Mike Schreiner used the last day of the Legislative session at Queen’s Park to reflect on a productive fall for the Green Party of Ontario (GPO). Having assumed the party leadership less than a month ago, Schreiner has been working tirelessly to build the GPO’s membership and fundraising capacity and has advanced positive, bold ideas for the future.
In over four dozen media interviews since November, Schreiner has discussed three broad themes around which the GPO is focused: building a prosperous green economy – including a Green Tax Cut for all who live green, fostering strong communities – by launching a province-wide petition to stop the planned gas-fired power plant in the Holland Marsh and promoting the health and wellbeing of all Ontarians.
“As I travel Ontario, people say it’s time for the Green voice to be heard at Queen’s Park, as only the Green Party has been advancing the big, bold ideas that will build a prosperous economy and strong communities and ensure that Ontarians are as healthy as possible.”
– Mike Schreiner, Leader, GPO
“I believe building a modern economy in Ontario begins with implementing a Green Tax Cut. It is for this reason that the GPO remains firmly opposed to the McGuinty government’s plans to implement the HST – Ontario should use every tool at our disposal to lower taxes for those who live green. Giving up our taxing authority to Ottawa is as irresponsible as it is wrong.”
– Mike Schreiner, Leader, GPO
• Mike Schreiner is the GPO’s first ever full-time leader.
• GPO members voted 97% in favour of Mike Schreiner’s leadership, in London, Ontario on November 14, 2009.
• Mike Schreiner has appeared in over 50 media stories since November – in virtually every media market in Ontario.
To learn more about the GPO and Mike Schreiner, or to sign the petition against the gas-fired power plant on some of Ontario’s most productive farm land, visit www.gpo.ca.
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Green Party leader joins local farmers opposing location By Teresa Latchford
Holland Marsh farmers are hoping others will stand with them to fight the construction of the King peaker plant.
The construction of Pristine Power Inc.’s York Energy Centre, a 393-megawatt natural gas-fired peaker plant designed to relieve the demand from local power grids in peak periods, won’t only affect local farmers, but will be a problem for every Ontarian, local farmer and Holland Marsh Growers Association member Avia Eek said.
“We feed Ontario, so it will affect every person,” she said, adding crops are also exported outside the province.
Farmers and other plant opponents were joined by provincial Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner behind Holland Marsh District Christian School Friday as they used the peaker plant’s future site as the backdrop for the launch of a new provincewide campaign encouraging others to oppose building the plant on some of Ontario’s most bountiful farm land.
“We’re not saying we don’t need (the facility),” local farmer Doug Van Luyk said. “We’re saying it’s in the wrong place.”
Read more: http://www.theliberal.com/News/Regional%20News/article/100269
Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario, joined with concerned citizens and local farmers from the Holland Marsh, to launch a province-wide campaign against the construction of a natural gas plant on some of Ontario’s most bountiful farm land. Together, they are calling on the McGuinty government to stop imposing these plants on local communities and ensure Ontarians’ voices are heard.
Mike Schreiner believes it is irresponsible for the government to move forward with a project whose costs will likely increase due to fluctuations in natural gas prices and that threatens the viability of one of Ontario’s best farming regions. The GPO believes it is more financially responsible to reduce energy demand through investments in energy efficiency and promoting 21st century green energy. This plant flies in the face of reducing pollution, preserving prime farmland and promoting the health and well being of the community.
“I believe that communities should be empowered to make decisions that are in the best interests of citizens and unique local circumstances. I am calling on the McGuinty government to issue an immediate moratorium on their plans to impose a gas-fired plant on the residents and farmers in the Holland Marsh – one of Ontario’s most important agricultural areas that is critical to producing healthy local food that benefits all Ontarians.
– Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario
“For a government that is supposedly interested in Green Energy, putting a gas-fired plant on pristine agricultural land in one of the most fertile regions of the province is as puzzling as it is wrong.”
– Jamie Reaume, Executive Director, Holland Marsh Grower’s Association
The Holland Marsh is the source of 40 per cent of the nation’s onions and carrots, 25 per cent of the celery and almost all of Toronto’s locally produced Asian greens. It produces $50M of Ontario’s locally grown food.
Attached is a letter that was sent to MPP Kevin Flynn from the Holland Marsh Grower’s Association outlining the issues around the procurement process with the Ontario Power Authority.
The petition is available to all Ontarians at: www.gpo.ca.
There’s a new face on the political landscape today… This weekend, Mike Schreiner was confirmed as Leader of the Green Party of Ontario… In the last provincial election nearly one in ten voters went Green… but the party is still without a seat at Queen’s Park… We’ll find out how the new leader plans to change that when we speak with him. Listen to the Item
Nuclear regulator’s impartiality questioned
Tyler Hamilton- December 01, 2009
When environmental group Sierra Club of Canada issued a report this month warning against dangerous levels of radioactive tritium in drinking water, the country’s nuclear watchdog was quick to bark back.
How much would a nuclear meltdown cost?
Tyler Hamilton- November 30, 2009
What kind of insurance policy do you take out if you operate a large nuclear plant in one of the most densely populated, fastest-growing communities in Canada?
Nuclear fleet shows its age
Tyler Hamilton- November 28, 2009
Kathy Hogeveen remembers the sugar cubes most. They were there, along with the free coffee, at the visitor’s centre at Pickering nuclear station.
GPO November/December 2009 Newsletter
Inside this issue:
A few words from Bill Hewitt, GPO President
Message from Frank de Jong, past GPO Leader
Profiling Robert Routledge, Director of Membership
Get Involved – Toronto Female Representive on Provincial Executive
Training session with Deputy Leader Shane Jolley
University of Guelph Organics Program
Interview with Mike Schreiner, GPO Leader
Report from the 2009 Leadership Convention & Policy Conference by Chris Tindal
Newsletter can be found attached