Here are today’s new developments:
- Canada is looking at adopting a single contact tracing app that the federal government hopes will be adopted across the country, a measure to slow the spread of COVID-19.
- 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, Doug Ford is failing to hit targets.
- Today, Ontario saw the highest number of new cases in two weeks.
- 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 NDP Social Services critic Lisa Gretzky has been calling on the Ford government to stop taking income from Ontarians who receive social assistance.
Here are some concerns the NDP 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.
- Ontario NDP 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.
- NDP MPPs in Windsor-Essex urged the Ford government to dramatically increase testing and contact tracing in the regionincrease 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.