Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

Wednesday Update - COVID-19 - July 8th

Here are today’s new developments:  

  • The federal government is anticipating a whopping deficit this year, reaching $343 billion, as a result of COVID-19. 
Solutions we’re pushing for: 
  • Despite Ford’s claims that he didn’t know some long-term care homes lack air conditioning in residents' rooms, Andrea Horwath emphasized that the we have been calling for minimum AC requirements in long-term care since at least 2006, and that the we have been bringing the matter to Ford’s attention since 2018. Horwath called on Ford to pass legislation today to require air conditioning in all long-term care residents’ rooms. 
  • Lisa Gretzky said Ford’s plan to end pandemic top-up payments for people receiving Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or Ontario Works (OW) will hurt the province’s most vulnerable.