I will work to foster community-based, inclusive policy making that is built on consultation, dialogue and deliberation with local residents as well as input from community leaders and leading researchers. Our Green Vision: to build on the work people like you are already doing in your community, working to make positive change, overcoming social barriers and improving the health of each other and our planet. We will reduce Ontario’s GHG pollution by putting a price on carbon that will return all of the revenue directly to Ontarians. We will focus our efforts on reducing emissions in the three highest polluting sectors: transportation, buildings and industry.
Transit & Streets for Inclusive City Building
My prorioty is moving people more efficiently and to make streets designed for us all.
Ontario’s transportation system doesn’t work for people or planet. Traffic congestion in the GTA alone costs our economy $11 billion a year in lost productivity. Transportation accounts for 35% of Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions, the largest and fastest growing share of emissions from any sector and a large contributor to air pollution. Better transportation networks are an economic bonus, supporting small businesses and increasing the efficient flow of people, goods and resources. Liveable communities foster thriving main street economies. Our plan starts with better land use planning, redesigning roads and streets with the safety and convenience of all road users - drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users.
It is essential that Ontario make transit affordable and reliable. We can start by restoring operational support to local transit, and implementing an integrated transit plan in the GTHA and beyond.
Priorities for Green MPPs
- Establish a Complete Streets Act, which would require streets across Ontario to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities, regardless of their mode of transportation.
- Allow municipalities to implement road tolls, including granting Toronto’s request for road tolls on the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway (two of the highways that Premier Mike Harris downloaded to Toronto twenty years ago).
Affordable & Sustainable Housing for Resilient Neighbourhoods
I will prioritize people and communities over speculators.
Pricing people out of homes is not good for our communities or our economy. When people’s incomes are locked into making big mortgage payments or high rents, small businesses and local economies suffer. High mortgages mean little flexibility, and not much left over for other life purchases.
Our plan will modernize Ontario’s energy system, supporting new technology and conservation on a massive scale. This system will be more resilient and flexible, provide additional economic opportunities to local communities, and be cheaper for residents, businesses and industries.
Priorities for Green MPPs
Improve Ontario’s inclusionary zoning legislation to ensure the permanent creation of rental and deeply affordable units, mandating that developers include at least 1 new unit of affordable housing for every 5 new houses or condos (20% affordability minimum for new development), including purpose-built rentals.
Update zoning laws to allow alternatives to single-family detached homes, such as tiny homes, secondary suites, and laneway housing.
Remove requirements that municipal governments pay a percentage of the cost of affordable housing under inclusionary zoning laws in line with international best practices.
Create more affordable, safe rental housing options by working with municipalities to modernize by-laws that currently prohibit or establish unreasonable barriers to creating additional housing, such as licensed basement apartments.
Use a “housing first” approach to develop dedicated supportive housing for people with mental health and addictions issues, physical disabilities, or acquired brain injuries, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Evaluate the Indigenous Supportive Housing Program (ISHP) and work closely with the Government of Canada and Indigenous housing providers to ensure that Indigenous people have access to adequate affordable housing.
Improve and expand Ontario’s home energy savings program to provide grants and other incentives for individuals and communities to improve the energy efficiency of buildings to help businesses, homeowners and renters make money by saving energy. This will include retrofits to improve insulation, and installing more energy efficient heating and cooling systems.
Democratic reform, Participatory Planning & Co-creation
I will prioritize participatory, democratic engagement as the principal mandate of the local Green Party Constituency Association during the up-coming mandate.
We have an incredible wealth and diversity of talent in Ontario; people who deserve to be heard. Adam has personally committed to exploring new participatory means to involve local residents in service design and policy making through workshops and assemblies. He would like to invite supporters and interested residents to help make the local Green Constituency Association into a Citizen Lab for Grassroots politics.
We need a government that respects and engages citizens and communities; a government committed to building partnerships with communities to develop sensible solutions, instead of imposing top-down bureaucratic solutions. It’s time for more democracy, not less.
We need to move to make politicians more accountable: local decision making in the public interest is essential to a vibrant democracy. We need to have checks and balances to ensure that all public officials are held to high ethical standards, including implementing principles of open government that lead to fairness and transparency.
Priorities for Green MPPs
- Move to proportional representation in provincial elections. A fairer system where every vote counts will encourage democratic participation and ensure that our government more accurately represents the democratic will of the people and the diversity of our communities. It will also demand party collaboration, encouraging consensus-building and compromise to create stronger, long-lasting policies.
- Extend the right to vote in municipal and provincial elections to permanent residents so that they, too, can have a say in how their tax dollars are spent.
- Lower the provincial voting age to 16 to engage youth earlier and to create lifelong voting habits.
- Create a Citizens Institute that will help train citizens to intervene in government processes, such as lobbying, speaking to committees, and participating in formal proceedings like the Environmental Bill of Rights. This would provide training and resources to qualifying community-led initiatives, and be funded by an increase in the lobbyist registration fee.
- Support the creation of an Open Data Portal, where a broad range of government data from road traffic data, to resource extraction, to environmental reports, to government contracts, and expenses would be available for the public to access and use for data analysis.