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Restrict the production of "McMansions"

Developers in Ontario have stopped delivering housing that matches the needs of Canadians, and have resorted to packing in as much house per square meter as possible.

I propose creating a structural limit within each lot so to not exceed 70% of the land parcel in order to preserve the affordability, and aesthetic quality of the area. The phrase "McMansion" can be said to describe most of these new subdivisions, and... more »

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LID

Make a move within the Planning Act to self sustaining communities by mandating LID construction for all new builds! This means permeable surfaces, solar panels, improved and modern construction methods using new improved environmentally friendly products! Eco landscaping in common areas with native plants, flora and fawna!

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Wind Turbines

Cancel all Wind Contracts in rural areas that do not want them, especially Prince Edward County and Amherst Island. If you do not do this - and PEC can be cancelled this month with only a small penalty - you will lose the next election. Your best hope of re-election is to admit the mess hydro is in, cancel the expensive and unnecessary wind contracts and pledge to protect rural communities and reduce hydro costs. This... more »

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Extend the GO Train Service Line from Milton to Cambridge

The highway 401 corridor across the Cambridge area has become one of the most dangerous sections of the highway in Ontario. The TransCanada highway has been closed several times in recent months due to serious accidents. This is very dangerous for our citizens of this province and has a significant negative impact on our economy. An expanded two way GO Rail Service through Toronto, Mississauga and Cambridge would significantly... more »

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Kitchener-Guelph GO Transit Rail Shuttle

GO Transit should implement a frequent, all-day, rail-based service that connects Kitchener GO in Waterloo Region to Guelph GO. This idea would enable connectivity between two rapidly growing regions, supporting job growth, sustainable development, and the movement of people.

This idea could be feasible based on the following:
- Metrolinx already owns the tracks between Kitchener and Guelph
- Stations already exist... more »

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A New Financial Deal for Ontario Municipalities

*Provide full and adequate provincial funding for municipal services such as public transit, public health, housing, childcare, and social assistance.

 

*Return 50% of gas and road user taxes to municipalities.

 

*Abolish the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and replace it with democratic and transparent local instruments for governing municipal land-use and planning.

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SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESS WITH GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT

The Government of Ontario should be reinvesting tax dollars back into Ontario communities by supporting made-in-Ontario products and services when possible.

The Government of Ontario should be supporting jobs by engaging in strategic government procurement from small and medium sized businesses using community benefit agreements. The Government of Ontario should NOT be procuring goods and services from businesses in... more »

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Better transportation for rural communities

Governments spend billions on various mass transit systems for urban areas. The fares paid by users cover only a portion of the cost of the transit system. However rural areas have to depend on private companies to provide transportation between towns or connections to larger centres. Over the years bus and rail routes have been discontinued because they are not profitable. This means that rural residents are dependent... more »

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Offer Incentives to Companies with employees workign outside 9-5

We can expand highways all day long and it will never be enough. An accident on one side slows down the other side anyway. Expanding highways is an anti-green approach and is terribly costly.

But the real problem has never been a lack of infrastructure rather that we all try to go to and from work at the same time.

My idea is that there would be incentives for each hour your employees work outside of 9-5. IE .50 cents... more »

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Integrate VIA Rail corridor services with GO Transit

Given that both VIA Rail and GO Transit are entirely taxpayer-funded, they should be working as a single system, using one ticketing infrastructure and coordinating their rail networks. VIA offers a wonderful service, but tickets are far too expensive and inflexible, and the schedule too irregular, to be of any use for regular travellers. This means instead that people are often forced to drive when they could easily... more »

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Provincial Housing Crisis

The Ontario Liberals should commit to building at least 350,000 rental, social,
co-op, and owner-purchase homes "through partnerships" over 10 years to
deal with Ontario's growing housing crisis which is seeing even those individuals who are gainfully employed full time - unable to afford to rent - much less own a home in many parts of the province.

Increasing the supply of housing is the best way to make housing more... more »

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Creating deposit on aluminum cans and juice boxes, creation of depos for returning bottles

Too many containers are still ending up in the landfill as there is no real incentive for consumers to recycle other than out of good will. An incentive system similar to that found in Alberta would be developed, whereby a deposit would be charged on all bottles, cans and juice boxes that are sold. The deposits would be redeemed when consumers take them to local bottle depos.

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MAKING HOME OWNERSHIP A REALITY

People dream of owning a home, but in Ontario’s big cities, especially Toronto and Ottawa, the dream of home ownership is out of reach for many people. Houses should be places for people to build a life and raise their families, not for greedy speculation - which
is one of the main things which is driving up home prices.

The Government of Ontario will help home buyers by clamping down on land speculation and property... more »

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Massive waterfront park for Toronto - parks not condos

Toronto does not have enough parkland Downtown for a city of its size - unlike New York with Central Park, Vancouver with Stanley Park, Brooklyn with Prospect Park, San Francisco with Golden Gate Park, Montreal with Mount Royal, London with the royal parks or particularly Chicago with its incredible waterfront parks.

Toronto is talking about a 1.66 billion park over the railways - about $80 million per acre, and while... more »

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