Stop the practice of encouraging school boards to close and consolidate new schools often in newly constructed school requiring more busing and adding to provincial debt. Create incentives instead for collaboration between school boards, municipalities, non profits and appropriate for profit organizations to use surplus school space to create community hubs and enhance educational opportunities. Embrace a 'fix it first' ...more »
Please make it mandatory in the building code to situate all housing to maximize solar gain that would enable the usage of solar panels on all roofs.
Until it becomes part of the building code the development industry has no interest in changing their way of building.
The Energy Minister should not take over the planning of the energy sector in the Province. Listen to the experts in the system don't assume as a Minister of Energy that you know what we should do because you believe someone from the Global Warming crowd. Bad electricity causes prices to rise, good manufacturing jobs to leave the province and energy poverty for people on fixed incomes or people living at or near the ...more »
The province came up with the "Places to Grow" act, now why don't they start enforcing it. Urban sprawl is continuing further into York, Durham, and Peel regions for example. These regions don't care about the act or the environment, just tax revenue. They should be forced to increase density instead of continuing to spread out.
Municipal taxes should be based on cost-to-service instead of assessed value. The current system encourages sprawl by penalizing people who live in efficient but pricey downtown areas while subsidizing properties in outlying areas that are much more expensive to service. Why are we subsidizing sprawl? Also, municipalities should be given the freedom to experiment with different taxation models -- who knows what kind ...more »
Since there will be a huge addition to the tax base here in Chatham Kent I think that we should be utilizing as much as possible of the moneys that come into the provincial treasuries in terms of eco friendly programs to get Ontario moving. The Thames River is very polluted. I would like to see it cleaned up.
Small Business owners are key to any recovery, much of the innovation & for the economic mobility of the disadvantaged & middle classes. Small Business owners, while being hard working, creative, optimistic, represented in every community & demographic, are not necessarily good accountants or people managers. Ontario needs better programs that assist small business owners to access quality managers and most of all quality ...more »
If you haven't heard about Tesla, look them up. They have redefined the Electric Car Market. They have released the first, full scale electric vehicle that can drive out a gas engine to power it when the battery level drops. Other car manufacturers are now trying to recreate this technology. However, major car manufacturers and oil industry lobby groups are stalling the sales and export of these vehicles. Lets partner ...more »
Cities across the province are having to deal with buses that fail before they can be replaced, which brings down cities' transit services. In 2010, the OBRP was cut and 'replaced' by the municipal gas tax, but that wasn't enough and Ontario cities are now struggling to maintain, let alone expand their aging bus fleets.
Ontario needs to end its silence on the climate issue and build on the Green Energy Act. Climate change is a reality and we need to lead with a solution that provides a positive impact on the economy of Ontario. We can not allow ourselves to be last out of the gate or to be misled into a regressive carbon tax. We need an approach that creates jobs and adds to the economic activity of the province.
Simply put, the priorities for Northern Ontario are far different than Southern Ontario. I pulled the following info from Wikipedia: NORTHERN ONTARIO Area Total=802,378.67 km^2 Population (2011) • Total 732,914 • Density 0.9/km^2 SOUTHERN ONTARIO Area Total =139,931 km^2 Population (2011) • Total 12,118,805 • Density 86.4/km2 By these points alone, it should be apparent that very few in the north will ever feel ...more »