Ontario election guide: What you need to know before you vote

We need to educate ourselves on the issues and the party platforms so that we can make informed decisions on election day. This article provides a helpful overview of the major Ontario political party leaders leaders and their party policies.

Source: Globe and Mail - May 15, 2018
Full article at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-ontario-election-guide/

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What on earth is the responsible Ontario voter to do?

Now, more than ever, it is vital for us to meet, come to know, and and talk with our candidates. We must question them to determine their position on issues that are important to us, and expect that they will be willing to listen to us as well. And we must follow their progress in the Legislature to ensure that they speak for us. MPPs are elected to represent us, and should not simply follow the dictates of their party leaders.

Source: Globe and Mail - May 7, 2018
Full article at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-what-on-earth-is-the-responsible-ontario-voter-to-do/

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Ontario PC candidate says he would develop dedicated greenbelt

The greenbelt around the Toronto metropolitan area was created in order to protect farms and health and to limit urban sprawl. Ontario's progressive conservative candidate has said that developers have persuaded him to dedicate portions of the greenbelt for tract development.

Source: Globe and Mail newspaper - May 1, 2018
Full article at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-doug-ford-promises-big-chunk-of-ontarios-greenbelt-to-developers/

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Ontario's basic income experiment would continue under Doug Ford

A Liberal pilot program to provide a basic income to the poor and disabled, shows promising results. "Whoever wins the provincial election has a "moral obligation" to continue the basic income project."said Tom Cooper, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction.

3 year program provides basic income to support Ontarians living in poverty to allow them to participate more fully in a changing economy, with improvements to health, education and housing prospects.

Source: Toronto Star - April 24, 2018
Full article at: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/04/24/ontarios-basic-income-experiment-would-continue-under-doug-ford.html

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Ontario party leaders debate corporate tax rates

Corporate tax rates deserve more attention: they touch on many issues, including poverty and economic justice, the proper role of corporations in society, and of course the availability of dignified work. It's time that the role of corporations in society was revisited at a broader level: as Pope Francis has remarked, the economy is intended to serve people, not the other way around.

Source: CBC News - April 20, 2018
Full article at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-election-corporate-tax-rate-1.4626804

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Canada is falling short of climate committments

According to reports submitted to the United Nations, Canada is falling well short of commitments made for reduction of greenhouse gases. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau affirms that Canada should be a leader in climate efforts.

Source: Globe and Mail newspaper - April 19, 2018
Full article at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-canadian-greenhouse-gas-emissions-drop-in-2016-but-still-far-from/

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Fighting social injustice as important as fighting abortion: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said on Monday that Catholics should not give “excessive importance” to certain Church rules while disregarding others, urging opponents of abortion to show equal passion for the lives of the poor and oppressed.

Source: Globe and Mail - April 9, 2018
Full article at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-fighting-social-injustice-as-important-as-fighting-abortion-pope-2/

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Why younger voters are disengaged from democracy — and what to do about it

In the age of information overload, young people admit to feeling uninformed about their options, especially when compared to older voters, Martin Regg Cohn writes. We are more interconnected than ever, yet our democratic disconnect has never been more profound. How then do we re-engineer engagement for the coming June 7 provincial vote?

Source: Toronto Star - March 23, 2018
Full article at: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/03/23/why-younger-voters-are-disengaged-from-democracy-and-what-to-do-about-it.html

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Digital media literacy matters to all

Today’s digital-driven world demands new media literacy skills to create understanding of powerful platforms, writes Kathy English. Digital media literacy “is based on a clear understanding of the immense power and pitfalls of platforms such as Facebook and Google, and their impact on the news and information you receive and share.”

Source: Toronto Star - March 23, 2018
Full article at: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/public_editor/2018/03/23/digital-media-literacy-matters-to-all.html

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Think all millennials are apathetic voters? Here’s why you’re wrong

A 2015 report from democracy advocacy group Samara Canada suggests people under 30 participate in non-voting civic and political activities just as much or more than their parents or grandparents do by marching in the streets, volunteering, joining parties, attending speeches, signing petitions, boycotting and talking politics online. But that engagement hasn’t carried over to the ballot box: the youngest generations are the least likely to cast ballots. If they did, the impact would be significant.

Source: Toronto Star - March 18, 2018
Full article at: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/03/18/debunking-the-myth-of-the-apathetic-millennial-voter.html

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