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QUESTIONS

1. In 2016, Bill 170, An Act to proclaim the week immediately preceding the third Sunday in June as Men’s Health Awareness Week, was tabled in the Ontario legislature to recognize the importance of addressing men’s health issues.

Would your government re-introduce this legislation or support its passage if it were reintroduced in the House?

Source: https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/bills/parliament-41/session-1/bill-170

The Green Party would support Bill 170 2016, an Act to proclaim the week immediately preceding the third Sunday in June as Men’s Health Awareness Week

2. In Canada, the suicide rate for males is at least three times higher than the rate for females.

What action would your government take to address the high rate of male suicide?

Source: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-624-x/2012001/article/11696-eng.htm

There are so many facets to the answer and it is a very important question. The Greens would start with a Basic Income Guarantee to bring dignity back the impoverished. The Greens support full mental health and dental care. Tuition support. Forward thinking, sustainable employment in a Green industry.

Our vision looks to build on our health care system, to invest in preventative care, physical and

mental health, and universal dental and pharmacare. Our vision is to unify our education system

to make it inclusive from K-12 and enhance opportunities for lifelong learning.

Our vision is of a province where we address head-on systemic racism, sexism and denials of

Indigenous rights. Every person in Ontario deserves equal opportunity for success.

Our vision is of a government that puts service above self: supporting from the ground up

efforts to build inclusive, diverse, sustainable and caring neighbourly communities where every person in Ontario can thrive.

3. All victims of domestic violence deserve support. According to Statistics Canada’s 2014 General Social Survey on Family violence,

“equal proportions of men and women reported being victims of spousal violence during the preceding 5 years (4%, respectively). This translated into about 342,000 women and 418,000 men across the provinces.”

There are over 177 shelters and residential facilities in Ontario for abused women. There are 0 shelters dedicated to male victims of domestic violence and their families.

Would your government provide funding to support opening Ontario’s first shelter for abused fathers and children?

Source: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85-002-x/2015001/article/14207/tbl/tbl01-eng.htm

The Green Party would support opening Ontario’s first shelter for abused fathers and children.

4. Boys are dropping out of school and enrolling in post-secondary institutions at rates significantly lower than their female counterparts. Children succeed when they have mentors or role models with whom they can readily identify. In publicly funded preschool and primary school the percentage of male teachers is about 16%.

What action, if any, would your government take to recruit men into the teaching profession, in particular in preschool and elementary school?

Source: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-503-x/2010001/article/11542/tbl/tbl013-eng.htm

Our vision is to unify our education system to make it inclusive from K-12 and enhance opportunities for lifelong learning. We hope to encourage all people to study all things.

5. According to research from the Fatherhood Project, based out of Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, father involvement is critical to advancing positive health and psychosocial outcomes in children. Children with a strong father-child relationship display higher levels of self-control, are more likely to succeed in school and are less likely to engage in substance abuse.

When a family breaks-up, a child counts on his or her father to continue to provide financial support but also and equally important, to maintain a strong, loving and active relationship.

In Ontario, the Family Responsibility Office recognizes the first need by enforcing child support payments by non-custodial parents. At this time, however, there is no agency in Ontario that enforces child access orders generated by family courts, which is critical to ensure that non-custodial parents are able to maximize involvement with their children.

Would you support expanding the mandate of the Family Responsibility Office or another provincial agency to enforce child access orders?

Source: http://www.thefatherhoodproject.org/10-facts-about-father-engagement/

The Green party policies would support expanding the mandate to enforce child access orders.

6. The #MeToo movement has alerted us to a problem with coercive and harassing behaviour in the workplace. The focus now is to develop appropriate measures to effectively address this problem without generating unintended negative consequences. In particular, we must be careful to preserve the underlying moral principles of our legal system, which have been refined over centuries.

What role, if any, does the Government of Ontario have in taking steps to improve workplace culture in a manner that also protects the rights of accused individuals?

This would not be a provincial issue and therefore no policy has been drafted..