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2011 Policy Resolutions

Food and Fitness of Ontario

WHEREAS Canadians over 18 have an obesity rate of 23% (According to Statcan 2004 study)

WHEREAS Ontario itself sits at above 23%

WHEREAS 27.5% Of Children 2-17 in Ontario are rated “Overweight or Obese”

WHEREAS The Canadian Health Measures Survey has concluded that  only 9% of boys and 4% of Girls are getting the recommended 60 minutes of activity at a moderate to vigorous level per day.

WHEREAS Ontario currently only requires one semester credit of Physical Education

WHEREAS Manitoba is currently the only province with Physical Education for all four years of high school

WHEREAS Knowledge of proper diet and exercise is important, particularly during the adolescent years

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: The Ontario Government implements Physical Education to the end of Grade 12. To compensate for children that are less fit, or less interested in sports, the courses will be divided into the two standard divisions for high school: Academic and Applied. The difference between the two only being the intensity of the students involved. This program will incorporate any of the nutrition courses offered at a high school level. To compensate for credits needed by children for post-secondary education, these P.E classes will count towards University or College. This program will give children the tools to feed not just themselves, but their future children better, and will seek to promote a healthy lifestyle


Improving Civic Education

WHEREAS all information current students learn about government occurs in one unit in grade 5 and a half-course in grade 10;

WHEREAS the current grade 10 course attempts to cover in 10 weeks topics ranging from types of government, levels of government, the judiciary, how laws are made, roles played by interest groups and NGOs, and Canada’s role in international issues. This creates a situation where too much information is trying to be covered in too little time resulting in noting being covered in enough detail or some topics being covered in details with others being ignored entirely;

WHEREAS in neither grade 5 nor grade 10 do students learn how our electoral system works;

WHEREAS understanding how government and our political system works is an important part of being able to be an informed citizen;

WHEREAS in recent years some politicians have taken advantage of ignorance about our political system works for their own partisan gains;

BE IT RESOLVED that the current half-course in civics in grade 10 be expanded to a full course;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the curriculum is examined to see where it would be appropriate to add a third unit or course on government;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in one of the courses on government students learn how our electoral system works.


National Transit Strategy

WHEREAS the latest ranking of transportation networks in international cities by the Toronto Board of Trade show that Canadian cities lag behind in transit development. Montreal (12th), Calgary (13th), Toronto (19th), and Vancouver (21st), were all outperformed by Hong Kong, Stockholm, Paris, London and New York.

WHEREAS Canada has never had a national transit strategy

WHEREAS municipalities have to fund their own transportation initiatives by raising revenues through property taxes

WHEREAS property taxes alone cannot fund transit infrastructure. Municipalities have to work with regional or provincial governments in order to generate sufficient funds for initial funding.

WHEREAS there is currently no permanent investment plan between all levels of government

WHEREAS reliable, consistent, and significant funding in transportation will allow municipalities to plan investments in transportation networks

WHEREAS the sustainability, livelihood, and environmental growth of cities is important for the economic and social prosperity of Canada

BE IT RESOLVED that the federal government work together with all levels of government to provide long-term, sustainable, predictable, and adequate funding for investments in transportation infrastructure

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the federal government create a national transit strategy that develops a strategic long-term policy that will guide Canadian investment for the next 20 years.


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