Sustainable Communities

Farming on vacant urban land

A lot of food could be grown in urban areas on vacant land. This type of activity could engage communities and save costs is many ways.

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Health Care

Lower Barriers for Mental Health Treatment

According to the recent StatsCan Community Health Survey, "An estimated 600,000 had a perceived unmet mental health care need, and more than 1,000,000 had a partially met need" and that the need for treatment mostly lied in counselling. Mental health is also a rapidly emerging problem for this province's youth who are disproportionately affected with mental health issues. Having been down this road, I can see some ways ...more »

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Fair & Just Society

Get rid of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)

If a development is contrary to municipal official plans and zoning, developers should not be able to appeal(and most of the time win) their case at the OMB.

Example 1:

City: You can't build that 20 storey condo in a residential area.

OMB: Why not?

 

Example 2:

City: You can't demolish that designated heritage building for no reason.

OMB: Go right ahead!

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Jobs & Economy

Tax Benefits for Volunteers

Volunteers who contribute to the success of our not-for-profit organizations and charities should be eligible for tax benefits that are in direct relation to the work they are performing. For example, a volunteer who contributes 4 hours per week, should be eligible for a tax receipt, as if they had made a cash donation, for 208 hours. The value of those hours would be agreed upon at the onset of the project, or would ...more »

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Sustainable Communities

Stop unnecessary Urban Sprawl

The province came up with the "Places to Grow" act, now why don't they start enforcing it. Urban sprawl is continuing further into York, Durham, and Peel regions for example. These regions don't care about the act or the environment, just tax revenue. They should be forced to increase density instead of continuing to spread out.

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Open Government

Give Northern Ontario Political Autonomy

Simply put, the priorities for Northern Ontario are far different than Southern Ontario. I pulled the following info from Wikipedia: NORTHERN ONTARIO Area Total=802,378.67 km^2 Population (2011) • Total 732,914 • Density 0.9/km^2 SOUTHERN ONTARIO Area Total =139,931 km^2 Population (2011) • Total 12,118,805 • Density 86.4/km2 By these points alone, it should be apparent that very few in the north will ever feel ...more »

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