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 government currently has a Deputy Minister in charge of leading a government-wide "Open Data" project, yet submitting a simple Freedom of Information (FOI) request still requires one to find a form online, print it, fill it out, find an envelope/stamp, write a cheque and mail it to the relevant ministry. It's not 1982 anymore. All of this could and should easily be moved online and credit card payment allowed. It's ...more »
Elected MPP's need a REAL voice in legislature. Party leaders are now constantly whipping votes and it has become FAR to commonplace. Each and every MPP was voted in and each representative should have a voice. No MPP should be "muzzled" and removed from caucus for listening and speaking out for the voters in their respective ridings. Time for Fair, Equal and Democratic Representation at Queens Park.
When speaking of teachers, politicians and the public often refer to teachers only working 9 months out of the year. Yet the Members of Legislative Authority (the MPP's) work fewer days of the year.
MPP's should work full years and only have the same vacation time as all other public sector employees. They should further be required to attend Queens Park for at a minimum of 200 days of the year.
Currently Ontario's Ombudsman only has the power to embarrass City Councils, Boards and Committees that improperly make decisions behind closed doors. As a watchdog the Ombudsman can only bark. It literally takes months for the Ombudsman's Office to thoroughly investigate complaints so that the conclusions of the investigation are fair to the Municipality. That's a whole heck of a lot of resources to ensure that an actual ...more »
The Government of Ontario should implement an online petition system, similar to the ones implemented in the UK, Quebec, and the US. An online petition system would combat voter apathy by re-engaging Ontarians and making their voices heard.
Why have a Transit "Cadillac System" and a "Cattle Car System" from Kennedy Station? You are both trying to go Downtown. Voila you have just saved about 5 Billion Dollars. GO's today's trains are only about 30% full. Fill the other 70% with Toronto Standees. Voila Ms. Wynne, you have just fixed Gridlock, without requiring 50 Billion Dollars. This idea, has just fixed Gridlock and saved billions. This idea has "Intellectual ...more »
There are a fair number of suggestions here now that include concerns about accountability (you can find them through a search) I think it would be a good idea for the government of Ontario to define through legislation exactly what "Accountability" means and entails for all institutions, agencies and bodies that are (or should be) accountable to the public in Ontario. Accountability should be required, and consequences ...more »
We must be very cautious how much authority and power we allow the state, corporations and other powerful organizations & agencies to exercise over our daily lives. All of the above can provide great good and stability to our society and to us as individuals, but all are also very dangerous evils. There is an absolute need for more and more transparency and accountability as the state, corporations and other powerful ...more »
Currently in the Municipal Act there is a weakness that allows Municipal Bureaucrat voting-controlled Committees to use their discretion to close their doors to the taxpaying public for any reason their heart desires. This is not good. There is no down side to openness. What allows these, sometimes Standing, Committees to close their doors to the taxpaying public is the fact that "Committees of Council are made up of ...more »
There are thousands of foreign trained doctors who are permanent residents in Canada and Canada lacks health professionals including doctors.And these foreign trained doctors are doing odd jobs hence wasting their talents.By utilizing these doctors Canadians can enjoy good quality of health care and less waiting time in emergencies and for their treatments.
Common Ground appears to be there to collect as many ideas as possible, from Ontarians (and maybe other). Common Ground should be made permanent, but with a slightly different aim: problems (that the Government of Ontario can solve) that the common person experiences, could be posted instead of ideas. That way, our almighty Government could be made aware of real problems in Ontario, when a number of citizens are all reporting ...more »