Here are today’s new developments:
- Toronto now has a two-metre physical distancing law with fines of up to $5,000 possible. Brampton has the same rule with fines ranging from $500 to $10,000
- Justin Trudeau is holding a call with Canada’s premiers at 5:30 this afternoon, to discuss coordinating efforts to fight COVID-19 – namely, the need to obtain crucial medical supplies to meet an expected surge of the virus.
- After calls from the NDP to support frontline workers with 24/7 free mental health resources, the Ontario government said it will expand online mental health services as Ontarians endure the COVID-19 crisis.
- The government said a change could be on the way to shrink the list of essential businesses allowed to stay open. Andrea Horwath sent Doug Ford a letter on that yesterday. More news to come.
Here are some concerns the NDP is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called on the Ontario government to intervene and prevent city staff lay-offs around the province by funding municipalities to keep staff on the payroll – this call comes as Windsor looks at laying off 500 city workers.
- Horwath is asking the Ford government to follow in the footsteps of provinces like British Columbia and Alberta, and release the province’s infection modelling numbers.
“If everyone had a clearer picture of what lays ahead if they do stay home — and what lays ahead if they don’t — I think we’d see folks take physical distancing even more seriously,” said Horwath.
Here are some things we’re hearing from our community members:
- We’re still hearing about evictions and eviction notices going out, leaving tenants worried they’re going to lose their home.
- We’re hearing from small businesses that the supports currently in place won’t be enough to keep them afloat throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.