Alternate land use services a win for all involved

By MPP Toby Barrett In recent years farmers have taken leadership in an area where politicians have been slow to act. Or where they have acted, it has been to burden farmers, ranchers and property owners with bureaucratic rules and regulations. The diverse nature of the rural landscape has been recognized for years. In Europe, … Continue reading “Alternate land use services a win for all involved”

Winning the war against our most dangerous invasive

By MPP Toby Barrett After many years of losing the war against what has been described by some as Canada’s most dangerous invasive, there is recent and local evidence of optimism in defeating phragmites. At a recent Long Point Phragmites Action Alliance forum, Janice Gilbert of the Invasive Phragmites Control Centre cited the elimination of … Continue reading “Winning the war against our most dangerous invasive”

Ontario’s founding father – John Graves Simcoe

By MPP Toby Barrett As I spend my summer days at Queen’s Park, I take note of the statue of John Graves Simcoe, on guard at the southeast grounds of the legislative precinct. And I reflect on the fact that last fall, I introduced legislation which read, in part, that “The first Monday in August … Continue reading “Ontario’s founding father – John Graves Simcoe”

MPPs back to Queen’s Park for rare summer sitting

By MPP Toby Barrett MPPs have now returned to Queen’s Park for a rare summer sitting to begin to turn our province around. The recent change in administration has set the stage for a government that will be accountable to you, a government that will only answer to you, and a government that works for … Continue reading “MPPs back to Queen’s Park for rare summer sitting”

Lyme has proven many approaches to be ill-prepared

By MPP Toby Barrett As each year passes, the threat of Lyme disease is becoming more significant. This spring, the Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Illnesses Task Force released its report recommending a number of ways forward to deal with Lyme. Although there is no mention of my Private Member’s Bill A Provincial Framework and Action … Continue reading “Lyme has proven many approaches to be ill-prepared”

Here’s a smattering of this summer’s many great events

By Toby Barrett, MPP The First of July kicks off the multitude of summer events and festivals across Haldimand and Norfolk. Everyone loves a parade, making for happy people throughout the summer. Canada Day, and previously Dominion Day, features the big parades in Port Dover and Caledonia. Following Canada Day, parades are a big part … Continue reading “Here’s a smattering of this summer’s many great events”

Farmers should be deciding that which impacts them

By MPP Toby Barrett Agriculture and agri-food continue to face a tremendous opportunity and a tremendous challenge – the world’s population has exploded to seven billion. When my family started farming in Norfolk in 1796, it was one billion. Supporting a global population requires a tremendous acceleration of knowledge and technology to produce more food, … Continue reading “Farmers should be deciding that which impacts them”

New figures run Ontario’s debt up to $346 billion

By MPP Toby Barrett There’s an old saying about the chickens coming home to roost that applies to this year’s provincial books. A few days after the budget was tabled, two credit rating agencies issued warnings that the the government’s fiscal plans will hurt Ontario’s credit reputation in the long term. Moody’s Investor Service and … Continue reading “New figures run Ontario’s debt up to $346 billion”