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December 10, 2018 9:46 PM Mayor John Tory says Toronto should have say over pot shops

Toronto council will debate on Thursday whether to opt out of provincial legislation permitting private cannabis stores to operate in the city beginning April 1. “It’s not that we want to ban cannabis sales, but we want some sort of mechanism that gives us local control,” said Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 4, Parkdale—High Park) comparing what’s happened 6

December 6, 2018 12:23 AM Auditor general’s report urges province to ‘reassess’ Quayside project

“We were out there talking to quite a number of potential proponents for this,” Meg Davis, chief development officer for Waterfront Toronto, said in an interview. Waterfront Toronto said that in the appendix to Lysyk’s audit she herself noted Waterfront Toronto launched “market soundings” with 50, local, national and international companies to gauge 17

November 22, 2018 12:11 PM Bank of England governor Carney fulfils promise by becoming U.K. citizen

Mark Carney became a British citizen on Wednesday, fulfilling a promise made when he accepted the job of Bank of England governor in 2012. The Canadian central banker’s wife is British, and he already had an Irish passport. He acquired U.K. nationality by taking an oath to the Queen after fulfilling the requirements for naturalization. Those include 14

November 17, 2018 12:00 AM Ford government moves ahead with plans to redevelop Ontario place

“And let us be clear: a casino at Ontario Place does not represent the responsible use of valued public lands. No good can come from it,” Layton and Cressy said. John Tory, who authored a report on Ontario Place before becoming Toronto mayor in 2014, has not yet been consulted by the Ford goverment on the site’s future, his spokesperson, Don Peat, said Friday 16

November 10, 2018 9:42 PM Mayor ‘fed up’ with explosions from Saint John metal recycling facility

The mayor of Saint John, N.B., says a large explosion at the city’s American Iron & Metal recycling facility rattled the harbourfront Saturday morning. Don Darling said the blast shook nearby houses, adding that he received messages from residents who reported feeling the explosion from kilometres away. He said Saint John residents are concerned with the frequency 18

November 8, 2018 8:01 PM Mayor of P.E.I. community maintains role into 2022, but reluctantly

There were no mayoral candidates in Monday’s province-wide municipal elections, so the provincial government simply appointed the outgoing mayor, Alcide Bernard, to a four-year term. Bernard had not run for re-election — he decided he had done his time, and he “wanted to leave the opportunity for others this time.” Wellington — with a population of 400 — is nestled 21

November 7, 2018 7:56 PM Vancouver expects $30 million in first year of empty homes tax

Owners who don’t declare that status will be taxed, which amounts to one per cent of a property’s assessed value, and owners who miss the due date by even a day will also face a $250 penalty. Mayor Kennedy Stewart says the tax is an important strategy in managing Vancouver’s unaffordable housing market. “Housing affordability is the most important issue 23

November 7, 2018 2:43 PM Warsaw mayor bans far-right independence march

WARSAW, POLAND—The mayor of Warsaw banned a march that radical Polish nationalists planned to hold to coincide with the centennial of Polish independence, saying Wednesday she made the decision to curb “aggressive nationalism.” Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz said she wanted to put a stop to extremist displays that have appeared during the past decade 23

November 7, 2018 12:52 PM Surfer fends off shark that bit his leg at Australian beach

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA—A man used his surfboard to fend off a shark that bit him on his calf off an Australian beach two days after a fatal attack on the Great Barrier Reef. Lee Jonsson, a 43-year-old teacher aide at a local school, was bitten Wednesday at Shelly Beach off Ballina in New South Wales state. Japanese surfer Tadashi Nakahara died at the same beach 25

November 5, 2018 11:09 AM Two injured after buildings collapse in Marseille

Images of the buildings before they collapsed, visible on Google Street View , showed that one used to have five floors and the other six. One of the buildings was clearly in poor repair, with boarded-up windows and large visible cracks on its facade before it collapsed. Sabine Bernasconi, the local mayor for that part of Marseille, said one of the buildings 18