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It is insane that for minor traffic and parking violations a person needs to go to court in person and if they cannot find the time, then they lose. We need a process which will allow both the person charged with a minor traffic or parking offense to submit their case via email or in writing, and for the officer charged to also record their evidence and testimony, and then for a judge or justice of the peace to rule ...more »
Rather than having farmland or other land used to wind and solar power "farms" it is far better if we use the roofs of existing buildings to locate solar panels and wind generation. this is particularly true of massive industrial warehouses where the roof is massive and the buildings are not close to private homes. this would include industrial areas or parks. there is also the benefit that power is generated close ...more »
This is not an anti-immigrant policy - but Ontario 's labour force is tot helped by adding more workers when so many people are unemployed, underemployed or discouraged, or working part-time. If anything, we have let down immigrants who came here expecting that their skills and education would meant hey would get good jobs - and instead they end up driving cabs etc. What about people who graduate from university and ...more »
Most gas stations have pumps for air that cost $1.00.
Gas stations should be required to provide compressed air pumps for free as:
1. Under-inflated (or over-inflated) are unsafe
2. Properly inflated tires save gas compared to under-inflated tires.
Jail is not a good way to help prisoners reform or rehabilitate themselves. In this province, we have all sorts of projects like planting trees or cleaning up the environment. I do not support ball and chain gangs or forced labour, but if low or medium security prisoners are willing to do physical labour on environmental or community projects, as a means of paying their way, learning to work, or getting earlier release, ...more »
When I drive through parts of the province there are often areas of land along the highway that are not being used - just grass and weeds and the trees were cut down, and the land is not being used for the most approriate type of reforestation. There needs to be an active policy of planting trees on land in southern and central ontario - particularly hardwoods, to reduce runoff, cut c02 and also provide lumber or firewood ...more »
right now, candidates for each party are chosen by a handful of card carrying party members, at meeting that can be stacked by special interest groups... in a safe riding for a party, this is undemocratic as it is an automatic ticket to Queen's Park. Worse, some party leaders might appoint candidates, over the objections of the community or their local party loyalists. instead of closed candidate selection meetings, ...more »
The provincial government should do something about light pollution - such as encouraging governments and property owners to install lights which are no brighter than necessary and which aim all of the light down... or lights which are off, or dim, but brighten up when motion sensors detect a need. the impact here is a combination of preserving views of the stars, but also reducing energy use on light that serves no ...more »
Given how Rob Ford has been so controversial, and there have been issues with other politicians like Hazel McCallion, voters should be allowed th eoption of recalling politicians - with one threshold for a by-election, and another threshold for a by-election where the offending politican could not run again until the next general municipal election.
Many property owners will demolish perfectly good building because doing so will reduce taxes. This is not good for a city to have vacant properties, and it is not good for the environment to demolish buildings that might be reused, particularly if we are trying to encourage "intensification", this is de-intensifying cities. IF a property is discovered to have an environmental problem, the assessement might be reduced ...more »
While I support the elimination of the OMB as we now know it, we may not be able to get rid of it or mightjust end up with a different type of tribunal. Nevertheless, the following changes should be made: 1. So called expert witnesses are a problem. If you do not have an expert witness, you almost automatcially lose. Experts cost a lot of money and despite signing as piece of paper saying that they will be impartial, ...more »
Sorry, I couldn't resist... particularly since John Cleese was recently in Toronto.