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Manitoba reviewing Municipal Act to strengthen anti-bullying, harassment policies
The province will be consulting with both the Association of Manitoba Municipalities and the Manitoba Municipal Administrators Association through a series of roundtable discussions. Read more…

Why Ontario’s planning act needs major changes
The vague nature of Section 37 – which allows municipalities to secure “benefits” from developers in return for allowing buildings to exceed height and density restrictions – and the often uncoordinated nature of the benefits municipalities secure from developers are reasons why the province should review the planning tool. Read more…

Vancouver expects $30M from empty homes tax in first year
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said $17 million has already been collected from owners of almost 8,500 properties that were determined to be vacant or underused for at least six months of the year. Read more…

19-year-old Meaford resident plans to live tiny
The 19-year-old Meaford resident, with the help of her father and some friends, has spent the past few years building a 140-square-foot tiny house on a trailer in her parents’ driveway. Read more…

How patio furniture and fence posts might solve N.S.’s plastic recycling woes
A Halifax-area company says it has a made-in-Nova Scotia solution to the challenge of recycling plastics – turn shopping bags into fence posts and patio furniture. Read more…

More help needed for rural domestic violence victims in Alberta
Some of the challenges of getting victims and family members who suspect violence is taking place to come forward in a rural setting include overlapping family and work relationships and communities being tight-knit. Read more…

London city hall ponders child-care option during public meetings
Parents may soon be able to offload their little ones in a nearby room at city hall while they go to public meetings during city council or standing committee meetings – a bid to make those sessions more accessible. Read more…

Did a dead whale wash up in your town? There’s a program to tap for that
Getting 40 tonnes of rotting flesh removed from a beach is no easy feat, but Newfoundland and Labrador’s environment minister says there’s help available for towns unfortunate enough to have a dead whale land on their shores. Read more…