Long-term care, essential services and public health

By MPP Toby Barrett My MPP report this week emanates from on-going emails and telephone conversations about two issues – long-term care, and the definition of an essential service. On March 13, the Ontario government mandated essential visits, only, to long-term care and other congregate care settings. This was one of the first of a … Continue reading “Long-term care, essential services and public health”

Risking lives, risking freedoms, risking livelihoods

By MPP Toby Barrett Throughout the world people and their governments are making a myriad of decisions that are risking lives, risking freedoms, and risking livelihoods. To continue to take on the challenges of coronavirus, Ontario has extended its Declaration of Emergency to May 12. First announced on March 17, these measures under the Emergency Management … Continue reading “Risking lives, risking freedoms, risking livelihoods”

Federal and provincial support for businesses

By MPP Toby Barrett On March 25, Finance Minister Rod Phillips laid out Ontario’s Action Plan, including $10 billion to assist people and businesses during the COVD-19 Crisis. COVID-19 represents an extraordinary threat to the health and economy of Ontario—the greatest we’ve faced in my lifetime—and it demands extraordinary responses from all levels of government … Continue reading “Federal and provincial support for businesses”

Ontario Protecting the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Crisis

New Funding for Haldimand and Norfolk Counties Will Help with Delivery of Critical Support Services FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2020 Port Dover  — The Ontario government is providing $ 2,017,300 to Haldimand and Norfolk Counties to help protect the province’s most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. “During these worrisome times, the health and … Continue reading “Ontario Protecting the Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Crisis”

Those who soldier through tough and uncertain times

By MPP Toby Barrett Recent weeks have seen billions and billions of provincial and federal dollars rolled out to not only help support the health and well-being of citizens, but also to provide support for jobs, employers, and our economy. In recent weeks we have seen global economies grind to a halt. We have seen … Continue reading “Those who soldier through tough and uncertain times”

Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19

Province announces additional health care resources and  support for people, jobs and employers across Ontario FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 27. 2020 SIMCOE – Finance Minister Rod Phillips and Premier Doug Ford released Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19 (March 2020 Economic and Fiscal Update) on Wednesday, pledging $17 billion in funding to address the COVID-19 crisis. The … Continue reading “Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19”

Prepare for the worst and hope for the best

By MPP Toby Barrett Right off the top I wish to stress during these uncertain times, that my team and I are available primarily by email and telephone. We have enhanced our service to Saturday and Sunday through email at [email protected] Contact us by telephone at 905-765-8413, 519-428-0446, 1-800-903-8629. Our website is www.tobybarrett.com. I also … Continue reading “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best”

Keeping the Great in the Great Lakes

By MPP Toby Barrett My proposed Great Lakes Protection and Promotion Act, 2019, (Bill 166) passed second reading last week and I am excited for its prospects in promoting sustainable, environmentally sensitive economic growth  while continuing to protect the Great Lakes ecosystem.  The Great Lakes are 20 per cent of the world’s surface freshwater – … Continue reading “Keeping the Great in the Great Lakes”

Public health starts with prevention and health promotion

By MPP Toby Barrett To build healthier communities, the Ontario government must consider how best to deliver public health in a way that is resilient, efficient, nimble and modern. This must be done in a way that meets the evolving health needs and priorities of Ontario’s families. For too long, public health has existed in … Continue reading “Public health starts with prevention and health promotion”