Today is Remembrance Day, a day on which we honour the service of all those who have served in our military. We also remember the terrible costs of war and renew our resolve to always work towards a more peaceful future.
On this Remembrance Day, I want to send a special acknowledgment to the Royal Canadian Legion for their important work supporting veterans across Canada, and our nearest branch, Legion Branch 75 for their great work in our community. Lest we forget.
On this day of reflection, we’re also faced with a crisis the likes of which we haven’t seen in many years, in the form of COVID-19 – and today – Ontario recorded another record high in daily cases, with 1426 cases of COVID-19 being reported in the last 24 hours. Here in Toronto, we have logged another 384 cases, and for the first time, Peel Region had the most positive tests in the province at 468.
As a result of the continued increase in cases, our city will be moving to the “red” level of restrictions starting this Saturday, and they are set to stay in place for a period of 28 days. For a full list of the restrictions that will be put in place in Toronto, you can click here.
With the cases continuing to rise, I want to thank our community for your continued commitment to fighting back against COVID-19, and the sacrifices that you have made to do your part to limit the spread. As we see case numbers continue to rise, it is incumbent on all of us to redouble our efforts to continue to stop the spread by wearing our masks, limiting non-essential trips out, and washing our hands frequently. While there are going to be some more challenging days ahead of us, I have no doubt in our community.
We are going to get through this.
On Monday, I shared with you some of the Ontario NDP’s new housing platform, specifically around tenants’ rights in our province. Today, I want to cover a little bit more of our platform, and some of the steps that we are ready to take to cool off our increasingly inaccessible housing market.
We know that billionaires, speculators, and flippers have driven up our housing market substantially, with many condos in our city sitting empty. To address this, I am proud to share with you that an NDP government would introduce an annual speculation and vacancy tax on residential properties and dedicate the revenue to deliver homes that people can afford.
We will also move to regulate short-term rental properties, and crack down on money laundering in Ontario, and more.
Finally today, I want to remind everyone that on Friday at 6PM I will be hosting a Tenants Town Hall on Facebook Live – and you’re invited to tune in!
If you’d like to RSVP for a reminder, please click here.