We must slow the spread of the Omicron variant

By MPP Toby Barrett  As we come out of the first few weeks of 2022, we enter a New Year that will be dominated by the need to adjust to new realities . . . one being the alarming increase in hospitalizations attributed to the highly contagious Omicron variant.  Unlike other variants throughout the pandemic, … Continue reading “We must slow the spread of the Omicron variant”

A year of unprecedented support for HN health care

By MPP Toby Barrett  Over the past year, Ontario’s response to COVID-19 has been to support frontline workers, build healthcare capacity and invest in our hospitals. In response to the Omicron variant, the Ontario Government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is applying additional public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity … Continue reading “A year of unprecedented support for HN health care”

A year of boosting our economic well-being

By MPP Toby Barrett It is heartening to see the remarkable resilience the economy is showing both locally and provincially. The job market has rebounded much more quickly than most forecasters had predicted. Last Spring, Ontario lost one million jobs. Over the past 10 months, our province has achieved a net employment gain of just … Continue reading “A year of boosting our economic well-being”

While visions of sugar-plums and turkey and mincemeat and . . .

By MPP Toby Barrett Our area is well known for a robust ethnic and multi-cultural presence. We think of the German, Hungarian and Polish Halls, as well as our strong Belgian community, although the hall closed.  Each of these nationalities has some unique traditions, for example, many have a separate St. Nicholas Day in early … Continue reading “While visions of sugar-plums and turkey and mincemeat and . . .”

Upping our game by modernizing our regulatory system

our regulatory systems By MPP Toby Barrett In 2018, one of the most important promises our government made to the people of Ontario was to work hard every day to cut red tape, and that’s what we have been doing. When we took office, it cost Ontario companies an average of $33,000 a year to … Continue reading “Upping our game by modernizing our regulatory system”

Here is yet another bill to fight red tape

By MPP Toby Barrett   Ontarians want to get going and not waste time completing unnecessary and outdated compliance measures. It is hard to manage a business, advance your work or simply get through the day when spending hours filling out forms and wading through redundant requirements.   That is why we have introduced yet … Continue reading “Here is yet another bill to fight red tape”

New legislation to fix our long-term care homes

By Toby Barrett MPP After decades of neglect, our government continues to take the action necessary to fix long-term care. For decades, not enough beds or staff were available, and not enough attention was being paid to the concerns of the people who live and work in long-term care homes.  On October 28th, as part … Continue reading “New legislation to fix our long-term care homes”

The world of work is changing and so must our laws

By MPP Toby Barrett The world of work is obviously shifting quickly, and to protect workers our laws need to keep up. Workplaces are drastically different than they were two years ago, but some things have not changed. We know people need to feel confident they can support their families and provide for their future. … Continue reading “The world of work is changing and so must our laws”

Their sacrifice of freedom gave us our freedom

By MPP Toby Barrett They stand staunchly on Remembrance Day as honour guards each year. Army, air and sea cadets are a part of the country’s proud military history standing alongside those who truly understand the sacrifices made. In Canada, a dynamic cadet program exists with numerous cadet corps and squadrons across Ontario. The Air … Continue reading “Their sacrifice of freedom gave us our freedom”

Let’s try a new approach to our lakes and rivers

By MPP Toby Barrett  As a long-time legislator, I have been involved in many debates and clashes of conflicting and competing interests over the years involving our lakes and rivers.  Ontario is blessed with 250,000 lakes which play a central role in our history, our heritage and culture, and in our fishing-, transportation- and tourism-based … Continue reading “Let’s try a new approach to our lakes and rivers”