UPDATE, May 29: MPP Jack MacLaren was quitting before PC Leader Patrick Brown fired him
Several news outlets today reporting that Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Jack MacLaren has been kicked out of the PC caucus for remarks made about Franco-Ontarians during the 2012 election campaign. MacLaren’s riding includes Stittsville.
Goldie Ghamari, the PC Candidate for Carleton, is hosting a “Dinner in the Dark” fundraiser on December 7:
“Tired of over-paying for hydro? Let’s work together to toss the Liberal Government out before they leave us all in the dark. Join us for a Candlelight Dinner with Bill Carroll in our first fundraiser for Goldie Ghamari and the Carleton PC Association. Minimal Hydro will be used. Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm – 2452 Yorks Corners Road, Edwards, Ontario. More info…
(Goldie Ghamari with her parents and husband after winning the nomination to be the PC candidate for Carleton. Photo via Twitter.)
Goldie Ghamari will be the Progressive Conservative party candidate for Carleton in the 2018 Ontario provincial election. Continue reading
(press release via the Government of Ontario)
Ontario is strengthening consumer protections by introducing new rules for home inspections, door-to-door sales and payday loans.
Minister of Government and Consumer Services Marie-France Lalonde made the announcement today in Toronto. The proposed new rules are part of the government’s Putting Consumers First Act, and are aimed at protecting consumers in transactions with common household and financial services.
If passed, the proposed changes would:
- Make it possible to ban unsolicited, door-to-door sales of certain household appliances, including water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners and water filters
- Regulate the home inspection industry through required licensing and proper qualifications for home inspectors, as well as minimum standards for contracts, home inspection reports, disclosures and the performance of home inspections
- Strengthen consumer financial protections with new rules for alternative financial services such as payday loans, including extended repayment periods and more time between loans, as well expanded rules against unfair debt collection practices.
Protecting Ontario’s consumers is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Home inspectors are one of the only professionals involved in a real estate transaction that are not currently provincially regulated.
- Ontario has over 800 payday lenders and loan brokers.
- Starting January 1, 2017, Ontario’s maximum total cost of borrowing a payday loan will drop to $18 per $100 borrowed.
- Door-to-door sales have been among the top complaints received by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services for some time. Recently, the number of complaints about furnaces and air conditioners has surpassed those received for water heater rentals since the new rules for water heater door-to-door sales came into effect April 1, 2015.
- The government will seek public input to determine the types of household products that would be restricted from door-to-door sales.
- The proposed legislation to regulate home inspectors was based on 35 recommendations made by a 16-member expert panel, which were supported by both industry and consumers.
(Photo: A Waste Management truck at the Carp Road Landfill. Although the expanded landfill will be licensed to accept commercial and residential waste, it’s expected that the vast majority of landfill material will be industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) waste.)
On November 27, the Ontario government posted its “Draft Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy” for public comment. The draft strategy admits that Ontario produces too much garbage and that diversion and recycling in the province has stalled. It also directly links waste and climate change.
The draft Strategy embraces a vision for “an Ontario where we have zero waste and zero greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector and where all resources, organic or non-organic, are used and reused productively, maximizing their recovery and reintegrating recovered materials back into the economy.”
The draft legislations puts an emphasis on producer responsibility and supports innovation to address packaging and waste production. The strategy outlines three key goals: 1. Increase Resource Productivity and Reduce Waste; 2. Enable an Efficient and Effective Recycling System; and 3. Create Conditions to Support Sustainable End-Markets. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that many of the proposed tools already exist but have never been enforced. Also the need to reduce our dependency on landfills by banning the disposal of recyclable materials has been a major plank of provincial policy for years. However, the bans were never applied to IC&I waste producers which makes up the majority of garbage in Ontario.
Previous versions of waste reduction policies all featured “carrots” and “sticks” but failed because the sticks were never applied. A lack of enforcement of existing regulations and the unwillingness of the Ontario government to restrict landfill capacity is a key reason the province is so far behind. This time the government has to put some real teeth and meaningful action behind the words to be at all effective in getting to zero waste.
Ontarians have until February 24, 2016 to comment on the draft strategy.
(Olivia Nixon lives in West Carleton and is one of the residents involved with COLA – Coalition for Landfill Accountability, where this article originally appeared.)