Priority measures for Ontario’s long-term care homes

  By MPP Toby Barrett   Since COVID-19 emerged, I have received hundreds of calls and e-mails about long-term care homes and have been passing these concerns to Ontario’s Long-Term Care Minister Marilee Fullerton, Minister of Health Christine Elliott, and Seniors’ Minister Raymond Cho.  This pandemic has hit long-term care homes across Ontario, and across the world, hard.  … Continue reading “Priority measures for Ontario’s long-term care homes”

Is your small business affected by the shutdown?

By MPP Toby Barrett Small business is the backbone of our economy. Since the pandemic started last March my office has been hearing from those impacted. That’s why our government has invested so much in supporting small business to get through these times. Tightened restrictions and shutdown were put in place to help stop the … Continue reading “Is your small business affected by the shutdown?”

Unless it’s essential, all are asked to stay home

By MPP Toby Barrett  Following the December 26 province-wide shutdown, Premier Ford, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has now declared a second provincial emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.  Given the continuing spread of coronavirus, increasing pressures on intensive care units and troubling future … Continue reading “Unless it’s essential, all are asked to stay home”

Fifteen years of lawlessness in Caledonia must end

By MPP Toby Barrett   Next month marks the 15th anniversary of the illegal occupation of Caledonia’s Douglas Creek Estates subdivision, and the consequent 15 years of road blockades, detours, intimidation, and confrontation.  Next month also marks the blockade of the Caledonia Bypass, one year ago on February 24, in support of the Wet’suwet’en Coastal Gaslink pipeline … Continue reading “Fifteen years of lawlessness in Caledonia must end”

Life continued through the second half of 2020

By MPP Toby Barrett  The second half of 2020 started with our region emerging from Covid restrictions and life gaining more normalcy. Regrettably, by fall, Ontario succumbed to the second wave. I started July by writing about the new math curriculum that was introduced in the fall. This new curriculum was developed over two years in consultation … Continue reading “Life continued through the second half of 2020”

Looking back at the first six months of 2020

By MPP Toby Barrett Looking back at 2020, by and large, life and work went on, both locally and at Queen’s Park. The commencement of last year saw passage of the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act. Ontario was the first province in Canada to introduce such a provincially-operated enforcement system. On Jan. 25, the first case … Continue reading “Looking back at the first six months of 2020”

Saint Lucy of Miracles reminds us to be a light this season

By MPP Toby Barrett While most families adopt their own special Christmas traditions, the season is celebrated much the same across households in Haldimand-Norfolk. Sending cards, displaying outdoor lights, finding and trimming the tree, preparing the meal and enjoying time together is how many see the holidays. Over the years, as we embark on the … Continue reading “Saint Lucy of Miracles reminds us to be a light this season”

Muddling through the management of a viral pandemic

By MPP Toby Barrett On Dec. 31, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) received report of a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. On Jan. 3, and Jan. 8, 2020, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health emailed this information to all 354 Ontario public health units. By Jan. 23, 2020, the … Continue reading “Muddling through the management of a viral pandemic”

Bring Caledonia to a peaceful resolution for all sides

By MPP Toby Barrett In 2006, a pyramid of tires was set alight on the main thoroughfare of Caledonia, signaling what was to come. The Stirling Street Bridge was torched, permanently ending access to that side of town. A stolen van thrown off the 6th Line overpass, blocking the Highway 6 bypass around Caledonia. The … Continue reading “Bring Caledonia to a peaceful resolution for all sides”

Supporting small business during these times

By MPP Toby Barrett Small business is the lifeblood of our economy across Haldimand-Norfolk.  The same applies to virtually all of Ontario. And sadly, small businesses in particular, have been hit hard by COVID19.  From experiencing a proportionately larger reduction in employment than medium- and large-sized business to near shutdowns, small businesses are facing challenges … Continue reading “Supporting small business during these times”