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Letter from the Editors--2011 Ontario Election Resources

Below, we list some resources for the upcoming Election Day in Ontario (October 6, 2011).
                                               
If you have a resource to add to this article, let us know by writing to editor@ohpe.ca.

Additional Resources
Updated September 30, 2011

Share the Road Cycling Coalition
http://www.activecommunitiespledge.ca/
A call for investment in cycling and active transportation, the site includes an FAQ and voter and candidate pledge buttons.
 
Parks and Rec Ontario
http://www.prontario.org/index.php?ci_id=7034
Their provincial election platform and toolkit on recreation and parks includes questions for candidates and an advocacy primer.
 
Sustain Ontario
http://voteonfood.ca/
This campaign for food and farming in Ontario has election-related news as well as advocacy and voter campaign resources.

Unison Health and Community Services
http://unisonhcs.org/nc/news-events/news-listings/news-single-view/artic...
Provides backgrounders on key election issues on their site (or as a PDF: http://unisonhcs.org/fileadmin/doc/elections/Provicial_Elections_Importa...).

Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario
http://www.urbanneighbourhoods.ca
"The Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario (F.U.N.) submitted six questions to the leaders of the four major political parties competing in the current Ontario Provincial Election. These questions
were selected by the F.U.N. Executive as topics of high interest to residents’ organizations across the province."

Original Links from September 23

I Official Election Site

Elections Ontario
http://www.elections.on.ca
At the official information site for Ontario elections you can find candidates and parties, confirm you're on the voting register, view news releases, and review past election results (English and French).

II News Outlets' Election Coverage

CBC: Ontario Votes 2011
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ontariovotes2011/

Toronto Star: Speak Your Mind--Ontario Elections 2011
http://speakyourmind.thestar.com/

Globe and Mail: Ontario Election
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ontario-election/

National Post: Ontario Election
http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/politics/ontario-election/index....

Ottawa Citizen: Ontario Provincial Election
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/provincial-election/ottawa-west-nepean...

Toronto Sun: Ontario Votes
http://www.torontosun.com/news/ontariovotes

III Organizations with Election-Specific Resources Online

Conservation Council of Ontario
http://www.weconserve.ca/index.html
Their recent report, Conservation Trends 2011, demonstrates the support of Ontarians for conservation and green leadership. The report, and its executive summary, is available on the website.

The Council of Canadians
http://canadians.org/blog/?p=10540
In their blog, the post "ACTION ALERT: Ask your question of Ontario leaders, by Sept. 20," lays out a series of campaign issues for voters to consider.

EqualVoice.ca
http://www.equalvoice.ca/blog/index.php
Recent posts include profiles of women running for office in the Ontario Election.   At http://www.equalvoice.ca/speaks.cfm, you can find a September 14th news release entitled " Female Representation Growing Slowly in Ontario."

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
http://www.etfo.ca/advocacyandaction/provincialelection/pages/default.aspx
At this main 2011 election page they have collected information sheets, guides, and checklists. They also created the Refuse to Vote Against Kids campaign site at http://www.refusetovoteagainstkids.ca/.

Heart and Stroke Foundation
http://www.healthycandidates.ca/
HSF's Healthy Candidates site "encourages voters to challenge their local candidates to sign on to becoming a Healthy Candidate, which means pledging to invest more in promoting and supporting better health in Ontario." To date, they have signed 181 candidates; you can check the list to see who in your riding is among them.

Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy - 2007 Ontario Provincial Election Tracker
http://www.lispop.ca/
This research centre at Wilfrid Laurier University posts election-related opinion and analysis in their blog.

Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
http://www.childcareontario.org/?p=4609
Visit the site for election-specific brochures, posters, background reports and more on the issue of child care.

Ontario Health Coalition
http://www.web.net/ohc/
The main page includes links to OHC policy proposals, questions for candidates, and a voter's guide.

Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance
http://www.vote4mha.ca/get-involved/
This network's website includes an election kit as well as links to recommendations and resources for further information.

People for Education
http://www.peopleforeducation.ca/pfe-news/our-new-election-tip-sheet/
Tip sheet for parents who wish to ask candidates questions about education issues.

Speak for Children
http://speakforchildren.ca/
This project of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association highlights issues in province's public education system.

Vote Compass
http://votecompass.ca/
Their site has three online tools specific to the Ontario election as part of their campaign to increase voter literacy: Vote Compass (where do you fit in the political landscape), Three Ontario Votes (exploring three different voting systems), and Student Vote (to develop the capacity and interest of young Ontarians).