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

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: Open Government

Transform Civil Service

Ontario deserves the most skilled and efficient government. Therefore, we need to transform our civil service into a modern personnel system with:

- market salaries;

- performance based pay;

- promotions and layoffs based on performance rather than on seniority and patronage;

- and a hiring system based on qualification (not patronage).

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Campaign: Open Government

Innovative and Efficient Government

Encourage our government employees to innovate and eliminate inefficiencies! We should encourage government employees for innovative ways of cutting down costs and inefficiencies in programs through policies and rewards. - Allow employees to create teams that propose changes to programs that reduce costs and increase efficiency and productivity. - As an incentive, employees get to keep 25% of the first-year savings generated ...more »

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Campaign: Health Care

Hospital Construction Savings

The recently constructed hospital in North Bay at a cost of over $1 billion is incomprehensible. Why would you fund such an inefficient structure. At the same time this building was being built the Universit of Pittsburg built a hospital at less than half the cost that went up 11 stories. Why re-invent the wheel at tax payers expense. Surely there must be a most efficient design for hospitals in the small, medium, and ...more »

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Campaign: Fair & Just Society

"FIltering" and "Lane-splitting" for motorcycles

http://www.laneshare.org/ http://rideapart.com/2013/01/rideapart-24-why-lane-splitting-is-awesome/ As it’s practiced in California, lane-sharing offers a way to reduce congestion by creating an additional lane for motorcyclists to use when traffic is stopped or slow moving. It conserves energy in two ways. First, it keeps the motorcyclist and other traffic, to a lesser degree, moving. A moving vehicle is more energy ...more »

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Campaign: Education

Merging the Public and Catholic School Boards

Our full policy paper can be found at: http://ormyl.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/ormyl-policy-merging-public-and-catholic-school-boards2.pdf WHEREAS in the current economic climate the Ontario Government should be considering all possible opportunities for cost savings; WHEREAS Ontario is the only province to provide full funding for two school boards; WHEREAS estimated annual savings from a school board merger are ...more »

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