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Calgary public divided on allowing liquor in city parks, pilot delayed until 2020
Calgary has said it will postpone its pilot project to allow liquor consumption at select public parks until at least 2020. The delay is to ensure adequate time to address concerns about increases in disorderly behaviour. Read more…


St. Catharines bans circuses on city property
Councillors backed a motion to ban circus performances in which an animal is required to perform for the amusement or entertainment of an audience at any city-owned facility or property. Read more…


Taxi and ride-share rules contribute to downtown Toronto issues
A new report has concluded existing vehicle-for-hire regulations aren’t meeting some of Toronto’s most important planning goals, including mitigating traffic congestion and reducing emissions. Read more…


Saskatchewan partners sign renewable energy understanding
The agreement, which means opportunities for research collaborations in Saskatchewan’s Indigenous communities and rural municipalities, will also support educating the public around renewable energy options. Read more…


“Perfect storm” created Charlottetown housing crisis, says planning chair
While short-term rentals have drawn the ire of Charlottetown residents trying to find places to live, city officials say there are a number of factors contributing to the housing shortage. Read more…


Report says Canadian communities responding to climate change
New research was conducted highlighting key climate change issues, and the municipal response compared to the past. Read more…


Feds to invest $3 million in “Smart Grid” project for Guelph
Guelph is receiving funds to test two energy projects, including using blockchain in the energy sector, and home transformation to renewable energy. Read more…


London activist apologizes for anonymous website criticizing mayoral candidate
A London man who launched a copycat website to anonymously criticize a mayoral candidate during last fall’s civic election has admitted he was behind it. Read more…


Scugog balks at rainbow crosswalk
Councillors opted to not immediately follow other municipalities in adding a symbolic crosswalk to the community, after staff cited safety concerns, potential costs, and a fear of setting a precedent. Read more…

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