The Royal Canadian Legions of Haldimand-Norfolk

By MPP Toby Barrett   Every year on Remembrance Day, the Royal Canadian Legion is front and centre in communities across the country. Legion members do so much in addition to marching in parades, hosting dinners, and selling poppies. The Legion is much more than that. The Canadian Legion of the British Empire Services League, was … Continue reading “The Royal Canadian Legions of Haldimand-Norfolk”

Vimy Ridge, then Hill 70, Passchendale, Cambrai . . .

By MPP Toby Barrett Beyond Vimy, the Great War saw a number of other significant battles 100 years ago. Vimy Ridge, fought in April 1917, is held up as the first battle when the four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force fought together for the first time. It was a defining moment in Canadian history … Continue reading “Vimy Ridge, then Hill 70, Passchendale, Cambrai . . .”

Agri-food traders must work together to make trade work

By MPP Toby Barrett Last week, I joined members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and their counterparts from Mexico and Canada, in Denver, Colorado for the 26th annual Tri- National Agricultural Accord. The importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) dominated deliberations. The three days concluded will all … Continue reading “Agri-food traders must work together to make trade work”

Premier’s bag of tricks, disguised as treats

By MPP Toby Barrett Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent much time talking to folks from across the riding. Most recently, at Waterford’s Pumpkinfest and, of course, at other fairs and festivals. While people are happy to attend the festivities, they are quick to speak about concerns with the way our province and country … Continue reading “Premier’s bag of tricks, disguised as treats”

The angst of proposed federal tax changes

By MPP Toby Barrett          Two issues have permeated farm gatherings and fairs this summer and fall – minimum wage proposals, and taxation changes for incorporated operations. The former is provincial, the latter federal. As Ontario’s Opposition, we have been adamant the $15 mandatory minimum, as proposed, is going too far, too fast. As well, during … Continue reading “The angst of proposed federal tax changes”

The angst of proposed federal tax changes

By MPP Toby Barrett          Two issues have permeated farm gatherings and fairs this summer and fall – minimum wage proposals, and taxation changes for incorporated operations. The former is provincial, the latter federal. As Ontario’s Opposition, we have been adamant the $15 mandatory minimum, as proposed, is going too far, too fast. As well, during … Continue reading “The angst of proposed federal tax changes”

Omnibus bill creates confusion for conservation authorities, OMB

By MPP Toby Barrett Overdue changes to the Ontario Municipal Board appeal process and Conservation Authorities Act are presently being debated in the Ontario Legislature through an omnibus bill. The bill seems to have good intentions, but like many well-intentioned bills the devil is in the details. Omnibus bills are characterized by many related but … Continue reading “Omnibus bill creates confusion for conservation authorities, OMB”

Lady Simcoe and her taste for ‘Canadian monkey’

  By MPP Toby Barrett ‘Tastes like pork’ was the report of Lady Simcoe, wife of John Graves, on first having raccoon, or ‘Canadian monkey’, as she described it at the time. So many stories of well over two centuries ago were relayed this past Sept. 17 at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Several events were held to commemorate … Continue reading “Lady Simcoe and her taste for ‘Canadian monkey’”

Why we should recognize Simcoe Day in Ontario

By MPP Toby Barrett Sunday September 17th is the 225th anniversary of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario – an inaugural sitting presided over by John Graves Simcoe, our first Lieutenant Governor. During my research, I have developed an appreciation and admiration for John Graves Simcoe – his leadership of the Queens Rangers against George Washington’s … Continue reading “Why we should recognize Simcoe Day in Ontario”