As they say, if you ate today, thank a farmer

By MPP Toby Barrett Canadians recently had an opportunity to celebrate farming during Canada’s Agriculture Day. We appreciate the partnerships that work together to celebrate agriculture annually, but understand the value in promoting farming year-round. January and February in particular offer up meetings for commodity groups to discuss policy and relationships with government. The Province … Continue reading “As they say, if you ate today, thank a farmer”

Standing up for Ontario’s Agri-food sector

Governments set date for funding opportunities for farmers, food processors and other businesses FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 20, 2019 QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario and the federal government have announced that beginning in March farmers and other businesses can again apply for support under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) for projects to boost innovation, economic … Continue reading “Standing up for Ontario’s Agri-food sector”

Ontario to restore respect for police officers

Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act would fix broken Bill 175, restore fairness and accountability to police oversight FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2019 QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario police officers and the families who depend on them will finally be able to count on a fair and transparent police oversight process that will always put public … Continue reading “Ontario to restore respect for police officers”

Family Day offers up a weekend of free fishing

By MPP Toby Barrett Family Day will be the first of the free fishing weekends of the year – followed by Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Called Family Fishing Weekend, Canadian residents without a fishing license can fish anywhere in Ontario from Feb. 16 to 18. The fishing weekend is intended to encourage people who … Continue reading “Family Day offers up a weekend of free fishing”

Province providing up to $500,000 in funding for gas wells

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 11, 2019 SIMCOE – The Ontario government will be providing Norfolk County with up to $500,000 to better understand leaking wells in the county and support ongoing research. The funding, through the ministry’s Abandoned Works Program, will support collaboration for continued research to better identify when and where plugging and abandonment … Continue reading “Province providing up to $500,000 in funding for gas wells”

It’s open season on red tape and high taxes

By MPP Toby Barrett As Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), the subject of hunting season often comes up.  But as an MPP in the Doug Ford government, there’s another hunting season – red tape and high taxes are the quarry.  And it’s now an open season. This week in … Continue reading “It’s open season on red tape and high taxes”

Local groups benefit from Trillium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 1, 2019 Deadline approaching for next round of grants SIMCOE – Three groups in Haldimand-Norfolk were successful applicants to the latest round of Trillium Foundation grants. Long Point Basin Land Trust received a $150,000 grant to cover the cost in acquiring 78 hectares of land within the Trout Creek Valley Natural … Continue reading “Local groups benefit from Trillium”

Working to make them truly the Golden Years

By MPP Toby Barrett In Ontario alone, our population of seniors is expected to almost double, from 2.3 million in 2016 to 4.6 million in 2041. These greater numbers of elderly people predicate an ever-increasing need for health and long-term care services.  In 2016, Statistics Canada reported for the first time that seniors outnumber children … Continue reading “Working to make them truly the Golden Years”

Safety is paramount with ice fishing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 25, 2019 SIMCOE – With cold weather in store for the weekend, ice anglers are gearing up to hit the ice. Safety is of paramount importance, especially in Southwestern Ontario where ice thickness can change quickly with freeze and thaw cycles. “Ice fishing can be great family fun, but anglers should … Continue reading “Safety is paramount with ice fishing”

Social assistance reforms to help Ontario’s most vulnerable

By MPP Toby Barrett A comprehensive package of reforms has been rolled out by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to encourage employment, restore people’s dignity and empower the province’s most vulnerable to break free from poverty. Last year, more than 450,000 people – recipients and their dependents – received assistance through Ontario … Continue reading “Social assistance reforms to help Ontario’s most vulnerable”