Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: May 22

Published on May 25, 2020

Here are today’s new developments: 

  • Some health experts warn that Canada is reopening too soon, with questions remaining about the source of community transmission of COVID-19, and - in Ontario and Quebec, especially - the numbers aren't where they should be. In Ontario, testing is down while the new cases have risen – despite saying he has been “all over” testing, Premier Ford is failing to hit targets.
  • Ontarians who receive disability payments say rising food costs and the provincial government’s claw back of extra income received from the federal CERB benefit is making it tougher to survive during the pandemic – Ontario Official Opposition Social Services critic Lisa Gretzky has been calling on Premier Ford to stop taking income from Ontarians who receive social assistance.

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

 

  • Andrea Horwath called for a new testing regime in Ontario that includes systematic testing for essential workers and people returning to work, all congregate care settings, and mobile testing centres to begin random community testing.
  • Official Opposition Energy critic Peter Tabuns said Ontarians are only getting modest relief on their hydro bills after time-of-use electricity pricing was suspended during the pandemic. "Ford is falling miles short on his promise to bring down hydro bills by 12 per cent," MPP Tabuns said.
  • Official Oppotision MPPs in Windsor-Essex urged the Ford government to dramatically increase testing and contact tracing in the region increase testing and contact tracing in the region, given Windsor-Essex's unique situation as a border community and manufacturing hub, plus the lack of local capacity for test processing.