Working toward a sustainable health care system for all

By MPP Toby Barrett During meetings, doorknocking and attending community events, I find the provision of health care remains the number one issue for Ontario taxpayers. Access to publicly funded health care is fundamental to our shared understanding of what it means to be an Ontarian and a Canadian. However, there are threats to the … Continue reading “Working toward a sustainable health care system for all”

Strong ties with municipalities remain a priority

By MPP Toby Barrett Ontario needs to put local communities back in the driver’s seat. That was the underlying sentiment at this year’s Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa. Over the course of four days, provincial representatives held 900 meetings with municipal leaders. I was able to attend some of the meetings … Continue reading “Strong ties with municipalities remain a priority”

The influence on Canada of the American Civil War

By MPP Toby Barrett This August we saw the fifth U.S. Civil War re-enactment at Circle G Ranch, east of Cayuga. On Sept. 13, re-enactors of the ‘Blue and Grey’ will go to battle in Otterville. The American Civil War had a tremendous influence on the British North American colonies, and continues to be of … Continue reading “The influence on Canada of the American Civil War”

A plan to expand internet and cell phone service

By MPP Toby Barrett The Ontario government has announced plans to improve and expand internet and cell phone service in rural and remote communities. For years, I’ve been hearing from people in the riding – and I hear these complaints in my own home as well – about poor service. This announcement will help families … Continue reading “A plan to expand internet and cell phone service”

We can’t afford to not win the war on phragmites

By MPP Toby Barrett Phragmites is likely the largest invasive plant threat facing Ontario today. It has taken over our wetlands, invaded our ditches and can get a foothold just about anywhere. It’s the monster that keeps coming back – we can’t let our guard down. Phragmites was first found in the Long Point wetlands … Continue reading “We can’t afford to not win the war on phragmites”

Firefighters have our backs, and we have their’s

By MPP Toby Barrett Recently Paris, Ontario, hosted the 120th annual meeting of the Fire Fighters Association of Ontario. Premier Doug Ford and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, as well as Brant-Brantford MPP and volunteer firefighter Will Bouma, attended to celebrate our volunteer firefighters. Over 60 per cent of Ontario’s firefighters are volunteers, and across Haldimand-Norfolk … Continue reading “Firefighters have our backs, and we have their’s”

ALUS program puts the farmer in the driver’s seat

By MPP Toby Barrett The public appetite to protect and promote our natural environment continues to grow. With the majority of southern Ontario’s land base under private ownership, it remains critical to engage those who own the land as conservation partners on the working landscape – a landscape where farmers and stakeholders can work collaboratively … Continue reading “ALUS program puts the farmer in the driver’s seat”

Steps to better animal welfare enforcement

By MPP Toby Barrett The province has brought in interim animal protection measures, which are a temporary solution until a better permanent system is in place by next January. Animal welfare legislation has been enforced by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) since 1919, however, the OSPCA recently decided to … Continue reading “Steps to better animal welfare enforcement”

Evaluation of practices is key for Lyme disease

By MPP Toby Barrett Another year has ticked by and Lyme disease remains a problem across much of North America. Over the years I have met with so many people – farmers, outdoor activists, friends, neighbours – who have come down with Lyme – so many, often young people, afflicted in the prime of their … Continue reading “Evaluation of practices is key for Lyme disease”

Much to celebrate this summer in Haldimand and Norfolk

By MPP Toby Barrett Formerly known as Dominion Day, Canada Day not only marks our nation’s birthday, but also marks the unofficial start of what is a busy summer full of events across our area. The two First of July parades in the riding are always a sight to see. Caledonia starts the day with … Continue reading “Much to celebrate this summer in Haldimand and Norfolk”