(@davemcgruer)

Inclusive Growth

The minimum wage should be eliminated

Advocates of a higher minimum wage claim that raising the minimum wage helps low-wage workers. Opponents point out that if government makes it illegal to hire an employee for less than a certain amount per hour, there will be fewer job opportunities for those who lack skills and experience: a higher price creates lower demand - econ101. Most debates focus on how the minimum wage affects workers. Who is discussing how ...more »

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(@spencerlucas)

Lifelong Learning

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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A Culture of Health

Expanding O.H.I.P. coverage to include facial feminization & full breast augmentation to disabled poor trans women on O.D.S.P.

When I first wrote this I had high thoughts that Canada was far different, far more compassionate towards the downtrodden than our American cousins - I was dreadfully wrong. I wrote this after seeing so many trans women become forced to enter the sex trade, many either dying at the hands of johns, pimps, or by their own hands. Worse were those who are disabled, where no employer would hire them due to their own internal ...more »

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Responsive Government

Ontario Senate - Unelected Legislative Chamber

Having an upper legislative chamber is vital for a vibrant province such as Ontario. The benefits of having an upper, unelected legislative chamber are numerous, among them the following:- 1) having unelected legislative body,from a non-politician class, to scrutinize, monitor, and advise on legislation and other roles entrusted to the OLA. 2) allowing contributions by non-political class to be made in the legislative ...more »

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(@dprime)

Strong Sustainable Communities

Allow Municipalities to set minimum wage.

https://www.fraserinstitute.org/studies/uneven-recovery-much-of-ontario-still-hasnt-fully-recovered-from-the-2008-recession As can be seen by the Fraser Institute urban areas haven't recovered from the 2008 recession. This might have to do with the cost of minimum wage. The cost of living in Toronto is not the same as Kitchener. Neither is it the same in Windsor nor Owen Sound. Smaller business in small towns cannot ...more »

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(@ian.d.sorbie)

Strong Sustainable Communities

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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Affordable Cost of Living

Allow modest increases to Rent Control above inflation

Allow landlords to increase rent 2-5% above inflation. Strict rent control in Ontario is discouraging land owners and developers from maintaining quality units for tenants. Tenants are discouraged from moving without losing their rent controlled apartment, creating toxic relationships between tenants and landlords. The result is less affordable housing, and housing in poor repair for low income Ontarians.

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(@dhandelman1)

Inclusive and Just Society

Enlarge the provincial legislature

Ontario currently has the greatest number of constituents per provincial riding of any province, with Qu├ębec possessing a larger legislature in spite of containing approximately two thirds the population. Enlarging the provincial legislature would reduce the disparity between popular vote for each party and each party's representation in the legislature, and reduce the influence of "special interests" (due to elected ...more »

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Responsive Government

All MPPs must be Catholic.

Since one-third of Ontario public school teaching positions are reserved for Catholics and non-Catholics can not apply, it makes sense that one-third of our elected officials also are reserved only for Catholics as well. MPPs, combined with federal and local elections, represent about one-third of our elected officials. So, anyone running for MPP office in Ontario must be a baptized and practicing (whatever that means) ...more »

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Responsive Government

Remove From Hiring Applications the Check Box That Asks If Applicants Have a Criminal Record

Ontario should implement Ban the Box legislation. It was started by civil rights groups and advocates for ex-offenders, aimed at persuading employers to remove from their hiring applications the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record. Its purpose is to enable ex-offenders to display their qualifications in the hiring process before being asked about their criminal records. The premise of the campaign ...more »

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(@knetecam)

Affordable Cost of Living

Support Construction of Privately Funded, Publicly Sold Apartments

Home prices and rents are rising across Ontario, and are putting huge pressure on the affordability of living in the province; in major urban areas costs are completely out of control. I am proposing a for-profit program with a guaranteed return of 5% for investors, which will cover its own costs, and put significant downward pressure on the current cost of condos and apartments in urban areas. This program will involve ...more »

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(@dhandelman1)

Inclusive and Just Society

Enfranchise those aged 16-18

There are complaints of the lack of political participation of the younger demographic. School is highly anti-democratic while teaching civics courses which supposedly support democracy. Those aged 16-18 are permitted to earn an income, drive an automobile, serve in the military and participate in political nomination and leadership elections, amongst other rights, so why shouldn't they be enfranchised? The same arguments ...more »

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(@torontite)

A Culture of Health

Mandate 40km/h or less in all residential areas

As our urban areas are increasingly made up of large condo towers, former industrial areas have now become primarily residential. As a result we have new residential neighbourhoods where the speed limit is too high (50 or 60 km/h) which is unsafe and unsuitable for pedestrians and cyclists. The maximum should be no more than 40km/h.

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Strong Sustainable Communities

Allow Cities To Toll There Roads

Residents of cities should be allowed to vote on the issue of tolling highways/expressways in there cities. The economists at the C.D. Howe Institute argue road tolls are the best solution to reducing congestion and the additional revenue is a bonus that can be used to improve transit and other infrastructure. A previous Conference Board of Canada report showed Ontario drivers pay between 70 to 90 per cent of the cost ...more »

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