Here are today’s new developments:
- Canada is looking at stronger measures for screening travellers at the Canada-U.S. border, as both countries start to loosen restrictions.
- The federal government announced a one-time, tax-free payment for some seniors to offset COVID-19 expenses --Ontario's Official Opposition has been calling for urgent measures to support seniors during the pandemic, including suspending medication dispensing fees and co-pays for Ontarians 65+.
- Ontario MPPs returned for an in-person, physically-distanced sitting of the Legislature today, voting to extend the province's state of emergency until June 2.
- During question period, Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath called for an independent, public inquiry into the crisis in long-term care, but Ford refused to commit to one.
- A memo from the Premier Ford's government is encouraging staff in residential facilities such as homes for people with disabilities to wear non-medical, cloth masks when dealing with residents, even when there's an active outbreak of COVID-19 - The Official Opposition says workers should have the right to access PPE including N95.
Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath continues to call for an independent, non-partisan and public inquiry into how Ontario's response to COVID-19 left long-term care homes so vulnerable.
- The Official Opposition critic for Labour Relations, Jamie West, and critic for Workplace Health and Safety, Wayne Gates, called on the Ford government to create a Workplace Safety Readiness Committee to ensure workers are safe when they go back to work.