Prepare for the worst and hope for the best

By MPP Toby Barrett Right off the top I wish to stress during these uncertain times, that my team and I are available primarily by email and telephone. We have enhanced our service to Saturday and Sunday through email at [email protected] Contact us by telephone at 905-765-8413, 519-428-0446, 1-800-903-8629. Our website is www.tobybarrett.com. I also … Continue reading “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best”

Keeping the Great in the Great Lakes

By MPP Toby Barrett My proposed Great Lakes Protection and Promotion Act, 2019, (Bill 166) passed second reading last week and I am excited for its prospects in promoting sustainable, environmentally sensitive economic growth  while continuing to protect the Great Lakes ecosystem.  The Great Lakes are 20 per cent of the world’s surface freshwater – … Continue reading “Keeping the Great in the Great Lakes”

Public health starts with prevention and health promotion

By MPP Toby Barrett To build healthier communities, the Ontario government must consider how best to deliver public health in a way that is resilient, efficient, nimble and modern. This must be done in a way that meets the evolving health needs and priorities of Ontario’s families. For too long, public health has existed in … Continue reading “Public health starts with prevention and health promotion”

Working to protect and promote our Great Lakes

By MPP Toby Barrett Recently I have been publicizing my Private Member’s Bill, the Great Lakes Protection and Promotion Act, 2019, which, as the title implies, is constructed to enhance the promotion and protection of our Great Lakes. As previously written, my goal is to develop a collaborative framework and action plan to serve as … Continue reading “Working to protect and promote our Great Lakes”

Cutting unnecessary rules, regulations and red tape

By MPP Toby Barrett Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act provides an opportunity to address some of the plethora of rules and regulations and red tape in Ontario. Our government has a plan to attract investment, encourage innovation, grow small business and create quality jobs. To achieve this, our government will support … Continue reading “Cutting unnecessary rules, regulations and red tape”

Our mental health and addictions system is overwhelmed

 By MPP Toby Barrett I had a 20-year career with the Ontario Addiction Research Foundation (ARF) prior to becoming an MPP. ARF was a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre and one of the premier alcohol and drug research organizations in the world. We always knew there was no panacea, no silver bullet, for the misuse … Continue reading “Our mental health and addictions system is overwhelmed”

New rules for democratic discourse in the Legislature

By MPP Toby Barrett Many of us who have been elected to serve in Ontario’s provincial parliament feel we have a bit of an outdated set-up and we operate under somewhat obscure procedural protocol. That will all change next week as we head back to the Ontario Legislature. There’s nothing wrong with admitting that there … Continue reading “New rules for democratic discourse in the Legislature”

Bill to protect and promote North America’s Great Lakes

By MPP Toby Barrett Building on the work of so many over the years to help promote and protect our Great Lakes – on Dec. 11, 2019 – I introduced an Ontario Private Member’s Bill to enhance the promotion and protection of North America’s Great Lakes. As explained in the proposed legislation, “The Bill amends … Continue reading “Bill to protect and promote North America’s Great Lakes”

North America’s Great Lakes a world-class destination

By MPP Toby Barrett During my recent tenure as Parliamentary Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, I researched the status of our Great Lakes building on work I was involved in 20 years ago when I was then also Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministry of Natural Resources. At that time, much … Continue reading “North America’s Great Lakes a world-class destination”

Protecting farm animals, farmers and our food supply

By MPP Toby Barrett There has been a great deal of talk across Ontario in recent months about animal welfare. Ontario is changing the way animal welfare laws are enforced. We passed the PAWS Act on January 1st, 2020 – a transparent and accountable measure that keeps all animals safe. Unless you are a farmer, … Continue reading “Protecting farm animals, farmers and our food supply”