Here are today’s new developments:
- Health Canada has authorized the first COVID-19 serological test, which will be used to detect COVID-19 antibodies and give scientists a better understanding of whether people who have already had the virus are immune.
- Post-secondary students can apply to the federal government's Emergency Student Benefit as of Friday -- the program has been criticized for not going far enough to help students.
- Doug Ford says the details of the province's first stage of reopening will be announced Thursday. Meanwhile, the province's top doctor said Ontario is not yet where it needs to be to start the economic recovery plan - the NDP has said that Ontario must ramp up testing before reopening businesses.
- The government invoked an emergency provision that allows the province to step in to manage a long-term care home in crisis – but the government says it is not time to use it. The Official Opposition says this move is long overdue.
Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- The Official Opposition provided evidence to counter the Ontario Health Minister's claim that long-term care facilities have cooperated with the government on implementing COVID-19 protections, stressing that court documents filed in a variety of lawsuits and legal challenges paint a very different picture.
- The Official Opposition says Ontario's new emergency provision to allow the government to take over management of long-term care facilities in crisis is long overdue -- the Official Opposition has been calling for a public, non-partisan inquiry into the crisis in long-term care, including into the role of for-profit homes.
- Ontario remains behind other jurisdictions on COVID-19 testing, a troubling reality as the province begins the process of reopening the economy.