Real People, Real Solutions – Southbrook Vineyards

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.

As Canada’s first biodynamic winery, Southbrook Vineyards is a prime example that you can do the right thing and still be profitable. Their organic wines earn recognition, from critics and consumers alike, year after year. Their site is LEED® certified, with initiatives that ensure efficient use of water, reduced energy consumption, responsible use of materials and resources, as well as improved quality of the indoor environment. In this episode, Mike talks to Bill Redelmeier, proprietor of Southbrook Vineyards, and how going Green can drive success for your business.

About Southbrook Vineyards
Southbrook Vineyards is the epitome and evolution of Marilyn and Bill Redelmeier’s love story with wine, the land, and all things “local.” The winery is situated on a 150-acre vineyard in the heart of the Niagara Peninsula wine region of Ontario, Canada. They produce organic and biodynamic wines that earn recognition, from critics and consumers alike, year after year.

From their purchase of the Niagara-on-the-Lake vineyard in 2005, the Redelmeiers committed their energies to sustainable viticulture. By 2008, they had created the first wine estate in Canada to earn both organic and biodynamic certification for its vineyard and winery. Southbrook also takes a leadership role in the wine community by mentoring, educating and sharing in an effort to encourage a growing understanding of organic and biodynamic methods.

About Bill Redelmeier
A passionate entrepreneur and connoisseur of food and fine wine, Bill Redelmeier, together with his partner Marilyn, evolved Bill’s family business from a cattle farm on a 19th century property in Richmond Hill, through to a roadside vegetable stand in the 1980s, to a thriving garden market, and now an award-winning winery.

Bill and Marilyn have pursued certifications for both the vineyard and the winery – including LEED, biodynamic and organic certification – clearly demonstrating leadership and commitment to environmental concerns, quality winemaking, and outstanding customer experience.

​Reducing waste from single-use coffee pods a good initiative

Matt Richter, GPO candidate in Parry Sound Muskoka, made the following statement on MPP Norm Miller’s Bill 173 An Act respecting the sale of single-use beverage pods: 

“Thank you to Norm Miller for taking the initiative with Bill 173 to support fully compostable single-use coffee pods.

Keeping the millions of pods used annually out of garbage dumps helps the environment and our economy.

Ontario entrepreneurs already have the creativity to come up with various compostable options. Passing Bill 173 will help support this creativity, promoting a sustainable business model and reducing trash that affects the bottom line of every municipality.

The Green Party has long called for a zero waste strategy, involving businesses and consumers in creating a system for sustainable waste management.

Thanks to MPP Miller for taking this step in addressing a growing waste problem. We just wish it had a faster implementation than four years – we support taking urgent action.

I urge the other parties at Queen’s Park to support MPP Miller’s initiative.”

​Liberal government is letting students across the province down

Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner will speak to attendees of the College Student Alliance’s rally at Queen’s Park today, focusing on the idea that the Liberal government is letting students across the province down.

Cannabis monopoly will ramp up criminalization of pot

Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner supports efforts to keep cannabis retailers away from schools. But he is calling on the Liberals to stop the government-monopolization of marijuana, which will do nothing to stop the underground market for cannabis.

The Liberals sent letters today to all Ontario municipalities saying the government-owned LCBO will try to reduce the number of existing dispensaries as it helps identify which towns and cities will get government-run cannabis stores.

“The Liberals’ approach seems to ramp up criminalization of pot outside the government monopoly, which undermines the reasons for legalizing it in the first place.” said Schreiner.

“There is a better way – highly regulated and licensed local businesses to allow local farmers, small businesses and Indigenous groups to participate in the market, creating local jobs and contributing tax dollars to local communities across the province.”

The Liberals current plan to open only 40 stores next year with a maximum of 150 across the province will not be enough to meet demand or combat the underground market.

“The government’s plan is likely to result in unsafe, unregulated cannabis to still be available on the underground market,” warned Schreiner.

The GPO is calling for a system that:

1. Regulates and licenses small businesses and dispensaries to sell cannabis in a safe and controlled way;
2. Ensures tax revenues from cannabis sales are used to fund education, mental health and addiction programs;
3. Creates more local jobs and prosperity by supporting small businesses, local farmers, and indigenous communities.

Read Schreiner’s open letter to Ontario cabinet ministers at
Sign our petition to stop the monopolization of cannabis.


​Liberals double down on risky, expensive electricity mix that will create higher electricity bills

The Liberal's energy plan is going to mean even higher electricity bills for people and small businesses in Ontario.

Real People, Real Solutions – Life Co-op

Meet Shane Mulligan, whose renewable energy co-operative seeks out new opportunities for community-owned renewable energy.

​Liberal government failing to protect the people and places we love

The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario's report proves that the government cannot be trusted with defending the people and places we love in Ontario.

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

​Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali to all who are celebrating!

Diwali is a holiday enjoyed by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs around the world. On this festive occasion, communities are encouraged to make contributions to charitable causes to promote kindness and compassion toward others. 

The festival of Diwali is representative of the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. It is a reminder for all of us to renew our commitments to self-improvement and care for those around us. 

May the Festival of Lights bring you joy, goodwill, prosperity and peace.