Protecting farm animals, farmers and our food supply

By MPP Toby Barrett There has been a great deal of talk across Ontario in recent months about animal welfare. Ontario is changing the way animal welfare laws are enforced. We passed the PAWS Act on January 1st, 2020 – a transparent and accountable measure that keeps all animals safe. Unless you are a farmer, … Continue reading “Protecting farm animals, farmers and our food supply”

HN receives $5.1 million boost with Community Infrastructure Funding

For Immediate Release January 17, 2020 SIMCOE – Both Haldimand and Norfolk Counties are getting a hand up totalling over $5 million to support work on bridges, roads, water and wastewater infrastructure. The latest investment is through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) that will see small, rural and northern communities as the beneficiaries. This … Continue reading “HN receives $5.1 million boost with Community Infrastructure Funding”

Support for Parents initiative puts money directly into family coffers

Minister of Education offers financial assistance during teacher union strike actions   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 16, 2020 SIMCOE — The Honourable Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, has announced the government’s plan to offer parents up to $60 per day if strike actions close schools or school-based child care centres. “Our aim has always been to reach … Continue reading “Support for Parents initiative puts money directly into family coffers”

The Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act is now law

By MPP Toby Barrett Last spring the Ontario Government introduced temporary measures to ensure the welfare of animals, after the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced it was withdrawing enforcement. Temporary measures were necessary while the province worked with animal welfare stakeholders to develop a new provincial enforcement model. We have … Continue reading “The Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act is now law”

Wrapping up 2019 in the constituency and Queens Park

By MPP Toby Barrett Reflecting on the last six months of 2019, animals were the topic of discussion as we moved into summer. The OSPCA informed the Solicitor General it would no longer enforce the OSPCA Act. The OSPCA withdrew all responsibility for livestock and horse related issues and complaints. This triggered the implementation of … Continue reading “Wrapping up 2019 in the constituency and Queens Park”

Governing and some of the action steps in 2019

By MPP Toby Barrett The year 2019 dawned with a six-month old majority government and an administration setting the stage for more accountable ways of conducting business. Since 2018, much has been accomplished but there is more to do. As a province, our potential is limitless. We are blessed with an abundance of natural resources … Continue reading “Governing and some of the action steps in 2019”

A Canadian Christmas Tradition: The Queen’s Message

By MPP Toby Barrett Pre-Christmas debate in the Ontario Legislature provided me an opportunity to highlight upcoming changes in parliamentary protocol, and procedure with respect to the Crown. For example, a change to the Legislature’s Standing Orders will add a clause: “Following prayers on the first sitting Monday of each month, the Canadian national anthem … Continue reading “A Canadian Christmas Tradition: The Queen’s Message”

Ontario working to keep Ontario free of deadly deer disease

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 19, 2019 SIMCOE – The Ontario government has a plan to deal with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) – a progressive, fatal brain disorder that mostly affects deer and elk – if, and when, it is discovered in Ontario. If CWD were detected in Ontario, the legislative changes will allow the … Continue reading “Ontario working to keep Ontario free of deadly deer disease”

Ontario investing in critical hospital upgrades and repairs

Maintaining hospital infrastructure to ensure a safe environment for patients FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 18, 2019 SIMCOE – Hospitals in Haldimand-Norfolk will get a $3.2 million injection. The funding is part of a provincial investment in the health and safety of patients through urgent upgrades, repairs and maintenance at 131 hospitals across Ontario to help … Continue reading “Ontario investing in critical hospital upgrades and repairs”

Province allocating more than $500,000 for species at risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 18, 2019 PORT ROWAN – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett was joined by conservation leaders to announce funding for the Species At Risk Stewardship Fund earlier today. ALUS Canada will receive $385,200 to work with farmers and local community partners to create, enhance, restore and manage on-the-ground habitat conservation projects. ALUS Canada … Continue reading “Province allocating more than $500,000 for species at risk”