Ford Announces New Three Stage Re-Opening, Outdoor Rec is Back this Weekend

Say goodbye to the colour system, and hello to the three-step program! In advance of the long-weekend, Premier Doug Ford, Health Minister Christine Elliott, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams made an announcement meant to offer a “transparent and predictable plan” that will guide the province’s re-opening starting this weekend with the re-opening of outdoor recreational amenities. Continue reading “Ford Announces New Three Stage Re-Opening, Outdoor Rec is Back this Weekend”

It’s Official: On Tuesday, We’re Re-Opening Red!!

We’re red! Or we will be. Since it was announced on Monday that most of Ontario’s health regions would be returning to the colour-coded restriction system next week, we’ve all be wondering where Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph will sit on the scale. In a Friday announcement from Queen’s Park, it was revealed that like those final days before the province-wide lockdown, we’re going back to red. Continue reading “It’s Official: On Tuesday, We’re Re-Opening Red!!”

Ford Warns of “Unthinkable Consequences” as Ontario Declares New State of Emergency

Premier Doug Ford has raised the alarm in the last few days that the new modelling of COVID-19 cases was going to make people “fall out of their chair” when they saw it. Tuesday was the day that Ford not only released the new modelling, but the new provincial restrictions based on that modelling, and the Premier said that there are “unthinkable consequences” coming if we don’t change course. Continue reading “Ford Warns of “Unthinkable Consequences” as Ontario Declares New State of Emergency”

Media Report Says Ontario Gov Rejected Public Health Advice on New Colour System

The colour-coded COVID-19 control system has been the subject of controversy and conversation since the moment it was released last week. But that controversy has gone up to a whole new level with a new media report that says while the plan was made in consultation with public health workers, it did not reflect their best advise on slowing the spread. Continue reading “Media Report Says Ontario Gov Rejected Public Health Advice on New Colour System”

York Region Joins Other Areas Back in Stage 2

In what’s become a regular Friday occurrence for the last month, the end of the week came with an adjustment to the re-opening guidelines as the Government of Ontario tries again to slow the spread of COVID-19. This week, York Region joins Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa in Stage 2 as Ontario continues to deal with hundreds of new cases of the virus every day in a growing number of hot spots. Continue reading “York Region Joins Other Areas Back in Stage 2”

Province Releases New Public Health Measures to Stop COVID Spread

Concerns about the consistent increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario has prompted the Provincial government to impose some new restrictions aimed at trying to get the new case count down to something more reasonable. Cancel all your late night plans, and any planned outing to a gentlemen’s club, the Government of Ontario has got some new rules for you. Continue reading “Province Releases New Public Health Measures to Stop COVID Spread”

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”

LUMCO Makes Budget Requests of Government Ministers

The members of the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario met again on Friday. With special guests Health Minister Christine Elliott and Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark, the LUMCO mayors heard about the Province’s response to the coronavirus, and then they offered a list of things that they would like to see in the upcoming provincial budget. Continue reading “LUMCO Makes Budget Requests of Government Ministers”

Elliott Announces Funding Guelph and Area Health Team, One of the First

Health Minister Christine Elliott was in Guelph Friday afternoon to announce funding for the Guelph and Area Ontario Health Team, one of 24 teams in the province to be the first to get funding from the Government of Ontario. Both Elliott and the local team were adamant that this is a big step in securing better health services for Guelph and surrounding communities in Rockwood, Erin, and Puslinch. Continue reading “Elliott Announces Funding Guelph and Area Health Team, One of the First”

Health Minister Has Vaping Concerns as London Confirms Illness

In an act of cosmic irony, Ontario’s Minister of Health issue official concerns about vaping-related illnesses Wednesday morning just hours before officials at the Middlesex-London Health Unit announced that they may have the first case of severe pulmonary illness linked to vaping in Canada. Continue reading “Health Minister Has Vaping Concerns as London Confirms Illness”