The safety of our offshore workers is paramount

By MPP Toby Barrett  Ontario welcomes more than 20,000 temporary foreign workers (TFWs) each year. About 90 per cent arrive between the months of January and July, leaving behind families in Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Trinidad and Tobago.  Their work is hard as I can attest.  However, the work is essential as TFWs … Continue reading “The safety of our offshore workers is paramount”

A front row seat to the impact of COVID on agriculture

By MPP Toby Barrett My past two years as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) have been a front row seat to the impact of the pandemic on our agriculture production. It is no exaggeration that our agri-food sector not only touches every corner of Haldimand-Norfolk, but every corner … Continue reading “A front row seat to the impact of COVID on agriculture”

Fixing long-term care is key, locally and provincially

By MPP Toby Barrett Fixing long-term care has always been extremely important for our government, and that commitment continues. The pandemic has highlighted the immediate need for action. As a newly elected Mike Harris government member, one of my first meetings was with the board of Parkview Meadows in Townsend. That was 26 years ago, … Continue reading “Fixing long-term care is key, locally and provincially”

Local hospitals must capitalize on new provincial funding

Local hospitals must capitalize on new provincial funding By MPP Toby Barrett Ontario’s response to COVID-19 has been to support frontline workers, build healthcare capacity and invest in our hospitals. We continued to respond to the pandemic by creating more beds for example, Norfolk General Hospital (NGH) got a boost of $2.35 million for up … Continue reading “Local hospitals must capitalize on new provincial funding”

Casting light on baitfish disease and invasives

By MPP Toby Barrett Recreational fishing is a $1.7 billion economic driver in Ontario. As such, the government is committed to supporting recreational fishing in Ontario. The commercial bait industry has a lengthy history with 1,100 commercial bait lincenses issued each year and a value estimated at $23 million. Some of Ontario’s popular fisheries – … Continue reading “Casting light on baitfish disease and invasives”

Fixing years of long-term care neglect and underfunding

By MPP Toby Barrett  Two extensive reports are now out analyzing the tragic results of the ruthless spread of the COVID-19 virus in Ontario’s long-term care homes.  Both the government-requested Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission and the Auditor General’s Special Report exposed systemic issues that resulted from years of neglect and underfunding by the previous government. … Continue reading “Fixing years of long-term care neglect and underfunding”

A Tale of Two Budgets and of Two Governments

By MPP Toby Barrett  As government MPPs, we are heartened to see the federal budget shares the same priorities our government identified in our 2021 Budget last month – protecting people’s health and our economy.   However, as the COVID crisis intensifies, we are disappointed to see there was no action announced in the federal budget in … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Budgets and of Two Governments”

Good weather to get outdoors, with caution

By MPP Toby Barrett   I continue to receive questions about the Stay-At-Home order resulting from Coronavirus caseload increases across Ontario.   With spring upon us, many questions have been raised about marinas and boat ramps. Here are some answers we received from government ministries. Due to the changing nature of the variants and vaccine availability, this information may change. Please note the … Continue reading “Good weather to get outdoors, with caution”