economic justice

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Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Premier Kathleen Wynne, Laurie LeBlanc, Angela Coke, Deb Matthews, Minister Chris Ballard, Minister Bill Mauro, MPP Lou Rinaldi, Minister Tracy MacCharles

Designate a person to conduct an inquiry under the Ont. Building Code Act 1992, 23, 30 (1) to investigate the failure to enforce the Ontario Building Code re Small Diameter High Velocity Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (SDHV-HVAC) Systems.

The Ontario Building Code (OBC) is a key document that protects new home purchasers when they make the most important purchases of their lives – a newly built home. In the case of certain SDHV-HVAC systems, numerous HVAC expert reports have found that these systems do not meet the minimum requirements of the OBC. Performance shortfalls of 20% to 50% of the required heating capacity are often measured when installations are investigated.  These systems have been sold in Ontario for more than a decade, and according to CTV’s W-Five in March 2012, more than 50,000 of these systems had been sold in the Greater Toronto Area at that time. These systems continue to be sold in Ontario. Canadians for Properly Built Homes (CPBH) has heard from – and met with - many Ontario homeowners negatively impacted by these systems. In February 2012, former MPP Ted Chudleigh called on Consumer Services Minister Margaret Best for a full investigation, but Minister Best did not commission this investigation.  Mr. Chudleigh recently confirmed that he continues to believe that an investigation is necessary. This matter affects a significant number of ordinary Ontario consumers who have purchased homes with these systems.  Potential negative impacts to these consumers include but are not limited to: -          substandard heating conditions in the winter and poor air conditioning performance in the summer, -          significant reduction in the  value of their homes and/or liability for damages for failure to disclose the fact that the HVAC system is defective when the home is sold, -          repairs ranging from at least $40,000 to more than $100,000, depending on the size of the home and the circumstances. When the deficiencies are discovered, typically consumers realize that their only recourse is civil litigation or quasi-judicial warranty appeals, which are lengthy, onerous, costly - and usually do not result in complete cost recovery.  Clearly litigation is not the answer. Consumers who purchase new homes assume that the mandated regulatory and warranty agencies will prevent sub-standard systems such as these from being installed.  Consumers also expect that when it becomes known that a certain system is found to be sub-standard, appropriate action will be taken.    Although representations have been made to the agencies that could take action on this, little or nothing has been done.  CPBH agrees with MPP Randy Pettapiece that this issue needs to be addressed for current and future Ontario homeowners. New home purchasers in Ontario pay mandatory Building Permit and New Home Warranty fees but, in these cases, do not receive what they pay for, that is to say, homes that meet the minimum standard of the Ontario Building Code.  While this petition concerns SDHV-HVAC systems specifically, what happened here concerns all purchasers of newly built homes in Ontario. If there is no inquiry and these Building Code violations are allowed to go unchallenged, it means that Ontario’s Building Code Regulation & Warranty Agencies will be able to successfully ignore other OBC violations in the future -- all at the expense of Ontario consumers. The Building Code Act contains a provision for an Inquiry to be held when a situation such as this occurs. It is clearly within Minister Mauro’s power to initiate such an Inquiry, and indeed it is his obligation to do so in the interest of all Ontario new home purchasers. Please sign this petition and show your support for proper enforcement of the Ontario Building Code. All Ontarians need – and deserve – a home that at least meets the minimum of the Ontario Building Code, which is the law in Ontario. 

Canadians for Properly Built Homes
357 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau

Let’s use our publicly-owned Bank of Canada to its full potential as per the Act of 1938

One of the most important legal cases in Canadian history is slowly inching its way towards trial. Launched in 2011 by the Toronto-based Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform (COMER), the lawsuit would require the publicly-owned Bank of Canada (BoC) to return to its pre-1974 mandate and practice of lending interest-free money to federal, provincial, and municipal governments for infrastructure and healthcare spending. Here's what the BoC case is all clearly explains in point 18 of the "Business and Powers of the Bank": The Bank may (j) make loans to the Government of Canada or the government of any province, but such loans outstanding at any one time shall not, in the case of the Government of Canada, exceed one-third of the estimated revenue of the Government of Canada for its fiscal year, and shall not, in the case of a provincial government, exceed one-fourth of that government’s estimated revenue for its fiscal year, and such loans shall be repaid before the end of the first quarter after the end of the fiscal year of the government that has contracted the loan; See "Business and Powers of the Bank" in link below Voici ce qu'est le dossier de la Banque du Canada; expliqué clairement au point 18 dans le lien plus bas. Voir section intitulée « Opérations de la banque » : La Banque peut  j) consentir des prêts au gouvernement du Canada ou d’une province, à condition que, d’une part, le montant non remboursé des prêts ne dépasse, à aucun moment, une certaine fraction des recettes estimatives du gouvernement en cause pour l’exercice en cours — un tiers dans le cas du Canada, un quart dans celui d’une province — et que, d’autre part, les prêts soient remboursés avant la fin du premier trimestre de l’exercice suivant; Voir « Opérations de la banque » dans le lien suivant : When asked after the October procedural hearing why Canadians should care about the case, Galati quickly responded: “Because they’re paying $30 or $40 billion a year in useless interest. Since ‘74, more than a trillion to fraudsters, that’s why they should care.” (COMER says the figures are closer to $60 billion per year, and $2 trillion since 1974.) The end result has turned our citizens into debt-slaves, this has lead us all into neo-liberal policies and the all too familiar term “austerity”, read on to understand the end-game unless we wake-up soon! Neo-liberal policies and its austerity measures can only work if a nation is indebted to private interests. The issuance of interest-free loans by the publicaly-owned BoC as was the case in Canada from 1938 & 1974 solved this problem, no debt to private interests therefore no need for these public crushing policies. Neo-liberalism is a tool for private interests to grab state owned assets (on the cheap) which results into further impoverishment of the citizens of that country..., it is a scam in slow motion, pure and simple. In essence, the “money-gods” of this world want monopolies and that is the end result of capitalism. IF YOU HAVE EVER PLAYED THE GAME “MONOPOLY”, THEN YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE WINNER. It is a form of feudalism when pushed to the end. They use governments to create barriers to entry where they see competition and push for freedom once monopolies are achieved. The fact that we are imposed “austerity” and in turn theft of our collective sovereignty should outrage us all, our governments no longer answer to us the people of this country. For more details on neo-liberalism, please see the following link For those interested, here’s the official petition launched by Elizabeth May of the Green Party of Canada that is (in my opinion) being deliberately muddied by our government. Information about this case is available in the following link. Search for court number T-2010-11.  

Jean-Pierre Richer
2,431 supporters