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”

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”

Government of Ontario Announces Billions in New Funding to Fight COVID-19

The original plan was to unveil the fiscal 2020/2021 budget in the Ontario legislature tomorrow. Instead, the Government of Ontario announced this afternoon that they’re going to spend billions of dollars in the short-term to help the province fight the COVID-19 pandemic with new health spending, and economic support for workers and businesses. Continue reading “Government of Ontario Announces Billions in New Funding to Fight COVID-19”

Ontario Government Reveals List of Essential Business, Plus Hydro Rate Cut

All non-essential businesses in Ontario will be closed by midnight tonight as mandated by the Government of Ontario, and they’ve released a comprehensive list featuring 74 categories of businesses that will be allowed to remain open. At the same time, the Government has also announced that they will be providing rate relief for hydro prices by suspending time-of-use metering for the next month-and-a-half.  Continue reading “Ontario Government Reveals List of Essential Business, Plus Hydro Rate Cut”

Guelph First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed at St. Joe’s

It’s been a long time coming, but Guelph has its first confirmed case in COVID-19, and in terms of the people who are the most vulnerable to the pandemic, it’s been found in the worst possible place. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health confirmed Tuesday that a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Guelph, and the patient is a resident of St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Continue reading “Guelph First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed at St. Joe’s”

Ontario Government Secures Deal With Second Teachers’ Union

For the second time in as many weeks, the Government of Ontario has announced that they’ve reached a deal with a teachers union. This time, the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has reached a tentative agreement with the government, which means that the 83,000 teachers that the ETFO represents will be back to work without further labour disruption once the COVID-19 crisis has passed. Continue reading “Ontario Government Secures Deal With Second Teachers’ Union”

Number of Guelph Names on the Sunshine List Down From Last Year

In the midst of a national health crisis, the Government of Ontario made time to release the annual Public Sector Salary Disclosure, aka: the “Sunshine List.” Since 1996, the Provincial government has released salary information for anyone who works for the government making $100,000 a year or more, and this year, the number of names on the list for Guelph went down by 89. Continue reading “Number of Guelph Names on the Sunshine List Down From Last Year”

Ford Declares State of Emergency for the Province of Ontario

It was an early morning for the Queen’s Park reporters as Premier Doug Ford declared an emergency in the province under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The move follows the latest advice from Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health who last night recommended that that Ontarians avoid large gatherings of 50 people or more, and close down any place where 50 or more people are likely to get together. Continue reading “Ford Declares State of Emergency for the Province of Ontario”

City Will Try to Minimize Impact on Furloughed Employees

With the City of Guelph closing several of its facilities out of an abundance of concern for the spread of COVID-19, one of the big questions needing an answer is what what’s going to happen for all the non-salaried employees? The lifeguards at City pools? The concession stand vendors at the Sleeman Centre? The ticket agents at River Run? Well, they may be stuck like everyone else. Continue reading “City Will Try to Minimize Impact on Furloughed Employees”