Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update --

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update --

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(Ont-Colleges)

The agency that speaks for Ontario's colleges acknowledges a better job could have been done in explaining new salary proposals for school presidents and other executives.

Colleges Ontario president Linda Franklin says all the colleges have done is to establish a pay range framework that could be in place for many years.

The provincial government ordered the colleges to come up with new salary proposals after some institutions proposed pay hikes of 50 per cent.

Documents posted by Mohawk College in Hamilton show it proposed to raise the president's salary from 260-thousand dollars to up to 401-thousand while Ottawa's Agonquin College wants to boost the president's salary from 321-thousand dollars to 445-thousand.

The memo comes at the same time a report says Ontario's 24 public colleges face a cumulative debt of 1.9-billion dollars over 10 years in an age of declining enrolment. (The Canadian Press)

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(Tory-Tolls)

Toronto Mayor John Tory says the ball is in the provincial government's court on the issue of easing traffic congestion in the Greater Toronto Area.

Tory issued a statement last night after reports that Premier Kathleen Wynne has rejected Tory's plan to slap tolls on the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway.

Tory says if the report is true, than the city will expect the province to take immediate and serious action to address not only the city's transit and transportation needs, but its child care and housing needs as well.

Tory says the plan to put in highway tolls would have raised up to 300-million dollars a year that the city could have spent on transit expansion and transportation improvement.

Wynne will announce today that the government will not give Toronto Council permission to impose the levies on the two city owned highways. (Toronto Star)

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(Sault Byelection)

Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government will not forget about Sault Ste. Marie as her party searches for a candidate for a yet to be called byelection. …

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