Here are today’s new developments:
- Ontario has seen an uptick of new cases of COVID-19, with today's number rising just over 200 - the highest recorded since the end of June. The new outbreaks happened in Ottawa, Peel and Windsor-Essex. In Ottawa, the uptick was attributed largely to twenty-somethings, and has sparked concerns about the reopening of bars and restaurants.
- The government's Bill 195, which will give the Premier unchecked powers and the ability to override certain accountability mechanisms for up to a year or more, is expected to pass today, drawing significant backlash. The Official Opposition opposes the legislation, saying the ongoing public health emergency requires more government accountability, not less. Frontline hospital staff held an in-hospital protest against the bill this morning, arguing that Bill 195 takes away basic workplace rights.
- The Halton school board is urging Education Minister Stephen Lecce to abandon his proposed "hybrid" back-to-school model for September, a model the Official Opposition says will force countless parents out of the workforce.
Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- Andrea Horwath questions to the Premier during question period included asking about his failure to launch a scaled-down commission into long-term care, and his government's inaction on the lack of available child care spaces in advance of school reopening this fall.
- Official Opposition Auto Insurance critic Tom Rakocevic is again calling on the Ford government to stop allowing auto insurers gouge Ontarians. Ford has refused to require insurers to provide discounts during the pandemic, as accidents and rates of driving, have plunged.
- Official Opposition critic for Community and Social Services, Lisa Gretzky, asked the government to recognize the harm being caused by imposing "visitor" restrictions on essential caregivers in congregate care settings.