Fair & Just Society

Ban Gestation Crates for Pregnant Pigs

Ontario could take a leadership rôle by being the first province in Canada to ban gestation crates (also called sow stalls) for pregnant pigs. Most breeding pigs are kept in crates that are barely bigger than the animal itself. They cannot turn around or lie down comfortably. They stand on concrete floors that are slatted to allow their waste to fall through to a pool of sewage below. They spend the four months of ...more »

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Fair & Just Society

End Ontario's Breed Bans. Remove The "Breed Specific" Language

Thousands of innocent family dogs have been victimized. Thousands of responsible owners have been & are unjustly & unfairly profiled! Ontarians want fair & effective legislation that improves public safety and reduces dog bites, not a ban pushed forward against all evidence and professional recommendations. Institute breed NEUTRAL laws that will remove the focus on a dogs appearance ...more »

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Fair & Just Society

Increase Ontario 400-series Highway Speed Limit to 120-130 km/h

Ontario has THE LOWEST speed limit in North America! Our speed limit was 112 km/h (70MPH) forty years ago! Now, with much safer cars, it is 100 km/h (62MPH). http://www.stop100.ca We want to legally drive at 120-130 km/h just like the citizens of over 60 jurisdictions world-wide, including the USA and EU. Countries and states that post 120-130 km/h on speed limits signs do not see a carnage, but smoothly flowing roads! ...more »

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Jobs & Economy

Limit executives pay in companies with underfunded pensions

The Ontario Pension Benefits Act allows companies to pay executive bonuses and dividends even if the pension is underfunded. Given a choice of bonuses for themselves or a fully funded pension how do you think the decision would go? The regulations should be changed to significantly limit or eliminate executive bonuses and dividends until the pension plan is fully funded. Mentioned below, but if you disagree with ...more »

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Health Care

Ban Gay Conversion Therapy for Minors

A teenager comes out to his family and his parents spend the night yelling, crying and blaming their child for being gay. They take their child to a “doctor” that claims he can make their child straight. This teenager is enrolled in a Gay Conversion Therapy program against his will and constantly told that he is immoral and evil. He will experience shame, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. No matter how much ...more »

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Health Care

Choice in dying

I suggest a panel of informed people be given a limited period to consult citizens about end of life choices for dying and report to Cabinet at the end of this period. I suggest 3 months and 9 locations. The panel to consist of those free from any prior conflict of interest as in doctrinal allegiance to ant-euthanasia dogma or financial conflict as in investments in nursing home and private elder care for profit.

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Education

Retiring as an Educator Means Being Retired

Unemployment is way too high, and there are far too many new/young teachers in the group. Similarly, many Pension Plans (including the Teachers' Fund) are on an unsustainable path and will need to be modified through a combination of higher premiums, lower benefits, and/or higher retirement ages. To help with all of the above, retired teachers should not be offered; nor be allowed to accept any part-time position, full-time ...more »

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Sustainable Communities

Great Lakes Protection/Clean Up

Since the Great Lakes Region is the third largest economic region in the world, and since the Great Lakes have serious nutrient related threats(including blue-green algae in Lake Erie), the Province of Ontario should establish a priority environmental/resource management policy related to clean up and enhancement of the Great Lakes(which make up 20% of the world's fresh water and provides drinking water for approximately ...more »

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Open Government

Accountability in Government

Annual Government Budgets and updates as well as bills with spending implications are often slanted and/or biased to put the governing Party in the best possible light. There should be a Legislative Budget Officer (similar to the Federal Parliamentary Budget Officer), non-partisan and independent of the Legislature, to analyze and comment on the accuracy and implications of Legislative Financial Releases.

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Health Care

Mental health issues in schools

Mental health issues are becoming more prevalent in elementary schools. Issues of anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide and general emotional volatility are becoming more commonplace. A discussion needs to occur to figure out how we can best support these students, and what resources, programs and funding can be made available to support schools with students in crisis.

