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Policy: Northern Telecommunications Rehabilitation

Abstract

Internet in isolated communities, especially in the Canadian North, is expensive and limited. With the end of the Community Access Program, seed funding is now gone for a number of communities. Like the railway of the 19th century, the internet and modern telecommunications can link the country and make the distances between our citizens seem smaller. It is also a platform for entrepreneurship and job creation in small communities, not to mention an invaluable tool for education. To that end, the OYL will urge the Liberal Party of Canada to push for a Northern telecommunications strategy to expand infrastructure and improve access, both at community access points and in homes, and to provide training and education. This would be done in partnership with private industry, sourced through an open, transparent, and competitive bidding process.

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Federal

Northern Canada Telecommunications Rehabilitation

Trevor LaForce | Ottawa West-Nepean Young Liberals

WHEREAS modern internet and communications technologies are powerful tools in education;

WHEREAS isolated communities in the Northern provinces and the territories, especially Nunavut, are frequently without access to broadband internet access;

WHEREAS the availability of internet and communications technology provides tools for entrepreneurship, new innovation, and job creation;

and WHEREAS the end of the Community Access Program will cause disruptions in staffing and services in Northern community access points;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Ontario Young Liberals urge the Liberal Party of Canada to adopt a renewed Northern telecommunications plan as part of its platform.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT such a telecommunications plan would involve an expansion of the available infrastructure and an affordable cost to communities and individuals for both community access points and in-home service.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT any contracts awarded for the expansion of northern telecommunications infrastructure be done via an open, transparent, competitive bidding process.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this plan would provide funding to communities for training programs and grants for improved technical education in schools.

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Policy: Forward-Looking Education in Ontario

Abstract

Ontario’s education system is outdated. Architected in the 19th century to service an emerging industrial base and saddled with pre-Confederation-era legislation, the current primary and secondary systems are increasingly unable to produce students who go on with healthy living, fitness, life skills, and basic job skills. Universities must cater to underperforming first-year classes. Health care must cater to less naturally healthy individuals. And students are not civic-minded individuals; the voting population is dwindling and gentrified. This policy calls for a commission to recommend reforms to Ontario’s education system, so that a student’s education is designed for lifelong learning, health, civic engagement, and self-sufficiency.

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Provincial

Forward-looking Education in Ontario

Trevor LaForce | Ottawa West-Nepean Young Liberals

WHEREAS Ontario’s current education system has its roots in 19th-century British models;

WHEREAS the underlying structure of the education system is designed to service an industrial-age economy;

WHEREAS today’s digital natives interact with information and their learning in ways not planned for by the architects of our education system;

WHEREAS new media and information technologies mean that education is no longer bound to the classroom;

WHEREAS university programs are increasingly forced to cater to a lack of basic skills, such as essay-writing, time management, and communication;

WHEREAS the rising levels of childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes, amongst other concerns, showcase a need for a more comprehensive look at youth health and nutrition;

WHEREAS the burden on health care and welfare services can be reduced by ensuring that students have life and job skills to maintain their own health and employment;

WHEREAS voter turnout is in decline and gentrified;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the province call a commission in order to recommend reforms to the education system and curriculum.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT health, fitness, life skills, basic job skills, and civics be priorities in this study, and that recommendations be focused on creating a holistic education incorporating these elements.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the aforementioned elements be incorporated at all stages of education to design for lifelong learning.

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