Fixing years of long-term care neglect and underfunding

By MPP Toby Barrett  Two extensive reports are now out analyzing the tragic results of the ruthless spread of the COVID-19 virus in Ontario’s long-term care homes.  Both the government-requested Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission and the Auditor General’s Special Report exposed systemic issues that resulted from years of neglect and underfunding by the previous government. … Continue reading “Fixing years of long-term care neglect and underfunding”

A Tale of Two Budgets and of Two Governments

By MPP Toby Barrett  As government MPPs, we are heartened to see the federal budget shares the same priorities our government identified in our 2021 Budget last month – protecting people’s health and our economy.   However, as the COVID crisis intensifies, we are disappointed to see there was no action announced in the federal budget in … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Budgets and of Two Governments”

Good weather to get outdoors, with caution

By MPP Toby Barrett   I continue to receive questions about the Stay-At-Home order resulting from Coronavirus caseload increases across Ontario.   With spring upon us, many questions have been raised about marinas and boat ramps. Here are some answers we received from government ministries. Due to the changing nature of the variants and vaccine availability, this information may change. Please note the … Continue reading “Good weather to get outdoors, with caution”

Ontario enacts Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order

By MPP Toby Barrett  On Thursday, April 8, 2021, Ontario issued a Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes. This includes going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including being vaccinated), outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.  Recently, COVID … Continue reading “Ontario enacts Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order”

Ontario enacts Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order

By MPP Toby Barrett On Thursday, April 8, 2021, Ontario issued a Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home order requiring everyone to remain at home except for essential purposes. This includes going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including being vaccinated), outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely. Recently, COVID … Continue reading “Ontario enacts Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order”

A budget for healthy people and a healthy economy

By MPP Toby Barrett Protecting people’s health and the economy has been the Ontario government’s top priority since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not just necessary to fight COVID-19 and save lives, it is also the most sensible economic and fiscal policy. After all, without healthy people, you cannot have a healthy … Continue reading “A budget for healthy people and a healthy economy”

A budget to protect health and bring back jobs

By MPP Toby Barrett   As the world continues to wade through a world health crisis, Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy released the 2021 Ontario Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy. It is our government’s plan to defeat COVID-19 and finish the job we started one year ago. Total projected spending is $186 billion, … Continue reading “A budget to protect health and bring back jobs”

Notes and jottings from this winter’s farm meetings

By MPP Toby Barrett I have been going to farm meetings for as long as I can remember and this winter was no different, save Zoom calls replacing gatherings at great venues like the Kohler Hall, the Simcoe Hort Station, the Caledonia Fair Board Building or the Greens at Renton. January kicked off with meetings … Continue reading “Notes and jottings from this winter’s farm meetings”