Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: July 8

Published on July 8, 2020

Here are today’s new developments: 

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

  • Despite Ford’s claims that he didn’t know some long-term care homes lack air conditioning in residents' rooms, Andrea Horwath emphasized that the Official Opposition has been calling for minimum AC requirements in long-term care since at least 2006, and that the Official Opposition has been bringing the matter to Ford’s attention since 2018. Horwath called on Ford to pass legislation today to require air conditioning in all long-term care residents’ rooms. 
  • Kitchener Centre MPP Laura Mae Lindo tabled a private member’s bill to establish a first-ever Senior’s Advocate for Ontario, to act as an independent voice for seniors and family members who act as caregivers. 
  • The Official Opposition critic for Community and Social Services Lisa Gretzky said Ford’s plan to end pandemic top-up payments for people receiving Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or Ontario Works (OW) will hurt the province’s most vulnerable.