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”

Hunting, fishing and trapping is a way of life

By MPP Toby Barrett Saturday, Sept. 16 is National Hunting Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day to recognize the importance of these activities to our economy, our identity and culture. This year, Heritage Day coincides with Waterfowler Heritage Day – set aside for young hunters under the age of 18 to hunt ducks for a day … Continue reading “Hunting, fishing and trapping is a way of life”

Municipalities are getting squeezed and shortchanged

By MPP Toby Barrett This year’s AMO Conference (the Association of Municipalities of Ontario) reiterated an ongoing theme – local government is getting squeezed. Whether it is the cost of electricity, lack of access to natural gas, proposed labour laws, municipal liability or unfulfilled infrastructure promises, people in rural and small town Ontario are struggling. … Continue reading “Municipalities are getting squeezed and shortchanged”

Minimum wage hike will hurt Ontario’s most vulnerable

By MPP Toby Barrett Kathleen Wynne’s proposed Bill 148 Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act will create countless intended and unintended consequences. The intended consequences have much to do with votes in the upcoming provincial election. The unintended consequences have all to do with the fact businesses — from the service industry to agriculture and everything … Continue reading “Minimum wage hike will hurt Ontario’s most vulnerable”

Here’s to open, reciprocal trade in North America

By MPP Toby Barrett The United States and Canada boast one of the largest trading relationships in the world. No other country buys more goods and services that are “Made in the USA” than Canada – to the tune of $322 billion a year. And as a result, Canada supports close to nine million U.S. … Continue reading “Here’s to open, reciprocal trade in North America”

Worries beyond $15 minimum wage in labour bill

By MPP Toby Barrett Much of this summer’s discussion on proposed labour legislation has focused on the $15 minimum wage and its impact on labour-intensive agriculture, student jobs and the restaurant trade. Previously, all three political parties had agreed to take the minimum wage out of the political arena and set it according to the … Continue reading “Worries beyond $15 minimum wage in labour bill”

No perch or pickerel in Lake Erie’s future?

By MPP Toby Barrett The tasty fish our Great Lakes are known for, and all other sport fish, could be decimated if the insidious Asian carp migrate from the Mississippi watershed. Combined, the four Asian carp species could decimate the Great Lakes fishery by outcompeting our native fish. Plankton, which is the base of the … Continue reading “No perch or pickerel in Lake Erie’s future?”

No perch or pickerel in Lake Erie’s future?

By MPP Toby Barrett The tasty fish our Great Lakes are known for, and all other sport fish, could be decimated if the insidious Asian carp migrate from the Mississippi watershed. Combined, the four Asian carp species could decimate the Great Lakes fishery by outcompeting our native fish. Plankton, which is the base of the … Continue reading “No perch or pickerel in Lake Erie’s future?”

John Graves Simcoe – warrior, lieutenant-governor

By MPP Toby Barrett As the holiday some refer to as Simcoe Day approaches, I wish to shine light on Upper Canada’s first lieutenant-governor. Born Feb. 25, 1752, in England, John Graves Simcoe, although best known as lieutenant-governor, was also a member of British Parliament, colonial administrator, army officer, and commander of the Queen’s Rangers … Continue reading “John Graves Simcoe – warrior, lieutenant-governor”

Ontario symbolism a recognition of our roots

By MPP Toby Barrett “Give us a place to grow And call this land, Ontario” These words from the song Ontario have special meaning as the province celebrates its 225th and Canada its 150th. The song was commissioned for a film that was shown in the Ontario pavilion at Expo 67. It became the province’s … Continue reading “Ontario symbolism a recognition of our roots”