Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: Week of August 10-14

Published on August 14, 2020

 Here are the some key developments from the week: 

  • The government refused to back down from its bargain basement back-to-school scheme, making a non-announcement Thursday that offered no comfort to parents who are now facing an impossible choice between sending their kids back to crowded classrooms and trying to find a way to take more time off of work to stay home.
  • Windsor-Essex finally got to join the rest of the province in Stage 3 of re-opening Wednesday — something the Official Opposition believes could have happened sooner if Doug Ford had stepped up testing and contact tracing, and ensured agricultural workers could isolate when outbreaks occurred.
  • Ontario released its first-quarter fiscal update, which the Official Opposition says showed the Ford government has been pinching pennies in all the wrong places — adding $0 to the education budget and not spending nearly enough to put an iron ring around nursing homes.

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

  • Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath joined with concerned parents, teachers and education workers in Ottawa, Kingston and Peterborough to fight for smaller, safer class sizes.
  • Catherine Fife, Ontario's Official Opposition critic for Economic Growth, called on the feds and the province to cut out the middle person, and flow the remaining commercial rent relief funds directly to small business owners.
  • Laura Mae Lindo, Chair of the Official Opposition Black Caucus and Anti-Racism Critic, says the government must finally address deadly anti-Black racism in policing. Lindo’s call comes after a new report by the Ontario Human Rights Commission found that Black people in Toronto are more likely to be arrested, charged, shot and killed by Toronto police.
  • Kiiwetinoong MPP Sol Mamakwa is calling on the Ford government to support families who have evacuated Red Lake and Eabametoong, after their communities declared a state of emergency due to the threat of fires.