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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GO Transit Rail Service for Orangeville

Let’s get cars off of the road and trains onto the track. Let’s make a Union Station-Orangeville GO Transit Rail Service a reality. Often referred to as a “bedroom” or “gateway” community, Orangeville is home to 30,729 residents, and is the largest town in Dufferin County. Connecting Orangeville to the GTA is a lightly used rail line, which should be used for a GO Transit Rail line. Currently, Metrolinx has planned ...more »

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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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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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Health Care

TeleHealth

TeleHealth is Northern Ontario should not be cut but be kept open to better service the people of the north and other rural areas of the province. We deserve the same services as voters in the south.

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STOP CATERING TO MIDDLE CLASS SUBURBAN TAX HATERS

After all, youth, students, visible minorities, recent immigrants, renters, users of public transit, welfare and disability recipients, senior citizens, the poor and even the wealthy, tend to be largely ignored by both the Wynne Liberals and the Hudak Conservatives, who would appear to be primarily concerned only with what is best for both Bay Street bankers as well as middle aged, middle class, propertied, car owners ...more »

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Fair & Just Society

Revive world Class Horse Racing Partnership

As the cancellation of the Slots-At-Racetracks Partnership punished rural farmers and smalltown businesses for the perceived largesse of big city racing facilities, let's revive Slots At Racetracks in a format that benefits everyone. Woodbine / Mohawk: 6% for horse people, 4% for racetrack. All other tracks: 8% for horsepeople, 7% for tracks, with FULL ACCOUNTING mandatory for participation. The local municipality portion ...more »

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Fulfill Leona Dombrowski's Promise

Leona Dombrowski promised provincial funding for the Tobacco Transition Program. The Federal government provided their 60%, the province reneged on their 40%. The tobacco belt has suffered greatly due to the lack of transition into new ventures. The counties of Elgin, Haldimand-Norfolk, Brant, Oxford and Middlesex need to have those tobacco jobs replaced. I know this idea won't be popular on this site, but it is ...more »

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Jobs & Economy

Increase Funding for the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs

Snowmobiling has been part of the rural Ontario lifestyle for over 40 years. Contributing about $1.2 billion each winter to the provincial economy, it is also a vital economic and social driver for Ontario. The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) operates over 40,000 kilometres of trails in Ontario, and relies mostly on volunteers. For every kilometer of trail, it costs local snowmobile clubs about $412 to ...more »

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