Campaign: 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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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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More Deep Lake Water Cooling

Enwave's Deep Lake Water Cooling design provides downtown Toronto with an equivalent of 207MW worth of air-conditioning while not putting back latent waste heat into the lake[1]. This was put in place in 2004. Other Ontario cities around Great Lakes can also implement such a process. OPA/OPG needs to stop denying a technology that clearly works and instead promote and invest in it across the province for increased ...more »

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Provincial Congestion Pricing Strategy

Develop a well-researched congestion pricing strategy at the Provincial level to be implemented locally if, when and where appropriate. Congestion pricing is an efficient and fair method of financing transit, necessary road infrastructure improvements and other alternative modes of transport. It reduces congestion in peak hours, promotes active travel, boosts our economy, our health and promotes sustainability. Leadership ...more »

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Build a vision of a Sustainable Ontario

The promise of creating a sustainable society is well-established these days. However, there is no vision of what that might look like. The only that does exist is a rather vague sense of the need for increased energy efficiency, minimizing waste and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These are all necessary, but wholly insufficient. It would be amazing to engage Ontarians in a substantive, ongoing process that generates ...more »

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Renewable Energy Mortgage

If Ontario worked with banks to create an energy mortgage to encourage the adding of solar panels / geothermal installs then there would be more. We need to provide the financing framework market open to all regardless of technology. It should be thought of on the same terms as a new roof or furnace upgrade. I think it's just the financing over the 10-20 years the person is in the house not the ideas. Same for other ...more »

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Commercial buildings must have GSHP / Geothermal installed

Put in a law like other countries, that any new multi storey industrial / commerical / condo buildings have ground source heat pumps or geothermal installed. New building should not be requiring to plug into nuclear energy for 100% of their needs.

 

Ontario has the skills. Borehole technology from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, among others. We just need to do it

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There is no such thing as a sustainable community.

The idea that any community can be sustainable relies on the principle that we don't consume what we can't replace. Unless we go back to living in wooden houses, all other forms of dwellings are innately unsustainable. When we mine gravel for concrete and other paving projects, we are stripping out the biofiltration that protects ground water. Once it's gone, it's gone. It cannot be put back and the filtration layer ...more »

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Campaign: Jobs & Economy

Fund energy education program

Ontario's energy mix is a first rate model to boast about. We now have 60% of our electricity from nuclear and significant renewables contributing and a wonderful hydro system that is still growing. It has been shown that clean, cheap energy provides prosperity and sustainability. An education program about energy will prepare a workforce to allow continued prosperity and enable the growing energy sector to expand our ...more »

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Campaign: Open Government

Make it Easy for Popular Parties to Have an Official Voice

To make every vote meaningful it should be relatively easy for voters of small parties with popular ideas, like the Marijuana Party, or the End the Breed Ban Party, or the One School System Party for example, to send those party's Leaders to the Legislature in an official capacity to advocate, every day, for each party's aims, goals, issues and objectives. This can easily be accomplished by changing the way we count ...more »

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Campaign: Fair & Just Society

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