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Political veteran Steve Mahoney joins race to replace Mississauga mayor McCallion

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - A former Mississauga city councillor who also spent time in federal and provincial politics is joining the race to replace the city's longtime Mayor Hazel McCallion. Steve Mahoney filed his registration Monday to be a candidate for the job being left open by the 93-year-old McCallion, who has announced she won't be running in October's municipal election. Mahoney, 66, was a Liberal member of the Ontario legislature from 1987 to 1995 and a Liberal MP from 1997 to 2003, when he served as a cabinet minister under then-prime minister Jean Chretien.

Big city mayors seek more federal funds for social housing, public transit

OTTAWA - The mayors of Canada's largest cities say housing shortages and traffic gridlock are their top priorities, and that uncertain federal funding is damaging to society and the economy. At a meeting in Ottawa that was almost overshadowed by the participation of controversial Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, municipal leaders from 22 cities presented a near-united front.

Ontario will give municipalities $190 million for ice storm cleanup

TORONTO - The Ontario government will provide up to $190 million to help municipalities pay for the cost of cleanup and recovery from the pre-Christmas ice storm. Municipal Affairs Minister Linda Jeffrey says the money will be divided up among the 32 towns and cities that requested financial help from the province, including Toronto. Hard-hit municipalities across southern Ontario had said the recovery efforts could cost more than $250 million, including $106 million just for Toronto.

Toronto area mayors want Ontario, Ottawa to pay a 3rd each of storm cleanup cost

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - The federal and provincial governments should each foot a third of the bill for cleaning up after last month's devastating ice storm, municipal officials said Friday. "There's a great fear that... we will be left on our own to deal with the financial aftermath of the storm and we all agree that the property tax cannot bear that burden," Hazel McCallion, the mayor of Mississauga, Ont., said in a news conference.

Toronto council votes to ask federal, provincial governments for storm funds

TORONTO - Toronto's city council voted Monday in favour of asking for disaster relief to help cover the cost of last month's ice storm. During the second day of their special meeting, councillors voted unanimously to ask both the province and Ottawa to each pony up one-third of the cost of cleanup. It also voted to ask the Ontario government to declare Canada's largest city a "disaster area" — a move required to qualify for funding to deal with the havoc wreaked by two major storms in 2013.

Ontario municipalities look to province to cover cleanup bill after ice storm

TORONTO - Ontario's opposition parties urged the Liberal government Thursday to quickly provide disaster relief money to communities hammered by the pre-Christmas ice storm that knocked out power to more than 600,000 homes and small businesses. Branches, and in some case entire trees, weighed down by ice crashed down onto power lines after the storm, leaving hundreds of thousands across southern Ontario shivering in the dark for days during the holiday period.

Ontario municipalities look to province to cover cleanup bill after ice storm

TORONTO - Southern Ontario municipalities hammered by the pre-Christmas ice storm must formally apply for provincial assistance before they can find out if they are eligible for emergency relief. Ice-laden trees and branches crashed onto power lines after the storm, knocking out electricity to more than 600,000 homes and businesses, many for several days. A city staff report recommends Toronto council ask the province to declare the city a "disaster area" to qualify for help to cover an estimated $106 million in costs from the ice storm.

Canada Post makes parcels a priority service as it focuses on turning a profit

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - At the Canada Post facility on the outskirts of Toronto, employees are hurriedly processing thousands of parcels to keep pace with shipments that arrive every few minutes. It's the Christmas season, easily the busiest time of year at the post office, but activity at the Gateway parcels hub in Mississauga, Ont. is especially lively this year.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion wants to roll out new tax on pavement

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Mississauga's mayor is proposing a new tax on pavement. Hazel McCallion says damage caused by flooding during a heavy rainstorm that hit the Greater Toronto Area in early July shows the Mississauga storm water system desperately needs upgrading. The question is how to pay for it. McCallion says either all property taxpayers should carry the cost, or the properties where there is a lot of pavement should be hit with a surtax.

Report on true cost of nixed gas plant to be done early fall: Ontario auditor

TORONTO - Ontario's new auditor general says her office will finish a report on the true cost of cancelling the Oakville gas plant by early fall. Bonnie Lysyk (LISS'-ik) had her first day on the job Tuesday and says the hotly anticipated report — initially scheduled for release late last month — was one of several "special assignments" inherited from her predecessor Jim McCarter.
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