Fixing years of long-term care neglect and underfunding

By MPP Toby Barrett  Two extensive reports are now out analyzing the tragic results of the ruthless spread of the COVID-19 virus in Ontario’s long-term care homes.  Both the government-requested Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission and the Auditor General’s Special Report exposed systemic issues that resulted from years of neglect and underfunding by the previous government. … Continue reading “Fixing years of long-term care neglect and underfunding”

A Tale of Two Budgets and of Two Governments

By MPP Toby Barrett  As government MPPs, we are heartened to see the federal budget shares the same priorities our government identified in our 2021 Budget last month – protecting people’s health and our economy.   However, as the COVID crisis intensifies, we are disappointed to see there was no action announced in the federal budget in … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Budgets and of Two Governments”

Good weather to get outdoors, with caution

By MPP Toby Barrett   I continue to receive questions about the Stay-At-Home order resulting from Coronavirus caseload increases across Ontario.   With spring upon us, many questions have been raised about marinas and boat ramps. Here are some answers we received from government ministries. Due to the changing nature of the variants and vaccine availability, this information may change. Please note the … Continue reading “Good weather to get outdoors, with caution”

Ontario enacts Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order

By MPP Toby Barrett  On Thursday, April 8, 2021, Ontario issued a Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes. This includes going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including being vaccinated), outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.  Recently, COVID … Continue reading “Ontario enacts Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order”

Investment in local school boards to protect against COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2021 Joint investments by Canada and Ontario will upgrade infrastructure to support response to the COVID-19 pandemic and keep students and staff safe QUEEN’S PARK — The governments of Ontario and Canada are providing $12.1 million to the Grand Erie and Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic School Boards to upgrade infrastructure … Continue reading “Investment in local school boards to protect against COVID-19”

Ontario supporting Haldimand-Norfolk Fire Services during COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2021 Funding to enhance fire safety training and inspections QUEEN’S PARK —– Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett announced today the Ontario Government is investing $36,100 in Haldimand-Norfolk to help fire services address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will enhance fire safety training and support safety inspection programs to … Continue reading “Ontario supporting Haldimand-Norfolk Fire Services during COVID-19”

Ontario helps farmers and agri-food operators keep workers safe during COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 8, 2021 VANESSA — The Ontario government is providing $10 million to allow more farmers and agri-food operators to purchase personal protective equipment, enhance cleaning and disinfection and redesign workstations to better protect workers. This announcement is part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy. “I … Continue reading “Ontario helps farmers and agri-food operators keep workers safe during COVID-19”

Ontario enacts Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order

By MPP Toby Barrett On Thursday, April 8, 2021, Ontario issued a Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes. This includes going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including being vaccinated), outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. Recently, COVID … Continue reading “Ontario enacts Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order”