Category Archives: Policy

Questionnaire: Purchasing Prescription Lenses in Ontario

On 5 May 2018 Canadians For Eyewear Choice wrote: Congratulations on your candidacy. We are writing today to let you know about an urgent issue facing Ontario consumers who depend on accessing affordable eyewear online as a modern convenience and … Continue reading

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Waterloo Region Greens Release Local Platform

The Green Party is gaining momentum across the province. Leader Mike Schreiner has crossed the province meeting with enthusiastic people who want integrity, intelligence and honesty in their choice and Schreiner delivers. In fact, Mainstreet polls predicted Schreiner would win … Continue reading

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Notes from the ReVision ADP Information Session

I had the privilege of attending an information session on 16 May 2018 by ReVision ADP hosted by the CNIB about the Ontario Assistive Devices Program which provides magnifiers, text-to-speech devices, braille output devices and other technology to help people … Continue reading

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On Social Housing

I received a question on Social Housing today: Hi Bob, I am just wondering what your views are on the social housing crisis for newcomers to Canada in the Kitchener area? Hope you can answer before voting day. Hi! There … Continue reading

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High Speed Rail in South-Western Ontario

Updated 4 June 2018, including some corrections from InterCityRail technical experts — Thank you! One of the first events I attended as the Green Party of Ontario candidate for Kitchener–Conestoga was the InterCityRail Town Hall meeting on High Speed Rail, … Continue reading

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Carbon Fees and Dividends

Somebody asked: Can anyone explain to me exactly how the fee and dividend system is better than cap and trade? I first read about carbon cap and trade in Scientific American in the 1980s when it was still an economic … Continue reading

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Unequal Wealth Distribution

One of several questions from Jesse Bauman, editor of The Community Edition: Wealth is very unequally distributed in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, the average net worth of the top 20 per cent of families (sorted by income group) rose … Continue reading

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I vote CBC!

I’ve received several letters from constituents who want funding restored to the CBC: Bob Jonkman Kitchener–Conestoga Green Party Like most Canadians, I value public broadcasting. Yet the current government has systematically attacked the CBC. After promising not to do so, … Continue reading

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I Support Digital Freedom

I’ve received many e-mail messages from people writing through OpenMedia’s web site asking me to support Digital Freedom, more than on any other issue. I’d send a reply to everyone, but all the messages came in with the same address … Continue reading

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Guaranteed Livable Income

This week, the Green Party of Canada released its election platform. In the plank on Strong Communities the plan to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality includes implementing a Guaranteed Livable Income. Canada has been in two recessions since the last … Continue reading

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