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”

New Guidelines from Public Health to Battle Growing Outbreak Concerns

For the third time in three weeks, the Ontario government started the weekend with changes to public gatherings meant to stop the continuing spread of COVID-19 in the province. On the same day that Ontario set a new record for new daily cases, Premier Doug Ford and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams offered new public health measures, but the health official in Ontario’s biggest hotspot was unimpressed with the changes. Continue reading “New Guidelines from Public Health to Battle Growing Outbreak Concerns”

Ford Still Fighting to Stop Release of Mandate Letters

The Progressive Conservatives were elected by Ontarians over two years, which puts us more than halfway through their mandate. Things have changed a lot in those last two years, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is that the PC government under Premier Doug Ford doesn’t want you to see the mandate letters issued back in June 2018. Continue reading “Ford Still Fighting to Stop Release of Mandate Letters”

Ford Brings $2.5 Million Cheque to Guelph for Linamar to Make Ventilators

The day after it was announced that Ontario had seen over 300 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day, Premier Doug Ford and members of his cabinet came to the Royal City with some money for a local company looking to shore up any future demands for medical equipment. Linamar, Guelph’s largest corporation, received $2.5 million from the Ontario Together Fund today to help build 10,000 new Ontario-made e700 ventilators. Continue reading “Ford Brings $2.5 Million Cheque to Guelph for Linamar to Make Ventilators”

At AMO, Ford is Optimistic While the City of Guelph Comes with a Wish List

The annual conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) kicked off Monday in an unusual way: remotely. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, representatives from many of Ontario’s 444 municipalities will not be descending on Ottawa this week, but will instead be meeting via teleconference, and the effects of the pandemic will definitely be a big part of the conversations. Continue reading “At AMO, Ford is Optimistic While the City of Guelph Comes with a Wish List”

Cities Finally Get Details on Emergency Funds, Guelph to Get $12 Million

Months of advocacy finally paid off for the City of Guelph and other municipalities in Ontario on Wednesday with the announcement of the first phase of emergency operating funds. Just in time for Guelph city council’s monthly COVID-19 response meeting, Mayor Cam Guthrie shared the news that Guelph’s share of $1.6 billion in funding under the Safe Start Agreement is $12 million. Continue reading “Cities Finally Get Details on Emergency Funds, Guelph to Get $12 Million”

Toronto Makes Mask Mandatory, Other Municipalities to Follow?

In Toronto, starting next week, if you’re in a public building, you’re going to have to wear a mask. With more and more medical professionals recommending the wearing of masks as one of the best ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Canada’s biggest city has now made it the law of the land to wear a face covering in all indoor public spaces for the foreseeable future. Continue reading “Toronto Makes Mask Mandatory, Other Municipalities to Follow?”

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”

Guelph Will Be a Part of Stage 2 Opening of Ontario

At their daily media briefing at Queen’s Park Monday, Premier Doug Ford and members of his cabinet announced that Ontario will begin Stage 2 of the economic re-opening at 12:01 am on Friday June 12. The hitch is that only some portions of the province will move on to Stage 2, as several areas in Ontario will remain at Stage 1 for the time being. Continue reading “Guelph Will Be a Part of Stage 2 Opening of Ontario”

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”