FoNTRA's questions for Ontario's Provincial Candidates

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Founded  in February 2001 with 21 residents’ associations as members, the Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Associations (FoNTRA) is a not for profit organization now comprised of over 30 residents’ associations, which collectively include more than 175,000 Toronto residents within their boundaries.FoNTRA ’s member residents organizations,  are located in the City of Toronto generally between Bloor Street and Sheppard Avenue, and between the Don Valley Parkway and Bathurst Street.The ABC Residents Association is a member.  

2018 Provincial Election Debates
Suggested Potential Questions to be Raised by Resident Associations
1. Affordable Housing
Finding and maintaining an affordable place to live remains a challenge for many Toronto residents. Almost half of Toronto households who rent spend more than 30% of their income on rent.
The federal government has announced a national housing strategy to build affordable housing over the next decade, and it requires provincial participation and funding.
Will you continue/not continue the initiatives undertaken by the current provincial government?
2. Child Care
Toronto is the child poverty capital of Canada with almost one in four children living in poverty. The provincial government has proposed to provide free child care for children two and a half years and older.
Will you implement or “can” this program?
3. Property Taxes
The current provincial government agreed to lower property taxes for cultural hubs such as 401 Richmond Street West and has shown an interest in further reforms to protect retail strips with smaller merchants such as Mount Pleasant and Bayview.
Would you reconsider provincial tax policy to allow these programs?
4. Transportation
The Relief Line (including Relief Line North) intended to relieve congestion on Line 1 is the key subway priority for Toronto.
a. Would you be willing/not willing to invest in this priority?
b. Will you implement a hold on the Line 1 extension to Richmond Hill pending completion of the Yonge Relief line
5. Greenbelt
Would you expand, or reduce the extent of the Greenbelt?
6. OMB Reform
The Ontario government recently implemented the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) as a true appeal body, replacing the OMB.
Do you agree or disagree with this change, intended to restore the role of municipalities in land use planning?
7. Environmental Protection
Would you strengthen or ease the rules and regulations governing environmental protection in Ontario?
8. GTA Growth Plan
Given the growth targets for Growth Centres and Major Transit Station Areas (MTSA) in the Yonge Corridor and on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT line, how will you address the need for additional infrastructure required by this population growth, like sewers, water, schools and social services?