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Prorogation is an unnecessary abuse of Ontario Premier's power
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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty recently announced his pending resignation as Premier and leader of the Liberal Party, after nine years as Premier but just one year after the last provincial election. But that's not all — he's also shutting down the legislature for an unspecified period of time. He recently visited Lieutenant-Governor David Onley to obtain a prorogation of the Ontario legislature, meaning that the legislative session ends, MPPs will not meet, and all of the work of the legislature, including committee proceedings, comes to a halt. More

McGuinty resignation stalls wind turbine debate in Ontario
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With the Ontario legislature prorogued and Energy Minister Bentley mulling a run for the Liberal leadership, rural communities worried about wind farms are left in limbo. Bentley was supposed to mend fences between the provincial Liberals and rural Ontario amid opposition to the growing number of wind farms. If someone takes over Bentley's portfolio, it will take time for that person to get up to speed, said Jane Wilson, president of Wind Concerns Ontario. "It's just adding to the uncertainty," she said. More

Toronto health board considers expanding smoking bylaw
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The Toronto Board of Health is considering expanding the existing smoking bylaws at a meeting on Monday afternoon, meaning there could be fewer places in the city for smokers to light up. The board is listening to deputants on the issue, including Michael Perley, director of the Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco. The ban would cover restaurant and bar patios, the areas on and around sports fields, hospital grounds and building entrances. The proposal comes from the city's medical officer of health Dr. David McKeown. Under the Smoke Free Ontario Act (SFOA) passed by the provincial government in 2006, smoking is banned on covered patios. More

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Neighbours say they will fight against lodging house proposal
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Over a dozen neighbourhood residents — many of them living adjacent to the property at 29 Victoria St. — shared their unvarnished thoughts during the two-hour meeting, held in the gymnasium at Major Ballachey Public School. The property in question was formerly an open-custody provincial group home, then owned and operated by St. Leonard's before coming into private ownership. The owner, Hamilton-based Peter Jovanovicz, was present at the hearing and listened to his neighbours' complaints about some of his current and former tenants and the behaviour neighbours say is terrorizing their families. The property has been running as an unlicensed lodging house without the proper zoning in place. More

Sarnia anti-idling bylaw revving up
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Sarnia's Mabel Higgins isn't a fan of overregulation. But the retired coordinator of Lambton College's early childhood education program believes an anti-idling bylaw would make a difference to local air quality. "I care about kids," said Higgins, who is a member of the Community Round Table's environment committee. "Children are the most vulnerable. Whatever they breathe impacts them more than adults. We spend a lot of time complaining about how industry pollutes the environment and I think we need to look in our own driveways." Higgins and other committee members are recommending city staff draft a bylaw that would restrict vehicles from idling more than one minute. More

Methadone clinic bylaw amendment debated at public meeting
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The residents of the neighbourhood surrounding the proposed methadone clinic at 527 Wellington Rd. voiced their concerns at a public meeting held at the site. The proposal is particularly controversial, as it would require an amendment to the current bylaw, which says methadone clinics must be at least 300 metres from schools. 527 Wellington Rd. is only 251 metres from Sir George Etienne Cartier elementary school. City Planning Director John Fleming began the meeting by reminding everyone that it was not a statutory meeting and that no decisions would be made that night; instead, they would be sharing information — the applicant with the community, and vice-versa. More

Chihuahua designated 'dangerous dog' after biting mail carrier in Ontario
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Visitors to Windsor, ON, should know that two residents are harboring a dangerous dog — a teacup chihuahua named Molly. On Aug. 23, the three-pound animal bit a mail carrier, who was instructed by her manager to report the incident to police, the Blackburn News reports. The bite led to Molly's official classification as a 'dangerous dog' by the city, according to the Windsor Star, a designation that has several stipulations for her owners, Mitzie and Jason Scott. The couple must now post signs around their property that read, 'WARNING: Dangerous Dog on Premises,' the Calgary Herald reports, and take out a $1 million liability policy on the chihuahua. More

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Deregulation comes to deathcare
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Ontario recently enacted a new law that loosens restrictions on where crematoria can be built. It's great news for larger cemeteries, but insiders say we won't see a building boom in the funeral industry any time soon. The Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act quietly passed in July, making long-overdue updates to funeral industry regulations and bringing Ontario laws in line with most other provinces. Notably, it replaces the Ontario Cemeteries Act, which made it illegal to build a crematorium anywhere but in a cemetery. The old laws also stated that the same owner could not be in possession of both a cemetery and a funeral home built on the same land. More

Council approves Infrastructure Ontario debenture for $6.3 million
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City of Kawartha Lakes council has supported the budget advisory committee's recommendation to approve a bylaw that would allow the City to debenture more than $6.3 million in capital projects from last year. At the meeting, staff advised the City could get a better interest rate and terms if the 2012 capital projects are debentured through Infrastructure Ontario instead of the bank. Under the Municipal Act, municipalities are allowed to debenture loans for capital projects. The projects, most of which are completed, have an approved debenture budget and form the basis for the 2012 debenture request with lnfrastructure Ontario, totalling $6,332.709.77. More

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Most local cyclists complying with bicycle helmet bylaw despite difficulty of enforcement
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The City of Corner Brooks remains pleased with the level of compliance with its bylaw regarding bicycle helmet regulations. The bylaw was first put in place in 1994 before being amended in 2008. The law requires all cyclists using city streets to wear a Canadian Standards Association approved helmet unless prevented from doing so for medical or religious reasons, such as traditional or ceremonial headwear. Deputy Mayor Donna Luther said children in the area are taught the value of wearing a helmet from an early age and as a result, most riders tend to wear a helmet voluntarily. More

Ontario studies plans for controversial new highway
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The province is quietly studying routes for the first leg of a controversial mid-peninsula highway that would pave a new asphalt path through Flamborough or Burlington. But the study is also looking at alternatives such as widening Highway 6 or an expansion of parts of Highway 403 that would stack multi-lane levels atop each other. The ambitious paving proposals are part of the latest phase of a seven-year environmental assessment of the mid-peninsula highway, a long-planned corridor meant to link the GTA and the border via south Niagara. More

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