Proud history and great architecture at Queen’s Park

By Toby Barrett, MPP On July 1, 1867, Ontarians from all walks of life celebrated the birth of their new nation and new province, ever bearing in mind, Ontario’s Legislature preceded Confederation by 75 years. In the provincial capital Toronto, a city with a population under 60,000, people marked the occasion by attending public bonfires, … Continue reading “Proud history and great architecture at Queen’s Park”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 31, 2019 Barrett encourages residents to have say on Ontario animal welfare SIMCOE – The way Ontario animal welfare law is enforced is changing. Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is encouraging residents to share their views on how the province can develop a system that is transparent and accountable, and above all, … Continue reading “”

Highway Traffic Act changes to get Ontario moving

By MPP Toby Barrett New legislation will help municipalities get a lot tougher with drivers who blow by school buses. This spring, MPPs have been debating the Getting Ontario Moving Act—legislation proposed to amend the Highway Traffic Act. The plan is to introduce a new administrative monetary penalty framework for improperly passing a school bus. … Continue reading “Highway Traffic Act changes to get Ontario moving”

Senior’s grant program open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27, 2019\ QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett encouraged local seniors to apply to the Seniors Community Grant Program. Designed to keep seniors healthy, active and socially connected within their communities, the $3 million program is designed to provide grants to non-profit community organizations. Grants can be between $1,000 and … Continue reading “Senior’s grant program open”

Housing is a broken system we now need to fix

By MPP Toby Barrett Bill 108 is legislation that supports Ontario’s comprehensive Housing Supply Action Plan. The bill, titled More Homes, More Choice, is designed to transform Ontario’s housing development system—a broken system that we now need to fix. We need to turn things around. We need to bring in more housing, more quickly, to … Continue reading “Housing is a broken system we now need to fix”

Better broadband service coming soon to Norfolk

Investment will help rural residents take part in the digital economy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2019 SIMCOE — Ontario’s Government is funding expansion of broadband internet into the southwest, Infrastructure Minister Monte McNaughton announced today, as he unveiled a key piece of the province’s budget commitment to improve people’s connections, no matter where they … Continue reading “Better broadband service coming soon to Norfolk”

Ontario invests $850,000 in Invasive Species Centre  Funding to support management and advance scientific research in the fight against invasive species   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2019 SIMCOE – The Ontario government is investing $850,000 in the Invasive Species Centre to support ongoing research and management of invasive species across the province. The Invasive … Continue reading “”

Ontario adding more mental health and addiction services in communities across the province

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2019 QUEEN’S PARK — Ontario’s mental health care system is disconnected, making it difficult for patients and families to get the care and services they need. This leaves many vulnerable Ontarians to navigate a confusing system on their own and access timely mental health care only when in crisis. Too … Continue reading “Ontario adding more mental health and addiction services in communities across the province”

Home to proud history and great architecture

By MPP Toby Barrett Well before the construction of Ontario’s present Queen’s Park Legislative Building, Ontario was governed as the British colony of Upper Canada. After its formation in 1791, Upper Canada’s elected Legislature first met on September 17th, 1792.  As no permanent structure was built to house the Legislature in Newark, now Niagara-on-the Lake, … Continue reading “Home to proud history and great architecture”

Ontario’s five year path to balance the books

By MPP Toby Barrett The 2019 Ontario Budget is committed to balancing the books by 2023-24 in a responsible manner – restoring accountability, sustainability and trust. The government’s plan will prioritize investments that generate the greatest returns for the people of Ontario and protect what matters most. Programs will be continually reviewed to ensure that … Continue reading “Ontario’s five year path to balance the books”