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 »
The system whereby police officers and other public sector workers end up getting very high wages and benefits because of arbitration needs to be changed. We can no longer have a system where public sector workers get wage increases based on what increases were awarded to other public sector workers. Wages for the public sector should not outpace what the rest of us earn.. public sector wages should be based on what ...more »
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 »
The rules and regulations regarding these waitlists must have been designed by number-crunchers for expediency and efficiency of the system (optimal bed occupancy) who know nothing, or care nothing, about the real life experience of real live sentient human beings. There is a big difference between qualifying for admission to LTC and actually requiring LTC placement. Individuals can 'qualify' for the services that ...more »
Raise the family income maximums for disability support programs (ODSP, SSAH, ACSD, ADP) yearly and keep it in line with inflation and the increases given to MPPs/civil servants. Families should not be threated with support cut-offs because they have to pick up 2nd and 3rd jobs to help pay for the costs of disabled family members and maintain a roof over ones head. It's not responsible governance when a family chooses ...more »
Here is a tax grab that really bugs me: There is no GST on used cars sold unless the car is sold by a car dealer... Before the HST, it used to be though that people did have to pay the 8% provincial sales tax, but not gST. When the hST came in, what happened, the provincial governmetn increased its tax to 13% - and the exucse was that this will stop "curbsiders". In fact, it does not such thing but this was something ...more »
Developers with deep pockets are intimidating Municipalities into supporting non optimum developments because Municipalities and public interveners cannot afford an expensive OMB fight. Hence, to level the playing field Developers should be required to help fund legitimate intervention up to the level of their own legal costs.
While it is true that the Province of Ontario has a unique role to play within Canadian confederation, I believe that we are increasingly treated as a doormat by the rest of the country, and most especially by successive federal governments for many years. Specifically, we send to Ottawa $10 billion each and every year in tax revenue that we get back in terms of federal spending per capita in Ontario where education, ...more »
The Land Transfer Tax is an unfair and pointless tax - it should be eliminated. Normally many taxes are applied to things based on principles such as "fairness", or to achieve some important goal, like discouraging smoking. The land transfer tax discourages home ownership, and penalises people who want to move to take a job, to buy a bigger home so they can have kids, or from senioirs from downsizing. Lets reduce ...more »
Since February 2011, the Canadian Sikh Association (CSA) has been working with our elected officials to obtain a motorcycle exemption for turban-wearing Sikhs in Ontario. This right has been recognized in other Canadian provinces including British Columbia and Manitoba as well as countries like the United Kingdom. Sikhs of Ontario wish to have fairness and freedom to practice their religion in Ontario and for this, ...more »
Eliminate duplication and blatant discrimination. Save money. Historical reasons for separate boards are no longer valid and sorely outdated.