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Ontario Seeks Public Input for Future of Southern Ontario Communities and Green Spaces

Ontario is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the largest permanently protected greenbelt in the world and looking to the future by reviewing the land use plans of southern Ontario. The Greenbelt protects farmland, green space and clean water. 

Ontario Seeks Public Input for Future of Southern Ontario Communities and Green Spaces

Ontario News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 13:30

Ontario is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the largest permanently protected greenbelt in the world and looking to the future by reviewing the land use plans of southern Ontario. The Greenbelt protects farmland, green space and clean water. 

Ontario to Appoint New EQAO Chair

Ontario News - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:00
The Government of Ontario has nominated for appointment Dave Cooke as the new chair of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), subject to review by the Standing Committee on Government Agencies.

GTA Contractor Convicted

Ontario Government Services - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:00

On February 11, 2015, Charlesworth Carter, operating a business in the GTA known as Jayanaca Kitchens, was convicted of charges under the Consumer Protection Act. Carter was sentenced to 225 days in jail, and two years' probation. In addition, he was ordered to pay a total of $23,000 in restitution to three consumers. 

GTA Contractor Convicted

Ontario News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 13:00

On February 11, 2015, Charlesworth Carter, operating a business in the GTA known as Jayanaca Kitchens, was convicted of charges under the Consumer Protection Act. Carter was sentenced to 225 days in jail, and two years' probation. In addition, he was ordered to pay a total of $23,000 in restitution to three consumers. 

Héroux-Devtek Chooses Cambridge for Aerospace Expansion

Ontario News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 10:00
Ontario is helping Héroux-Devtek grow its aerospace landing gear business with a new manufacturing facility in Cambridge that will create 40 jobs.

Applications Open for Ontario Student Summer Jobs

Ontario News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 09:00
Youth in Ontario can now apply for summer jobs and gain valuable skills and experience this summer.

Bill C-655 (Private member's)

Latest Bills - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 05:36
An Act to amend the Criminal Code (interference with hunting, trapping, fishing or sport shooting)

Stay up-to-date with email alerts

Open Parliament - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:11

Just launched a test version of a new alerts system. Check it out. (Though I should warn you that it's a test, and it may change or disappear.)

Email alerts were one of the things I thought were necessary to launch this site—which is now, at 2.5 years, well into its toddler years. Actually, I built the signup page before launching the site, but I wasn't sure people would actually sign up. When lots did, I scrambled to finish the actual email-sending code before Hansard was published.

But till now, email alerts were restricted to everything a given MP said. The new system lets you get alerts for any given search query—every time someone says climate change in the Environment committee, every bill that mentions the CBC, all that talk about carbon taxes, and so on.

To get started, sign up. Then you should start seeing Create an alert buttons on search pages.

Summertime

Open Parliament - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:11

The House of Commons is on summer break, and doesn't meet again until September 17.

Sleepover!

Open Parliament - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:11

Wednesday and Thursday—though, according to Parliamentary convention, it was just an exceptionally long Wednesday—Parliament didn't get much sleep. The opposition parties forced a long series of votes on Bill C-38, the omnibus budget bill that opponents say forces through hundreds of major changes unrelated to the budget.

The full transcripts have just been released, and I've updated this site with all votes. If you're interested in seeing who's best at timing their bathroom breaks, here's the league table of how many votes MPs missed during the marathon.

The Search Committee

Open Parliament - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 23:11

Two big, long-in-the-making additions to this site today. Whee!

The first is the addition of House committees and their transcripts. Committees can be really interesting. Even though this current Parliament certainly doesn't mark their heyday, they're still the most productive part of the House. There's way less theatre and name-calling than in debates—and, unlike in the House chamber, nobody's ever speaking to a vast empty room. And since they revolve around external witnesses, you can hear some surprising perspectives that go beyond the familiar party talking points.

Adding committees about doubled the amount of data we have, so I figured the search engine needed a bit of a facelift to deal with it. I ended up doing full reconstructive surgery. The new search does quite a bit more than its predecessor. It's not easy designing a search interface to be powerful and information-dense without also being complicated and overwhelming, and so feedback and suggestions are very welcome. And please tell me if anything doesn't work: it's a complex piece of software, and there are likely bugs.

Ontario Announces Spring Trade Mission to China

Ontario News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:00

Minister Jeff Leal and Minister Michael Chan announced they will be leading a trade mission to China in April 2015. The mission will focus on increasing opportunities for Ontario's agriculture and agri-food sector in the Chinese market.

Ontario Testing its Ability to Respond to Large-Scale Emergencies

Ontario News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 14:00

Ontario is co-ordinating Operation Border Cities Response, which mimics the aftermath of a fictitious earthquake in Windsor. 

Ontario Investing $28 Million in Mental Health and Addictions Services

Ontario News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:45
Ontario is investing in local mental health and addictions organizations to provide care closer to home for people who are experiencing mental health and addictions challenges.  The province is also creating a province-wide registry of mental health beds to connect those experiencing a mental health crisis with the closest available bed.

Correction: Supporting the Infrastructure Needs of Rural Communities

Ontario News - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 09:11

Ontario is providing small, rural and northern municipalities with funding to build and repair critical infrastructure and create jobs across the province.

Ontario Launches Climate Change Consultations

Ontario News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:00

Ontario is launching public consultations on how the province can successfully fight climate change while fostering economic growth.

Ontario Announces Remote Electrification Readiness Grants

Ontario News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 13:30

Ontario is investing in six projects that will help prepare 18 diesel-dependent First Nation communities in northwestern Ontario for connection to the province's power grid.

Ontario Releases Updated Health & Physical Education Curriculum, Parent Resources

Ontario News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:00
Ontario is releasing updated Health and Physical Education curriculum to give students accurate information that will help keep them safe and healthy. The province is also providing parents with resources to help them understand and participate in what will be taught to their children.

Barrie

Ontario Air Quality - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 22:59
Station:Barrie. AQI: 37. Reason: Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5). Category: Moderate.

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