIA, ON) — The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced today that it has posted a presentation directed towards tow and impoundment service providers as a means of soliciting input from the industry.

The stakeholder communication and consultation presentation provides information to tow and impoundment industry stakeholders and provides an opportunity for those stakeholders to submit input about any challenges the industry may have in meeting the OPP's business needs were they to respond to any potential future tender call.

The presentation has been posted on the homepage of the OPP's website at in both official languages. The presentation can be accessed by clicking on the link on the scrolling banner entitled 'Tow/Impoundment Project.'

Dalton McGuinty resigns as premier
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Premier Dalton McGuinty is saying so long, but not necessarily goodbye. McGuinty has resigned from Ontario politics and taken the rare step of suspending the legislature, but not before dangling the possibility of a run for the federal Liberal leadership against front-runner Justin Trudeau. In power for nine years and leader of the provincial Liberals since 1996, the Ottawa lawyer recently made his stunning announcement — just 12 months into his toughest stretch in government, leading a minority. More

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A timeline of the cancelled Mississauga and Oakville power plants
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Premier Dalton McGuinty has stepped down as leader of the Ontario Liberal party — a surprise announcement that came amid growing controversy and vitriol about the seemingly ever-increasing cost of moving two power plants from Mississauga and Oakvile. Here are some key dates in the controversy over the power plants. Plans to construct a gas-fired power plant in an environmentally sensitive area of Mississauga has some residents up in arms. A building permit has been issued for the 280-megawatt plant that would go up near the Mississauga-Toronto line, on a site backing onto Etobicoke Creek. As protests heat up, Dalton McGuinty's Liberal government announces plans to review the construction of the power plant in Mississauga. More

Point and click voting studied in Cambridge for 2014 city election
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Two years from now, in the next municipal election, you could be using your computer to elect the next mayor and city council. Will that likelihood — plus the option of telephone voting — get you off your big comfy couch on Oct. 20, 2014 when civic duty calls via the internet? "With any luck, we'll get an increase in voter participation," city clerk Alex Mitchell told Cambridge's general committee. "We're selling convenience to our voters. We're opening up 80,000-plus voting stations through the municipality." So Mitchell got unanimous approval from the committee to proceed with plans. More

Ontario considers tougher animal protection laws
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The Ontario government vowed to strengthen its animal welfare laws following allegations of mistreatment of animals at one of the province's amusement parks. Community Safety Minister Madeleine Meilleur said the province plans to introduce legislation by the spring that will beef up regulations to ensure the safety and health of animals kept in zoos and aquariums, including Marineland. That entails strengthening the existing Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act as well as introducing new rules that apply to marine animals. But first, the province will work with animal experts and other stakeholders to come up with standards for caring for captive animals, Meilleur said in a news conference. More

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Town of Windsor bans smoking on its outdoor property
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Smokers risk hefty fines if they light up on town-owned outdoor property after council passed a smoking ban in public places. The town defines public places as parks, playgrounds, the marina and sport fields. Smoking is prohibited regardless of whether there are No Smoking signs. Offenders face up to a $300 fine for a first offence and up to $1,000 for repeat infractions. While LaSalle has voluntary smoking restrictions at outdoor sites with signs discouraging the activity, it allows smoking in parking lots and other locations. Lakeshore's bylaw makes no exceptions. More

Recall bylaw good for democracy
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Recall legislation for municipal politicians may have been rejected in Sudbury, but one small northern Ontario community has decided to introduce it. Jocelyn Township on St. Joseph Island recently passed a bylaw allowing residents to force unpopular politicians out of office. To do that, they would need the signatures of two-thirds of the 500 citizens who voted in the last election. Reeve Mark Henderson said he thinks the recall bylaw enhances democracy in Jocelyn Township — although he doesn't expect it will ever be used. "Just because you've got a whip on your buggy, doesn't mean you have to be beating your horse every day," Henderson said. "The horse knows it's there, that's why they keep going down the road." More

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Municipalities urged to eliminate barriers to housing services
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The Ontario Human Rights Commission is calling on municipalities across Ontario to review their zoning and rental licensing bylaws to eliminate barriers to housing services for people with mental health issues or addictions. Barbara Hall, the OHRC's chief commissioner, delivered the message in a recent speech to municipal staff, council members and the public at the Midland Public Library. "Talking about zoning, housing and bylaws in terms of human rights is pretty new," Hall said, noting many recent instances of systemic discrimination arose because "people did things the way 'we have always done'." She cited one of the recommendations made in Minds That Matter, a recent OHRC report on the human rights issues experienced by people with mental health disabilities or addictions. More

Toronto to look at e-bike status
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Is an e-bike a bicycle in the eyes of the City of Toronto? The public works committee gave city staff the green light to answer that question by the spring of 2013. Councillors approved a staff report on "policies and bylaws respecting the use of motorized electric bikes on sidewalks, walkways, multi-use paths and on-street bicycles lanes and cycle tracks." Several e-bike riders appeared before the committee to urge a change to the city's existing definition of a bicycle to include e-bikes. The city's municipal code currently bans "any vehicle or bicycle propelled or driven by any power other than muscular power" from footpaths, pedestrian ways, bike paths and bike lanes. More

Toronto strip clubs: Will council loosen the rules?
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Following an extensive review of adult entertainment regulations, city council is being asked to loosen its strict 'no-touch' regulations in Toronto strip clubs — but little more than a handshake would be allowed. The current bylaw bans any physical contact between dancers and patrons, which entertainers complain outlaws benign contact and can actually make it more intimidating to file a complaint. City staff has recommended council adopt a more specific provision. The proposed amendment would prohibit contact with 'breasts, buttocks, genital, pubic, anal and perineal areas.' In the 84-page report, staff notes that this maintains the original intent of the bylaw, while allowing for "innocuous contact, such as a handshake." More

Casino plans slammed at community meeting
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Anyone who wants to see a casino built in downtown Toronto has a lot of convincing to do, if a recent packed public meeting at City Hall is any indication. Roughly 200 people turned out for the meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council, the local body made up of downtown and East York councillors that usually deals with minor local matters. Although the item up for debate was an otherwise inconsequential report about how zoning bylaws might affect a future casino, dozens of residents took the opportunity to sign up and decry the negative social and economic impacts they claim would accompany any gambling facility. More

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