Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: May 26

Published on May 26, 2020

Here are today’s new developments: 

  • The Canadian military released a disturbing report detailing harrowing conditions in five Ontario long-term care homes where soldiers have been deployed to give emergency support. Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath said it’s shocking the military had to lift the veil on horrific conditions Doug Ford and his Long-term Care Minister should have known about already. Horwath urged the province to take over all homes failing to protect seniors and staff, and to commit to a full public inquiry into long-term care, instead of an internal government investigation.
  • Andrea Horwath said Ontarians deserve to know the specific areas of the province that Doug Ford has deemed COVID-19 “hot spots” – Ford said this week that that certain areas of the GTA are “lighting up like a Christmas tree” in terms of COVID-19 case numbers, but his government refuses to release the specific locations and details. “Can the premier explain how families are supposed to know whether they’re actually in any of these hot spots if the government refuses to share that information?” Horwath asked Tuesday during question period.

Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:

  • Horwath held a virtual press conference urging the Ford government to immediately take over all Ontario long-term care homes failing to keep residents and staff safe. Horwath was joined by the family member of someone who lost a loved one to COVID-19 at Extendicare Guildgood, a Pickering long-term care facility, and by the family member of someone urgently trying to get their loved one discharged from a long-term care home they feel is unsafe.