Sustainable Communities

Establish the FarmBelt to protect prime farmland

It is time Ontario properly protects our quickly disappearing prime farmland. The creation of a GreenBelt-esque protection for farmland would ensure that urban sprawl does not unnecessarily get built on top of the land that feeds us, and provides us with many valuable agricultural jobs. This would promote density and smart urban planning throughout the GTHA. It would also protect prime farmland from development applications, ...more »

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Sustainable Communities

Create a Farmland Preservation Program

The importance of preserving farmland for agricultural purposes cannot be understated. Agriculture is Ontario’s largest economic sector, contributing over $30 billion annually to the province’s GDP. Farmland also benefits all Ontarians environmentally, as open space helps to regulate the climate and produce our local food web. Yet, much of Ontario’s prime agricultural land is located near towns and cities and will thus ...more »

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Fair & Just Society

Factory Farming needs Enforceable Regulations

There are currently no laws regulating the treatment of animals on farms - all are voluntary. Standard production methods aimed at increasing profit and reducing the from their birth to our plate, make the lives of these animals short and painful. Animals are not simply production units - they are living beings that feel pain and need our protection. Government must regulate the factory farm industry as it does so ...more »

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Sustainable Communities

Implement Norfolk County's "ALUS" System Province-Wide

Norfolk County, Ontario has successfully implemented the Alternative Land Use Services Pilot Project (ALUS). ALUS is described as “a voluntary, incentive based project testing the concept of providing payments to farmers for returning marginal, environmentally sensitive, or inefficient farmland into native vegetative cover and wetlands. “ Originally developed by Manitoba’s Keystone Agricultural Producers, this program ...more »

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Jobs & Economy

Fruit wines for sale at Farmers' Markets

Ontario has been producing fruit wines since the early settlers arrived. Currently there are a growing number of fruit wineries producing quality wines in Ontario. These may be made from apples, pears, strawberries, maple syrup, honey and other fruit. Very few find their way into the LCBO. Often the only fruit wines for sale at the LCBO are imported. The law should be changed to allow the sale of these fruit wines and ...more »

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Jobs & Economy

Allow the LCBO to sell marijuana

The province should introduce the legalization of marijuana in a way that benefits the interests of all Ontarians. It appears that legalization of this substance is inevitable given the trends in other jurisdictions. Ontario must not be a late comer to this trend-and given its advantages, should not be. Ontario can control distribution of legal marijuana through the LCBO. In this scenario, the province can ensure ...more »

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