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?”

Deadliest air fighter who ever lived farmed in Norfolk

By MPP Toby Barrett   William George “Billy” Barker is the most decorated serviceman in the history of Canada and the British Empire. Barker is one of our country’s most renowned First World War flying aces and interestingly, has roots in Norfolk County – in the village of Lynedoch.   A fascinating fact my Executive Assistant Bobbi Ann … Continue reading “Deadliest air fighter who ever lived farmed in Norfolk”

Modernizing the Ontario Soldiers’ Aid Commission

By MPP Toby Barrett   Last year I was asked by our area’s 69th Field Battery Association – of which I am a member – to see if Ontario’s Soldiers’ Aid Commission could do more for our veterans.  I looked in to the matter and was happy to report that the government was considering expanding the mandate … Continue reading “Modernizing the Ontario Soldiers’ Aid Commission”

Ontario making family law less complex; less expensive

By MPP Toby Barrett  I have heard from so many who find Ontario family law frustrating. The sentiment being that the only winner is the lawyer. In my opinion, there shouldn’t be a winner but rather a process that puts families – especially children — first.  The Ontario government has introduced legislation that, once passed, … Continue reading “Ontario making family law less complex; less expensive”

Working indoors at Queen’s Park for the great outdoors

By MPP Toby Barrett  We are blessed with a diverse natural environment across Haldimand-Norfolk, and it’s with mixed feelings I’m back in the big city to work indoors at Queen’s Park.    Like so many I represent, I enjoy working and playing outdoors. I’ve been fortunate to work indoors in Toronto addressing the outdoors with my various assigned … Continue reading “Working indoors at Queen’s Park for the great outdoors”

Magna Carta has relevance for Haldimand-Norfolk today

By MPP Toby Barrett On September 17, I had an opportunity to join debate in the Ontario Legislature on the significance of the Magna Carta.   September 17 also marked the 228th anniversary of the day in 1792 when John Graves Simcoe first convened parliament in Newark (now Niagara-on-the-Lake) – the parliament in which I represent Haldimand-Norfolk. … Continue reading “Magna Carta has relevance for Haldimand-Norfolk today”

A comprehensive plan to re-open schools safely

By MPP Toby Barrett  Unlike the past, this school year in Ontario will see students working in classrooms while some will be remotely learning from home.  Many parents, students and teachers have concerns about back to school. However, there are also concerns about not opening. Experts, like Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, as well as doctors … Continue reading “A comprehensive plan to re-open schools safely”