Here are today’s new developments:
- Starting tomorrow, Canada’s ban on non-essential international travel will make an exception for Canadians who wish to reunite with immediate family members who are non-Canadian citizens and separated by the Canada-U.S. border – anyone coming into Canada under this exemption will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
- Doug Ford announced details of the province’s plan for moving into Stage two of its economic reopening, with restrictions easing variously across Ontario according to regional factors and risks – Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath said a safe and gradual reopening of businesses must include paid sick days for workers – a policy Doug Ford made clear last week that he does not support – so that people don’t have to choose between going to work sick and putting food on the table.
- After months of refusing pleas from the business community to ban commercial tenant evictions, Ford backtracked today, a move the Official Opposition emphasized is too late for the many businesses in Ontario that have already gone under and is too restrictive, since it only protects businesses that have a 70 per cent loss in income
Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- The Official Opposition listed some of the many businesses that have gone under in Toronto alone due to the Ford government's refusal to give businesses direct financial support or ban tenant evictions up until now, and reiterated its call for supports through the Official Opposition’s Save Main Street plan.
- Official Opposition critic for Economic Growth and Job Creation, Catherine Fife, also issued a statement saying that Ford's ban on evictions, which requires a business to have lost 70 per cent of their income, is too restrictive, and will exclude thousands of businesses in crisis.