Province releases final bait management strategy after extensive consultation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:July 21, 2020 TORONTO – The Ontario government released its final bait management strategy to protect the province’s lakes and rivers from the threat of invasive species and fish diseases.  As part of this new strategy, the government will be establishing four bait management zones to limit the movement of live bait across … Continue reading “Province releases final bait management strategy after extensive consultation”

Haldimand and Norfolk reopening for local tourism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 20,2020  PORT DOVER – As Ontario moves forward with the staged reopening of the province, more tourism destinations in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties are reopening so locals can enjoy what makes this area unique. The government is encouraging people to come out and safely explore and enjoy their local attractions, patios … Continue reading “Haldimand and Norfolk reopening for local tourism”

Back to building long-term care beds in Ontario

By MPP Toby Barrett Help is on the way for long-term care, a sector that saw only 611 new beds built between 2011 and 2018. Many long-term care homes were constructed before 1970, and outdated rooms are in dire need of redevelopment.  Previously, when I served with Premier Harris, we initiated construction of 20,000 long-term … Continue reading “Back to building long-term care beds in Ontario”

Ontario provides additional support for farmers

Government delivers early on expanded risk management program   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2020    Toby Barrett, MPP Haldimand-Norfolk welcomed the government’s action to expand the Risk Management Program a year earlier than planned by $50 million for a total of $150 million annually. This funding supports farmers with unforeseen challenges such as fluctuating market prices, … Continue reading “Ontario provides additional support for farmers”

Delivering high-speed Internet to more people in Norfolk County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2020 Construction of the infrastructure network is up and running with service available by August of 2021. This project is valued at more than $7.5 million. The governments of Canada and Ontario have each committed up to more than $1.3 million towards completion of this project.  The contracts to expand high-speed fibre-optic … Continue reading “Delivering high-speed Internet to more people in Norfolk County”

Legislation that addresses new and emerging diseases

By MPP Toby Barrett Those who work and play in Ontario are cognizant of COVID, but we need also remember that another emerging infectious disease continues to lurk. As with coronavirus, we must remain vigilant and continue to take measures to prevent the onset of Lyme. In 2015, and out of concern of what might … Continue reading “Legislation that addresses new and emerging diseases”

Ontario and Canada helping small businesses go digital

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 7, 2020 TORONTO — The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is helping small businesses reach more customers through the Digital Main Street platform.  This $57-million program which will help up to 22,900 Ontario businesses create and enhance their online presence and generate jobs for more than 1,400 students. … Continue reading “Ontario and Canada helping small businesses go digital”

Ontario moving forward with $1.7 million funding commitment for replacement of Big Creek Bridge on Long Point Causeway

For Immediate Release July 6, 2020 PORT DOVER —Ontario receives approval from the federal government to move forward with funding for a long-awaited road infrastructure project in Haldimand – Norfolk. Local MPP Toby Barrett joined his federal and municipal funding partners on behalf of Ontario’s Infrastructure Minister Laurie Scott to make this announcement. “I’m excited to … Continue reading “Ontario moving forward with $1.7 million funding commitment for replacement of Big Creek Bridge on Long Point Causeway”

Ontario extending free family fishing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 3, 2020 PORT DOVER – The Ontario government is offering free fishing for two weeks, double the length of last year. Canadian residents of all ages can also enjoy fishing in Ontario without having to purchase a licence or carry an Outdoors Card for the first two full weeks of July, from … Continue reading “Ontario extending free family fishing”

New math curriculum welcome news for September

By MPP Toby Barrett All aspects of our lives have been impacted by COVID-19. Although we have collectively made progress, the virus remains and we must be vigilant. There’s the worry of a second wave this fall and that’s why this week our Ontario Government presented parents and students with options for schooling. We also … Continue reading “New math curriculum welcome news for September”