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The OYL Summer Retreat 2014 will be Held in Oak Ridges-Markham!

We have great news!

We’re so excited to hear that the Ontario Young Liberals (OYL) has selected our Oak Ridges-Markham Young Liberals’ bid to have the OYL 2014 Annual General Meeting hosted in our riding. What makes this occasion truly unique is that both the OYL Summer Fling Annual Policy Conference and the AGM will be held at the same time — a combined OYL Summer Retreat, right here in Oak Ridges-Markham. We can’t wait to get down to work with the awesome ORMYL and OYL teams!

The OYL Summer Retreat will be held from August 15-17, 2014 at Kingbridge Conference Centre (12750 Jane St, King City).

Details can be found on the OYL Website.

Stay tuned for updates!

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Markham-Unionville Candidates Speaker Series‏


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Because Oak Ridges – Markham is being split into multiple ridings federally, we would like to provide an opportunity for Liberals to meet and talk to some of the candidates. The Oak Ridges-Markham Young Liberal Association will be holding a Candidates Speaker Series Event in the riding of Markham-Unionville on Tuesday, February 18 at 7:15 pm at Centennial Community Centre featuring Bang-Gu Jiang, Lui Temelkovski, and Kenny Wan.

Details are provided below. We hope to see you there!

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Reinstatement of Physician Access to Diacetylmorphine through the Special Access Program (Working Paper)

We are currently in the process of working on a policy resolution regarding the reinstatement of physician access to diacetylmorphine (heroin) through the Special Access Program. The policy is being developed according to our core principle of assessing the relevant research literature, that is, scholarly papers, and then by using this information, arriving at a position regarding the issue.

You can read our working paper here.

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Congrats to all Liberals! – November 2013 Byelections

I am extremely proud of my fellow Liberals, both here in Oak Ridges-Markham and across Canada, for the tremendous amount of work that was put into these byelections. Working at the phones, canvassing, getting out the vote, scrutineering at the polls, and being on the ground every day to not only garner support, but also convert this support at the polls, has been no easy task. Our immaculate organization was certainly reflected in the polls today. LPC took home 2 ridings, gained record support in Western Canada not seen in decades, and increased our popular vote in a manner unrivalled by any other party.

I know that I join the rest of our members of LPC, including Young Liberals across Canada, in saying that we are both overwhelmed and humbled by the support that we have received from Canadians. On behalf of the ORMYL, I would like to extend my congratulations to Chrystia Freeland and Emmanuel Dubourg on becoming the newest Liberal Members of Parliament, as well as to Rolf Dinsdale and Terry Hayward on achieving such great success in their ridings in Manitoba.

I am excited to continue working with all of my fellow Liberals as we spread our positive message across the country on the road to 2015.

To hope and hard work.

Cheers,

Shan
President, ORMYL


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Commonground

Check out Commonground, where you can suggest your policy ideas, as well as vote and comment on existing ones.

Anyone can participate; you don’t have to be a member of the Ontario Liberal Party.

You can visit the interactive website here. Also, be sure to vote on our School Board Merger Policy on the site, which can be found here.


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ORMYL Policy: Merging the Public and Catholic School Boards

There are pressing financial and social reasons to change the current school board system. The Catholic school board was originally created to allow the Catholic community to preserve their faith and culture, but this need no longer exists. Furthermore, the demographics of this province have drastically changed in the last 175 years, and our institutions must reflect this reality. The establishment of a single, secular system where religious credits are offered is something that many citizens of Ontario have been asking for and continue to demand. The financial benefits from such a merger are tremendous, and the government should strive to pursue cost savings, especially against the backdrop of wage freezes and service cuts. Other provinces have ended this archaic system and it is time that Ontario does the same.

Our recent policy paper, Merging the Public and Catholic School Boards into One Unified School Board, regarding Ontario’s education system, has been released and comprises both a defence and a policy resolution. We look forward to your thoughts on the paper and would appreciate any feedback that you may have.

Regards,
ORMYL Executive