Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: July 23

Published on July 23, 2020

Here are today’s new developments:

Several unions are calling on the Ford government to get for-profit companies out of long-term care, in light of reports that homes run by for-profits have had worse outcomes amid the pandemic. The Official Opposition has been pushing for the same.

Parents, teachers and school boards have expressed increasing frustration with the Ford government's failure to provide details on a safe reopening of schools, or funding to ensure schools can meet new health restrictions. The Education Minister is expected to make an announcement on the reopening next week. The Official Opposition's emergency action plan for a safe return includes more funding for schools and child care and job-protected leave for parents.

Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:

The Official Opposition says Doug Ford needs to come clean on a secret deal his government signed to contract out COVID-19 testing in Windsor-Essex. 

Official Opposition critic for Children and Youth Services Monique Taylor and critic for Indigenous Relations Sol Mamakwa call for an emergency investigation into deaths of children in care since the pandemic began. 

Official Opposition Early Learning and Child Care critic Doly Begum and Education critic Marit Stiles urged Ford to reverse course on his pursuit of a hybrid back-to-school model they say will hurt children and families, and to open more child care spaces.