Annual Government Budgets and updates as well as bills with spending implications are often slanted and/or biased to put the governing Party in the best possible light. There should be a Legislative Budget Officer (similar to the Federal Parliamentary Budget Officer), non-partisan and independent of the Legislature, to analyze and comment on the accuracy and implications of Legislative Financial Releases.
Mental health issues are becoming more prevalent in elementary schools. Issues of anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide and general emotional volatility are becoming more commonplace. A discussion needs to occur to figure out how we can best support these students, and what resources, programs and funding can be made available to support schools with students in crisis.
Ontario's pension regulator FSCO (Financial Services Commission of Ontario) routinely meets with companies to modify pension plans; often to the benefit of the company and the determent of the pension plan members. Those most affected, the pension plan members, are not allowed to participate. They have no voice, no input, no vote. This practice should change such that pension plan members must be involved in any ...more »
For years the PPSA has contained a provision that provided for a deemed trust for pension claims. In many instances, the courts did not enforce this provision because insolvency laws are federal laws. The Indalex decision changed that by recognizing that the windup deficiency of a pension plan is protected by the provincial law. In the last budget, there is a statement which indicates that the Liberal government will ...more »
No more studies, we should immediately begin the construction of a high-speed railway in the Windsor-Quebec City corridor. Multiple studies have already demonstrated the viability of the project which could also be linked to the U.S. high speed rail network currently under construction. Moreover, the project would also have national benefits were the contract tendered to Bombardier and steel purchased from Ontario steelworkers. ...more »
Restore government funding to pre-Harris levels, and fund 50% of the operation of public transit in Ontario.
By better using or even expanding our existing electricity system connections with Quebec, we can use low-cost Quebec water power (4 cents per kWh) to help meet some of Ontario’s power needs. This would be far cheaper and safer than rebuilding our aging nuclear plants (19 - 37 cents per kWh). Ontario needs to learn its lesson from a long history of nuclear projects that have seen massive cost overruns and delays, and ...more »
Income taxes are too high on small income earners. When the poor can Afford decent housing, transportation and food All Those things make for a stronger economy.
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Special education needs have increased dramatically in the last few years. More and more students with Autism are entering the school system and it is becoming increasingly difficult to support these students the way they deserve to be supported. I would like to see policies and funding examined to ensure that these students are receiving the quality of education that they are entitled to receive.
Lets plant more trees and shrubs, especially evergreen, along the 400 series highways and other major routes to :
Decrease Air Pollution
Decrease Noise Pollution
Decrease Light Pollution
Decrease Cross Winds
Increase the visual appeal of the province
According to a recent article on the Toronto Star's website, "Of all the provinces, Ontario is by far the most costly place to buy car insurance. A 2011 study by the Fraser Institute found that Ontarians pay an average of $1,231 annually for auto insurance compared with Quebecers, who pay the country’s lowest rate at $642." (http://www.thestar.com/sponsored_sections/insurancehotline/2013/05/01/why-is-auto-insurance-so-costly-.html) ...more »
The minimum wage should be raised to $12 and then tied to inflation and cost of living indexes.