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 »
Like many countries, such as the UK, Ontario needs a policy and identified funding strategy to assist young parents with parenting programs, education, employment programs and the resources to succeed. These approaches are proven successful and much more cost effective than neglecting these young families or subjecting them to ongoing child welfare involvement
In these tough times, I believe that everyone should pay their fair share of tax. That's what the Fairer Tax is all about, and there are two things I would like to see the Ontario Liberal Party do: Make the super rich pay their fair share Currently it's too easy for the super rich to dodge paying their fair share of tax in the Province of Ontario. The Ontario Liberal Party should campaign to close these loopholes ...more »
Imagine your little boy lives down the street from a shiny new school with new computers and air conditioning, within walking distance, but he's not allowed to attend this school because he's not "special" enough. Imagine your daughter just graduated with her BA in Education and she wasn't allowed to even apply to over HALF the jobs in her Province because she's not one of those "special" people - regardless of her intellect ...more »
Develop a strategy to help small towns boost their local economy. Small towns should be focused on growing existing local businesses and encouraging entrepreneurship from within, yet often economic development officers focus on attracting big name corporations that destroy downtowns, shut down tourism and pay minimum wage. Ontario needs a provincial strategy or toolkit to help small cities, towns and villages develop ...more »
To pay a living wage for an honest days work is not a sin and does not destroy the economic health of the country as some would have us believe. In FACT the very OPPOSITE is TRUE. The steady decline, over the last 30 years, in the wellbeing of the members of the middle class and below is directly connected to changes in governmental attitudes and their tax changes initiated by the Thatcher/Reagen/Malrony governments. ...more »
Studies have proven the benefits of early education to children, families, and the economy. Thousands of families are waiting to find childcare spaces, and when they can find a space, they are paying $45 a day, per child! And in a city, the waitlist for subsidy is often longer than it is needed for-3 or 4 years! Other studies also say the first 5 years of a child's life are THE most important to development. Why then ...more »
All employees should receive a minimum of 20 paid vacation days per year (in addition to civic / statutory holidays)
(I believe it's over 30 days in Germany)
Humanity is a viral cancerous parasite that is devouring its host -- the planet earth. We need to find new ways to structure our society and our economies based on stability, improvement and distribution, rather than unsustainable unlimited unending growth. "Modern macroeconomics often seems to treat rapid and stable economic growth as the be-all and end-all of policy. That message is echoed in political debates, ...more »
Sometimes residents in LTC are medicated as a means of keeping them quiet and passive.
Is zombie-hood what you want for yourself or your parents if 'living' your last days, months, or even years in LTC is in the future for you or them?
This idea is put forward as a solution to the "Too Big To Fail" and "Income Inequality" problems that in my opinion pose the greatest risk of destroying society today and the progress mankind has made over the last 50 years. Corporations today, particularly multi-nationals, have unprecedented power and the theory that shareholders will keep a check on the executives that manage them is bankrupt. Witness the rise of ...more »
The expectation that people should retire at 65 (unless the person is incompetent or incapable) is a big mistake. Warehousing or segregating old folks into residences, treatment, facilities, programs and so on, is a big mistake. Society as a whole, not just seniors, has suffered an enormous loss of knowledge, information, experience, compassion, respect etc by our current ...more »