Invasive species legislation needs more work

By MPP Toby Barrett When sea lamprey became entrenched in the Great Lakes, the impact on native fish was tremendous. Decades later, we are still battling lamprey, but Asian carp are waiting at the door with ramifications that will make lamprey look tame. Fallout on ecosystems and native species is often severe, and sometimes irreversible. … Continue reading “Invasive species legislation needs more work”

Comment period on bee health coming to a close

January 16, 2015 For Immediate Release SIMCOE – Local MPP and Critic for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Toby Barrett is reminding interested parties that the comment period regarding neonicotinoid insecticide is coming to a close January 25th. A Proposal for Enhancing Pollinator Health and Reducing the Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides in Ontario was posted … Continue reading “Comment period on bee health coming to a close”

Ontario’s not-so modern child care legislation

By MPP Toby Barrett As a recent grandfather, the safety of children and society’s most vulnerable, remains of utmost importance. Just before the Ontario Legislature broke for Christmas, a host of legislation was rammed through, including Bill 10, the so-called Child Care Modernization Act. This childcare law has been met with a great deal of … Continue reading “Ontario’s not-so modern child care legislation”

Mid-2014 ushered in Liberal majority government

By MPP Toby Barrett The latter half of 2014 commenced with the swearing-in, on July 2, of duly-elected members of Ontario’s 41st Parliament – a majority government of 58 Liberals, 28 Progressive Conservatives and 21 New Democrats. The commencement of the 41st Parliament wrapped up the duties of Ontario Lieutenant Governor David Onley’s seven-year term … Continue reading “Mid-2014 ushered in Liberal majority government”