Police services in Haldimand and Norfolk receive more than $30,000 to keep impaired drivers off the road

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 16, 2019 SIMCOE — Police services in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties will receive more than $30,000 in funding through the province’s Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) Grant to help detect impaired drivers and keep our streets and highways safe. This investment is part of the government’s investment of $2.4 million announced … Continue reading “Police services in Haldimand and Norfolk receive more than $30,000 to keep impaired drivers off the road”

Music makes much to herald the Christmas season

By MPP Toby Barrett My first morning of December this year was memorable. My wife Cari woke me up, at full volume, to “The Little Drummer Boy” – a recent music video by evangelical rock group For King & Country. This exuberant twist on the classic “Drummer Boy,” arrived hard on the heels of my … Continue reading “Music makes much to herald the Christmas season”

Ontario Supporting Research and Monitoring of Underground Gas

Taking action to maintain public safety NEWS December 17, 2019 The Ontario government is protecting public safety in Norfolk County by investing in research and monitoring to further understand the movement of underground gas to the surface. Ontario is partnering with Norfolk County to monitor a leaking gas well located on county-owned property. Monitoring will … Continue reading “Ontario Supporting Research and Monitoring of Underground Gas”

There is more work to be done on flood policy

By MPP Toby Barrett This fall, November didn’t bode well for Lake Erie property owners. To borrow a line from Gordon Lightfoot’s song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “…the gales of November came early.” The stage was set for devastation with Lake Erie at record highs through much of 2019. This, combined with winds … Continue reading “There is more work to be done on flood policy”

Changes coming to the forestry sector

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 10, 2019 QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario’s newly redesigned Forest Sector Investment and Innovation Program will benefit the forestry sector, which is important in both Norfolk and Haldimand Counties. Barrett’s question about the program, during Question Period at Queen’s Park recently, came on the heels of the recent announcement of its redesign. … Continue reading “Changes coming to the forestry sector”

Toby Barrett MPP hails proposed Bill to protect Ontario’s farmers, farm animals and food supply

Addressing the unique risks associated with on-farm trespass FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 3, 2019 Queen’s Park – A proposed Bill introduced in the Ontario Legislature will, if passed, better protect farmers, their animals, livestock transporters and the province’s food supply from on-farm trespassers. The proposed legislation would also require explicit prior consent to access an … Continue reading “Toby Barrett MPP hails proposed Bill to protect Ontario’s farmers, farm animals and food supply”

STATEMENT REGARDING CALEDONIA TOLL HOUSE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29, 2019 STATEMENT REGARDING CALEDONIA TOLL HOUSE Since 2014, the Ministry of Transportation has been working to establish a course of action and agreement on the Caledonia Bridge Toll House property. My office became aware of these negotiations in August. Recently, a decision was made that expropriation must occur as the … Continue reading “STATEMENT REGARDING CALEDONIA TOLL HOUSE”

Ontario releases report from special advisor on flooding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 28, 2019 QUEEN’S PARK — The Ontario government is taking action to strengthen the province’s resiliency to flooding. ‘The safety of the public and the protection of our communities is our number one priority,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “After last spring’s flooding, we recognized that we … Continue reading “Ontario releases report from special advisor on flooding”

A smarter, leaner government will put people first

By MPP Toby Barrett Over my years as an elected representative, one of the key frustrations I hear from people is with government waste-wasteful spending coupled with inefficiencies and lack of results. It is time to look at the public service and the broader public sector through a results-driven lens-to find efficiencies, to remove duplication, … Continue reading “A smarter, leaner government will put people first”

Simcoe Panorama — lighting up lives for over 60 years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 25, 2019 Queen’s Park – Local MPP Toby Barrett took time in the Ontario Legislature today to talk about Ontario’s first and best festival of lights – Simcoe Panorama. The official light up of the park is this Saturday, November 30th at 6 p.m. Barrett said it is one of the … Continue reading “Simcoe Panorama — lighting up lives for over 60 years”