Here are today’s new developments:
- The federal government has announced mandatory temperature checks for anyone travelling by air.
- Canada will extend the military deployment within long-term care homes in crisis in Ontario and Quebec due to COVID-19 until June 26 – the Ontario Official Opposition continues to push for an independent and judicial public inquiry into the long-term care sector’s failure to protect vulnerable seniors during the pandemic.
- A Toronto-based law firm is launching a class-action lawsuit on behalf of long-term care residents that will allege that Ontario’s negligence in its oversight of nursing homes led to “widespread and avoidable illness, suffering and loss of life” during the pandemic.
- The Ontario Nurses’ Association is calling for an immediate exemption for its members from legislation introduced by the Ford government last June to cap wages for public sector workers including those in hospitals and schools.
- Ontario has announced new guidelines that allow for the formation of “social circles” – not to be mistaken with new rules around “social gathering.”
Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- The Ontario Official Opposition critic for Childcare, Doly Begum, says the Ford government's failure to fund child care centres to reopen safely means centres will be forced to hike their fees.
- Official Opposition Health critic France Gélinas said Ford must provide proper PPE to paramedics, as well as immediate answers on why a supply of masks given to paramedics in Renfrew were marked "not for medical use."
- Essex MPP Taras Natyshak urged Doug Ford to get a handle on the COVID-19 outbreaks occurring among migrant farm workers through more significant funding and mandated quarantine protocols including guaranteed paid sick days, PPE for all workers and appropriate alternative accommodations for workers crowded into bunkhouses.