Mike Schreiner
Mike Schreiner was elected leader of the Green Party of Ontario on November 14, 2009. A leading advocate for independent businesses, local food and sustainable communities, Mike Schreiner is well known for his leadership in co-founding the award-winning Local Food Plus organization and brings a proven track record in business and leadership roles to the GPO.

A respected, successful entrepreneur, Mike started his career in Toronto operating his own food distribution business for over 10 years that specialized in delivering local, natural and organic foods to homes in Toronto. His business was awarded the Citizen’s Bank of Canada Ethics in Action Award for socially responsible business and the Toronto Food Policy Council’s Local Food Hero Award.

Building on that success, he helped establish Local Food Plus, a non-profit that brings farmers and consumers together to promote financially, socially and environmentally sustainable local food systems. While at LFP, the organization won the Canadian Environment Award for Sustainable Living, a Green Toronto Award of Excellence--Health Category, a Green Toronto Award of Excellence--Market Transformation Category and NOW Magazine’s Best of Toronto Award for best new environmental initiative.

Actively involved in the Green Party of Ontario (GPO) since 2004, Mike Schreiner has represented the party as a candidate in Simcoe-Grey in 2011 and in the Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock by-election in 2009. Mike co-chaired the 2007 election platform committee and served as Policy Coordinator from 2008-2009. Mike is the GPO's first full-time leader.

Family and community are important to Mike. He lives with his wife Sandy and their two daughters in Toronto and in Dunedin, a beautiful hamlet, just outside Creemore, in Simcoe-Grey. He spends his free time gardening, hiking, fishing, cycling and volunteering in community activities.

Mike has served as a volunteer on boards and committees such as the Brewer’s Plate Steering Committee, Green Enterprise Toronto Steering Committee, the Board of Directors of FarmStart, a governor for the Canadian International Peace Project, Treasurer and Board member of Campus Coop Daycare, the Toronto Food Policy Council, among others.

Entries by Mike Schreiner

Ontario's Opposition Parties Failing to Push Liberals on Climate Solutions

(32) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 6:45 PM

It's no secret that I've been disappointed with Ontario's inadequate response to the climate crisis. The risks and costs associated with climate change are already mounting--ice storms, severe flooding, crop losses, damage to critical infrastructure, $3.2 billion in extreme weather related Canadian insurance costs...

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Ontario, Don't Dump Our Money Into Rebuilding an Outdated Power Station

(25) Comments | Posted November 22, 2014 | 3:45 PM

The Ontario government has a decision to make: Raise your electricity bill to rebuild the Darlington Nuclear Station or lower your bill with water power from Quebec.

The historic Memorandum of Understanding signed at a joint Quebec-Ontario cabinet meeting on Friday opens the door to for electricity imports...

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It's Time for Ontario to Liberate Local Beer

(17) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 5:41 PM

It's time for Ontario to liberate local beer. It makes no sense to persist in enabling big beer to have an unfair advantage over our homegrown craft breweries.

Imagine a law that restricted General Motors to selling cars at their production site and through Toyota dealerships. Oh, and they could...

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Why Killing Bees Means Less Food on Your Table

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 5:19 PM

I love eating local food and supporting Ontario farmers. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to share the local harvest with family and friends.

Now imagine what your table would look like without 35% of the world's crops, including my favourite pumpkin pie. My kids may not miss the...

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I Want My Carbon Cheque

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 5:56 PM

I want the government to send me my carbon cheque. And I think most people want theirs too.

You don't need to be a climate scientist to know that extreme weather events are threatening your quality of life and costing you money. Your flooded basement and home insurance bill are...

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Ontario's Liberals Should Care More About Child Poverty Than Hydro Handouts

(2) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 8:21 AM

The Ontario Liberals announced a new poverty reduction strategy this week while admitting that their last one failed.

Instead of taking responsibility for their failure, the Wynne government is washing their hands of the issue by blaming the federal government.

Playing the blame game won't help...

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The Ontario Government Needs a Lesson in How Energy Markets Work

(20) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 5:30 PM

Does Ontario's Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli understand how electricity markets work?

Or is he deliberately sabotaging negotiations with Quebec to justify Ontario spending billions on nuclear power?

Ontario has an opportunity to purchase low cost water power from Quebec. The province could avoid wasting billions on the Darlington Nuclear...

