Local Media – Election June 2022

Provincial candidates debate issues as election draws near

May 13, 2022 – BY DOPPLER ONLINE 

Housing, the economy after COVID, health care, mental health services, Indigenous relations, and education were among the issues discussed by provincial candidates at a 90-minute forum moderated by YourTV’s James Bowler on Thursday evening.

In attendance were Erin Horvath for the NDP, Graydon Smith for the PCs, and Matt Richter for the Greens.

Read the story here

Green leader rallies voters in Bracebridge

May 10, 2022 – Doppler by media release

Ontario Greens Leader Mike Schreiner joined candidate for Parry Sound–Muskoka, Matt Richter today for a rally in downtown Bracebridge where he announced that Ontario Greens will increase the number of Nurse Practitioner-led clinics in the North, including three specifically in Parry Sound–Muskoka.

“Ontario Greens have real solutions for Parry Sound–Muskoka,” Schreiner said.

“Primary health care options like Nurse Practitioner-led clinics are one of the best ways to relieve the burden on hospitals, cut wait times and ensure better access to quality health care.”

Ontario Greens Say They Will Make Life More Affordable In Parry Sound–Muskoka

Matt Richter and Mike Schreiner speak with local residents in Parry Sound – Click to read more

April 19, 2022 – Kelly Hart – Muskoka411

Ontario Greens Leader Mike Schreiner joined local candidate Matt Richter in Parry Sound today to meet with residents and highlight the party’s Affordability Action Plan.

“The election gimmicks and handouts the other parties are offering will not solve the systemic affordability challenges the people of Parry Sound–Muskoka are facing,” Schreiner said.

Ontario Greens were the only party to vote against the Ford government’s license plate sticker gimmick.

“We’re here to earn your vote, not buy it,” Richter said.


April 5, 2022 Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com

Matt Richter is running in his fifth election and his party’s polling sees him with a good shot at winning.

… Fortunately for Richter, a lot of parents, grandparents, high school students, teachers, young adults, families, seniors and riding residents environmentally-friendly to the Parry Sound-Muskoka provincial candidate will be casting ballots again for him in Ontario’s next general election.

‘It’s Time,’ say the Green signs.

Or maybe: “It’s about time?”

The Greens are not conceding the contest to Graydon Smith and the Conservatives.

Find Mark’s story in Muskoka Today here.

Provincial Green leader holds town hall with Parry Sound-Muskoka candidate in Bracebridge

April 3, 2022 – Sarah LawMuskokaRegion.comSunday,

Two months before the provincial election, Matt Richter says Green party support is “surging” in Parry Sound-Muskoka.

Richter has been representing the party since 2007. Now, the local Green candidate is preparing for his fifth provincial election after achieving 20 per cent of the vote in 2018.

After 15 years, what has kept Richter in the game?

“I have seen the same old problems getting the same old attempted solutions and it’s just landed us in the status quo,” Richter told our reporter. “Like everybody in our riding, I too want to see a positive change where honesty and integrity really are the driving force as to how we shape new policy.”

The Greens held a town hall meeting in Bracebridge on April 2 with provincial Green leader Mike Schreiner. About 70 people attended and questioned the candidates on hot-button issues.

Read the whole story at muskokaregion.com

Parry Sound—Muskoka Green Party accuses Ford government of being ‘all talk, no action’ on rail service

March 15,2022 – Almaguin News – Pamela Steel

Norm Miller and Matt Richter

Ontario Green Party candidate for Parry Sound—Muskoka, Matt Richter, threw down the gauntlet regarding the government’s approach to bringing rail back to the area.

“It’s been all talk and no action from Doug Ford so far on passenger rail,” said local provincial candidate Matt Richter in a March 14 media release.

In 2018, Ford made a campaign promise to restore the Ontario Northlander, which was discontinued in 2012 by the Liberal government in power at that time.

Read the Green Party of Ontario – Press Release

Green Party wants Northlander passenger rail funding in Ontario spring budget

March 15, 2022 – My Timmins Now

Ontario Northlander

Ontario’s Green Party isn’t waiting for the provincial election.  It wants the Ford government to reinstate Northlander passenger rail service in the spring budget.

Timiskaming-Cochrane Green candidate Kris Rivard notes that the province is putting up $6-billion for Highway 413 in the south, but has spent only $5-million for the Northlander since promising to reinstate it.

“It’s a little frustrating, right?” he observes. “So the Green Party is trying to put some pressure on the current government in order to move forward with their plans and promises made in 2018.”

Read the Green Party of Ontario Press Release

‘Everything is connected’: Muskoka activists call for climate to be top of mind this election

COVID-19 has shown global crises can be tackled quickly, say climate strikers

March 8, 2022 – Sarah LawBracebridge Examiner

Climate strikers

Every Friday for more than two years, Muskoka residents have been protesting for climate action.

The protestors are members of Climate Action Muskoka (CAM), a grassroots group that has gained much momentum during this time. The group pushed Muskoka municipalities to declare climate emergencies, it launched a community carbon challenge to help people half emissions by 2030, and it is working to further educate the community on environmentalism.

Parry Sound-Muskoka Green Party candidate officially opening office on March 5

March 3, 2022 – Huntsville Forester

Green party

The campaign team for Matt Richter who is running to become MPP for Parry Sound—Muskoka will formally open its new headquarters in Huntsville on Saturday, March 5.

