I hope that everyone has had a safe and restful weekend, as we continue to struggle with the difficulties imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we’ve seen another 1,746 reported cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, with 622 of those cases here in Toronto.
Our seven-day average now sits at 1,570 – which is a record high.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it’s important to emphasize time and time again just how important it is that we all follow the advice of our public health experts – and ensure that we’re washing our hands, maintaining a safe distance from those we do not reside with, and consistently wearing our masks when we’re in public.
These simple steps have saved and will save lives.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve been advocating strongly for smaller classrooms, and investments that will ensure safety in our education system. Sadly, we’ve seen little action to address these concerns, and today alone, of 1700+ COVID-19 positive tests – 102 were school-related.
One of the hardest-hit schools was right here in Toronto – with 19 positive cases found at Thorncliffe Park Public School.
In response to this – today we are calling on the Ford government to implement in-school COVID-19 testing in the hardest-hit neighbourhoods in our province. Places like Brampton, Mississauga, Etobicoke, York South, Thorncliffe Park, Weston, and Scarborough are seeing big spikes in cases – and one key point of transmission is in our schools.
This proposal would enable students to have easy access to testing – and would help greatly with contact tracing and slowing the spread of COVID-19.
Another emerging story this week is the fees that are being charged by delivery apps to restaurants – which are often as high as 30%. This is doing a great deal of damage to our local restaurants that have already been hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The response that has been proposed by the Liberal and Conservative parties at Queen’s Park has been confusing – with their proposed reductions to these rates only applying to businesses in the GTA and Peel. In reality, this is an issue that’s affecting businesses right across this province – and it’s our duty as a provincial legislature to legislate for everyone. So today, we are calling on the government to revise this proposal to protect all restaurants in Ontario and the jobs that they create.