MPP Toby Barrett makes rare appearance at Council session

By Mike Renzella

The Haldimand Press

HALDIMAND—Haldimand Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett accepted a request to appear at last week’s Council meeting where he faced questions from Haldimand staff and councillors regarding a variety of issues. Below is a summary of the nearly three-hour long question and answer period, which can be viewed in full on Haldimand County’s YouTube page.

Affordable housing

“I probably knocked on the door of just about every affordable housing unit there is. My perception is that we as taxpayers provide good accommodation for people,” said Barrett. “During the election, one of the few promises that we made was a significant investment in mental health addictions and affordable housing…. It was a huge commitment…. Locally through the service manager, there are resources at the provincial level to draw on.”

2019 Halloween storm and ensuing damages

“We’ve seen storms like that before, but the difference is that Lake Erie had never been higher,” said Barrett. He elaborated that he was part of a task force two years ago that looked at unexpected disasters, mentioning that private expenses would not be covered and there are no decisions about expenses incurred to fix damage to public property.

County CAO Craig Manley interjected to mention that the storm cost Haldimand $4 million and that County staff have repeatedly asked the provincial government to find out if they will receive relief for those costs with no definitive answer.

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