Here are today’s new developments:
- The federal government extended the grace period during which certain employers can re-hire employees temporarily laid off due to COVID-19.
- Today Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced the Ford government's new elementary school math curriculum- Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath and Education critic Marit Stiles said it’s irresponsible to introduce a new math curriculum at a time when teachers and parents are increasingly burdened.
Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- Ontario Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath virtually joined families whose loved ones experienced the long-term care COVID-19 disaster. Together, they demanded Doug Ford scrap his plans to shield long-term care corporations from facing civil liability.
- During question period today, Doug Ford walked out of the Legislature as Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa called on the Premier to prevent further deaths of young Indigenous people at the Thunder Bay Jail. “The correctional system across Ontario is a factory that produces broken Indigenous people and dehumanizes our young men and women,” Mamakwa said.
- Windsor West MPP Lisa Gretzky said the region can’t afford to wait for Doug Ford to get his act together to contain the spread of COVID-19 infections so the region can move into Stage Two of reopening. The latest report form the province's Financial Accountability Office shows Windsor has been hardest-hit when it comes to pandemic-related job losses.