Ontario Government Releases Plan to Re-Open Schools in the Fall

The school year is almost over, but the planning for next year is now a less opaque thanks to an announcement from Queen’s Park on Friday. Education Minister Stephen Lecce took part in Friday’s press conference where the Government of Ontario laid out how the province’s schools will operate in the fall, and it will have to be multiple choice as school boards must prepare three different plans in case of the circumstances. Continue reading “Ontario Government Releases Plan to Re-Open Schools in the Fall”

Ontario Announces Changes for Long-Term Care, and the Creation of Social Circles

The Government of Ontario has announced a lot of changes lately, but the latest changes involve where COVID-19 has hurt the most, long-term care homes. The medical officer of health for Ontario has given the greenlight for people to be able to visit their family members in long-term care again, but under some very strict guidelines. Continue reading “Ontario Announces Changes for Long-Term Care, and the Creation of Social Circles”

Ontario Government Announces Safe Re-Opening Plans for Post-Secondary

As part of series of week-long announcements about re-opening the province, the Government of Ontario revealed Wednesday how they will approach the re-opening of post-secondary education. Starting in July, in-person classes will begin again in a limited fashion after consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, but what that looks like in practice will be another matter altogether. Continue reading “Ontario Government Announces Safe Re-Opening Plans for Post-Secondary”

Ontario Government Announces Plans to Re-open Childcare Centres

Stage 2 of the re-opening of Ontario’s economy begins this coming Friday, and with more people going back to work, it means there are going to be more parents looking for childcare. Along with other new initiatives announced this week with Stage 2, the Government of Ontario has revealed new guidelines to oversee the safe re-opening of childcare centres across the province. Continue reading “Ontario Government Announces Plans to Re-open Childcare Centres”

Provincial State of Emergency Extended Until June 30

In a vote that sends the message to Ontarians that the pandemic is far from over, the Ontario Legislature voted to extend the provincial state of emergency until the end of June. According to the Government of Ontario, this action comes as a recommendation of the medical officer of health, and it will allow them to continue to respond to the pandemic in a “measured and responsible way.” Continue reading “Provincial State of Emergency Extended Until June 30”

Province Orders Change in Management for 7th Long Term Care Home

Since last week’s incendiary report on the state of five long term care homes in Ontario as observed by the Canadian Forces, the Province has taken over management of six long-term care homes, and now they’ve added a seventh. This new home is up the road in Kitchener where St. Mary’s Hospital is taking over Forest Heights Long Term Care, where over 200 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed. Continue reading “Province Orders Change in Management for 7th Long Term Care Home”

Damning Canadian Forces Report Paints Grim Picture in Long Term Care

A damning 15-page report from Canadian Forces personnel assisting in long term care homes in Ontario paints a picture of the disgusting, and degrading conditions that some senior citizens live in at five Ontario properties. The report released to the public on Tuesday has increased the verocity and volume in demands for a full public inquiry, and the rolling of some political heads on the part of Premier Doug Ford.  Continue reading “Damning Canadian Forces Report Paints Grim Picture in Long Term Care”

Ontario Schools Now Officially Out for Summer, While Commission Coming for LTC

The last time that Ontario students stepped foot inside their classrooms was the day before March Break, and Tuesday it was revealed that they won’t be going back until after Labour Day. The fate of the school year is one of a couple of new announcements from Queen’s Park today, along with updates to the emergency orders, and the announcement that the Provincial government will be looking into what happened in long term care homes. Continue reading “Ontario Schools Now Officially Out for Summer, While Commission Coming for LTC”

Ontario Initiates Stage One Re-Open, LUMCO Still Seeks Money

In an early gift for Ontarians before the long weekend, the Government of Ontario announced that they are initiating Stage One of their plan to re-open the economy. Starting Saturday, some economic restrictions will start to lifted be, followed by a few more on Tuesday even though the provincial state of emergency was extended by the Legislature just two days ago. Continue reading “Ontario Initiates Stage One Re-Open, LUMCO Still Seeks Money”

Schreiner Calls for Overhaul in Long-Term Care and Mandatory Rent Relief

Guelph MPP and Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner held a media availability at Queen’s Park Monday morning to talk about his priorities before the Ontario Legislature holds its first sitting since April on Tuesday. In short, Schreiner has two priorities, the first is the situation in long term care homes, and the second is the outstanding need for rent relief for the province’s small businesses. Continue reading “Schreiner Calls for Overhaul in Long-Term Care and Mandatory Rent Relief”