Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: July 7

Published on July 7, 2020

Here are today’s new developments: 

  • The Ford government introduced legislation that would give it extraordinary powers to write emergency orders for up to two years, a move that Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath said will remove transparency, and move important decision-making behind closed doors.   
  • Only 15,000 COVID-19 tests were completed in the last 24 hours, and only 17,000 the day before that in Ontario. Those numbers fall well below baseline targets.

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

  • Horwath is calling on the Ford government to address the unfair patchwork that’s preventing families from visiting their loved ones in long-term care homes, arguing that the rules should reflect the essential role family members play in caring for the well-being of seniors. 
  • Horwath held a virtual press conference with a woman who lost her mother to COVID-19 in an Etobicoke long-term care facility and is worried she’ll be unable to comfort her grieving father now that he’s recovering in long-term care, where she’ll only be allowed to see him for a few minutes each week.