A plan to create a more competitive business environment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 7, 2019 QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario’s plan to create a business environment that attracts investment and creates high-paying, good quality jobs was outlined by Finance Minister Rod Phillips in the Fall Economic Statement. Ontario is a province of tremendous opportunity and potential however, high taxes, excessive payroll costs and burdensome red … Continue reading “A plan to create a more competitive business environment”

Barrett advocates for fur industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 5, 2019 QUEEN’S PARK – Fur has deep roots in Canada’s history and in Ontario, over 10,000 people work in this remarkable heritage industry. Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett stood in the Ontario Legislature on two separate occasions this week to talk about those who work as trappers, on small family-run farms, … Continue reading “Barrett advocates for fur industry”

The brutal World War II Battle of the Scheldt

By MPP Toby Barrett The First Canadian Army was instrumental in the Battle of the Scheldt, 75 years ago, which opened the crucial Port of Antwerp to Allied shipping. The battle took place in northern Belgium and southwestern Netherlands against well-established Wehrmacht defenders.  On October 2, the battle began in earnest and was fought until … Continue reading “The brutal World War II Battle of the Scheldt”

Government can do more to support our economy

By MPP Toby Barrett Canada’s recent election campaign reinforces the fact that there are people who believe we can tax, and spend, and borrow our way to prosperity. There are those who don’t appreciate the unintended consequences of regulation, upon regulation, and tax upon tax. Those whose policy prescriptions put us – as a nation … Continue reading “Government can do more to support our economy”

Nearly 400 child care spaces created in Haldimand-Norfolk

New report details public and private child care numbers for 2018-19 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 30, 2019 QUEEN’S PARK – A new report from the Ministry of Education shows 395 licensed child care spaces were created in Haldimand-Norfolk by public and/or private sector child care providers in 2018-19. “These additional spaces will assist parents in … Continue reading “Nearly 400 child care spaces created in Haldimand-Norfolk”

Area paramedics honoured at Queen’s Park

For immediate release: October 24, 2019 SIMCOE – A pair of local paramedics received the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery October 22nd at Queen’s Park.   Marie Sopko and Ched Zivic, both of Haldimand County Paramedic Services, received the award in connection to an incident in January 2018. At that time, the pair responded to … Continue reading “Area paramedics honoured at Queen’s Park”

Ontario investing in green infrastructure to help smaller communities

New projects will focus on tackling immediate, critical local water, wastewater and stormwater needs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 25, 2019 SIMCOE— Ontario is bringing infrastructure investments to small communities, helping them rehabilitate critical local water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure and drive local economic growth. Starting on Monday, October 28, communities in Ontario with populations under … Continue reading “Ontario investing in green infrastructure to help smaller communities”

Ontario providing more support for hospitals in Haldimand-Norfolk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 17, 2019 SIMCOE —Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett announced additional funding for local hospitals today as part of the province’s initiative to roll out increased hospital investment. This means $1.5 million in increased funding for Norfolk General Hospital, a $118,000 increase for West Haldimand Hospital in Hagersville, and $133,000 more for Haldimand … Continue reading “Ontario providing more support for hospitals in Haldimand-Norfolk”

A renewed proposal for the bait fish industry

By MPP Toby Barrett Anglers, bait harvesters and others involved in Ontario’s live bait business can provide input into the future of the industry through the online Environmental Registry until November 14. Ontario’s bait strategy is a balancing act between reducing the risk of spreading aquatic invasive species as well as fish diseases, and the … Continue reading “A renewed proposal for the bait fish industry”