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”

Ontario supporting agricultural and rural fall fairs and exhibitions

Funding committed to offset lost income from  the cancellation of fall activities and events FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Aug. 21, 2020 SIMCOE — The Ontario government is expanding eligibilty for agriculture societies to apply for funding to help offset the financial losses due to the cancellation of fall fairs, exhibitions and activities during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.  For this … Continue reading “Ontario supporting agricultural and rural fall fairs and exhibitions”

Ontario supporting the safe re-opening of more spaces at gyms and recreation centres

Province also investing $8 Million to ensure the safe return of amateur sports FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug.18, 2020 SIMCOE ― The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is supporting the safe reopening of many sport, fitness and recreation facilities by applying a capacity limit on a per room basis to … Continue reading “Ontario supporting the safe re-opening of more spaces at gyms and recreation centres”

Farmers have the right to be safe from trespassers

  By MPP Toby Barrett  We rely on our farmers and food processors to work hard every day to keep our food supply chain strong and to keep food on the shelves and kitchen tables.  In order to do that, farmers have to feel safe in their homes and workplaces. People have a right to participate in … Continue reading “Farmers have the right to be safe from trespassers”

Ontario supporting non-profits as province recovers from COVID-19

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 14, 2020  PORT DOVER– The Ontario government is investing $83 million through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to provide grants to help eligible non-profit organizations across the province, including branches of the Royal Canadian Legion, service clubs and conservation organizations, recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and continue to deliver the vital programming our … Continue reading “Ontario supporting non-profits as province recovers from COVID-19”

Ontario supporting local communities with emergency funding

Assistance will help ensure the delivery of critical  public services during COVID-19   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 12, 2020-08-12 HALDIMAND-NORFOLK — The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is delivering on its commitment to provide urgently needed emergency assistance to Ontario’s 444 municipalities.  Communities in Haldimand and Norfolk will receive funding to address municipal operating … Continue reading “Ontario supporting local communities with emergency funding”

Barrett supports farmers working to help the environment and their operational productivity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2020-07-29 SIMCOE The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $2.5 million to help farmers improve environmental sustainability and water quality in the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair watersheds. In addition to delivering on its continued commitment to protecting our environment, this investment will also improve productivity for … Continue reading “Barrett supports farmers working to help the environment and their operational productivity”

Winning the war against invasive phragmites

By MPP Toby Barrett  Those travelling Long Point Bay can see the progress in the local battle against phragmites – and see that we are winning.  Phragmites has been called the largest invasive plant facing Ontario by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. It thrives in wetlands and ditches and beyond, crowding out native vegetation and creating … Continue reading “Winning the war against invasive phragmites”