We’ve seen this steelworker movie before

By MPP Toby Barrett It took seven months for US Steel’s Lake Erie Works at Nanticoke to end a bitter lockout. Area steelworkers are again locked out – this time at Hamilton’s Hilton Works. Rumours are, the lockout may permanently close Hilton’s blast furnace and end 100 years of steelmaking. For these reasons I recently … Continue reading “We’ve seen this steelworker movie before”

Will energy plans change our area forever?

By MPP Toby Barrett This year’s Jarvis Symposium on Energy and Our Environment pulled together companies, unions, engineers, activists and others to discuss everything from wind, solar and coal generation to natural gas and nuclear – just about everything except hydro dam turbines, something that was discussed the week before at Port Dover’s Save Silver … Continue reading “Will energy plans change our area forever?”

Still seeking answers on Smuckers/Bicks closures

By MPP Toby Barrett We are watching the further demise of food processing, and its contracts to area farmers, with the slated closure of Smucker’s Delhi tank farm and Dunnville processing plant. It is with some melancholy, as we recognize Remembrance Day, that we also recall seventy years ago, our area sent tons of locally … Continue reading “Still seeking answers on Smuckers/Bicks closures”

Fight fascism, fight communism, fight terrorism

By MPP Toby Barrett “Most of great literature is about the nobility of the warrior. We need people who will fight to the death for things. It’s important.” – Victoria Goddard, on Soldiering as quoted in Fifteen Days by Christie Blatchford. Over the centuries we have had tough, principled people willing to do whatever it … Continue reading “Fight fascism, fight communism, fight terrorism”

‘Tis the season for ideas, information and debate

By MPP Toby Barrett As debate grows locally with regard to solar, wind, biomass and coal, I will be hosting a third Energy and our Environment Symposium to bring issues to the local stage. Once again, the Jarvis Community Centre will feature presenters and exhibitors from 5-to-9pm on Wednesday, November 10th. All are welcome. Between … Continue reading “‘Tis the season for ideas, information and debate”

‘Tis the season for ideas, information and debate

By MPP Toby Barrett Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun… – John Keats Autumn is a time of mists and mellow fruitfulness, of fall fairs, and this year also a time of all-candidates nights. I have attended most of the fairs and municipal debates this fall and have heard … Continue reading “‘Tis the season for ideas, information and debate”

The value of inquiries into Caledonia and eHealth

By MPP Toby Barrett …launching a commission of inquiry is a risky process- a bit like sending a ship out to sea. You don’t know where it will go, how long it will take, how much it will cost or what it will bring back. – Larson Associates The above quote introduces a recently published … Continue reading “The value of inquiries into Caledonia and eHealth”

Our children deserve the best schooling possible

By MPP Toby Barrett There is little doubt one of the proudest moments for a parent is the day they send their son or daughter off to school. While each school year opening brings its own new set of challenges and issues, there are few other occasions when parents can literally see their loved ones … Continue reading “Our children deserve the best schooling possible”