December 16, 2010
As we end another session in the legislature, here is a summary of the work accomplished over the course of the fall:
GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION PASSED
Bill 65, Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010
Makes it easier for not-for-profit corporations to operate and do business in today’s marketplace while strengthening the economy and creating jobs.
Bill 68, Open for Business Act, 2010
Replaces the old environmental approval requirements and amends the Certificate of Approval process to allow greater flexibility and transparency.
Bill 72, Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act, 2010
Better enables Ontario to capitalize on the global market for clean water technology, creating jobs and driving water conservation.
Bill 99, Children’s Activity Tax Credit Act, 2010
Establishes the Children’s Activity Tax Credit, which helps parents with the cost of enrolling their children in activities that encourage them to be healthy and active.
Bill 101, Narcotics Safety and Awareness Act, 2010
Gives the province the authority to collect and track all narcotics and other controlled substances dispensed in Ontario. It also focuses on the education of patients and prescribers about the appropriate use of prescription narcotics.
Bill 109, Enhancement of the Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit for Seniors and Ontario Families Act, 2010
Boosts tax relief for Ontario seniors to help with energy costs and property taxes.
Further strengthens Ontarians' pensions, addressing concerns of workers, retirees, and employers.
Establishes strict new rules that would prevent organizations funded with taxpayer dollars from using public funds to hire external lobbyists to ask for more funding.
Introduced as part of the Fall Economic Statement, it includes legislation for the establishment of the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit to help consumers manage rising electricity prices for the next five years.
Bill 172, Ticket Speculation Amendment Act, 2010
Ensures that Ontario consumers have fair access to tickets for their favourite concerts, sporting events, and theatrical performances.
Bill 191, Far North Act, 2010
Creates a foundation for First Nations and Ontario to work together on land-use planning as part of our Open Ontario plan to support the Far North’s economy and environment.
GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION INTRODUCED AND NOT YET PASSED:
Bill 110, Good Government Act, 2010
Would increase transparency, enhance accountability and modernize provincial laws, regulations and systems.
Would give the Chief Medical Officer of Health new authority to direct boards of health and medical officers of health to adopt measures during a pandemic or other public health emergency, and would give the Minister authority to use publicly owned spaces, on the advice of the CMOH, for public health purposes, such as holding immunization clinics.
PRIVATE MEMBERS BILLS PASSED:
Bill 80, Katelyn Bedard Bone Marrow Awareness Month Act, 2010, Bruce Crozier
Bill 103, Italian Heritage Month Act, 2010 , Mario Sergio, Rosario Marchese, Peter Shurman