Rural Transportation Committee resolution passed_28 Nov 2013

November 28, 2013

The Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force submitted a letter of support to MPP Bill Walker’s office on a resolution to strike a Provincial Rural and Northern Ontario Transportation Committee. Bill Walker Resolution_support letter from BG Poverty Task Force The Committee would be all-party.

In the letter which Bill Walker quoted from in his presentation of the motion the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force stated: 

“We support a committee that will work towards the Government of Ontario 1) creating a vision for what public transportation in rural Ontario should look like in the future, 2) setting standards for public transportation across Ontario and 3) determining what strategies and priorities need to be in place to make the future happen.”

“Best practice studies and examples of other provincial initiatives, such as BC Transit, have demonstrated the benefits of an effective rural public transportation system to increase accessibility to essential services and employment; lead to lower commuting costs for residents and fostering the development of local and regional businesses.”

“We believe that an integrated public transportation solution connecting people and communities will lead to a better quality of life; and more sustainable future for Grey and Bruce County residents.”

All three parties  voted to pass the resolution on the first motion at Queen’s Park.

For video of the debate, go to:    

Walker is quoted as saying “All of us have a stake in taking a more active role in supporting our communities’ transit needs. This committee will be an important first step in achieving that goal, and I’m pleased that all three parties have just agreed to take that first step together.”

Walker said he received widespread support from municipalities, community groups and activists since tabling the resolution two weeks ago.

“There’s no doubt that transportation is an essential component to healthy communities, for youth retention and for our long-term sustainability,” he said. “I hear and see first-hand in my constituency how the lack of a transportation solution negatively impacts my people’s ability to complete the basic every-day tasks, from getting to work and doctors’ appointments to just visiting family and friends.”

Walker said the objective of the committee will be to discuss transportation challenges impacting regions north of the GTA, to come up with effective solutions and then to propose legislative action for those plans.

“To me, the future of the province lies in healthy communities, communities that put food on your table, and give you the mineral-rich Ring of Fire, provide the most in the gas tax funds…you cannot afford to let rural and Northern Ontario fizzle away nor to become non-existent,” he said. “We are the fuel that drives this province, and we will always play a key role in the health and vitality of Ontario.”


Stepping Up – A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed

Stepping Up is a first-of-its-kind framework developed by the Government of Ontario to help guide, focus and maximize our collaborative actions to support young people.

Stepping Up defines what we believe matters most to our young people. It describes what we are already doing to support them and what we can accomplish by working better together.

Stepping Up is an evidence based framework, developed through existing research on youth development and in consultation across government and with young people and their allies. It builds on past consultations and recommendations from a range of reports and initiatives.

Stepping Up articulates the government’s sustained commitment to supporting the well-being of Ontario’s youth. Stepping Up’s vision, guiding principles and priority outcomes will influence how the government develops policies and designs programs relating to youth.

Stepping Up is also a call to action for those that look out for the well-being of young people in Ontario. It has been developed so that young people themselves, families, governments, foundations, philanthropic organizations, public agencies, charities, community organizations and private businesses can identify ways to help youth succeed.

Themes & Priority Outcomes

Health & Wellness
1 Ontario youth are physically healthy.
2 Ontario youth feel mentally well.
3 Ontario youth make choices that support healthy and safe development.

Strong, Supportive Friends & Families
4 Ontario youth have families and guardians equipped to help them thrive.
5 Ontario youth have at least one consistent, caring adult in their lives.
6 Ontario youth form and maintain healthy, close relationships.

Education, Training & Apprenticeships
7 Ontario youth achieve academic success.
8 Ontario youth have educational experiences that respond to their needs and prepare them to lead.
9 Ontario youth access diverse training and apprenticeship opportunities.

Employment & Entrepreneurship
10 Ontario youth have opportunities for meaningful employment experiences.
11 Ontario youth have the skills and resources needed to develop a successful career or business.
12 Ontario youth are safe and supported at work.

Diversity, Social Inclusion & Safety
13 Ontario youth experience social inclusion and value diversity.
14 Ontario youth feel safe at home, at school, online and in their communities.
15 Ontario youth respect, and are respected by, the law and justice system.

Civic Engagement & Youth Leadership
16 Ontario youth play a role in informing the decisions that affect them.
17 Ontario youth are engaged in their communities.
18 Ontario youth leverage their assets to address social issues.

Coordinated & Youth Friendly Communities
19 Ontario youth have access to safe spaces that provide quality opportunities for play and recreation.
20 Ontario youth know about and easily navigate resources in their communities.

To see the full framework: Stepping Up_a strategic framework to help Ontario’s Youth Succeed

For a two page summary handout see: steppingup-summary