Here are today’s new developments:
- Toronto public health officials are asking for federal and provincial funding to establish a voluntary, centralized quarantine system for low-income people with COVID-19 whose living conditions make it difficult to self-isolate. The NDP has pushed Doug Ford to stop clawing back income for social assistance recipients who receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and to step up protections for people experiencing homelessness, including providing hotel, motel or dorm rooms to isolate in.
- Ford reversed course on allowing Windsor and Essex County to move to Stage Two of reopening today, but has held back Kingsville and Leamington, where most of the region’s migrant workers are, to remain in Stage One – MPP for Essex County, Taras Natyshak, said Ford’s decisions have divided the region, and that Ford has failed to prevent and contain outbreaks among migrant workers.
Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- Andrea Horwath held a virtual press conference this morning with a woman who had insisted that her mother be moved out of a long-term care home into hospital, despite being told no by the home. Horwath stressed that families deserve answers, and reiterated the need for an independent, judicial public inquiry into how long-term care has failed so many seniors.
- Official Opposition MPP Wayne Gates urged Doug Ford to intervene after major grocery store operators scrapped the $2 wage increase for workers during the pandemic.
- Official Opposition Tenant Rights critic Suze Morrison urged Ford to listen to tenants and tenant advocates and scrap his scheme to fast-track tenant evictions.