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2010 Policy Resolutions

Improving Access to Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS)

WHEREAS the need for educated graduate level students are necessary to maintain and improve Ontario’s Knowledge Economy

WHEREAS the government of Ontario is increasing the number of Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) by 1000. This raises the total number of scholarships from 2000 to 3000 scholarships offered each year.

WHEREAS more opportunities are now available to fund graduate studies

WHEREAS the deadline to apply for OGS does not accommodate undergraduate students in Ontario. Applications must be submitted by mid-October in order for students to be eligible for a scholarship for graduate studies the following year. This creates a tight time constraint that results in failed, incomplete, or absent applications

WHEREAS many students fail to know about the OGS opportunity, find out after the deadline has passed, and fail to submit an application due to preoccupation with important graduate entrance examinations and graduate school applications that are due around the same time

BE IT RESOLVED that the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities provide greater accessibility, including a reasonable deadline and greater administrative application assistance to students who are applying for the OGS.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities complete a full comprehensive audit and review of the OGS to ensure that students from many disciplines and faculties are offered a fair chance of receiving a scholarship

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Ontario Graduate Scholarship is introduced and promoted earlier in undergraduate studies so that students who aspire to enter into graduate school will have an opportunity to plan and complete their application ahead of

Investing in Renewable Energy for Off-Grid Communities

WHEREAS off-grid communities are currently forced to rely on fossil fuels being transported to the community at an incredible expense for energy;
WHEREAS we should be making every effort to decrease fossil fuel consumption and increase the use of renewable energy sources;
BE IT RESOLVED that a funding program be developed that remote communities can tap into for the purpose of investing in renewable energy technologies;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the municipality must also contribute to the project, and has responsibility for any maintenance that may be required after the project has been completed.

Develop an Automated System and New Law for Collecting Revenue’s from Speeding Tickets at the Scene of the Offence

WHEREAS Ontario municipalities are owed $1.1 billion in unpaid traffic tickets;

WHEREAS there is often difficulty in collecting the fine from out of province residents;

WHEREAS no effective law has been established to collect unpaid speeding tickets at the time of the offence or to further deter an individual from speeding;
WHEREAS speeding is one of the leading causes of car accidents in Ontario;

BE IT RESOLVED that an automated system is established to pay a violation of regulations governed by Section 128 of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act at the time of the violation.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a consequence is established for not paying the penalty at the time of the crime.

Appendix One: Develop an Automated System and New Law for Collecting Revenue’s from Speeding Tickets at the Scene of the Offence

Provincial municipalities are owed more than $1.1 billion in unpaid speeding tickets and a proper system and law needs to be developed to ensure collection of money owed to the government happens at the scene of the crime. Section 128 of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, which deals with speeding tickets, should be revisited and revised.

There is no serve consequence for not paying these fines and thus a large portion of the fines will not only not be collected but the absence of a new law will also continue to encourage speeding by recurring offenders. The current penalty is that you lose demerit points and have your license temporarily suspended. This has not proven to be an effective deterrent in the past.

Unpaid parking tickets in the city of Toronto have a more severe punishment than speeding tickets. If motorists don’t pay a parking ticket they can’t register their vehicle annually.

Within the U.S. certain jurisdictions have granted the authority to charge motorists and demand payment on the spot. This method of collection could exist within the province of Ontario and would not only increase revenues but would encourage safe driving and lower unnecessary accidents.
An individual would still have the right to take their court to case to be reimbursed for the amount they have paid. In the meantime, the government would have access to this money and the average motorist would likely accept the penalty and not become a repeat offender.


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