The Bill amends the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 by adding a new Part III.1 that provides rules concerning the keeping of exotic wildlife in captivity. Here are some highlights of the new Part.
People are prohibited from keeping exotic wildlife in captivity unless they hold a licence to do so. (see section 47.2 of the Act)
Those that keep exotic wildlife in captivity must ensure that the wildlife are not released and that they do not escape. If exotic wildlife does escape or is released, those who kept it in captivity are generally responsible for recapturing them. (see section 47.3 of the Act)
Part III.1 of the Act must be read as being consistent with Ontario Regulation 60/09 (Standards of Care) made under the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, and any regulations made under the Act concerning exotic wildlife must be consistent with that Regulation. (see section 47.7 of the Act)
A provision of a municipal by-law prevails over Part III.1 to the extent that it prohibits the keeping of exotic wildlife or is otherwise more restrictive than a provision of Part III.1 or of a regulation made for the purposes of that Part. (see section 47.8 of the Act)
The Act is amended to permit the Lieutenant Governor in Council to make regulations with respect to exotic wildlife. (see amendments to section 112 of the Act)
Note: This Act amends the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act. For the legislative history of the Act, see the Table of Consolidated Public Statutes – Detailed Legislative History at www.e-Laws.gov.on.ca.
The major portion of Highway 403 runs from Woodstock through to Burlington. At the heart of this route is the City of Brantford and, while many try to claim Alexander Graham Bell as their own, Brantford is where he spent much of his formative years. It is here that Mr. Bell did much of his creative work that would fundamentally change the way society lived and worked.
Alexander Graham Bell will forever be remembered as the inventor of the telephone and Ontarians can be proud that many of his advancements on this significant project occurred in Brantford. Throughout his life, he also worked tirelessly to improve the health of others, most notably improving life for the hearing impaired and with his invention of the iron lung.
Naming Highway 403 in his honour would not only recognize Mr. Bell’s links to the city at the heart of this highway, but would also pay tribute to a man who was a great inventor and a tireless humanitarian; a man who helped this province gain the global recognition it deserves.
The Bill amends the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act to name Highway 403 the Alexander Graham Bell Parkway.
The Bill amends the Taxation Act, 2007 to provide a tax credit to individuals who act as caregivers for a relative in the relative’s home and to individuals who act as caregivers for an elderly spouse.
The Bill amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 to provide that if a deceased worker was diagnosed with an occupational disease after he or she retired, the deceased worker’s net average earnings shall, for the purposes of calculating periodic payments to the deceased worker’s spouse, be deemed to be the amount that the deceased worker was earning at the time of his or her last exposure to the biological, chemical or physical agent that caused the occupational disease.
The Bill amends the Environmental Protection Act to increase the fine payable by a person who fails to comply with a provision of Part IX of the Act, which deals with littering.
The Bill also re-enacts section 180 of the Highway Traffic Act to prohibit throwing, tossing, dropping or depositing, or causing to be dropped or deposited litter, including cigarette butts, cigarettes, cigar butts or cigars, upon, along or adjacent to a highway.
The Bill requires a person carrying out construction work or supplying related goods and services under a construction contract to receive a progress payment on the date specified in the contract or, if no date is specified, at the end of every month during which construction work is carried out or related goods and services are supplied under the contract. Progress payments shall be made in the amount specified in the contract or, if no amount is specified, in an amount based on the value of the construction work carried out or the related goods and services supplied to date relative to the total value of the contract. Interest is payable on any unpaid amount of a progress payment at the rate of 18 per cent per year.
The Bill also requires payment of an amount due under a construction contract to be made within five days after a payment application is approved. A payment application is considered to be approved 10 days after it is received by the owner, an agent of the owner or the engineer or architect of record. The person responsible for paying the contractor or subcontractor who submitted the payment application may withhold payment for a portion of the contract if he or she submits a written statement describing how construction work was not carried out or related goods and services were not supplied in accordance with the contract.