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Ontario; the province of innovation

Ontario has a responsibility to herself to ensure that the Province and its people are prepared for the future, to both embrace it and to shape it, through the development of an innovation society.

Innovation in technology, or anything, cannot readily be proscribed but is instead the positive by-product of context and conditions.
While society through its governments may create short bursts of research, development,... more »

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Bring Back Grade 13

The elimination of the Ontario Academic Credit (OAC - Grade 13) by former Conservative Premier of Ontario Mike Harris was a huge mistake that students are still paying for today.

Grade 13 was abolished in 1995 by the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. Some 40 per cent of students in Ontario high schools dropped out during the four years that the Conservatives spent phasing out Grade 13.

Meanwhile, since the... more »

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Birth to Five Early Literacy Initiative

Ontario’s Future Generation
In order to have a prosperity in Ontario’s future, we must have a strong workforce and stable society. Craig Alexander, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of the Conference Board of Canada, says early childhood education is one of the best tools policy makers have at their disposal if they want to make a more equitable yet growing economy.
Ontario has made great strides on early childhood... more »

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School Bus Tracking GPS System for Parents, Students, School Administration

How many times has a student missed their school bus ?
Mom, dad, parent, guardian I need a ride to school, again.
Or do they just stay home? Or walk?
An app to track school bus would engage our social media savvy students to be aware of bus location, almost never miss a ride again.
An app to track school bus would let school administration & parent/guardian know when a school trip bus was actually returning to school.... more »

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Fund Technological Education Not Simply "Technology"

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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Promote Free Speech in Schools.

Since my last idea of similar nature was closed from a moderator whom disagrees with me. I am going to re-post a similar idea in light of resent events at Wilfrid Laurier University. With the amount of professor and courses that promote socialist, Communist, and post-modern thinking. The same cause of the rise of the National Socialist German Workers' Party. That Ontario takes a good look at what students are learning... more »

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A Mandatory Comparative Religion Course to Graduate High School

I have long advocated that public high school students in Ontario be required to take a comparative religion class. Such a class
would expose students to various world religions and their teachings. Once exposed, they will be in a position to compare religions. Since many public school students come from religious homes, this means they would be exposed to religions different from their own. This exposure would provide... more »

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Expanded French Language Training

Not having the ability to speak and work in French can be a major economic disadvantage in certain regions of the Province (East and North).
We want to attract talent to these regions internationally, but also domestically from other provinces and from other, more English-speaking parts of Ontario- but subsidized French language training seems to be only available to new Canadians.
Having more French speakers will better... more »

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Early education

The government is currently making a mess of the early childcare and education sector. In beefing up regulations in the licensed childcare area, the government is making it impossible for child care centre operators to provide affordable care. The problem is over-regulation, with rules and regulations for the smallest things, many of which do not impact the health or safety of the children (but are “nice to have”).
As... more »

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Trades and apprenticeships

We should promote the November 14th Fall Economic Statement announcement that added the "Red Seal" label to five new trades and apprenticeships, and continue to add to the list of expanded "Red Seal" trades to further support both apprentices and employers (ie. https://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2017/11/ontario-implementing-plan-to-create-fairness-and-opportunity.html)

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Life-skills Math Course

Offering a course, or series of courses, for students enroll in a Life Skills Math course during high school. The course could be offered as an option with content would covering such things as banking, budgeting , taxes , shopping credit cards , Loans, mortgages, rent, utilities, cooking, and so on. Presently the applied and academic courses that student take as part of their OSSD does not cover this type of content.... more »

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Amalgamate School Systems

Both provincial and federal Liberal governments tout inclusiveness and the value of diversity, and I would say, rightfully so. And yet we fully publicly fund two school systems that enshrines segregation. We segregate students based on religious grounds and we violate the rights of non-Catholic teachers to practice their craft at all the publicly funded schools in Ontario. These egregious and un-Canadian values should... more »

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Zero dismissals from Ontario Schools

Children who are dismissed from schools are those with e.g. early behaviour and mental health issues. These children need help not dismissal from our schools. Therefore, make Ontario the first Canadian province with zero dismissals from schools.

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An Aboriginal Tourist & Educational Agency that Invites the World to Learn & Experience Their Ancient Way of Life

I’d love to see the development of an “Aboriginal Tourist & Educational Agency” that invites people from around the world who want to learn about the Aboriginal people’s ancient way of life and culture through experiential education.

All people, but particularly Ontario’s recent immigrants, school children and visitors, would be enlightened by a visit to Aboriginal historic sites, like Huronia, or Manitoulin Island,... more »

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Free Post Secondary Education

The government has made strides in tuition support for students in low to middle income households. It is time to take the next step and make post secondary education totally free. Textbooks, tuition and on campus housing should be free to all students who are accepted to post secondary sites. we need to prepare for the post industrial society and the development of machine intelligence. If Ontario and Canada are to be... more »

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