Here are today’s new developments:
- New data shows that Ontario and Quebec account for more than 90 per cent of Canada’s COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks, while the emergence of new cases is slowing in parts of Canada – Canada’s top doctors warn that lifting restrictions without strong public health measures would likely cause the epidemic to rebound.
- Premier Doug Ford claimed at today's press conference that comments he made earlier this week - in which he denied that Canada has systemic, deep roots of racism – were “spun out of context.” Ford announced his government will allocate $1.5 million to organizations that support Black families and youth – The Official Opposition’s Black Caucus and Official Opposition critic for Anti-Racism Laura Mae Lindo said the funding is paltry and "a slap in the face to Black communities," highlighting the numerous cuts Ford has made to anti-racism, mental health and police oversight initiatives since he took office.
Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- The Official Opposition's critic for Women’s Issues, Jill Andrew, is urging the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney-General to appeal today's decision by an Ontario court allowing people accused of sexual assault or other violent crimes to argue they were too intoxicated to know what they were doing. Andrews stressed, “It is already difficult for survivors of sexual assault to come forward” and said the decision flies in the face of some of the progress made by the #MeToo movement.