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Green Vision Tour, Day Nine: Orangeville

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The Green Vision Tour is a 20-city tour of the province to share the Green Party’s Green Vision for Ontario, the party’s blueprint for People Powered Change, focusing on Jobs, People, and Planet.

On Day Nine, the Green Vision Tour heads to Orangeville where Mike Schreiner and team attend a Meet and Greet at Pia’s On Broadway, a local restaurant owned by Green candidate Laura Campbell, who is running for MPP in Dufferin Caledon. Laura Campbell is a mother of two, a small business owner, and a PhD student at the University of Toronto. She currently serves on the Green Party of Ontario’s shadow cabinet as Natural Resources & Forestry critic. Her approach to politics is community-based, which is why she believes so strongly in the Green Party of Ontario’s message: honesty, integrity and putting people first – not corporations.

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Green Vision Tour, Day Eight: Huntsville and Barrie

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The Green Vision Tour is a 20-city tour of the province to share the Green Party’s Green Vision for Ontario, the party’s blueprint for People Powered Change, focusing on Jobs, People, and Planet.

Day Eight started with a Meet and Green in Huntsville with Mike Schreiner and local Parry Sound-Muskoka candidate, Matt Richter, talking about the Green Vision for Ontario and discussing local issues focused on healthcare. The Green Vision team then went on to Barrie, for the last Town Hall of the Green Vision tour, where Mike was joined by local candidates Keenan Aylwin and Bonnie North, to talk about Jobs, People and Planet, and the great difference Green MPPs can make in this election.

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Green Vision Tour, Day Seven: North Bay and Sudbury

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The Green Vision Tour is a 20-city tour of the province to share the Green Party’s Green Vision for Ontario, the party’s blueprint for People Powered Change, focusing on Jobs, People, and Planet.

Day Seven started in North Bay, with a number of interviews with local media to spread the word about our Green Vision for Ontario and meeting with the newly announced local candidate, Kristopher Rivard. The team then went on to Sudbury, where they toured the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University, whose program draws heavily upon the study of northern community needs coupled with an integrated approach to building systems for northern climates. There, the team learned more about sustainable design, wood product innovation and how Sudbury can become a hub for jobs in the new green economy. The day ended with a Meet and Greet with Greens at a local pub.

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Green Vision Tour, Day Six: Perth and Ottawa

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The Green Vision Tour is a 20-city tour of the province to share the Green Party’s Green Vision for Ontario, the party’s blueprint for People Powered Change, focusing on Jobs, People, and Planet.

Day Six starts off in Perth, with a series of media interviews discussing important issues such as protecting water, ending the nuclear gravy train and reducing income inequality, then doing a meet and greet at a local cafe. In the afternoon, the Green Vision team heads off to Ottawa, where Mike Schreiner talks to University of Ottawa students on how politics can better address youth issues – focusing on how parties can include youth voices in the conversation and hitting on some key problems: youth unemployment, mental health, accessibility of government services, and local environmental problems. After a few more media interviews, Mike Schreiner and team join Green Party of Canada leader Elizabeth May at fundraiser held in in the Katimavik-Hazeldean neighbourhood of Kanata.

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Green Vision Tour, Day Five: Brighton and Kingston

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The Green Vision Tour is a 20-city tour of the province to share the Green Party’s Green Vision for Ontario, the party’s blueprint for People Powered Change, focusing on Jobs, People, and Planet.

Day Five started out in Brighton, where Mike Schreiner and the GPO team did a meet and greet in the morning at a local coffee shop, Lola’s. The team then moved on to Kingston, which started with a Community Lunch where they chatted about important issues like the basic income guarantee, a living wage, pharmacare, dental care, and affordable housing with local members of the community. The day ended with a Town Hall featuring Mike Schreiner and local GPO candidate, Robert Kiley, on topics such as the environment, electoral reform and the youth vote.

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Green Vision Tour, Day Four: Peterborough

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The Green Vision Tour is a 20-city tour of the province to share the Green Party’s Green Vision for Ontario, the party’s blueprint for People Powered Change, focusing on Jobs, People, and Planet.

Day Four takes us to Peterborough, as Mike Schreiner and team visits local businesses, talks to local media, holds a roundtable discussion with Peterborough Greens and local community members. The day ends with a nature walk at Earth hour.

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Green Vision Tour, Day Three: Hamilton, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls

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The Green Vision Tour is a 20-city tour of the province to share the Green Party’s Green Vision for Ontario, the party’s blueprint for People Powered Change, focusing on Jobs, People, and Planet.

Day 3 takes us to Hamilton, Grimsby, Vineland, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. The day started with a number of interviews in Hamilton, where Mike Schreiner and team met with local Green candidates and media outlets to discuss important issues like clean energy, jobs and protecting the people and places we love. Followed by a quick lunch in Grimsby, then off to the Vineland Research Centre to see how technology can improve our food production to reduce imports and grow more local food in Ontario. The day ended with a Fireside chat with Mike with local Niagara Greens and community members.

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Green Vision Tour, Day Two: Windsor, Chatham and Kitchener

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The Green Vision Tour is a 20-city tour of the province to share the Green Party’s Green Vision for Ontario, the party’s blueprint for People Powered Change, focusing on Jobs, People, and Planet.

Day Two of the Green Vision Tour started in Windsor, where Mike Schreiner and the GPO team toured Bike Windsor Essex, a member-based advocacy group representing all bike lovers in Windsor and Essex County, to help make the region safer and more bike friendly. Following that event, Mike gave a speech at the University of Windsor’s Sustainable Food Systems and the Environment class.

In the afternoon, Mike and the GPO team headed to Chatham, where they were treated to lunch at a local restaurant. They then went on to Kitchener, where Mike met with local community leaders in social innovation and environmental sustainability to get an understanding of the issues they face locally. The day ended with a Meet and Greet at a local pub in Waterloo.

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On World Water Day, Ontario Greens pledge to continue fight to protect water

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CHATHAM, ON — Today, on World Water Day, the Green Party of Ontario would like to remind all politicians at Queen’s Park that there is nothing more precious than our drinking water. Water is life.

Yet, the status quo at Queen’s Park is allowing industrial activities that threaten our drinking water.

Green Party leader Mike Schreiner is calling for stronger protections for water. He supports changes to water-taking rules that prioritize water for people and communities before all other users.

“Water is a finite resource essential to our health, environment, and economy – and the province is failing to protect it,” said Green Party of Ontario Leader, Mike Schreiner.

Lax provincial rules allow quarries to dig below the water table and big multinational corporations to mine billions of litres of water on expired permits. During droughts when citizens face water restrictions, provincial law does not mandate a reduction in water-taking for big companies like bottled water operations.  

“The Liberals’ pandering to corporate interests on water withdrawals is yet another example of how they put well connected insiders before people,” said Schreiner. “Government has a responsibility to manage water as a public trust, in the public interest and in a way that ensures everyone has a right to access clean drinking water.”

Schreiner and the Green Party have worked on to protect water in his riding of Guelph and in communities across Ontario — from quarries, dumps, and bottlers. In addition to stronger water-taking rules, the Greens are calling for a ban on fracking in Ontario. The Green Party has collected nearly 8,000 signatures from people across Ontario on a range of issues regarding water protection.

“Putting water first is also putting people first,” said Schreiner. “Greens will continue to fight to protect our water on World Water Day and every day.”

Mike Schreiner and the GPO continues its Green Vision Tour through March 29. Visit www.gpo.ca/vision to learn about how we will protect people, planet and jobs and build a sustainable future for Ontarians.

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