Despite pleas from people living in the area, a massive warehouse planned for North Gower is moving forward.

Over 30 people signed up to speak about the plans a Thursday nights Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee.

Most speaking out against the idea – some citing noise issues, and an increase in traffic, while others were worried about the impact on water quality in the village.

By a vote of 4 to 1, the committee approved a zoning amendment that would allow the developer, Montreal’s Broccolini to build the massive commercial space on Roger Stevens Drive.

However, the committee did make some amendments including an increase to the buffer zone between the property and existing homes.

The committee also agreed that the applicant would have to do more studies regarding the impact on water in the area.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford will be in Ottawa today to meet with the city’s mayor.

The Premier’s office has not offered details about what Ford and Jim Watson plan to discuss.

But Ford will be joined in the nation’s capital by long-term care minister Merrilee Fullerton and heritage minister Lisa MacLeod.

The meeting is expected to get underway in the morning.

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An internal RCMP memo confirms a former covert training building in Kemptville was unhealthy.

Anyone who worked or trained at that building will be sent a formal letter.

CBC obtained a copy of the memo which says, the covert RCMP training centre contained asbestos, unsafe levels of lead in the water, and hazardous moulds.

The building was closed   in 2006.

CBC has spoken to relatives of six people, between the ages of 39 and 57, who were at that facility and  died.

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Canada’s top court is expected to issue a decision today on whether the Ontario government can force two companies to clean up a contaminated site upstream of the Grassy Narrows First Nation.

The long-standing dispute involves the provincial government and both Weyerhaeuser Co. and Resolute Forest Products.

The two sides have been at odds since the province ordered the companies in 2011 to compensate the former mill site in Dryden, Ont., where some 9,000 kilograms of toxic waste was dumped in the English-Wabigoon River system in the 1960s.

Weyerhaeuser and Resolute claim that indemnity granted some 30 years ago to the company that owned the site at the time applies to them as well, something the province disputes.

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Ontario has new animal welfare laws on the books.

Yesterday the government passed new legislation that will be enforced by a specialized team of provincial inspectors.

The new law, named the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, comes into effect on Jan. 1 and includes stiffer penalties for cruelty offences.

There will be about 100 inspectors across the province, but it remains unclear how much the initiative will cost.

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Ontario’s auditor general says an anti-carbon-tax ad that sparked controversy earlier this year cost the provincial government four-million dollars.

Bonnie Lysyk revealed the cost of the message in her annual report released earlier this week.

The ad in question became the subject of mockery after observers noted the images didn’t match the words.

The ad featured a narrator listing ways the federal carbon tax would cost Ontario residents more money, but the pictures showed coins pouring out of gas pumps and air vents.

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The Liberal minority government has taken a humbler, more co-operative approach to Parliament in its throne speech.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will depend on one or more opposition parties to support his government’s measures.

But Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer blames the prime minister for harming the energy sector with misguided climate change policies and environmental bills.

Scheer says he’ll propose an amendment to the speech today that would replace the Liberal agenda with a Conservative one.

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The new Speaker of the House of Commons is promising to be fair, non-partisan, and do his best — and he expects M-Ps to do the same.

Liberal M-P Anthony Rota beat out fellow Liberal Geoff Regan — who was Speaker during the last session of Parliament.

Rota represents the northern Ontario riding of Nipissing-Timiskaming and was a deputy speaker in the last Parliament.

His victory is being viewed as a sign of how the Conservatives intend to throw their weight around in the minority Liberal government.

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Several events are planned across the country today to mark the grim 30th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

On the evening of December 6th, 1989, a gunman entered Montreal’s Ecole polytechnique.

He killed 14 women in an anti-feminist mass slaying before taking his own life.

Later this morning, students and staff at the school’s campus will place a wreath of white roses at a commemorative plaque.

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Montreal has officially acknowledged the worst mass shooting in Canadian history was an attack on feminists.

It made the change yesterday just before today’s 30-year anniversary.

It changed a plaque in a memorial park yesterday that previously referred to – quote – a “tragic event.”

It didn’t mention before that all the victims were women.

The revised text describes an anti-feminist attack that claimed the lives of 14 women.

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Conservative Senator Leo Housakos says China’s threats to Canada show why Parliament needs to adopt a new motion against Chinese leaders.

It calls on the Liberal government to sanction Chinese officials under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act — also known as the Magnitsky Act.

It targets foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights.

Ambassador Cong Peiwu says China would respond with countermeasures’ if the motion were to pass when it is tabled next week.

Cong says the motion is not in Canada’s interest.

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Doctors at Montreal Children’s Hospital are praising the use of medical hypnosis in reducing pain and anxiety in patients.

A pilot project involving 80 examinations between January and September of this year also resulted in a reduction in the amount of medication administered to perform medical imaging procedures.

The trial focused on two imaging procedures known to trigger anxiety — the insertion of a central catheter and a procedure used to examine a child’s urinary tract and bladder.

After each procedure, young patients were asked to rate their discomfort and pain on a scale of 0 to 10, with the average score of 1.7 with hypnosis, and 5.1 without.

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Unions in France have caused a second day of transportation chaos for travellers.

They are on strike against government plans to redesign the national retirement system.

Most French trains stood still, including Paris subways.

The strikers fear the proposed changes will push them to work longer for less retirement pay.

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Police in India shot and killed four men suspected of raping and killing a 27-year-old woman in the country’s south.

The men were in police custody and had not been charged with any crime.

A police official says they were taken to the crime scenes when the suspects tried to grab an officer’s firearm and escape.

The woman’s burned body was found last week in an underpass in Hyderabad after she went missing the previous night.

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