Risking lives, risking freedoms, risking livelihoods

By MPP Toby Barrett Throughout the world people and their governments are making a myriad of decisions that are risking lives, risking freedoms, and risking livelihoods. To continue to take on the challenges of coronavirus, Ontario has extended its Declaration of Emergency to May 12. First announced on March 17, these measures under the Emergency Management … Continue reading “Risking lives, risking freedoms, risking livelihoods”

Federal and provincial support for businesses

By MPP Toby Barrett On March 25, Finance Minister Rod Phillips laid out Ontario’s Action Plan, including $10 billion to assist people and businesses during the COVD-19 Crisis. COVID-19 represents an extraordinary threat to the health and economy of Ontario—the greatest we’ve faced in my lifetime—and it demands extraordinary responses from all levels of government … Continue reading “Federal and provincial support for businesses”

Those who soldier through tough and uncertain times

By MPP Toby Barrett Recent weeks have seen billions and billions of provincial and federal dollars rolled out to not only help support the health and well-being of citizens, but also to provide support for jobs, employers, and our economy. In recent weeks we have seen global economies grind to a halt. We have seen … Continue reading “Those who soldier through tough and uncertain times”

Prepare for the worst and hope for the best

By MPP Toby Barrett Right off the top I wish to stress during these uncertain times, that my team and I are available primarily by email and telephone. We have enhanced our service to Saturday and Sunday through email at [email protected] Contact us by telephone at 905-765-8413, 519-428-0446, 1-800-903-8629. Our website is www.tobybarrett.com. I also … Continue reading “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best”

Keeping the Great in the Great Lakes

By MPP Toby Barrett My proposed Great Lakes Protection and Promotion Act, 2019, (Bill 166) passed second reading last week and I am excited for its prospects in promoting sustainable, environmentally sensitive economic growth  while continuing to protect the Great Lakes ecosystem.  The Great Lakes are 20 per cent of the world’s surface freshwater – … Continue reading “Keeping the Great in the Great Lakes”

Public health starts with prevention and health promotion

By MPP Toby Barrett To build healthier communities, the Ontario government must consider how best to deliver public health in a way that is resilient, efficient, nimble and modern. This must be done in a way that meets the evolving health needs and priorities of Ontario’s families. For too long, public health has existed in … Continue reading “Public health starts with prevention and health promotion”

Working to protect and promote our Great Lakes

By MPP Toby Barrett Recently I have been publicizing my Private Member’s Bill, the Great Lakes Protection and Promotion Act, 2019, which, as the title implies, is constructed to enhance the promotion and protection of our Great Lakes. As previously written, my goal is to develop a collaborative framework and action plan to serve as … Continue reading “Working to protect and promote our Great Lakes”

Cutting unnecessary rules, regulations and red tape

By MPP Toby Barrett Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act provides an opportunity to address some of the plethora of rules and regulations and red tape in Ontario. Our government has a plan to attract investment, encourage innovation, grow small business and create quality jobs. To achieve this, our government will support … Continue reading “Cutting unnecessary rules, regulations and red tape”

Our mental health and addictions system is overwhelmed

 By MPP Toby Barrett I had a 20-year career with the Ontario Addiction Research Foundation (ARF) prior to becoming an MPP. ARF was a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre and one of the premier alcohol and drug research organizations in the world. We always knew there was no panacea, no silver bullet, for the misuse … Continue reading “Our mental health and addictions system is overwhelmed”