Barrett’s bill on ALUS receives unanimous support

For immediate release: September 27, 2018   QUEEN’S PARK – A Private Member’s Bill introduced by Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett, concerning alternate land use of agricultural land, has received all-party support in the Ontario Legislature. Bill 28, “An Act respecting a voluntary program for the alternate use of agricultural land and the production of ecosystem … Continue reading “Barrett’s bill on ALUS receives unanimous support”

Toronto will have 25 city councillors, not 47

 By MPP Toby Barrett Our Province of Ontario boasts 444 municipalities, including the City of Toronto, which provide critical services for people in Ontario. On August 14, as an elected representative, I voted in favour of Bill 5 – Better Local Government Act.  Our goal as government was clear then, and we remain committed to … Continue reading “Toronto will have 25 city councillors, not 47”

Gasoline prices down, natural gas expansion plans announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 20, 2018   QUEEN’S PARK – The cost of living in rural Ontario is set to become more affordable. The price of gasoline dropped about five cents a litre yesterday as the cost of the cap-and-trade carbon tax was removed from gasoline. “Cars and gasoline are essential to rural life, and … Continue reading “Gasoline prices down, natural gas expansion plans announced”

A bill to support alternate land use and services

 By MPP Toby Barrett This past summer I developed and introduced a Private Members Bill titled, An Act respecting a voluntary program for the alternate use of agricultural land and the production of ecosystem services on that land. The proposed legislation recognizes the right of owners of agricultural land to set aside, voluntarily, any part … Continue reading “A bill to support alternate land use and services”

There’s no shortage of things to do this fall

By MPP Toby Barrett As I attend the many events lined up throughout the fall, I am reminded of our agricultural, outdoors and cultural heritage and the giving spirit of people in Haldimand-Norfolk. It is heartening to be the elected representative of such a caring and generous community. Our fall season has kicked off with … Continue reading “There’s no shortage of things to do this fall”

Ontario government launches consultation into public spending

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 6, 2018   SIMCOE – Ontario’s Government for the People is continuing to take action in restoring trust and accountability in the province’s finances. On Aug. 29, a three-week online public consultation, Planning for Prosperity: A Consultation for the People was launched to complement the line-by-line review of all provincial programs … Continue reading “Ontario government launches consultation into public spending”

Terminating Ontario’s cap-and-trade carbon tax

By MPP Toby Barrett Ontario’s carbon tax era is over. Cancelling cap-and-trade is not only the right thing to do; it is also an important step to saving money on fuel and kick starting the economy. Under the previous government, Kathleen Wynne’s cap-and-trade carbon tax made Ontario unaffordable and uncompetitive, and added 4.3 cents per … Continue reading “Terminating Ontario’s cap-and-trade carbon tax”

A program to help agriculture and protect wildlife

By MPP Toby Barrett In a crowded world of seven billion people, human activity has significantly degraded our surroundings. Increasingly, we see the need for measures ranging from flood mitigation and wetland protection, to wildlife habitat and biodiversity, carbon sequestration and the reduction of phosphorus in our lakes. All too often, rules and regulations and … Continue reading “A program to help agriculture and protect wildlife”