Here are today’s new developments:
- Canada is boosting support for COVID-19 research, including clinical trials for a vaccine, and creating a task force to look into tests to identify antibodies to the virus. The World Health Organization has warned that immunity to the virus may not be clear-cut.
- Municipalities across Canada are asking the federal government for an emergency funding boost of at least $10 billion, as cities and towns see their revenues plummet and their public health and social service costs spike -- Premier Doug Ford has declined to say whether Ontario will change the rules to allow municipalities to run a deficit, and has failed to heed calls from the Official Opposition to throw municipalities a lifeline and provide financial support.
- Ontario announced new measures to support residents and staff in vulnerable settings like homeless shelters and homes for adults with developmental disabilities - the Official Opposition has been calling on the government to immediately increase measures to save lives in vulnerable sites like shelters and long-term care homes, and to make a plan to ensure Ontarians with disabilities are no longer excluded from access to testing and treatment.
Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- The Official Opposition is calling for all long-term care facilities and other congregate care settings experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19 to be posted online -- the call comes after at least 31 deaths were confirmed at a Pickering long-term care home that had reported just four deaths days before.
- Staff at a Markham assisted living home for adults with disabilities that is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak have reached a deal to see their pay doubled during the outbreak, plus stronger health and safety protections -- the Official Opposition is calling for the same deal to apply to all workers in congregate care settings, who are risking their lives to keep residents safe.
- Official Opposition Education critic MPP Marit Stiles says school boards across Ontario have heard from parents anxious to receive the iPad the Ford government said their child would receive as an aid to learn during the pandemic -- the Official Opposition has learned that Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce mislead the public, and that families will not, in actuality, be receiving any additional devices.
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