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City of Victoria recommends class-action lawsuit against the oil and gas industry
A council meeting, held on January 17, found that the impacts of climate change have resulted in substantial costs for local B.C. governments, and asks the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) to examine the possibility of initiating the lawsuit. Read more…


Albertans “paying twice” for recycling
A Calgary city councillor says Albertans are “paying twice” for recycling, while most other Canadian jurisdictions are increasingly shifting the financial burden from municipalities to commercial producers. Read more…


Pinehouse mayor says freedom of information requests not a priority
The Province of Saskatchewan ordered an inspection of the village late last year after the provincial privacy commissioner expressed concern that the village had either delayed or failed to respond to requests for information at least 13 times between 2013 and 2018, which runs contrary to provincial laws. Read more…


Ontario driving ahead with expanded autonomous vehicle program
As the province eases restrictions on its autonomous vehicle pilot program, the new rules open the door to individuals outside the pilot program. Read more…


Gov. cannabis stores considered mid-size cities over larger metropolitan areas
More than three months after cannabis became legal in Canada, there is still only one provincial government-run cannabis store in B.C. – in the interior town of Kamloops. Read more…


18 percent of city water tests over lead limit
The City of Brandon sold 1,065 testing kits between January 1, 2013 and December 1, 2018. Out of those kits, 1,038 were returned to the city for testing … As revealed in a freedom of information request, 18 percent came back over the federal limit of lead per litre of water. Read more…


Five municipalities in southeast Alberta eye merger
Brooks, Bassano, Duchess, Rosemary, and the County of Newell are considering a merger in order to save money. Read more…


Township wants answers before allowing new marijuana grow-ops
Brock Township planning and economic development committee members are continuing to push Health Canada for information on how the municipality is expected to regulate the marijuana growing industry. Read more…


Canadians anxious about accessibility issues as they age
A new survey released by the Rick Hansen Foundation shows Canadians are anxious about accessibility issues as the growing and aging population means more people face disabilities and mobility limitations. Read more…


Integrity commissioners wanted in Sarnia
In a 5-3 split, council rejected an estimated $18,500 bid from the city’s current integrity commissioner to continue doing the job for the next four years. Read more…

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