Here are today’s new developments:
A number of public health and infectious disease experts have written an open letter to Justin Trudeau saying governments in Canada should shift to minimizing, not outright eliminating, COVID-19 while allowing society to resume functioning.
Ontario reported 170 new cases of COVID-19 today, the highest number since late June. 86 of those were from Windsor-Essex, where outbreaks among migrant workers are ongoing. The Official Opposition has been urging the Ford government to do more to protect migrant workers, including allowing farm workers who have COVID-19 to isolate with pay. Doug Ford’s policy is to have agribusiness workers who have COVID-19 continue working.
A memo sent by the Ford government to Ontario school boards indicates a plan for a "hybrid" model for schools' reopening this fall wherein students go to school two days one week and three days the next, learning at home during the remainder - a model the Official Opposition says is "a disaster" for parents.
Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath and Education critic Marit Stiles are urging Ford to hire more teachers and education workers, and add classroom spaces, so kids return to school full-time and working parents can go back to work in September, if it is safe.
Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha called out Sault Ste. Marie MPP Ross Romano for failing to step up for families and make child care a priority after news of the closure of the early learning child care centre at Sault College.