Real People, Real Solutions – Guelph Clothing Swap

Meet Karyn Bosco, who helps Guelph reduce clothing waste by encouraging re-use in an Annual Spring Clothing Swap

Real People, Real Solutions – Stack Brewing

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.

In recent years, the GPO has lead the fight to liberate local beer in Ontario. Liberating local beer helps create more local jobs and gives consumers easier access to the unique and tasty products from our craft brewers. In this episode, Mike talks to Michael Guillemette, Head Brewer at Stack Brewery, about how they have grown their business, and what the government can help do to further support Ontario’s craft brewers and their products.

Ontario’s craft brewers deserve fair access to the marketplace. We strongly believe allowing local brewers to open their own stores will create a fair playing field, foster local jobs in the craft brewing industry, and offer more choice to consumers. The government has taken some steps to do this, but more action is needed. We also strongly urge the government to adopt a model that supports local businesses for other regulated products such as Cannabis, as well.

About Stack Brewing
Stack Brewing officially opened its doors to the Sudbury community in June of 2013. Since then, Stack has won several provincial and national awards from the Ontario Brewing Awards and the Canadian Brewing Awards. Our brewery has gone through many expansions to meet the high demand for quality craft beer in Northern Ontario and has recently started to distribute product throughout Ontario.

With beers like Shatter Cone, La Cloche, Nickel City, Saturday Night, Panache and Valley Girl, it’s clear to see the branding represents everything that makes Northern Ontario cool, quirky, and unique. Check out Stack Brewery’s products on tap at your favourite pub, on the shelf at your local LCBO, Beer Store, and grocery store or visit the brewery at 1350 Kelly Lake Road in Sudbury.
https://www.stackbrewing.ca/

 

Real People, Real Solutions – Grey Rock Clothing Co.

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

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.

Real People, Real Solutions – Sweet Meadow Farms

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

Greens call for moratorium on new dumps until EA process puts people first

(Ottawa): “Citizens want the Environmental Assessment (EA) process fixed before the Liberal government approves any more dumps,” says GPO leader Mike Schreiner. “We want the government to put people and communities first.”

The Green Party is deeply disappointed that the Liberal government has approved the Taggart Miller waste facility in east Ottawa without addressing community concerns about the management plans for odours, surface water leaving the site, leachate treatment, and landfill gas.

The east Ottawa community also faced discrimination when the government failed to provide Ministry Review documents in its entirety in French for a community with a 60% Francophone population.

“Citizens are being shut out of the flawed EA process that puts companies with insider connections before people and communities,” says Schreiner. “The EA process needs to be fixed before any more dumps are approved.”

The GPO questions the need for new dumps with the passage of the Waste-Free Ontario Act. Greens believe Ontario should be focused on reducing and diverting waste, not building more dumps.

“Ottawa is a beautiful city and we want to keep it beautiful. Ottawa area Greens will continue to stand with people fighting against these dumps,” says GPO candidate for Kanata—Carleton Andrew West, who is opposed to the expansion of the Carp Road Dump.

“Greens will continue to stand with citizens fighting to protect our water and our communities from dumps,” says Nepean candidate James O’Grady, who supported Citizens’ Environmental Stewardship Association East Ottawa in their effort to stop the Taggart Miller dump.

The GPO is on a mission to bring honesty, integrity and solutions that work for people to Queen’s Park.

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Greens at Toronto Pride 2017

Thanks to everyone who joined us at Toronto Pride! Thanks for marching and spreading our positive message of love, tolerance and acceptance for all.


Waiting for the Toronto Pride Parade to start


A little rain won’t stop Elizabeth May and Mike Schreiner from showing off their Pride!


Ontario Greens excited for the Parade to begin


Canadian and Ontario Greens – always Green with Pride!


Mike Schreiner getting into the groove at Pride TO

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Let’s remember that Love is Love is Love and keep the Pride spirit alive all year long.