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Jobs & Economy

Allow plan members input to pension changes

Ontario's pension regulator FSCO (Financial Services Commission of Ontario) routinely meets with companies to modify pension plans; often to the benefit of the company and the determent of the pension plan members. Those most affected, the pension plan members, are not allowed to participate. They have no voice, no input, no vote. This practice should change such that pension plan members must be involved in any ...more »

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Open Government

priority for pension claims

For years the PPSA has contained a provision that provided for a deemed trust for pension claims. In many instances, the courts did not enforce this provision because insolvency laws are federal laws. The Indalex decision changed that by recognizing that the windup deficiency of a pension plan is protected by the provincial law. In the last budget, there is a statement which indicates that the Liberal government will ...more »

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Jobs & Economy

High Speed Rail along Windsor-Quebec corridor

No more studies, we should immediately begin the construction of a high-speed railway in the Windsor-Quebec City corridor. Multiple studies have already demonstrated the viability of the project which could also be linked to the U.S. high speed rail network currently under construction. Moreover, the project would also have national benefits were the contract tendered to Bombardier and steel purchased from Ontario steelworkers. ...more »

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Sustainable Communities

Lower electricity bills by cooperating with Quebec

By better using or even expanding our existing electricity system connections with Quebec, we can use low-cost Quebec water power (4 cents per kWh) to help meet some of Ontario’s power needs. This would be far cheaper and safer than rebuilding our aging nuclear plants (19 - 37 cents per kWh). Ontario needs to learn its lesson from a long history of nuclear projects that have seen massive cost overruns and delays, and ...more »

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Education

Special Education

Special education needs have increased dramatically in the last few years. More and more students with Autism are entering the school system and it is becoming increasingly difficult to support these students the way they deserve to be supported. I would like to see policies and funding examined to ensure that these students are receiving the quality of education that they are entitled to receive.

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Fair & Just Society

Why Are Car Insurance Premiums So High?

According to a recent article on the Toronto Star's website, "Of all the provinces, Ontario is by far the most costly place to buy car insurance. A 2011 study by the Fraser Institute found that Ontarians pay an average of $1,231 annually for auto insurance compared with Quebecers, who pay the country’s lowest rate at $642." (http://www.thestar.com/sponsored_sections/insurancehotline/2013/05/01/why-is-auto-insurance-so-costly-.html) ...more »

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Jobs & Economy

End funding of retirement incentives from underfunded pensions

The Ontario Pension Benefits Act allows companies to pay commuted value retirement incentives from the pension plan regardless the plan's solvency. This makes a bad situation worse as underfunded pensions are further depleted to cover these retirement incentives. The regulations should be changed to only allow companies to utilize pension funds as retirement incentives when the pension is fully funded. If it isn't ...more »

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Fair & Just Society

Equal pay for women

Employers today still pay women much less then their male colleges. I have found employers that find excuses and loop holes for this reasoning, but yet women in male dominated fields still suffer less pay for equal work. Loop holes need to be closed and resources need to be more available for women to seek equal pay without risk of losing their jobs.

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Health Care

Making home care possible for everyone in Ontario

Every Ontarian should have the choice to care for their loved one at home. We all need to become better informed about the cost, both financial and personal, to enable seniors to remain in their home. I want to be part of this conversation and part of a Liberal Party that makes home care a priority policy issue. It makes good sense, economically and socially, but it's complex and difficult for most Ontarians, right now, ...more »

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Open Government

Real electoral reform

In 2007 there was a referendum on electoral reform. The proposed mixed-member proportional representation system was defeated 63% to 37%. However, that result is not the full picture. As I found out from door-to-door canvassing, most voters knew absolutely nothing about the proposed system or did not even know that there was a referendum being held jointly with the provincial election. They understandably voted for the ...more »

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Education

Allow colleges to offer three-year degrees

It is essential in the new economy that Ontario strengthen its efforts to promote career-focused programs. An important step would be expanding the range of degree programs at the province’s colleges. Ontario’s public colleges already offer four-year degree programs. However, this province is one of the few jurisdictions in the world where graduates of a three-year post-secondary program can only earn a diploma, rather ...more »

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Sustainable Communities

Establish the FarmBelt to protect prime farmland

It is time Ontario properly protects our quickly disappearing prime farmland. The creation of a GreenBelt-esque protection for farmland would ensure that urban sprawl does not unnecessarily get built on top of the land that feeds us, and provides us with many valuable agricultural jobs. This would promote density and smart urban planning throughout the GTHA. It would also protect prime farmland from development applications, ...more »

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Sustainable Communities

Ban Puppy Mills and regulate pet breeding.

