A renewed proposal for the bait fish industry

By MPP Toby Barrett Anglers, bait harvesters and others involved in Ontario’s live bait business can provide input into the future of the industry through the online Environmental Registry until November 14. Ontario’s bait strategy is a balancing act between reducing the risk of spreading aquatic invasive species as well as fish diseases, and the … Continue reading “A renewed proposal for the bait fish industry”

For those who want to work in the skilled trades

By MPP Toby Barrett Last winter I hosted a roundtable for local businesses. Attending was MPP Michael Parsa, then Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. One common theme prevailed: there is a lack of skilled labour and, in many cases, a lack of work ethic. This is something I … Continue reading “For those who want to work in the skilled trades”

Ontario can do more to help people get into homes

By MPP Toby Barrett As someone who built my own home and have continued to work with the trades on various building projects, I welcomed a recent opportunity to address the Haldimand and Norfolk Home Builders Association. I think everyone in the room agreed government can do more to help people get into homes. We … Continue reading “Ontario can do more to help people get into homes”

“Huntin’, fishin’, and lovin’ every day in Haldimand-Norfolk

By MPP Toby Barrett National Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Heritage Day in Canada — Sept. 21 this year — is set aside to pay tribute not only to our heritage, but also to honour conservation groups that ensure there are outdoor opportunities for future generations. “Huntin’, fishin’, and lovin’ every day, That’s the prayer that … Continue reading ““Huntin’, fishin’, and lovin’ every day in Haldimand-Norfolk”

A slate of fall events across Haldimand, Norfolk

By MPP Toby Barrett Fall is a dichotomy of not only weather, but also emotion. The joy of the fall fair is offset by the solmness of Remembrance Day and the realization the grey days of winter are imminent. Port Rowans’ Bayfest signalled to many that short and sandal weather was grinding to a halt. … Continue reading “A slate of fall events across Haldimand, Norfolk”

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”