A comprehensive plan to re-open schools safely

By MPP Toby Barrett  Unlike the past, this school year in Ontario will see students working in classrooms while some will be remotely learning from home.  Many parents, students and teachers have concerns about back to school. However, there are also concerns about not opening. Experts, like Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, as well as doctors … Continue reading “A comprehensive plan to re-open schools safely”

Funding provided for seniors’ dental clinics

SIMCOE – Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit will receive more than $600,000 in funding to expand its new senior’s dental care program. The funding is part of $25 million the province is providing to expand access to the seniors dental care program by investing in infrastructure projects. Locally, $300,000 is allocated for a new dental and operatory suite … Continue reading “Funding provided for seniors’ dental clinics”

Ontario investing in hospital upgrades and repairs in Haldimand-Norfolk

Supporting hospital infrastructure projects to ensure a safe environment for patients FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 15, 2020 QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk hospitals will receive more than $2.3 million combined for upgrades, MPP Toby Barrett announced today. Norfolk General Hospital will receive $1,843,245  for 2020 and 2021 through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund. Funding for Haldimand War Memorial Hospital is $235,805 … Continue reading “Ontario investing in hospital upgrades and repairs in Haldimand-Norfolk”

Barrett raises awareness about changes to moose program during Question Period

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 14, 2020 QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett questioned what measures the government has put in place to protect moose and to modernize the hunter application process during Question Period in the Ontario Legislature today. “Of course, we want to ensure that our fish and wildlife remain healthy and abundant—a difficult … Continue reading “Barrett raises awareness about changes to moose program during Question Period”

Hunting, trapping and fishing take on new meaning

By MPP Toby Barrett  National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day – Sept. 19 – will take on a new meaning this fall. For many, there will be a renewed emphasis on wild food in their diets.  With the suspension of activities, many families have turned to the outdoors for entertainment and fun. Sales of fishing rods, boats … Continue reading “Hunting, trapping and fishing take on new meaning”

Governments to help Haldimand-Norfolk farmers bring high-quality products to market

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Sept. 10, 2020  SIMCOE – Our government is helping farmers improve their business operations and bring more safe, high-quality foods to various markets.  Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett today, along with Minister of Agriculture Ernie Hardeman, announcedmore than $7.9 million in cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) to eligible farmers and other agri-food businesses.   … Continue reading “Governments to help Haldimand-Norfolk farmers bring high-quality products to market”

Ontario Invests in Supportive Housing in Norfolk County

September 8, 2020 Municipal Affairs and Housing Table of Contents Content Quick Facts Additional Resources Related Topics SIMCOE ― The Ontario government is investing over $3.1 million in supportive housing to give people at risk of homelessness in Norfolk County a place to live, along with access to a wide range of services. Funding for the … Continue reading “Ontario Invests in Supportive Housing in Norfolk County”

Caledonia: We can learn from precedents that have been set

By MPP Toby Barrett On February 28, 2006, as MPPs began to assemble at Queen’s Park for afternoon Question Period, I was alerted by a colleague that construction workers were being driven out of a subdivision in my riding, in Caledonia. As a Member of the Opposition, I crossed the floor and sat down with … Continue reading “Caledonia: We can learn from precedents that have been set”

The spirit that built our area will continue to pull us through

By MPP Toby Barrett There is little doubt 2020 and the COVID pandemic will be a piece of history taught in the future. While there have been pandemics before with higher death tolls, never before has a virus brought the entire planet to a halt in the age of global travel and modern medicine. Globally there have … Continue reading “The spirit that built our area will continue to pull us through”

Investment and respect for students and parents

By Toby Barrett, MPP Covid-19 has been one of our greatest challenges.  We are all touched by it. Although older people are more vulnerable, children are at risk and must be protected.  But, moving forward, they must be protected and educated.  The Ontario government is maintaining the flexibility to do what’s needed to maximize the learning experience … Continue reading “Investment and respect for students and parents”