The World You Want. The Leadership We Need.
Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario and MPP for Guelph, came to Gravenhurst on his Leader’s Tour on Tuesday, July 13th. Matt Richter joined Mike to inspire, inform and motivate us to take action. In addition, community advocates and the audience asking questions made us proud of our community engagement in critical local issues
Mike and Matt inspired us with green values put into action.
- become allies to implement the 94 calls to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and seek solutions together to injustices
- see the climate crisis, the housing crisis and the mental health crisis as inextricably linked with solutions – highlighted in the exciting new Housing policy just released : Building Livable and Affordable Communities | GPO
- redirect existing money to build livable, connected, healthy communities with both affordable and supportive housing
- prioritize walkable communities, protection of green spaces, and emissions reducing construction technology for building and retrofitting (both materials and heating/cooling)
- repurpose the subsidies going to the biggest consumers of electricity to go instead to those who need it
- address food insecurity, hunger and methane emissions by eliminating the $32B in food waste
- transition to clean efficient electric energy – cheaper, renewable and available
- capitalize on the circular economy to replace the extraction of petrochemicals with the “mining” of metals and plastics from used materials. This will also grow another sector of a green prosperous economy
Local advocates and audience participation focused attention on local issues
- Gravenhurst Against Poverty – Bonnie Dart shared the purpose of G.A.P. as neighbours helping neighbours with food security, an affordable housing/shelter initiative and wellness programs for youth. Later in the day Mike and Matt visited 1 of 7 G.A.P. gardens in Gravenhurst where volunteers grow food for neighbours in difficulty.
- Climate Action Muskoka – Sue McKenzie spoke of CAM’s work as a local volunteer movement working to achieve meaningful District and municipal climate action leadership, individual and business by-in to reduce GHG emissions and an invitation to all to join the Community Carbon Challenge at climateactionmuskoka.org. CAM is one of many community partners in the “Love Muskoka, Sustain Muskoka” exhibit Matt and Mike were honoured to preview at the Steamship & Discovery Centre.
- Lucille Frith highlighted the work of NEORN to bring back affordable accessible rail service to connect communities in the north, urgently needed to reduce our transportation footprint. Mike and Matt finished the day at the Gravenhurst Railway Station where they spoke with Metroland Media’s reporter Sarah Law about the Green Party’s support for the return of passenger rail.
- Participants they met over the full day visit raised issues regarding education, building sustainably, alternatives to gas-fired electricity expansion and the urgency of climate action. While limited by Covid protocol numbers this time, we look forward to gathering safely in larger groups soon..
Motivated by the need for doing politics differently? Take action.
- Tell Norm Miller expanding gas plants mean a 300% increase in GHG emissions in this decade and double that moving forward. Instead, invest in retrofit programs to conserve energy and transition to clean, efficient heat pump technology now good to -40C
- Write your local and District councilors and advocate for affordable housing, a transition to renewable green energy, transportation by rail, by walking and biking.
Volunteer and help grow our team. Together we will be the Green wave for Matt Richter in Parry Sound Muskoka.
We welcome you to Matt’s team
“Strong climate action can build a stronger economy that benefits people, jobs and our planet.”
Join GPO Leader Mike Schreiner, Deputy Leaders Diane Saxe and Abhijeet Manay on Zoom for the final Town Hall in the GPO platform series, “Building a Stronger Economy Together” on Sunday June 13, 1-2 pm. To register, click on the link below and be sure to select the workshop option on the registration form.
Our Candidate is Speaking Up for Our Community
Matt Richter is everywhere these days speaking up about what matters to people in Parry Sound- Muskoka. Matt joined Mike Schreiner at the last two Town Halls hosted by Green Party of Ontario to bring forward issues that matter to us. Highlights are as follows:
Spotlight on Parry Sound-Muskoka May 26th
Along with guest Hannah Lin, Executive Director of the YWCA, Matt and Mike heard from the audience that climate change and affordable housing were their top concerns. Matt expressed the need for provincial policy support to enable the creative local solutions being put forward in our communities. In a rapidly growing climate crisis, green solutions mean addressing local food production and security, active transportation including passenger rail, and protection of natural spaces and places from over-development.
Be Heard Now – Focus Groups
Matt is also engaged in a virtual Listening Tour of Parry Sound-Muskoka. In late January, he hosted constituents in Almaguin HIghlands. In early March, it was time to hear from youth around the riding. Huntsville’s turn came in April.
The fourth in this series will invite people from the West Parry Sound area to join Matt and his team for a discussion of the issues most important to them. Please save the date — June 24th — and watch for an email invitation coming soon.
The Listening Tour will start up again in the fall and there will be many more opportunities for people all over the riding to hear and talk with Matt between now and the election on June 2, 2022.