Life continued through the second half of 2020

By MPP Toby Barrett  The second half of 2020 started with our region emerging from Covid restrictions and life gaining more normalcy. Regrettably, by fall, Ontario succumbed to the second wave. I started July by writing about the new math curriculum that was introduced in the fall. This new curriculum was developed over two years in consultation … Continue reading “Life continued through the second half of 2020”

Looking back at the first six months of 2020

By MPP Toby Barrett Looking back at 2020, by and large, life and work went on, both locally and at Queen’s Park. The commencement of last year saw passage of the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act. Ontario was the first province in Canada to introduce such a provincially-operated enforcement system. On Jan. 25, the first case … Continue reading “Looking back at the first six months of 2020”

Saint Lucy of Miracles reminds us to be a light this season

By MPP Toby Barrett While most families adopt their own special Christmas traditions, the season is celebrated much the same across households in Haldimand-Norfolk. Sending cards, displaying outdoor lights, finding and trimming the tree, preparing the meal and enjoying time together is how many see the holidays. Over the years, as we embark on the … Continue reading “Saint Lucy of Miracles reminds us to be a light this season”

Muddling through the management of a viral pandemic

By MPP Toby Barrett On Dec. 31, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) received report of a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. On Jan. 3, and Jan. 8, 2020, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health emailed this information to all 354 Ontario public health units. By Jan. 23, 2020, the … Continue reading “Muddling through the management of a viral pandemic”

Bring Caledonia to a peaceful resolution for all sides

By MPP Toby Barrett In 2006, a pyramid of tires was set alight on the main thoroughfare of Caledonia, signaling what was to come. The Stirling Street Bridge was torched, permanently ending access to that side of town. A stolen van thrown off the 6th Line overpass, blocking the Highway 6 bypass around Caledonia. The … Continue reading “Bring Caledonia to a peaceful resolution for all sides”

Supporting small business during these times

By MPP Toby Barrett Small business is the lifeblood of our economy across Haldimand-Norfolk.  The same applies to virtually all of Ontario. And sadly, small businesses in particular, have been hit hard by COVID19.  From experiencing a proportionately larger reduction in employment than medium- and large-sized business to near shutdowns, small businesses are facing challenges … Continue reading “Supporting small business during these times”

Strategy to protect farm workers and food supply

By MPP Toby Barrett  Farm workers are essential to both the provincial and federal economies. COVID-19 has demanded many changes in all workplaces; however, drastic and immediate changes on farms posed challenges this season to keep workers safe while ensuring food production continued.  The Ontario Government has taken a leadership role by working with federal … Continue reading “Strategy to protect farm workers and food supply”

A budget for health, jobs and economic recovery

By MPP Toby Barrett   On the heels of a world health crisis, Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips tabled a budget to protect people’s health; support their jobs and the economy; while setting the stage for recovery.   Total spending is projected to be $187 billion running a deficit of $38.5 billion and paying out $12.5 billion to service a … Continue reading “A budget for health, jobs and economic recovery”

The longest continual battle of the Second World War

By MPP Toby Barrett  I grew up on war stories. Both my father and grandfather signed up in the fall of 1939 when Canada declared war on Germany.  My father spent his war years on the North Atlantic, doing convoy duty in the longest continual battle of the Second World War — a battle in which Canada … Continue reading “The longest continual battle of the Second World War”

What are your thoughts on changing the clocks?

By MPP Toby Barrett There is a misconception Daylight Savings Time was originally implemented to give farmers more time to harvest their crops. As a farmer, work is often dusk to dawn and beyond – it doesn’t matter what the clock says. Daylight Savings Time was first implemented in the First World War as a way to … Continue reading “What are your thoughts on changing the clocks?”