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It has been an honour and a privilege to participate with the exchange of ideas within commonground. I hope my involvement will have some positive effect on the Ontario Government decisions. I have also learned a lot about hands on politics in Ontario, and how divergent opinions can be. In closing, I must say this, concerning a general basic set of Ontario Government policies: Any Government budget must thave the following ...more »
Veterans who get out of the Canadian armed forces after having done their duty are denied equality with ordinary citizens. When looking for a job, veterans are told that they lack experience, and that is without considering their experience in the armed forces. Even after having driven vehicles while on duty in the armed forces, veterans are charged car insurance premiums as new drivers (and that is expensive). The problem ...more »
Many ideas are submitted with a subject described only with acronyms e.g. OAS (Old Age Security). In many cases, acronyms used without the full wording are meanlingless and cause lack of votes and comments.
I believe that the drilling for wells within the boundaries of a city is prohibited. Not sure whether this provincial or municipal. Drilling of wells in anyone's backyard could save water when watering gardens, washing cars, gardens, washing driveways and other part of the exterior of a property. Furthermore, this could spawn a market for such endeavour, and create jobs.
There is currently an international currency called Bitcoin, which is fast increasing in popularity. So much so, that in B.C. an ATM is now providing this type of currency. Because financial transactions can be made with this currency, there are all kinds of financial impacts, namely income tax. Ontario should examine the provincial impact of this currency in the event that it becomes popular here, and be prepared to ...more »
Impose a 10% tax on lottery earnings upon redemption.
Common Ground appears to be there to collect as many ideas as possible, from Ontarians (and maybe other). Common Ground should be made permanent, but with a slightly different aim: problems (that the Government of Ontario can solve) that the common person experiences, could be posted instead of ideas. That way, our almighty Government could be made aware of real problems in Ontario, when a number of citizens are all reporting ...more »
Remembering that private Health Care delivery business operate for profit, the Government should take over any business that delivers Health Care and gets paid by OHIP. That includes labs. The Government does not provide Health Services for profit. The profit of those private Health Services providers ends up being Government subsidies.
For as much as it is jurisdictional possible in Ontario, forbid the collection of private data via all communication medias: internet, phone, mobile phone, and television. Only express consent by the users, or by Court Order would allow such collection.
Increase (a little bit) tax on tobacco
An important principle of democracy is the provision of information on how taxpayer money is spent. We pay, we are entitled to know what is done with OUR money. So, access to detailed information on: how elected official spend their salaries, the expenditure on government programs, dollars paid towards the debt, and any other financial actions that use tax dollars. The detailed data which already exists within the Government's ...more »
The Province of Ontario should enter in the business of selling travel insurance. This would ensure more reliability over some private insurance providers who may not always meet their promises.