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Province to replace OMB, says Mauro

TORONTO—Ontario is planning to scrap the independent tribunal that adjudicates planning and development disputes and set up a new one that will give municipalities more power.

Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro announced Tuesday that the Ontario Municipal Board will be replaced by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal with legislation that will be introduced later this month.

Toronto Zoo staff strike

TORONTO—Canada's largest zoo was closed to the public, and its animals were being cared for by management, after more than 400 employees walked off the job yesterday in a contract dispute.

The Toronto Zoo said it had “a robust contingency plan” for the job action, noting the health and welfare of its animals were top priorities.

New CSIS head named

OTTAWA—David Vigneault, a senior government official with experience at several federal security agencies, will be the next head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

Vigneault will assume the post June 19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced yesterday.

Burned dog recovering

WINNIPEG—Mounties in northern Manitoba have opened an investigation into the case of a dog badly burned after being thrown into a firepit.

Katie Powell, president and founder of Save a Dog Network Canada, said two kids aged 10-12 years old took a family's dog off a porch on Sunday and tossed him into a firepit on the Red Sucker Lake First Nation.