Ontario enacts provincial emergency and stay-at-home order

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2021 TORONTO — The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is immediately declaring a third provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA). These measures are being taken in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission, the … Continue reading “Ontario enacts provincial emergency and stay-at-home order”

Phase Two supports vaccine rollout by postal code in “Hot Spot” communities

Ontario moving to Phase Two of COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2021 TORONTO — The Ontario government is moving into Phase Two of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, with a focus on reaching individuals in “hot spot” communities where COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted certain neighbourhoods. In addition, this phase will prioritize individuals … Continue reading “Phase Two supports vaccine rollout by postal code in “Hot Spot” communities”

A budget for healthy people and a healthy economy

By MPP Toby Barrett Protecting people’s health and the economy has been the Ontario government’s top priority since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not just necessary to fight COVID-19 and save lives, it is also the most sensible economic and fiscal policy. After all, without healthy people, you cannot have a healthy … Continue reading “A budget for healthy people and a healthy economy”

Ontario expanding existing community Paramedicine Program to long-term care in Norfolk County

Investment will help more seniors stay in their own homes longer FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2021 NORFOLK – The Ontario government is investing $2,567,000 million to expand the Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care program in Norfolk County. This initiative will help more seniors on long-term care waitlists stay safe while living in the comfort … Continue reading “Ontario expanding existing community Paramedicine Program to long-term care in Norfolk County”

Ontario implements province-wide Emergency Brake

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2021 All 34 public health unit regions to move into shutdown TORONTO —The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a province-wide emergency brake as a result of an alarming surge  in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The province-wide emergency … Continue reading “Ontario implements province-wide Emergency Brake”

A budget to protect health and bring back jobs

By MPP Toby Barrett   As the world continues to wade through a world health crisis, Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy released the 2021 Ontario Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy. It is our government’s plan to defeat COVID-19 and finish the job we started one year ago. Total projected spending is $186 billion, … Continue reading “A budget to protect health and bring back jobs”

Barrett outlines key budget items supporting rural Ontario

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 25, 2021  Simcoe—Local MPP Toby Barrett is encouraged by the Ontario budget’s support of rural Ontario, its farmers, farm families and farm workers.  The budget, released yesterday, detailed funding dedicated to fostering rural economic strength and the safety and health of its people as we emerge from COVID-19.   “Since the advent of COVID-19, I have been in … Continue reading “Barrett outlines key budget items supporting rural Ontario”

Notes and jottings from this winter’s farm meetings

By MPP Toby Barrett I have been going to farm meetings for as long as I can remember and this winter was no different, save Zoom calls replacing gatherings at great venues like the Kohler Hall, the Simcoe Hort Station, the Caledonia Fair Board Building or the Greens at Renton. January kicked off with meetings … Continue reading “Notes and jottings from this winter’s farm meetings”

Ontario provides Haldimand County flood recovery funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2021 Provincial funding will help cover the costs of repairing local roads and bridges HALDIMAND COUNTY— Today, Toby Barrett, MPP for Haldimand Norfolk announced that the Ontario government is providing Haldimand County with up to $4,570,000 to help cover the costs to repair roads, bridges, drainage infrastructure and damage along … Continue reading “Ontario provides Haldimand County flood recovery funding”

2021 budget brings province’s COVID-19 response to $51 billion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2021 SIMCOE — Today, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board Peter Bethlenfalvy released Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy. The 2021 Budget is the next phase of Ontario’s response to COVID-19 and is the second Budget the government has delivered during the pandemic. “Health … Continue reading “2021 budget brings province’s COVID-19 response to $51 billion”