Here are today’s new developments:
- Canada's chief public health officer said the pandemic continues to slow across the country, with some worrisome hot spots remaining in long-term care.
- Ontario will be relaxing some restrictions on select businesses in the coming days, including allowing retail stores with a street entrance to offer curb-side pickup and delivery. The Official Opposition has urged the government to issue not just guidelines but clear, enforceable rules, as well as more testing, so the economy re-opens without risking peoples' health.
- Again today, Ontario missed its COVID-19 testing target. Pretty consistently, the province has failed to meet the testing targets that Premier Ford had himself lowered.
- To date, about 16 per cent of the province’s COVID-19 cases are health care workers — the Official Opposition has been calling on the government to do more to protect health care workers in settings like long-term care.
- Off-peak hydro rates are being extended until the end of May.
Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- The Official Opposition called on the Premier Ford and his government to ramp up its testing as restrictions on businesses are eased.
- The province continues to neglect Ontarians with disabilities when it comes to making COVID-19 testing and treatment accessible, and ensuring that home care is conducted safely.
- The Official Opposition is calling for a package of supports to ensure agribusinesses and rural economies in Ontario can weather the storm of COVID-19, noting that the the provincial government has left the farming industry and rural communities to fend for themselves.
- As Ontario contemplates reopening the economy, the Official Opposition is calling on the Ford government’s Labour Minister to strengthen protections for workers who refuse to do unsafe work -- as reported by the Toronto Star, over 200 workers fearful of contracting COVID-19 at their workplace filed work refusals, yet the Ministry of Labour has not upheld a single one.