Environment Commissioner criticizes policy for the North

For Immediate Release: September 24, 2010 SIMCOE – Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Gordon Miller highlighted some of the shortfalls of the McGuinty government when it comes to northern Ontario in his recently-released report. “Environmental Commissioner Gordon Miller points out what I have been saying over the past several months – the Far North Act does … Continue reading “Environment Commissioner criticizes policy for the North”

Losing track of landfill capacity leaves Ontario in a mess, Barrett backs call for moratorium until dump info is updated

For Immediate Release: September 23, 2010 Queens Park– The latest revelation from Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner indicates just how much McGuinty has lost control of the waste management file. “Yesterday, Gord Miller made it clear government doesn’t even know how much landfill capacity is available across the province right now,” stated Barrett. “And yet we continue … Continue reading “Losing track of landfill capacity leaves Ontario in a mess, Barrett backs call for moratorium until dump info is updated”

McGuinty can’t see the forest or the trees!! ECO report highlights failing tree planting commitments

For Immediate Release: September 23, 2010 St. Thomas: Opposition Environment Critic Toby Barrett echoes the concern for lacklustre provincial tree planting commitments highlighted in the Environmental Commissioners (ECO) report. The ECO report indicated that while Federal guidelines recommend watersheds have 30 per cent forest cover, most Southwestern Ontario watersheds are just over half that – … Continue reading “McGuinty can’t see the forest or the trees!! ECO report highlights failing tree planting commitments”

ECO report focuses on government failure to deliver on environment

For Immediate Release: September 22, 2010 St. Thomas: Today’s report from Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller highlights a trail of broken commitments, wasted spending and lacklustre consultation underlining McGuinty’s failure to deliver on environment according to Opposition Environment Critic Toby Barrett. The report reveals that Dalton McGuinty failed to protect beach lands, and failed to consult … Continue reading “ECO report focuses on government failure to deliver on environment”

ECO report focuses on government failure to deliver on environment

For Immediate Release: September 22, 2010 St. Thomas: Today’s report from Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller highlights a trail of broken commitments, wasted spending and lacklustre consultation underlining McGuinty’s failure to deliver on environment according to Opposition Environment Critic Toby Barrett. The report reveals that Dalton McGuinty failed to protect beach lands, and failed to consult … Continue reading “ECO report focuses on government failure to deliver on environment”

Time to Scrap Dalton McGuinty’s Eco Tax Plans

For Immediate Release: September 20, 2010 QUEEN’S PARK – Opposition Environment Critic Toby Barrett says Dalton McGuinty only has one month left to answer Opposition demands to scrap the eco tax before his 90-day backtrack runs out. “It’s now been two months since McGuinty announced they were taking a 90-day timeout from their eco tax … Continue reading “Time to Scrap Dalton McGuinty’s Eco Tax Plans”

Four months later….cost of McGuinty’s water bill still unanswered

For Immediate Release: September 13, 2010 Queens Park – Four months after first asking what people can expect to pay for McGuinty’s water bill, Opposition Environment Critic Toby Barrett was still searching for answers on his return to Queens Park today. Despite first introducing the Water Opportunities Act on May 18th government failed to schedule … Continue reading “Four months later….cost of McGuinty’s water bill still unanswered”

Opposition fights back after summer of discontent

For Immediate Release: September 13, 2010 Queens Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett joined Opposition Leader Tim Hudak in standing up for Ontario families during the first day back at the Ontario Legislature this morning. After a summer of McGuinty tax hikes and scandals, Tim Hudak used the return of the Legislature to remind an … Continue reading “Opposition fights back after summer of discontent”

Our children deserve the best schooling possible

By MPP Toby Barrett There is little doubt one of the proudest moments for a parent is the day they send their son or daughter off to school. While each school year opening brings its own new set of challenges and issues, there are few other occasions when parents can literally see their loved ones … Continue reading “Our children deserve the best schooling possible”

Have you looked at your electricity bill lately?

By MPP Toby Barrett Electricity bills are beginning to send shockwaves as ratepayers discuss the latest round of price hikes. Residents and businesses alike are being caught off guard. Last April, we in Opposition cautioned that an Ontario Energy Board approved rate increase would lead to an annual $350- hike for the average Ontario hydro … Continue reading “Have you looked at your electricity bill lately?”