Working to make them truly the Golden Years

By MPP Toby Barrett In Ontario alone, our population of seniors is expected to almost double, from 2.3 million in 2016 to 4.6 million in 2041. These greater numbers of elderly people predicate an ever-increasing need for health and long-term care services.  In 2016, Statistics Canada reported for the first time that seniors outnumber children … Continue reading “Working to make them truly the Golden Years”

Safety is paramount with ice fishing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 25, 2019 SIMCOE – With cold weather in store for the weekend, ice anglers are gearing up to hit the ice. Safety is of paramount importance, especially in Southwestern Ontario where ice thickness can change quickly with freeze and thaw cycles. “Ice fishing can be great family fun, but anglers should … Continue reading “Safety is paramount with ice fishing”

Social assistance reforms to help Ontario’s most vulnerable

By MPP Toby Barrett A comprehensive package of reforms has been rolled out by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to encourage employment, restore people’s dignity and empower the province’s most vulnerable to break free from poverty. Last year, more than 450,000 people – recipients and their dependents – received assistance through Ontario … Continue reading “Social assistance reforms to help Ontario’s most vulnerable”

Cutting costs and red tape puts us back in business

By MPP Toby Barrett Before Christmas, Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, announced over 30 actions to cut red tape in Ontario. This included regulatory changes to cut costs for businesses, decreasing barriers across municipal and provincial jurisdictions, and increasing business access to government investment. As well, Minister Smith announced another … Continue reading “Cutting costs and red tape puts us back in business”

Consultation open to auto insurance reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 16, 2019 SIMCOE – The Ontario government’s consultation into auto insurance reform is now open for input from the province’s drivers. You can have your say by visiting bit.ly/2QCrRot and sharing your input no later than February 15, 2019. This consultation will take place alongside a review of Ontario’s auto insurance … Continue reading “Consultation open to auto insurance reform”

Hunting licence fee freeze in Haldimand-Norfolk

MPP Barrett welcomes cancellation of scheduled 2019 licence fee increase FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 10, 2019 SIMCOE — The Ontario’s government is making life more affordable for hunters in Haldimand-Norfolkby putting a stop to hunting licence fee increases and removing the $2 service fee. “We’re making it easier for Ontarians to enjoy the great outdoors … Continue reading “Hunting licence fee freeze in Haldimand-Norfolk”

Swinging into summer and the passing of fall

By MPP Toby Barrett Six months ago MPPs returned to Queen’s Park for a rare summer sitting to begin turning our province around. The change in administration set the stage for an accountable government that will work for everyone. The summer sitting of the Ontario Legislature gave me an opportunity to rise and pay tribute … Continue reading “Swinging into summer and the passing of fall”

Recapping 2018: a look at the first six months

By MPP Toby Barrett As with the previous year, the winter and spring of 2018 left me little choice but to pressure the government on a series of issues plaguing constituents here in Haldimand-Norfolk. One of the biggest issues early in the year was the potholes on Highway 6. The previous government committed to fixing … Continue reading “Recapping 2018: a look at the first six months”

Wishing all, peace and happiness this Christmas 

By MPP Toby Barrett The Christmas season becomes the perfectly imperfect time to reflect on the past year.  By taking stock of the challenges we endured, we can take lessons for what may lie ahead. When the Ontario Legislature belatedly rose for the Christmas holiday, it was in effect the last day of the first … Continue reading “Wishing all, peace and happiness this Christmas ”

Ontario’s back-to-work legislation protects electricity supply

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 19, 2018 QUEEN’S PARK—The Ontario government has introduced legislation to prevent large-scale power outages across Ontario by addressing the collective bargaining deadlock between Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and the Power Workers’ Union (PWU). The proposed amendments to the Labour Relations Act, 1995 would prohibit and stop any strikes or lockouts between … Continue reading “Ontario’s back-to-work legislation protects electricity supply”