I propose a complete ban of the unethical and cruel business of puppy mill breeding in Ontario. There are cruelty laws in place, but they are rarely enforced and are on a complaint based system. It is common practice to discard breeding dogs on the side of the road, where they are picked up by animal control and sent to rescue agencies or are put down if they are not adopted. The psychological effects are obvious in ...more »

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Education

Teachers and EQAO testing

To get more teachers onside, especially elementary teachers, the EQAO needs rethinking. This was a Mike Harris initiative and costs a lot of money. If the PCs get into power, this will used to rank teachers and schools. The Fraser institute uses the results to rank schools and it is influencing people to move to certain neighbourhoods. The EQAO tests should either be eliminated, moved to randomized testing, where not ...more »

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Jobs & Economy

Faster Internet for a Faster and more efficient Province.

Whereas Federal rules governing Internet Service Providers dissuade foreign investment and open competition, which results in duopolies, monopolies, and needlessly inflated service prices in tandem with atrociously reduced speeds, service, and arbitrary "bandwidth caps". Whereas said reduced speeds, service, and arbitrary "bandwidth caps" reduces the true potential of business, research and development, and ease of access ...more »

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Open Government

Political recall and legal recourse for politicians

Politicians at all levels are entrusted to govern in the best interests of their constituents and to protect the public purse. Currently, individuals at all three levels of government are embroiled in scandals concerning negligence, malfeasance, neglect and criminality. Political recall (removal from office) and legal action (where evidence of criminal activity is suspected) would make politicians personally accountable ...more »

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Health Care

Health Insurance

Insurance companies should have to do their homework before you go on a trip, so that you know that you are covered. Basic premise here; if they take your premium, then you are covered, it's as simple as that. If they want to check your health record, they have to do that before they take your money and reject you as a customer before hand, not after you get sick in some foreign country and get stuck with a huge medical ...more »

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Fair & Just Society

Improve the Charitable Contribution Tax Credit on the 1st $200

The first $200 of annual charitable contributions attract a provincial tax credit of only 5.05%. Contributions above the threshold attract a credit of 11.16%. The credit should be revised so that all donations receive the 11.16% credit. This will particularly benefit lower income small donors and will encourage help for many charities trying to help the most vulnerable in our society.

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Fair & Just Society

Change the 407 Act!

Bring fairness & transparency back to consumers & reign in spiraling tolls. Sign the petition http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/change-the-407act Grievances against 407ETR include spiraling tolls, invoice suppression, undocumented invoicing, interfering with 407Act, keeping bankrupts in plate denial, ignoring the Statute of Limitations, improper billing, double billing, equipment failure, paying the bill and not ...more »

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Open Government

Making freedom of information requests easier

The government currently has a Deputy Minister in charge of leading a government-wide "Open Data" project, yet submitting a simple Freedom of Information (FOI) request still requires one to find a form online, print it, fill it out, find an envelope/stamp, write a cheque and mail it to the relevant ministry. It's not 1982 anymore. All of this could and should easily be moved online and credit card payment allowed. It's ...more »

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Education

Encouraging Youth Voter Participation, Improving Civic Education

This policy would seek to allow youth to pre-register to vote upon the age of 15, and making the voter registration a part of the Ontario grade 10 civics course, to increase the level of engagement and attachment youth would have in the democratic process before they vote upon turning 18. Australia and several American states allow for voter registration below the age of 18, and there there is a positive correlation ...more »

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Jobs & Economy

Apprenticeship Reform

Apprenticeship facilitation. The opportunities for recent graduates of high school to enter apprenticeship programs in a number of trades such as plumbing, electrician etc are severely limited by the requirement that several journeymen must be available to train each apprentice. The college of trades must be reformed to facilitate easier access for young high school graduates .Our neighbour is a recent graduate but finds ...more »

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Sustainable Communities

Supporting Suburban/Downtown Subway Relief (S+DRL) line

As a party we always listen to the experts. We must listen to the experts calling on us to prioritize transit development in the GTA. Investing in Scarborough subway before the S+DRL is there to relieve the Yonge Street Subway line is foolish and while Liberals invest in Transit if we invest in the wrong transit we aren't helping. The right reasonable and responsible approach to transit.

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