Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: June 3

Published on June 3, 2020

Here are today’s new developments: 


  • In Ontario, a day after Premier Doug Ford told reporters that Canada does not have “systemic, deep roots” of racism, Ontario Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath called on the Premier to issue an emergency order to begin the collection of race-based data when it comes to the province’s health care delivery.

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


  • During question period this morning, Horwath read parts of an anguished letter from Dorothy Rodriques to MPP Faisal Hassan (York South-Weston). Dorothy is the widow of Leonard Rodriques, a Black PSW who died of COVID-19 after not getting proper PPE at work, and after being sent home from the hospital despite his debilitating COVID-19 symptoms. Dorothy has called for the immediate collection of race-based data by the Ford government, a plea that Horwath echoed.
  • Official Opposition Environment critic Ian Arthur condemned the Ford government for wavering on  continuing blue-box collection in small communities, schools and parks, as documents obtained by The Globe and Mail reveal.
  • MPPs Jeff Burch, critic for Municipal Affairs, and Official Opposition House Leader Gilles Bisson are urging Ford to commit to providing emergency operating funding to municipalities right away, so cities and towns left cash-strapped by the pandemic can continue to run day cares, transit, public health units, water treatment facilities and so much more.