Modernizing the Ontario Soldiers’ Aid Commission

By MPP Toby Barrett   Last year I was asked by our area’s 69th Field Battery Association – of which I am a member – to see if Ontario’s Soldiers’ Aid Commission could do more for our veterans.  I looked in to the matter and was happy to report that the government was considering expanding the mandate … Continue reading “Modernizing the Ontario Soldiers’ Aid Commission”

Ontario making family law less complex; less expensive

By MPP Toby Barrett  I have heard from so many who find Ontario family law frustrating. The sentiment being that the only winner is the lawyer. In my opinion, there shouldn’t be a winner but rather a process that puts families – especially children — first.  The Ontario government has introduced legislation that, once passed, … Continue reading “Ontario making family law less complex; less expensive”

Working indoors at Queen’s Park for the great outdoors

By MPP Toby Barrett  We are blessed with a diverse natural environment across Haldimand-Norfolk, and it’s with mixed feelings I’m back in the big city to work indoors at Queen’s Park.    Like so many I represent, I enjoy working and playing outdoors. I’ve been fortunate to work indoors in Toronto addressing the outdoors with my various assigned … Continue reading “Working indoors at Queen’s Park for the great outdoors”

Barrett highlights importance of tourism industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Oct. 1, 2020  QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett highlighted the importance of the tourism industry and how the government is assisting it – including investments in Haldimand and Norfolk – during Question Period in the Ontario Legislature, Monday.  Barrett started by saying how 2020 has been hard on the tourism industry, how it … Continue reading “Barrett highlights importance of tourism industry”

Covid-19 Fall Preparedness Plan!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Oct. 1, 2020-10-01   QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett played a role in highlighting the province’s Fall Preparedness Plan during Question Period in the Ontario Legislature today.   “Premier, as you indicated, the trends we’re seeing are deeply concerning, with cases doubling over the past two weeks. By mid-October, Ontario could see 1,000 … Continue reading “Covid-19 Fall Preparedness Plan!”

Barrett highlights importance of tourism industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 30, 2020 QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett highlighted the importance of the tourism industry and how the government is assisting it – including investments in Haldimand and Norfolk – during Question Period in the Ontario Legislature. Barrett started by saying how 2020 has been hard on the tourism industry, how … Continue reading “Barrett highlights importance of tourism industry”

Magna Carta has relevance for Haldimand-Norfolk today

By MPP Toby Barrett On September 17, I had an opportunity to join debate in the Ontario Legislature on the significance of the Magna Carta.   September 17 also marked the 228th anniversary of the day in 1792 when John Graves Simcoe first convened parliament in Newark (now Niagara-on-the-Lake) – the parliament in which I represent Haldimand-Norfolk. … Continue reading “Magna Carta has relevance for Haldimand-Norfolk today”

Government tackling Chronic Wasting Disease

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 25, 2020 QUEEN’S PARK – In the wake of National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Day last Saturday, Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett raised the issue of Chronic Wasting Disease in the Ontario Legislature during Question Period yesterday. Barrett started by highlighting the $560 million hunters spend and $1.6 billion anglers spend each … Continue reading “Government tackling Chronic Wasting Disease”

Barrett highlights importance of forestry industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 23, 2020  QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett highlighted the importance of the forest industry to Ontario at Queen’s Park this week.  During a statement in the Ontario Legislature Monday to celebrate National Forestry Week, Barrett talked about the $18 billion of revenue created annually. Ontario’s forest industry provides employment for … Continue reading “Barrett highlights importance of forestry industry”

Barrett pleased with funding flowing into Great Lakes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 22, 2020 QUEEN’S PARK –During Question Period last week, MPP Toby Barrett asked Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, to discuss the ways the Ontario government is protecting and restoring North America’s Great Lakes as they face pollutants, excess nutrients and invasive species. “I was pleased with Minister … Continue reading “Barrett pleased with funding flowing into Great Lakes”