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Mike Schreiner

Leader of the Green Party of Ontario

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.
The Risky Enbridge Pipeline That Will Hurt

The Risky Enbridge Pipeline That Will Hurt Ontario

Line 9 is a 38-year-old pipeline running between Sarnia and Montreal. It runs through 115 communities and under prime farmland, and crosses major river systems that flow into Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. A spill could put the drinking water of millions of Ontarians at risk. And a spill will happen.
08/23/2013 05:23 EDT
This World Environment Week, Ontario

This World Environment Week, Ontario Failed

Ontario's environment took a beating during Canadian Environment Week. The Liberal Cabinet had decided to gut Ontario's Endangered Species Act. Then the ECO's annual report on climate change revealed that the Liberals will not meet Ontario's greenhouse gas reduction targets. Ontario can't afford to delete environmental protections.
06/11/2013 11:17 EDT
How Ontario Wound Up With A Bait-and-Switch

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

Instead of doubling the exemption level to $800,000, as the Green Party advocates, the Liberal NDP budget raises it by a paltry $50,000. The budget essentially gives businesses a break on hiring one new employee. So much for bold action.
05/24/2013 12:17 EDT
Ontario's Farmland Is Under

Ontario's Farmland Is Under Threat

It is unsustainable and irresponsible for Ontario to dig up farmland and natural heritage sites while blasting through water tables to supply aggregates for growth plans that pave over prime farmland. We can and must do better -- for the health of our economy, environment and communities.
04/22/2013 12:07 EDT
Ontario's Nuclear Budget Is a Money

Ontario's Nuclear Budget Is a Money Meltdown

Before you invest in a house or a car you look at your available options. You weigh the pros and cons to see what has the best bang for your buck and you make your choice. The Liberal government has already wasted millions re-locating gas plants and now they are set to spend billions on nuclear. We can and must do better.
04/04/2013 05:21 EDT
Ontario's Education System Needs Innovation

Ontario's Education System Needs Innovation Now

When businesses are in financial trouble, they find ways to innovate, reduce costs, and come out more competitive than they were before the trouble started. Can we apply that thinking to Ontario's Education system? Can we be innovative, eliminate costly duplication, and create a better school system in the process?
03/15/2013 12:14 EDT
Ontario Should Lead the Cleantech

Ontario Should Lead the Cleantech Revolution

Ontario desperately needs a bold plan to create jobs for the 21st century. We need to replace the 300,000 manufacturing jobs lost in the last decade. Ontario needs to invest in where the puck is going: the cleantech and low carbon economy. Do we have the courage and vision to skate there?
02/22/2013 05:24 EST
I'm Not in Politics to Play the

I'm Not in Politics to Play the Game

As leader of the Green Party, I've been told that I need to play the partisan political game better. Well, I disagree. I'm not in this to play the game, I'm in this to change the game. Good ideas and long-term solutions need to be the priority at Queen's Park.
02/08/2013 05:37 EST
We Can't Ignore Climate Change When It's Right Outside Our

We Can't Ignore Climate Change When It's Right Outside Our Door

Does this wacky weather have you concerned? Record high temperatures, floods, superstorms, and drought -- climate change has landed squarely on our front doorstep. I'm concerned. I think most of us know that we have to take action, but unfortunately the political establishment has its head buried in the sand.
01/31/2013 08:15 EST
Saving Ontario Money One Recycling Bin at a

Saving Ontario Money One Recycling Bin at a Time

None of us want a dump in our backyard. Nor do we want to burn money by wasting resources. Sadly this is the direction Ontario is headed if we don't eliminate waste and use resources more efficiently. But unfortunately, Ontario still produces too much garbage.
01/23/2013 12:17 EST
On My Wish List This Year? A Food System That

On My Wish List This Year? A Food System That Works

It's a sad reality that as we gather with our families and friends this holiday season to share a meal, there are far too many who will go hungry. A healthy food system benefits our economy, health and communities. It enriches our quality of life. Let's put reducing hunger and a strong local sustainable food system at the top of our wish list for 2013.
12/20/2012 03:49 EST
Striking Teachers? McGuinty Needs an Education on Labour

Striking Teachers? McGuinty Needs an Education on Labour Laws

The government and teachers need to be talking about getting Ontario schools working again. Our kids' education is too important. Disruptions in the classroom need to end. In August, Dalton McGuinty recalled the Legislature to force Bill 115 onto teachers and education support staff.
12/14/2012 11:55 EST
Ding Dong, the Mega Quarry Is

Ding Dong, the Mega Quarry Is Dead

The proposed Melancthon Mega Quarry is dead. At approximately 2,300 acres, the proposed quarry was 1/3 the size of Toronto. The people of Ontario have sent a strong message. We want laws that put water and food before aggregates. Ontario must close the loopholes that fail to protect clean water and preserve prime farmland.
11/23/2012 03:46 EST
How Ontario Can Reduce Poverty and

How Ontario Can Reduce Poverty and Pollution

Last week's much anticipated report on reforming social assistance programs -- "Brighter Prospects: Transforming Social Assistance in Ontario" -- presents an opportunity for Ontario to make choices that will define our province. Unfortunately, the prospects for making these important reforms don't look bright at the moment.
11/01/2012 05:25 EDT
How McGuinty Slapped Democracy in the

How McGuinty Slapped Democracy in the Face

Dalton McGuinty's decision to prorogue parliament doesn't pass the sniff test. He claims the government needed to hit the pause button on negotiations with public sector unions on a wage freeze. Well, Mr. Premier, governments of all political stripes have negotiated with unions while the Legislature sits for years.
10/23/2012 12:15 EDT