The longest continual battle of the Second World War

By MPP Toby Barrett  I grew up on war stories. Both my father and grandfather signed up in the fall of 1939 when Canada declared war on Germany.  My father spent his war years on the North Atlantic, doing convoy duty in the longest continual battle of the Second World War — a battle in which Canada … Continue reading “The longest continual battle of the Second World War”

Tax cuts create jobs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 5, 2020 SIMCOE – Ontario’s provincial budget introduced several tax cuts and other measures designed to provide business relief. The government is planning to invest $4.8 billion in initiatives that will support jobs now, while removing barriers that would hold Ontario back from a strong recovery from COVID-19. Among the major initiatives … Continue reading “Tax cuts create jobs”

Ontario budgeting additional hours for long-term care residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 5, 2020 SIMCOE – One of the important planks in today’s budget was an investment to increase the hours of direct care for long-term care patients to an average of four hours per day. Ontario’s Action Plan now sets out a total of $45 billion in support over three years to make available … Continue reading “Ontario budgeting additional hours for long-term care residents”

Broadband funding approaches $1billion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 5, 2020 SIMCOE – The Ontario government announced another $680 million to expand broadband and cellular access this week. The $680 million being announced today is on top of the $315 million to support Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan. This funding will be used for shovel-ready projects, will create jobs, … Continue reading “Broadband funding approaches $1billion”

Ontario adding hospital beds in Haldimand-Norfolk

Investment will increase hospital capacity, reduce  surgical backlogs and improve access to care FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 3. 2020 SIMCOE ― In Haldimand-Norfolk, Norfolk General Hospital will be receiving up to $2,355,600 for up to 12 total patient beds to help alleviate hospital capacity pressures and reduce wait times.  “This funding is important to ensure the continuity … Continue reading “Ontario adding hospital beds in Haldimand-Norfolk”

What are your thoughts on changing the clocks?

By MPP Toby Barrett There is a misconception Daylight Savings Time was originally implemented to give farmers more time to harvest their crops. As a farmer, work is often dusk to dawn and beyond – it doesn’t matter what the clock says. Daylight Savings Time was first implemented in the First World War as a way to … Continue reading “What are your thoughts on changing the clocks?”

Haldimand and Norfolk to receive combined $10 million in OMPF funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 30, 2020 SIMCOE – Local municipalities will receive more than $10 million in funding through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF). The OMPF is the province’s main general assistance grant, used to support the local priorities and specific needs of 389 municipalities, with a special emphasis on northern and rural communities. Haldimand … Continue reading “Haldimand and Norfolk to receive combined $10 million in OMPF funding”

Provincial programs to assist non-profits, festivals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 29, 2020 SIMCOE – Ontario is making available three different grant programs to assist the province’s tourism, culture and non-profit sectors to weather the COVID-19 pandemic. “When the pandemic recedes, these sectors will be important components of the economic recovery,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett. “Jobs in this sector continues to grows … Continue reading “Provincial programs to assist non-profits, festivals”

Deadliest air fighter who ever lived farmed in Norfolk

By MPP Toby Barrett   William George “Billy” Barker is the most decorated serviceman in the history of Canada and the British Empire. Barker is one of our country’s most renowned First World War flying aces and interestingly, has roots in Norfolk County – in the village of Lynedoch.   A fascinating fact my Executive Assistant Bobbi Ann … Continue reading “Deadliest air fighter who ever lived farmed in Norfolk”

Modernizing the Ontario Soldiers’ Aid Commission

By MPP Toby Barrett   Last year I was asked by our area’s 69th Field Battery Association – of which I am a member – to see if Ontario’s Soldiers’ Aid Commission could do more for our veterans.  I looked in to the matter and was happy to report that the government was considering expanding the mandate … Continue reading “Modernizing the Ontario Soldiers’ Aid Commission”