Thank you to Hon. Liz Sandals, MPP

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Hon. Liz Sandals, MPP
173 Woolwich Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 3V4

Thank you Liz, for your service to Guelph and Ontario. Thirty years is a tremendous gift.

I admire your perseverance and commitment to public service. I appreciate your respectful approach to politics. And your friendly waves to me in the gallery at Queen’s Park.

Thank you for your commitment to Guelph and Ontario. I wish you all the best in your next months as MPP and beyond.

Regards,

Mike Schreiner
Leader, Green Party of Ontario

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, and community. It is also a time to celebrate the local harvest and support Ontario farmers.

Thanksgiving weekend is the conclusion of Agriculture Week in Ontario – a time to reflect on the wide variety of nutritious, locally grown food that we are fortunate to have access to in our province. It is a time to thank the people who grow our food.

Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Ontario’s agricultural bounty – think about buying local when preparing your Thanksgiving meal! Whether you are baking a delicious pumpkin pie or serving up sweet potatoes, you can find all of that goodness and more here in Ontario.

We are committed to working across party lines to defend Ontario farmers and to protect prime farmland. Please take a moment to support our commitment to putting Food and Water First to protect prime farmland and source water regions.

The GPO also believes it is time for the government to put the words of the Local Food Act into action. The government should make a commitment that requires, not just encourages, Ontario’s public institutions to buy local sustainable food.

This weekend, let’s give thanks to the farmers who are the stewards of our land and water resources. And let’s commit to protecting the land that sustains us.

 

Real People, Real Solutions – Grey Rock Clothing Co.

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Real People, Real Solutions is a series of interviews with people who are making a difference in communities across Ontario. Hosted by GPO leader Mike Schreiner.

Small and medium-sized enterprises do more to create jobs, support sustainable local economies, and bring new ideas to market than any other kind. We need to keep supporting our local small businesses, especially those who are committed to making a difference. In this episode, Mike talks to Beth Timlin, founder of Grey Rock Clothing Co. Grey Rock wants to make a difference by selling stylish, sweatshop-free clothes that people feel good about and love wearing. They’re a certified B Corporation, working with fair trade and organic suppliers and have committed to paying their employees a living wage.

Real People, Real Solutions – s2e Technologies

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Real People, Real Solutions is a series of interviews with people who are making a difference in communities across Ontario. Hosted by GPO leader Mike Schreiner.

Create better paying jobs by lowering taxes on small businesses

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(Queen’s Park): The GPO is calling on the provincial government to lower taxes on small business.

“At Queen’s Park, there are two parties of big business and one party of no business,” says Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner. “Greens are the only party standing up for small business.”

“Small businesses feel under attack by Liberal governments,” says Schreiner. “We need to help small businesses create more jobs and better paying jobs. We will do this by making it less expensive for businesses to create those jobs.”

The GPO is calling on the government to more than double the Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption. Businesses with payroll of less than $5 million would not be charged the EHT on the first $1,000,000 of their payroll. The policy would help small businesses save up to approximately $20,000 per year and inject over $800 million into our local economies.

There are over 400,000 small businesses in Ontario. Small and medium-sized enterprises do more to create jobs, support sustainable local economies, and bring new ideas to market than any other kind.

“If we want more good paying jobs in Ontario, then the government needs to lower taxes on those jobs,” says Mike Schreiner.

The GPO’s tax reduction plan for small businesses will also help entrepreneurs and small business owners adjust to a rapidly rising minimum wage.

“I have always done my best to pay my employees fairly,” said Neil Kudrinko, award winning entrepreneur and owner of Kudrinko’s in Westport. “My biggest disappointment is the speed of the changes and lack of consultation and support to help me as an employer adjust to the changes. As is, this has definitely put a chill on my HR decision making.”

“We need to support small businesses in paying a living wage to workers,” says Schreiner. “The GPO is the only party with a balanced plan to support small businesses and living wages for workers.”

The GPO is on a mission to bring honesty, integrity and policies that work for people to Queen’s Park.
Sign our petition to support lowering taxes on small business.

 

Ontario Liberals abandon Ontario’s forests

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GPO leader Mike Schreiner made the following statement on the closing of the Ontario Tree Seed Plant:

“I’m deeply disappointed in the Ontario Liberal’s decision to close the door on the 94-year old Ontario Tree Seed Plant–a public institution that is a world leader in preserving biodiversity, protecting the environment and supporting the province’s forestry sector.

Just like the privatization of Hydro One, the Liberals are again being extremely short-sighted. We need the Ontario Tree Seed Plant now more than ever because of the stress on trees caused by climate change and pressures of development.

This decision is a slap in the face of the province’s forestry sector and undermines Ontario’s biodiversity efforts.

Why are the Liberal’s choosing to be negligent in closing this 94-year old institution? We need to be active in protecting our biodiversity. Moving backwards on environmental issues is what Trump does. We shouldn’t be bringing that short-sighted thinking to Ontario.”

Background

Ontario’s forest trees are under tremendous stress from invasive pests and diseases. Emerald ash borer, beech bark disease, butternut canker, white pine blister rust and dutch elm disease are just a few examples currently causing havoc.

The Ontario Tree Seed Plant gathers, processes and store trees seeds from across the many seed climate zones of the province. It protects that genetic diversity of our forests so that we can find varieties resistant to foreign pests and we can assist the migration in response to the rapidly changing climate zones.

For almost a century, Ontario has had an institution dedicated to protecting the genetic diversity of our forest trees. The reference to a replacement “genetic seed archive” is unclear and won’t have the volumes or collection mechanisms necessary to mitigate the challenges our forests face today. Help us save the Ontario Tree Seed Plant by sending a message to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry today.

Reference 

Ontario Tree Seed Facility
https://www.ontario.ca/page/buy-ontario-tree-seeds-or-cones

Shanah Tovah!

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Rosh Hashanah begins this evening at sunset and marks the beginning of the new year for those of Jewish faith.

The first of the High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah is a time to focus on personal renewal. Friends and family will come together to reflect on the past and look forward with optimism to the year ahead.

To all those celebrating, we wish you a peaceful and prosperous year ahead. Shanah Tovah!

 

Real People, Real Solutions – Sweet Meadow Farms

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Real People, Real Solutions is a series of interviews with people who are making a difference in communities across Ontario. Hosted by GPO leader Mike Schreiner.

Ontario is home to many incredible people and organizations who want to make a difference and make the world a better place. In this video series, GPO Leader Mike Schreiner aims to tell their stories – to show off the good Ontario has to offer, and hopefully, inspire others to do their part in giving back to their communities.

In this first episode, Mike talks to Maureen Bostock and Elizabeth Snyder, from Sweet Meadow Farm in Balderson, ON, where they have grown certified organic vegetables and buckwheat for the last 15 years.

People want good food they can trust. That’s why it’s important to promote and support local organic farmers in our communities.

About Sweet Meadow Farm
Maureen Bostock farmed in northwest British Columbia for 10 years before moving in 2002 with her partner, Elizabeth, to Sweet Meadow Farm in Balderson, Ontario. There they grow certified organic vegetables on 6 ½ acres which are sold at the farm gate, at the Perth Farmers’ Market, to a local alternative grocery store and to other organic/local distribution programs in the area.

Sweet Meadow Farm, Balderson, ON
http://lanarklocalflavour.ca/users/sweet-meadow-farm