ECO report shines light on dark corners of Ontario conservation plans

For Immediate Release: May 3, 2010 Queen’s Park – Opposition Environment Critic Toby Barrett is joining the Environment Commissioner’s call for more clarity when it comes to Ontario energy conservation. Barrett welcomed a call for attention to transportation fuel use and underlined the need for information and public input following Commissioner Gord Miller’s new conference … Continue reading “ECO report shines light on dark corners of Ontario conservation plans”

Recycled electronics are ending up in dumps

By MPP Toby Barrett This past week I had an opportunity to address the abysmal failure of the Ontario government’s waste electronics and electrical equipment program – the latest evidence of unmet expectations with respect to waste diversion in the province. Back in 2002, the former government passed the Waste Diversion Act, “to promote the … Continue reading “Recycled electronics are ending up in dumps”

All talk, little action on climate change

By MPP Toby Barrett This past month, instead of looking at ways we can kick-start the provincial economy we were forced to discuss McGuinty plans for sex-education, cuts to front line health care and pharmacies, and this government’s favourite headline diverter – climate change. Specifically, we waded into debate when Liberal MPP Phil McNeely reintroduced … Continue reading “All talk, little action on climate change”

All talk, little action on climate change

For Immediate Release: April 30, 2010 This past month, instead of looking at ways we can kick-start the provincial economy we were forced to discuss McGuinty plans for sex-education, cuts to front line health care and pharmacies, and this government’s favourite headline diverter – climate change. Specifically, we waded into debate when Liberal MPP Phil … Continue reading “All talk, little action on climate change”

Government rejects Barrett call for time-out on pharmacy cuts

For Immediate Release: April 29, 2010 Queens Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP saw his request for a request for a motion to allow time for sober second thought on drastic pharmacy cuts get shot down during Finance Committee hearings this afternoon. Following a presentation by Ontario’s Community Pharmacies regarding Bill 16, Creating the Foundation for Growth … Continue reading “Government rejects Barrett call for time-out on pharmacy cuts”

Why has McGuinty allowed 60,000 children to get hooked on illegal tobacco?

For Immediate Release: April 29, 2010 Queen’s Park – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett caused quite a stir in the Ontario Legislature today when he asked how the government could allow 60,000 students to get hooked on illegal tobacco. Barrett cited a study from Ontario’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – an organization that has … Continue reading “Why has McGuinty allowed 60,000 children to get hooked on illegal tobacco?”

McGuinty flip flops on sex-ed Out of touch government should talk to parents first

For Immediate Release: April 23, 2010 Queen’s Park — Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett says the McGuinty sex-ed flip flop is just one more example of nanny-state leadership out of touch with Ontario families. “Instead of talking to parents first, this government went ahead with the belief that it can raise Ontario’s children better than their … Continue reading “McGuinty flip flops on sex-ed Out of touch government should talk to parents first”

Barrett backs community pharmacies HN MPP reads in petitions against pharmacy reform

For Immediate Release: April 14, 2010 Queen’s Park – On behalf of Haldimand-Norfolk, MPP Toby Barrett is expressing condolences recognizing the tragic plane crash that took the lives of 97 people including Polish President Kaczynski and much of Poland’s political and military elite. “My thoughts are with the family of President Kaczynski, the people of … Continue reading “Barrett backs community pharmacies HN MPP reads in petitions against pharmacy reform”

Unmuzzle community concerns on wind power: Barrett HN MPP voices support to return Planning Act powers to municipalities

For Immediate Release: April 14, 2010 QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Toby Barrett says it was a mistake to take away municipal oversight powers when it comes to green energy projects like wind farms. To that end, Barrett is supporting colleague Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones and her private members bill to fix the Liberals’ controversial Green … Continue reading “Unmuzzle community concerns on wind power: Barrett HN MPP voices support to return Planning Act powers to municipalities”

Barrett backs community pharmacies HN MPP reads in petitions against pharmacy reform

For Immediate Release: April 12, 2010 Queen’s Park – Haldimand-Norfolk’s MPP is adding his voice to those contacting his office for protection of community pharmacies against government reform impacting rural Ontarians. Toby Barrett rose to read in a petition this afternoon asking the Premier and Health Minister: “Please don’t cut community pharmacy funding” “Rural Ontarians … Continue reading “Barrett backs community pharmacies HN MPP reads in petitions against pharmacy reform”