Ontario Loosens Restrictions, Extends Emergency

The Government of Ontario announced Wednesday that they are getting ready to take another small step to re-opening the provincial economy. According to the Premier and his cabinet, the sacrifices of stay-at-home orders and social distancing have allowed them to start to ease restrictions, even though they’re also extending the state of emergency that was initiated way back on March 17. Continue reading “Ontario Loosens Restrictions, Extends Emergency”

Ontario Government Announces Schools and Parks will Remain Closed till 2019

As some jurisdictions in Canada look to re-open society from the COVID-19 quarantine lockdown, it seems like Ontario is looking to keep some aspects buttoned up for at least another month. The Government of Ontario announced this weekend that provincial parks, and all of Ontario’s public schools will be closed until May 31. Continue reading “Ontario Government Announces Schools and Parks will Remain Closed till 2019”

Community Gardens are Now Essential in Ontario

May is usually the time where the weather is nice enough for people to finally start their gardening without fear of a late season snow fall, or frost. Of course, these are not usual times, and the idea of a community garden made the government a bit weary in these days when we’re supposed to socially distance ourselves. That is until now. Continue reading “Community Gardens are Now Essential in Ontario”

Ontario Takes Action on Long-Term Care Homes as Outbreak Continues

In response to growing concern about the state of long-term care homes in the province, and after an especially damning report from the CBC, the Ontario government announced changes to how the COVID-19 pandemic is being managed in places where so many in our most vulnerable population lives. Continue reading “Ontario Takes Action on Long-Term Care Homes as Outbreak Continues”

Ontario Government Passes New Emergency Measures

In another emergency session of the Ontario Legislature today, a representative sample of Ontario’s political leaders approved an extension of the state or emergency and other measures to assist Ontario schools and municipalities weather the crisis. The government said they’re using every tool at their disposal to protect the health and safety of Ontarians. Continue reading “Ontario Government Passes New Emergency Measures”

Schreiner Tells Open Sources That the COVID Response is Good, Could Be Better

Even a Member of Provincial Parliament has to occasionally go into work these days, and Mike Schreiner is one of the few that must sometimes show up at the Ontario Legislature to keep the province’s emergency response coming. Before going back to the Leg. again, Schreiner will appear on Open Sources Guelph remotely Thursday afternoon to talk about the provincial government’s action on COVID-19 so far. Continue reading “Schreiner Tells Open Sources That the COVID Response is Good, Could Be Better”

Ontario Government Releases Pandemic Models, Changes Essential List

As promised, Premier Doug Ford released the modelling data and projections that have formed his government’s response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Accordingly, the numbers paint a pretty grim picture of the worse case scenario, and along with these new raised concerns, the government has also taken action to rein in the number of businesses that are still allowed to remain open as we enter the fourth week of lockdown. Continue reading “Ontario Government Releases Pandemic Models, Changes Essential List”

Then There Was One: AEFO Reaches a Deal with the Ontario Government

It turns out that the global pandemic has become great news for the Ontario government looking to end a school year of labour strife with workers and teachers. The Ministry of Education has secured a tentative deal with the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO), which is the third of four teachers’ unions to end their job action with a new contract. Continue reading “Then There Was One: AEFO Reaches a Deal with the Ontario Government”

Ontario Schools Will Stay Closed Till May

The Ontario government has made the not unexpected move to keep schools across the province closed for another month. Along with this decision, the Ministry of Education has also announced new plans for how Ontario’s students can continue their learning while at home, but there might still be issues in terms of the available resources. Continue reading “Ontario Schools Will Stay Closed Till May”

Ford Acts on Price Gouging and Limits Groups to Five

Social media posts in the last few days have indicated that there’s a general concern out there about businesses taking advantage of the pandemic by gouging customers on highly in-demand items. In an announcement on Saturday, the Ontario government introduced some new measures designed to make businesses think twice before trying to profit from the pandemic. Continue reading “Ford Acts on Price Gouging and Limits Groups to Five”