This policy would seek to allow youth to pre-register to vote upon the age of 15, and making the voter registration a part of the Ontario grade 10 civics course, to increase the level of engagement and attachment youth would have in the democratic process before they vote upon turning 18. Australia and several American states allow for voter registration below the age of 18, and there there is a positive correlation ...more »
Mental Health services and education in the province of Ontario need to be examined and improved. Youth suffering from intense mental health problems are not being served as they need to be. Wait lists for assistance are extensive, help lines are inadequate, and knowledge about what services do exist is limited. The system itself appears to be evaluated based on how many youth it serves, rather than on how many youth ...more »
When folks get close to retirement, many of them start feeling concerned about not feeling as needed afterwards. They have concerns that their institutional knowledge will be lost. So many stick around longer than originally planned. This prevents new jobs from opening up for young people. A possible solution to this is to introduce a pilot program that would keep these retirees involved in their field while creating ...more »
Ontario is one of six provinces that limits child welfare services to age 16. Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta, BC, and The Yukon go up to 18 or 19. In all 50 states in our neighbours to the south go up to 18, with special services for ages 18-21. Late adolescence/early adulthood is a critical transition time for at-risk youth. Rather than abdoning these youth we should make sure they are protected and supported
2 huge issues facing Ontario: -youth unemployment -underfunded retirement Since the crash, Ontarians are continuing to work past the 'golden age' of 65. They are delaying retirement (and rightfully so, their portfolios got smashed in 2008), and staying at their job. This is contributing to the huge rise in youth unemployment. New positions aren't being created fast enough. My solution: Encourage job-sharing in ...more »
There are complaints of the lack of political participation of the younger demographic. School is highly anti-democratic while teaching civics courses which supposedly support democracy. Those aged 16-18 are permitted to earn an income, drive an automobile, serve in the military and participate in political nomination and leadership elections, amongst other rights, so why shouldn't they be enfranchised? The same arguments ...more »
People should be able to vote at the age of 16 in Ontario. This would encourage youth participation and enfranchise youth.
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 »