Countdown is on!

I joined the GPO team in February. In fact, I am employee number four. 🙂

Let that sink in for a moment. That means before me, there was only three staff working alongside all of our members, volunteers and supporters.

Despite modest resources, the GPO has been able to get things done. We helped make history by ending corporate donations in Ontario politics last December, for example.

When people think ‘real action on climate change’, they think about us. When Ontarians express concern about their drinking water, they look to us as their champions.

That is simply amazing.

Since coming on board four months ago, we have made great strides in building our party: 

  • We now have six employees to serve you better.
  • There are Constituency Associations all across the province.
  • Our leader Mike Schreiner had a robust spring leader’s tour, reaching many Ontarians along the way.
  • Membership is up nearly 23% since January 1st.
  • And we had one of our most productive Annual Conventions ever just a month ago.

That brings us to today. We are less than twelve months from the next provincial election.

Will you support our movement by making a pre-election donation?

There is a tremendous amount of work before us over the next 349 days. But, from what I’ve seen since February, I’m absolutely excited by the possibilities!

Your financial support will keep our momentum going. Please make a contribution today.

Thanks.

Craig Cantin
Director of Development
Green Party of Ontario

Here we go!

We are exactly one year away from the next general election. One year to earn the trust of Ontarians at the ballot box.

Could you imagine the media connecting “Green” with “Stunning election”, “Historic breakthrough”, or “Greens in centre of power”? Well, that’s what happened when the BC Greens made their historic breakthrough last month.

BC Greens doubled their popular vote and tripled their seat count. With three elected MLAs, they have the first elected Green caucus in Canada holding the balance of power and are now a true political force. 

This is a game-changer. For British Columbia and for our country.

I can’t tell you how many times people have said to me, “You guys have the best vision, the best values, the best policies. I want to vote for that, but I can’t vote for it because I’m afraid of this party over here and I have to vote for this party to stop that party, and I don’t think you can get elected.”

The BC Greens have proven that Greens can get elected, even with our out-dated first-past-the-post voting system. 

These results are the fruit of years of hard work by our members, donors and supporters across the country. The work of people just like you.

There is a tremendous opportunity for the BC Greens. It makes me even more excited about our opportunities here in Ontario as we face a general election next year.

That’s why we need you. Can you help keep up the momentum with a special pre-election donation?

By making a special investment into the GPO today with your generous donation, we can continue our work in preparing for the election.

Could you support our movement with a donation today?

Thank you for your support.

Mike Schreiner
Leader
Green Party of Ontario

Building for breakthrough in election 2018

The Green Party of Ontario gathered for their Annual General Meeting this weekend to celebrate the election of Greens in BC and to build momentum for 2018.
 
Hundreds of enthusiastic GPO members agreed to stand with leader Mike Schreiner’s call for a new way of doing politics in Ontario. 
 
“Stand with me to support small businesses to create good jobs,” said Schreiner, to cheers from delegates. “Stand with me to lower electricity prices with a more efficient energy system. Stand with me to address climate and community concerns in ways that put people first.”
 
The GPO passed many policy resolutions focused on reducing inequality, for example calling for a universal dental care program in Ontario. Other policies included ending the police practice of carding, free tuition for university and college students and enhanced support for farmers.
 
Schreiner told delegates, “We have not chosen the easy path to election, but we have chosen the right one—a path that puts honesty, integrity and people before our political self-interest.”
 
Newly elected BC MLA Adam Olson kicked off the convention with a speech on the BC Greens historic election victory. Delegates also heard a keynote from activist and journalist Desmond Cole, and from Jay Stoyan, founder of the Disability Channel,.
 
“Ontario Greens are energized by the success of the BC Greens and by the inspiring speech Mike Schreiner gave this weekend,” said Bonnie North, the party’s deputy leader. “We are poised for a breakthrough in 2018 that will change Ontario politics forever and for the better.”

View Mike’s full speech here.