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Is Your Vote for Sale Because the NDP Wants to Buy it...for $100

(9) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Is your vote for sale? The Ontario NDP thinks so with its absurd policy to give every household a $100 hydro refund. Will the NDP pay for this with the same magic money and fairy dust they propose to fund transit? And why $100? Why not $200? $1,000?...

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Ontario's Natural Heritage Needs a Hero

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 10:37 AM

It seems that every day I hear a story in which the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is the villain.

Whether it's a ruling that threatens our health and environment or one that ignores fair process and transparency, the OMB has figured out how to upset more people more of...

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How Many Local Food Plants Must Close Before We See Action?

(19) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 6:43 AM

I'm deeply disappointed by the news that Heinz is closing its Leamington processing plant. For over 100 years that plant made ketchup from tomatoes grown on Ontario farms. And my family loves local ketchup. It seems to go with everything!

Our recent news cycle has been dominated by the...

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Premier Wynne Threw Ontario Under the Big Oil Bus

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 7:47 AM

Ontario's Liberal government is failing to protect us from oil spills. The province made this clear last week with the announcement that Ontario will not require an environmental assessment for Enbridge's Line 9B proposal.

So much for Premier Wynne's meaningless promise to ensure environmental protections are in place for...

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The Liberals' Energy Planning is Driven By What Works for the Liberals, Not For the People of Ontario

(5) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 5:46 PM

The billion dollar gas plant boondoggle has taken over Ontario politics. The opposition parties are outraged. The Premier is sorry.

There is no doubt that the Liberal's gas plant scandal is politics at its worst. Self-interested quick fixes and a third-rate cover up have produced enormous financial costs, paralyzed the...

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Canada's Democracy Is Not For Sale

(5) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 11:58 AM

Citizens vote, not corporations or unions. Yet, if you look at who funds Ontario's three old-line parties at Queen's Park, you might think otherwise.

This issue briefly exploded into the media spotlight recently. A leaked memo from PC MPP Randy Hillier warned that his party was on thin ethical ice...

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The Risky Enbridge Pipeline That Will Hurt Ontario

(18) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 5:23 PM

Enbridge’s proposal to ship tar sands oil through Ontario threatens the health and well being of our communities, water and farmland. The proposal is all risk with no rewards.

Tar sands oil is more likely to cause a pipeline leak, more hazardous to our health, and harder to clean up...

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This World Environment Week, Ontario Failed

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 11:17 AM

Ontario's environment took a beating during Canadian Environment Week.

The week started with a hangover from the announcement that the Liberal Cabinet had decided to gut Ontario's Endangered Species Act. Trashing environmental protections was a story the Liberals tried to bury with a Friday afternoon announcement.

The changes...

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How Ontario Wound Up With A Bait-and-Switch Budget

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 12:14 PM

Ontario's budget fails to deliver on its stated intentions -- prosperity or fairness. It is a bait and switch budget that promises one thing but delivers little substance.

With over 600,000 people out of work in Ontario, it's not surprising that jobs and the economy are top of mind for...

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Ontario's Farmland Is Under Threat

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 12:19 PM

Farmers, environmentalists and even Bay Street financiers are coming together to put food and water first.

If Ontario does not close the loopholes in provincial legislation that fail to protect local food and water, we're shooting ourselves in the foot. It is unsustainable and irresponsible for Ontario to dig...

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Ontario's Nuclear Budget Is a Money Meltdown

(7) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 5:00 PM

No nuclear project has ever come in on time or on budget in Ontario.

The existing Darlington reactors came in $10 billion over budget. The recent refurbishment at Bruce Nuclear is $2 billion over budget and three years behind schedule. Standard and Poor revised its outlook on Ontario Power...

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Ontario's Education System Needs Innovation Now

(13) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 12:47 PM

I want our kids to have access to the best possible public education. I want them to be happy and safe. And I want to provide them with the tools they need to succeed.

Unfortunately, our education system is under threat. Ontario has had an education crisis under successive NDP,...

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Our Economy Needs Public Transit To Tackle Gridlock

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Ontario has followed the same basic transportation strategy for decades. We build more roads, traffic congestion increases. The result? Longer commutes. Less farmland. Frustrating traffic jams. Soaring asthma rates.

Clearly, the status quo isn't working. Ontario needs change. Gridlock costs $6 billion per year in the GTHA alone....

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