QUEEN’S PARK – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett rose in the Ontario Legislature today to speak in favour of a Private Member’s Motion to increase student awareness and education about the importance of conservation. Barrett formerly taught Agriculture and Environmental Science at Simcoe Composite School.

Markham-Thornhill MPP Logan Kanapathi introduced the Private Member’s Motion today to raise awareness about conservation initiatives such as planting trees. It would also allow student volunteer hours from taking part in the Provincial Day of Action on Litter to count towards the hours students need to graduate secondary school.

Noting that Kanapathi learned about tree planting from family, Barrett said he did as well.

“I learned from my father, my grandfather,” Barrett recounted. “We’ve planted hundreds of acres on our farms in southern Ontario. In fact, it could be another month from now when we can all be out there planting trees again, which I do every year.”

The legislative debate around Kanapathi’s motion also addressed greenhouse gases.

“This is something we’ve been debating since the 1950s,” Barrett said. “Some people have recently discovered this issue. I have a Globe and Mail article from 1953 that talks about the greenhouse effect. I put this forward: The answers lie in forestry and farming.”

For more information, contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519+428+0446 or toby.barrett@pc.ola.org

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