A plan to expand internet and cell phone service

By MPP Toby Barrett The Ontario government has announced plans to improve and expand internet and cell phone service in rural and remote communities. For years, I’ve been hearing from people in the riding – and I hear these complaints in my own home as well – about poor service. This announcement will help families … Continue reading “A plan to expand internet and cell phone service”

Ontario proposes a new and improved moose management program

Proposed changes will help address hunters’ concerns FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 14, 2019 SIMCOE – The Ontario government is taking action to address concerns from hunters on how the province manages its moose population to ensure sustainability and hunting opportunities for future generations. John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, and Mike Harris, Parliamentary … Continue reading “Ontario proposes a new and improved moose management program”

We can’t afford to not win the war on phragmites

By MPP Toby Barrett Phragmites is likely the largest invasive plant threat facing Ontario today. It has taken over our wetlands, invaded our ditches and can get a foothold just about anywhere. It’s the monster that keeps coming back – we can’t let our guard down. Phragmites was first found in the Long Point wetlands … Continue reading “We can’t afford to not win the war on phragmites”

Governments to help Haldimand-Norfolk farmers grow their businesses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 8, 2019 SIMCOE – The Ontario government is helping farmers improve their business operations, so they can continue to play an important role in boosting the province’s economy and produce some of the safest, highest quality foods in the world. Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, announced a … Continue reading “Governments to help Haldimand-Norfolk farmers grow their businesses”

Firefighters have our backs, and we have their’s

By MPP Toby Barrett Recently Paris, Ontario, hosted the 120th annual meeting of the Fire Fighters Association of Ontario. Premier Doug Ford and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, as well as Brant-Brantford MPP and volunteer firefighter Will Bouma, attended to celebrate our volunteer firefighters. Over 60 per cent of Ontario’s firefighters are volunteers, and across Haldimand-Norfolk … Continue reading “Firefighters have our backs, and we have their’s”

Expanded access to high-speed Internet a step closer in Norfolk County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1, 2019 First Request for Proposals issued for design and construction of modern Broadband network SIMCOE – The Ontario government is one step closer to helping bring high-speed internet service to Norfolk County, through the first Request for Proposals (RFP) for up to $8.3-million in broadband infrastructure. When complete, the project … Continue reading “Expanded access to high-speed Internet a step closer in Norfolk County”

ALUS program puts the farmer in the driver’s seat

By MPP Toby Barrett The public appetite to protect and promote our natural environment continues to grow. With the majority of southern Ontario’s land base under private ownership, it remains critical to engage those who own the land as conservation partners on the working landscape – a landscape where farmers and stakeholders can work collaboratively … Continue reading “ALUS program puts the farmer in the driver’s seat”

MPP Toby Barrett supports farmers working to protect the environment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2019       Ontario’s Government is helping more farmers take action in Haldimand-Norfolk to make their operations more environmentally sustainable and to boost water quality in the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair watershed. Toby Barrett, MPP for Haldimand-Norfolk, commended Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, … Continue reading “MPP Toby Barrett supports farmers working to protect the environment”

Steps to better animal welfare enforcement

By MPP Toby Barrett The province has brought in interim animal protection measures, which are a temporary solution until a better permanent system is in place by next January. Animal welfare legislation has been enforced by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) since 1919, however, the OSPCA recently decided to … Continue reading “Steps to better animal welfare enforcement”

Ontario nominating Long Point Causeway bridge project for infrastructure funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2019 SIMCOE — Ontario’s government is investing in what matters by nominating the Long Point Causeway bridge to the federal government for approval as part of an effort to improve the province’s infrastructure, create jobs and grow the economy.  Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett announced today the province has nominated the … Continue reading “Ontario nominating Long Point Causeway bridge project for infrastructure funding”