Here are today’s new developments:
- Prime Minister Trudeau urges Canadians to buy from Canadian fisheries and farmers, and pledges support for fish harvesters who have lost income during COVID-19.
- Some grocery chains, including those with locations in Ontario, are requiring customers to wear a face covering while inside their stores.
- Some of Canada's national parks will reopen on June 1, with their use limited to day trips, excluding the prospect of camping.
- Ontario continues to open up more businesses. Saturday will see the opening of retailers like private campgrounds, golf courses and dog groomers, while Tuesday will see the launch of "Stage one" of the province's economic recovery. Earlier this week, Ontario's chief medical officer of health cautioned that Ontario hasn't yet met the threshold to start on an economic recovery plan. The Official Opposition has been urging the government to ramp up its COVID-19 testing and tracing before easing restrictions, and to better protect workers and customers by replacing suggested workplace safety guidelines with enforceable rules.
Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- The Official Opposition points out that Ontario continues to lag on COVID-19 testing, falling behind a number of developed countries, and failing to meet Ford's own lowered targets.
- Official Opposition Agriculture critic, John Vanthof, says the Ford government must do more to help the province's farmers, many of who are in crisis due to COVID-19.
- Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath says the reopening of businesses must come with Ontario stepping up its COVID-19 testing and tracing. The province has averaged just 12,600 tests per day in the last 30 days, and not all of the positive cases have been thoroughly contact traced.