Richter and his campaign leadership and volunteers will kick off the day’s events at noon at the new office, located at 33 King William St. in Huntsville. Activities will include a lunch for drop-ins and training for volunteers ready to help get Matt Richter elected to Queen’s Park in July.

“Our office will give us the opportunity to hear directly from people about the issues that matter most to them,” said Richter. “This office is a hub for our community and will give us a home base to support our growing campaign.”

Green Candidate For Parry Sound-Muskoka Says EQAO Testing Should Be Cancelled

February 19, 2022 – By Muskoka411 Staff 

Matt Richter 411

Ontario Greens are disappointed in the Ford government’s decision to restart the wasteful and time-consuming EQAO tests.

“It’s time to put student mental health first,” said Matt Richter, Ontario Greens Education Critic and candidate for Parry Sound — Muskoka.

“The last thing students need added to their plates right now is the enormous pressure that comes with the EQAO testing process. As a teacher, I see how stressed and anxious many students are after two years of uncertainty and learning disruption.”

Green Party leader visited Huntsville, Gravenhurst on Saturday, Feb. 5

February 6, 2022 – Pamela Steel – MuskokaRegion.com

Matt and Mike in Gravenhurst

The party’s leader, Mike Schreiner, joined Matt Richter, candidate for Parry Sound—Muskoka, in Gravenhurst and Huntsville to talk about affordability and jobs. >>more

Ontario Green Party leader and PSM candidate in Huntsville today to talk affordable housing solutions


Matt & Mike in Huntsville

Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner was in Huntsville today, knocking on doors with Matt Richter, the party’s candidate for Parry Sound—Muskoka, to talk affordable housing and green jobs with constituents.

“The thing we’re hearing at the door over and over again is about the housing affordability crisis that people are facing,” said Schreiner. “ >>more

Ontario Green party leader talks affordable housing in Parry Sound-Muskoka

November 29, 2021 – Mary Beth Hartill – Bracebridge Examiner

Mike Scheiner and Matt Richter

“I’d say the No. 1 issue is housing affordability, which probably doesn’t surprise you,” said Schreiner. “I don’t know if it’s because it’s the Green party knocking on the door or not — a lot of people are worried about the climate crisis.”

Ontario Greens Say They Will Increase Housing Supply In Parry-Sound Muskoka By Expanding Zoning Options

 November 29, 2021 – By Muskoka411 Staff

Ontario Green Leader Mike Schreiner was in Bracebridge with Ontario Green candidate for Parry-Sound Muskoka Matt Richter today to highlight the Ontario Greens’ plan to significantly increase housing supply by expanding zoning options in residential areas.

July 13, 2021

Gravenhurst received a visit from Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner

Hear Mike Shriner on Muskoka Morning – Hunters Bay Radio


JULY 14, 2021 – Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com

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… what better place to talk about a national crisis than at the heart of it.

In Muskoka where affordable housing for the permanent population is the antithesis of an annual cottage country seasonal sales boom.

Provincial Green party leader visits Gravenhurst

July 14, 2021 -Gravenhurst Banner by Sarah Law

Train Station

Gravenhurst received a visit from Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner on July 13. He was joined by Parry Sound-Muskoka’s Green Party of Ontario candidate, Matt Richter, and they met with residents to talk about affordable housing and the return of passenger rail.

Provincial election set for June 2, 2022

Ontario Fire College needs to remain open

February 9, 2021— Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario and Matt Richter, Green Party candidate for Parry Sound Muskoka, released the following statement regarding the planned permanent closure of the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst:

“Eliminating the Ontario Fire College is a blow to Gravenhurst and small municipalities across the province who will be on the hook for training costs.

The Ontario Fire College plays a crucial role in training the province’s firefighters and keeping our homes and neighbourhoods safe.

The pandemic has left municipalities in financial turmoil. The last thing they need right now is more downloading.

Greens are calling on the government to step up, do their job, and reverse the decision to close the Ontario Fire College.”

What Does This Mean?

The Ontario Fire College will be replaced by smaller Regional centres. These regional centres are not operated by the province and charge the fire departments from $300 to $1200 per course. Departments must also cover hotel and meal costs for their trainees if the location is not close enough to home for them to commute.

The Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst is a state of the art facility where thousands of fire fighters have been trained each year.  It has been closed since March, 2020 due to the pandemic. Fire departments pay $65 per course including room and board to send their members there. 

Take Action:  

>  Contact your local municipal council.  

A motion has been circulated to municipal councils all over Ontario calling on the Ford government to reconsider its decision to close the Ontario Fire College. It has already been passed by several municipal councils in Ontario including Parry Sound, Seguin and Magnetawan in our riding. Others will be taking it up at their next meeting.  Ask your councilors to add the voice of your community to this call.

Parry Sound-Muskoka Green party nominates 2022 candidate

Muskoka Region.com – Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Matt Richter, GPO candidate for Parry Sound Muskoka

A familiar face will serve as the Green candidate for 2022 provincial election

Matt Richter has represented Parry Sound-Muskoka as the Green party of Ontario candidate in 2007, 2011, 2014 and 2018, and will run again locally in the 2022 election.

Full story here