Category: Columns

New world, new threats, new solutions

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady Public safety and security should always be top of mind for politicians at all levels of government. In the not-so-distant past, public security dealt with foreign and domestic threats in the form of military attacks, terrorism, natural disasters, or dangerous weather cycles. But now, every year we hear about multiple

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Summer celebrations abound in Haldimand and Norfolk

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady Summer holds a special meaning for Canadians – in a typical year it represents sunshine, warm weather and a break from the cold dreariness of long winters. Officially, summer begins on the summer solstice, June 21 this year. Unofficially, many of us look at a time after the Victoria Day

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People tell me development is too big, too fast

By Bobbi Ann Brady Norfolk County has many monikers – Ontario’s South Coast, Canada’s Forest Capital and Ontario’s Garden. All these names are associated with the rural aspects of the county, its natural features and its ability to feed the people of Ontario. What if that was to change? It’s my opinion that Norfolk has

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If government sets the stage, young people can perform

By Bobbi Ann Brady For far too long, the skilled trades have been undermined in our educational institutions and by academics alike. Today, there’s a race to usher as many young people into the trades as policymakers claim a shortage in many sectors.  Many still believe college and university are the only options beyond high

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High auto insurance rates driving us down the wrong path

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady A recurring email issue I’ve received over the past two years, and in the latter part of the 23 years I worked for MPP Toby Barrett, is high automobile insurance rates. Typically, the emails are from people who have just experienced an unprecedented increase despite no claims. It impacts individuals, businesses, and,

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Taxpayers deserve timely access to justice

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady Last week in the Ontario Legislature, I asked Premier Ford to eliminate civil jury trials in relation to motor vehicle accidents. My question was precipitated by the government’s 2020 consultation on eliminating the use of civil juries in Ontario. And the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) also educated me as

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Small business needs help, we have a plan

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady It’s that time of year in rural Ontario when we focus our attention on planting season, but it’s also planning season for the business community. And as such, you might notice that there’s a plethora of business annual general meetings and chamber of commerce dinners. To survive, businesses are always

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Small business needs help, we have a plan

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady It’s that time of year in rural Ontario when we focus our attention on planting season, but it’s also planning season for the business community. And as such, you might notice that there’s a plethora of business annual general meetings and chamber of commerce dinners. To survive, businesses are always

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Research and innovation keeps our farmers growing

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady As Ontario embarks on spring planting, it’s a great time to talk about empowering the province’s farmers for a competitive and sustainable future. Bill 155, The Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario Act, 2023, is the vehicle for making improvements. The bill received all-party support and passed third reading on April 11. Clearly,

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A question, powdered gravy, and an explosion

By MPP Bobbi Ann Brady Queen’s Park is an incredible place. I particularly like the architecture and the moody atmosphere as you walk the old wood or marble floors, depending on which part of the building you are in. There’s no doubt the Pink Palace has character and personality, but it’s the people who steal

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