Campaign: 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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Campaign: Jobs & Economy

Forget Keystone XL and bring Canadian Oil to Ontario!

Bring our Oil, Affordable Fuel Prices, and Jobs to Ontario! Canada is a net exporter of gasoline. Yet, Ontario imports billions of liters of fuel mostly from refineries in Quebec and the US. Moreover, Ontarian middle class families pay much more at the pump than do our neighbours. Canadian crude production is expected to double in the next decade. While Canadian companies are ready to build expensive Keystone XL pipeline ...more »

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Campaign: Jobs & Economy

Cellphone Service for the Underground TTC Network

The Government of Ontario, via Metrolinx and the TTC should sign an agreement with Canada's telecom providers, to get cellular and LTE services underground. This has been done in Montreal, so it is possible in Canada. All underground sections on the subway and streetcar network should be "wired", along with future network extensions like the Eglinton Crosstown LRT and the Scarborough Subway. While commuting, one can ...more »

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Campaign: Education

Jobs for Graduates!

We must connect our education system to the reality of our labor market. Ontario has the most skilled workforce in the world. Yet our university graduates are struggling to get in to the field of their profession. They are forced to work as taxi drivers, security guards, and bar tenders. The so called market's 'invisible hand' fails to solve this problem. While our universities and colleges heartlessly promote expensive ...more »

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Campaign: Sustainable Communities

Recycling

In Ontario plastic water bottles must be made refundable like alcoholic containers are in Ontario.

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Campaign: Education

Free Tuition

There are currently 20 developed countries that offer free university tuition. I'm a student and I am struggling with the idea that I am paying thousands of dollars for post-secondary education, only to graduate with years of debt I'll have to face before I can start my life. How about we spend tax dollars on having higher education paid for, instead of huge tax cuts for large corporations? We are the ones with the skills ...more »

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Campaign: Education

Formal Apprenticeships

Ontario should introduce formal apprenticeship programs in all areas (e.g., trades, service industries), with a clear progression from apprentice to journeyman to master. Young people, working at a an apprenticeship salary (not for free) would be trained---in the work place---by "master craftspeople" (working at an apprentice salary), but would also need to qualify (e.g., passing some type of practical and/or theory ...more »

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Campaign: Jobs & Economy

Invest in Food & WAter

Canada's largest employer is the Agricultural sector but our lands are at risk by quarry pits and urban sprawl. We need an act today protect our Agricultural sectors and watersheds for the long term because farming and food production is Ontario's leading economic driver and in the age of climate change, food production and source water protection will be more and more valuable to Ontario in the days ahead. To insure ...more »

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Campaign: Jobs & Economy

Farming out jobs

Industries that farm out their labor force to other countries must pay a levy to the Government to compensate for the loss of local jobs.

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Campaign: Jobs & Economy

Encourage the spending of "dead money"

Former Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney said in August 2012 that there was 500 billion dollars of "dead money" that corporations and businesses across Canada are just sitting on! I would rather see this money spent improving the economy and creating jobs across Ontario rather then see this money sent back to the shareholders. The government must have incentives, tax breaks or some other carrot they can dangle in front ...more »

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