Fair & Just Society

Keep public sector wages comparable - arbitration reform

The system whereby police officers and other public sector workers end up getting very high wages and benefits because of arbitration needs to be changed. We can no longer have a system where public sector workers get wage increases based on what increases were awarded to other public sector workers. Wages for the public sector should not outpace what the rest of us earn.. public sector wages should be based on what ...more »

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Sustainable Communities

Scrap DriveClean

The latest version of the DriveClean programme is flawed. Instead of testing the exhaust emissions, DriveClean tests the OBD11 monitor. This is causing too many failures of non-polluting vehicles. The new test can be defeated by resetting OBD prior to test on 2 visits. Scrap altogether OR return to testing emissions with probes.

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Education

Free Tuition

There are currently 20 developed countries that offer free university tuition. I'm a student and I am struggling with the idea that I am paying thousands of dollars for post-secondary education, only to graduate with years of debt I'll have to face before I can start my life. How about we spend tax dollars on having higher education paid for, instead of huge tax cuts for large corporations? We are the ones with the skills ...more »

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Accountability

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 »

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Sustainable Communities

Bring back the land speculation tax or an equalivalent

In the 1970s, there was a tax on land speculation. To protect farmland, any land that is sold after being rezoned from famland or similar rural uses to become part of a city ot urban area should be taxed on the assessed value AFTER the rezoning at the time of sale. The tax would be based on the difference between the value of the land at least 5 years prior to the rezoning and the sale price. If an urban area is expanded ...more »

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Land value taxation

Property taxes are currently based on the market value assessment of both land and building of a particular property. This penalizes relatively efficient land users (condos and apartments) and subsidizes inefficient land users (gas stations, parking lots, vacant lots, detached housing). Switching to property taxes based on the value of land alone, as found in Hong Kong and Singapore, will resolve this disparity.

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dining tax on low cost meals

For years now a meal costing less than $4.00 at a restaurant has been subject to only a 6% tax. [Correction, it is 5%, and is GST] The idea behind this is to help lower income people who might occasionally be able to dine out, maybe some fast food places. And for years there were meals at many of these places which came in under the $4.00 mark. So a meal at $3.99 would be taxed 24 cents, [Oops, 20 cets] while a meal ...more »

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Sustainable Communities

Funding model for Highway extension

I understand the province is looking at funding models to extend the toll highway through Toronto. The best public funding model ever used in highway development was that used for the Skyway Bridge in Hamilton in the sixties and seventies. A massive piece of engineering, users were told they would pay a toll until the bridge was paid for, and then the toll would be removed. I was a bit doubtful they'd ever remove ...more »

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Jobs & Economy

Why Financial Transaction Tax Is the Best Way To Pay For Transit

This method of taxation is probably the most accepted form anywhere because it is easy to implement and it's successful in other countries and regions. Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore among others have Financial Transaction Taxes yet are among the free economies in the world. Even a small tax percentage as low as .01% on every transaction at the TSX will make BILLIONS for Ontario annually with no risk to the people. ...more »

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Jobs & Economy

Lower the Capital Gain's inclusion rate

Whereas a capital gain is defined as the proceeds from the sale of an asset (ie. land, buildings, stocks, etc) less the original cost of that asset. Example: you invest $1,000 in a small business by purchasing shares and 5 years later sell your shares for $10,000. The capital gain would be $10,000-$1,000 or $9000. Whereas the capital gain's inclusion rate is currently 50%. In other words, 50% of your capital gain will ...more »

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Jobs & Economy

Prohibit public sector unions from striking

Unionized workers in the public sector are paid through government taxes, and are highly compensated relative to the private sector. They provide essential services for Ontarians, and should be prevented from holding Ontarians for ransom every time they have a dispute with their employer, the government. We have seen the negative affects and hardships these prolonged strikes have had on Ontarians in recent years. Teachers, ...more »

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Government & Social Ventures- Dynamics to Success

Social ventures provide systemic solutions to achieve a sustainable social objective. Often social ventures have a triple bottom line of economic, environmental and social impact. I propose that government should structure strategic support for social ventures with regards to the following: a) Procurement- “First in Line” Points should be given to social ventures so that the percentage of social impact is increased ...more »

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