Lifelong Learning

Double the post-Ontario community college strike compensation cap

With community college students back in school, Ontario has announced two major compensations for students. While it is a good start, many students will be overlooked.

Following the end of the five-week college strike, the Government of Ontario announced two offers of compensation to community college students: a full tuition refund or $500. Students who do not wish to continue their semester will receive a full tuition... more »

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Strong Sustainable Communities

Use border carbon adjustments instead of giving away allowances to your friends or whoever has the most persistent lobbyists

In jurisdictions that use carbon pricing there is always potential leakage. i.e. loss of business for domestic industry from unfair competition from foreign businesses that don't yet have equivalent carbon pricing (e.g. some States in the US). Ontario's current solution to that is to give away holus bolus emission allowances to all industry and universities - anyone it seems who might organize lobbying against paying... more »

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Responsive Government

School board reform

It used to be that school boards were elected, and had power to levy taxes, and they were run responsibly. Over time we have ended up with dysfunctional school boards and with them not having much power but the province needing to step in because they go into debt or otherwise fail.

We need a commission to review school board governance and funding across the province, as well as the fairness of the way education taxes... more »

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Inclusive and Just Society

Combating discrimination, bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia

As a society, we should find more and more ways to be inclusive and unite people instead of seeking division. This is crucial in the 21st century with the rise of the far-right and those wishing to divide society. Ontario is a province where people's opinions need to also be known but that should never take away from all cultures being treated the same and being treated equally. The best way to legislate against this... more »

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Inclusive and Just Society

Stop builders from enforcing3rd party water heaters contracts in purchase agreements

Please stop builders from including and enforcing buyers to sign on to 3rd party contracts to rent water heaters. Buyers should have the option to buy their own water heaters just like any other appliance in their purchase.

Also stop the 3rd party companise from charging 300%+ when purchasers want to opt out.

This s not a fair system and strangely it is only in Ontario.

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Inclusive Growth

Community housing

I can remember a time when low rental homes had contests for the best garden and inspections were done to ensure the maintenance of homes were kept up. Communities joined together and ran programs to keep kids busy and parents involved with their children. Small businesses knew their employees from communities and trusted them enough to employ them. Neighborhood watch was there to protect families. Bullying was shamed.... more »

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Strong Sustainable Communities

Transit

The idea of sustainable communities should recognize that we are putting much too much effort into helping people travel great distances frequently in order to get to work, school, shopping, and entertainment and recreation. Metrolinx predicts increasing distances to be travelled by people to and from the GTA, and MTO predicts increasing travel on the highways. Roads widen, taking up more land and vehicular traffic... more »

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Inclusive and Just Society

Hire Street Outreach Workers for the Homeless

There are approximately 35,000 marginalized individuals experiencing homelessness in Canada every day. They are divided into two distinct groups: those who are temporarily homeless – the transitional homeless – and those who are chronically homeless – living on the streets for more than one year. Each of these individuals lacks both accessible and sustainable resources for health, and safety. More than anything, they... more »

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Inclusive and Just Society

A public inquiry into long term care

The Province of Ontario needs to commit to launching a full public inquiry into the state of long term care in our province.

Too many seniors are left behind on years long wait lists, or find themselves with inadequate care thanks to decades of cuts.

Furthermore, well documented incidents of abuse, neglect, cruelty, incompetence and indifference continue to plague long term care facilities in Ontario.

Our parents and... more »

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Lifelong Learning

Fund Technological Education Not Simply "Technology"

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Currently a great deal of funding is being directed toward Technology funding for education. However, this funding is supposed to be used for both tech education and the inclusion of technology in schools, but boards are not directing this funding for tech education.

There is a huge need to technological literate and skilled workers in our country, and the need is only going to increase. As tech teachers we are expected... more »

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Inclusive and Just Society

Tax Reform

Remove all tax loopholes (that would be any financial vehicle allowing for the redistribution of cash to avoid paying tax on it in the province of Ontario) for individuals and corporations; raise taxes on those individuals earning more than $300,000 and raise taxes on all corporations. It is time for the wealthy and corporate entities to pay their fair share.

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Inclusive and Just Society

Historic Investments in Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy

The Ontario Poverty Reduction Plan, notably tied with the the Ontario Basic Income Pilot programs, have been bold social policy that will have positive economic benefits. Ontario can be the leading province in reducing homelessness and improving the lives of those most vulnerable in our society. It's the right, just, and smart thing to do. We should add historic investments to these efforts towards being a truly just... more »

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