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Rules for Step 3 in Ontario are still being worked out, health minister says

CTV News

Exact details of the public health restrictions that will take effect under the next stage of Ontario’s reopening plan are in the works, the health minister said Wednesday as municipal leaders called for clarity on the rules.

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BONOKOSKI: Health Canada coughs up counterintuitive vape policy

CTV News

Ban on flavoured vape juice, nicotine limits will push smokers back to cigarettes.

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Fines issued to Toronto park users in early days of COVID-19 pandemic were ‘generally unfair’: ombudsman

CTV News

Toronto’s decision to issue hundreds of tickets to people found using closed park amenities in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic was “generally unfair” given the “fragmented” and “confusing” messaging around what was and wasn’t allowed, a new report from the city’s ombudsman has found.

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Inclusionary Zoning Policy in Toronto Will Cost New Homeowners $65K More Per Unit


In a city that lacks housing supply and faces an affordability crisis, finding a viable solution to remedy the growing problem is critical for Toronto’s success and future growth. The City of Toronto has proposed to tackle this problem, which primarily impacts low and moderate-income households, by introducing an Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) policy.

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French-only music policy in Quebec government buildings, phone lines

City News

From now on, only music by Quebec artists will be played in provincial government buildings and on phone lines, with particular emphasis on French-language performers. The announcement came on Sunday from Quebec Culture Minister Nathalie Roy.

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MANDEL: Toronto cop acquitted of assault causing bodily harm

Toronto Sun

Toronto Police Const. Jason Boag who got into an altercation with a man after being sent to the wrong address for a domestic call has been acquitted of assault causing bodily harm.

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Huge backlog looms, fraudsters empowered amid Small Claims Court near-shutdown

CTV News

Tens of thousands of people relying on Ontario’s small claims court to settle disputes have been largely out of luck for over a year, as the court has suspended much of its operations despite other courts and tribunals operating remotely.

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