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”

Hunting, trapping and fishing take on new meaning

By MPP Toby Barrett  National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day – Sept. 19 – will take on a new meaning this fall. For many, there will be a renewed emphasis on wild food in their diets.  With the suspension of activities, many families have turned to the outdoors for entertainment and fun. Sales of fishing rods, boats … Continue reading “Hunting, trapping and fishing take on new meaning”

Caledonia: We can learn from precedents that have been set

By MPP Toby Barrett On February 28, 2006, as MPPs began to assemble at Queen’s Park for afternoon Question Period, I was alerted by a colleague that construction workers were being driven out of a subdivision in my riding, in Caledonia. As a Member of the Opposition, I crossed the floor and sat down with … Continue reading “Caledonia: We can learn from precedents that have been set”

The spirit that built our area will continue to pull us through

By MPP Toby Barrett There is little doubt 2020 and the COVID pandemic will be a piece of history taught in the future. While there have been pandemics before with higher death tolls, never before has a virus brought the entire planet to a halt in the age of global travel and modern medicine. Globally there have … Continue reading “The spirit that built our area will continue to pull us through”

Investment and respect for students and parents

By Toby Barrett, MPP Covid-19 has been one of our greatest challenges.  We are all touched by it. Although older people are more vulnerable, children are at risk and must be protected.  But, moving forward, they must be protected and educated.  The Ontario government is maintaining the flexibility to do what’s needed to maximize the learning experience … Continue reading “Investment and respect for students and parents”

Farmers have the right to be safe from trespassers

  By MPP Toby Barrett  We rely on our farmers and food processors to work hard every day to keep our food supply chain strong and to keep food on the shelves and kitchen tables.  In order to do that, farmers have to feel safe in their homes and workplaces. People have a right to participate in … Continue reading “Farmers have the right to be safe from trespassers”

Winning the war against invasive phragmites

By MPP Toby Barrett  Those travelling Long Point Bay can see the progress in the local battle against phragmites – and see that we are winning.  Phragmites has been called the largest invasive plant facing Ontario by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. It thrives in wetlands and ditches and beyond, crowding out native vegetation and creating … Continue reading “Winning the war against invasive phragmites”

Striking a balance for fishing with bait

By MPP Toby Barrett In my travels around Haldimand and Norfolk, and through media stories, I am hearing there is a renewed interest in people harvesting their own food. From more people gardening to a huge increase in sales of fishing rods and reels, people want to be more self-reliant.  For anglers, live bait is … Continue reading “Striking a balance for fishing with bait”

New measures to achieve a discrimination-free classroom

By MPP Toby Barrett This July, the Ontario government announced bold changes to help break down barriers to success for Black students. Some of these changes include eliminating discretionary suspensions for Kindergarten to Grade 3; destreaming curricula starting with Grade 9 math; and providing anti-discrimination professional development for the education sector. The government will also be strengthening sanctions … Continue reading “New measures to achieve a discrimination-free classroom”

Back to building long-term care beds in Ontario

By MPP Toby Barrett Help is on the way for long-term care, a sector that saw only 611 new beds built between 2011 and 2018. Many long-term care homes were constructed before 1970, and outdated rooms are in dire need of redevelopment.  Previously, when I served with Premier Harris, we initiated construction of 20,000 long-term … Continue reading “Back to building long-term care beds in Ontario”