Engineers confirm electricity waste

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2017   SIMCOE – The amount of waste in conjunction with the government’s handling of the electricity file continues to grow exponentially. The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers did their own calculation of the government’s electricity statistics and found $1 billion worth of clean electricity was wasted in 2016. This … Continue reading “Engineers confirm electricity waste”

School closure moratorium answering Opposition call, but too late for some

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2017   SIMCOE – Just two days before students enter Our Lady of LaSalette for the final time, the government announced a new plan to support rural and northern schools by revamping the school closure process, providing a new fund to support these schools and encouraging investments in Internet technology … Continue reading “School closure moratorium answering Opposition call, but too late for some”

Wynne making test more costly for young drivers

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2017   Simcoe – Premier Kathleen Wynne and Transportation Minister Steven DelDuca have been caught red-handed trying to slyly jack up drivers’ licence fees for first-time drivers. “The regulation says that it will cost more to write knowledge tests in Ontario as of July 1st,” Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett explained. … Continue reading “Wynne making test more costly for young drivers”

Public hearings struck on labour legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2017   Barrett urges farmers, small business to testify on minimum wage   SIMCOE- Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is urging farmers and small business owners impacted by the planned minimum wage increase to $15 to testify before public hearings on the bill. The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs … Continue reading “Public hearings struck on labour legislation”

Barrett backs Brown’s call for not increasing electricity distribution rates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2017   SIMCOE – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett called for the government to put the brakes on a planned hike in electricity distribution rates. Hydro One recently filed an application with the Ontario Energy board to increase distribution rates, resulting in the average family paying another $141 annually. Opposition Leader … Continue reading “Barrett backs Brown’s call for not increasing electricity distribution rates”

Barrett supports Transparency in Gas Pricing Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2017 SIMCOE – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is supporting his colleague Monte McNaughton’s bill that will require natural gas distributors to show the amount of the cap and trade tax on consumer bills. McNaughton brought forward the private member’s bill last week after he heard from stakeholders and ratepayers that … Continue reading “Barrett supports Transparency in Gas Pricing Act”

Kathleen Wynne’s unfair hydro plan a sham: FAO

  For immediate release: May 25, 2017   SIMCOE – Ontario’s budget watchdog has confirmed that Kathleen Wynne’s ‘Unfair Hydro Plan’ will actually see hydro rates climb starting next year. Financial Accountability Officer Stephen LeClair’s analysis confirms Ontario electricity ratepayers will get a jolt of financial pain in the short and long term. Electricity rates … Continue reading “Kathleen Wynne’s unfair hydro plan a sham: FAO”

Nothing fair about Fair Hydro Act: Barrett

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2017   QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett addressed the contradiction of the Fair Hydro Act during debate on the topic in the Ontario Legislature. “There’s a figure of speech, where apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction. It’s known as an oxymoron. The phrase that comes to mind is … Continue reading “Nothing fair about Fair Hydro Act: Barrett”

Barrett continues to push for an orderly processing vegetable market

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2017   QUEEN’S PARK – Unsatisfied with answers he received in regards to the current stalemate between the province’s processing vegetable growers and the government, Opposition Agriculture Critic Toby Barrett continued to push for the election of directors to the Processing Vegetable Growers’ board, as well as a release of … Continue reading “Barrett continues to push for an orderly processing vegetable market”

Barrett to Leal: When will we see the election of processing vegetable directors?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2017   QUEEN’S PARK – Toby Barrett, Haldimand-Norfolk MPP and Opposition Critic to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, asked the Minister of Agriculture for an update on the processing vegetable industry during Question Period this week. “When will we see your government’s promised economic impact study—it has … Continue reading “Barrett to Leal: When will we see the election of processing vegetable directors?”