Here are today’s new developments:
- Trudeau is touting his government’s federal wage program, but uptake has been low, and critics say the program helps an insufficient number of businesses.
- The Ford government’s Education Minister Stephen Lecce unveiled plans for what the upcoming school year will look like – sort of. The details provided include options for in-class learning, online learning or a medley of the two, with decisions left to local school boards. Official Opposition Education critic Marit Stiles responded to the announcement, saying the plan lacks clarity, and leaves the heavy lifting to boards, without new funding to bolster the necessary adjustments and need for more staff.
Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- The Ford government announced its per-student funding for the 2020-21 school year today, an amount Official Opposition Education critic called “pitiful,” as it amounts to just $250 more per student. Stiles said the amount won’t make up for Ford’s class-size hikes and course cuts last year, and fails to invest in what's needed for kids to catch up after months away from the classroom.
- The Ontario Official Opposition has a petition calling on the Ford government to provide full health care coverage to 2SLGBTQ+ Ontarians, many of who are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and often face barriers to accessing safe and quality health care.