Ontario News WatchTime 2020-07-17 17:12:20
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Description:From virtual sittings of parliament to cancelled opportunities to press the flesh back home, political business is not as usual in these days of the coronavirus pandemic. The auto sector, one of the most important employers in Ontario, is re-opening. But it’s not business as usual. New products and procedures are changing the face of the industry. A jump in cases may reflect people socializing on Mothers’ Day when they were not supposed to. Then came Trinity Bellwoods. Akers, Parkin and Cadario discuss. Ontario’s economy opens up this week. Is it the right decision? Meanwhile Ford announced a commission into long term care, where most COVID-19 deaths have occurred. Cadario, Akens and Parkin debate. Covid-19, with its focus on just the Premier and a few ministers, still hasn’t stopped some industrious MPPs from getting their ideas into the public sphere. Quebec is opening its economy despite having the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Canada, while Ontario moves slower with lower numbers. Perhaps unemployment numbers tell us why. The budget watchdog is predicting that as we make our way through the coronavirus health crisis. Can Ontario afford it? Parkin, Cadario and Akers discuss. Not so long ago public servants were denigrated, even called “deep state” nuisances that blocked the democratic will of the people. How that has changed. Crawley: What Ontario can learn from elsewhere about making schools safer from COVID-19Going back to school means learning lessons and facing tests. Ontario will soon face a crucial test of whether it has learned from the mistakes and successes of other jurisdictions in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in schools. Levy: Why are essential family caregivers being ignored?For months since the COVID-19 restrictions were put on visits to long-term care homes, the toll isolation has taken on elderly residents was either ignored or swept under the rug by government officials. Star: On long-term care, time to stop promising and start actingRather than engage in fruitless finger-pointing with other parties, the government should focus on making things better now for people living in long-term care homes. Sun: Morneau almost as conflicted as TrudeauAlmost every criticism of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for violating the federal Conflict of Interest Act can be made of Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Ontario to get $7B of federal government’s $19B pandemic recovery fundsOntario’s share of the newly-announced $19 billion in federal funding meant to help provinces and territories recover from the COVID-19 pandemic will be about $7 billion. Ontario reports 111 new cases of COVID-19The additional cases bring the total in Ontario since the outbreak in late January to 37,163. Of those, slightly less than 89 per cent are considered resolved by the Ministry of Health. Survey finds some Ontario parents planning to keep children home from school in SeptemberOntario's back to school plans could be complicated by a new poll that suggests more than ten per cent of parents would likely keep their child home this September over COVID-19 fears. Unifor warns of possible shortage of school bus drivers this fall The union representing many of Ontario school bus drivers is warning that there will be a shortage of drivers this fall if the Ford government doesn’t provide new protocols to ensure bus operators and students are safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Court challenge launched over Ontario disclosure of COVID-19 testing with policeA database of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus is available to police, firefighters and paramedics to 'protect' personnel. Four human-rights groups are asking an Ontario court to cut off police access to the database. Ford's plan to build new long-term care beds is re-announcement of Liberal promiseOntario Premier Doug Ford's recent announcement to build nearly 8,000 new long-term care beds is a re-commitment of promises made by the former Liberal government, despite the premier presenting it as new information. Ontario says Jays cleared to play at home, but final decision lies with fedsOntario Premier Doug Ford says he's looking forward to the Toronto Blue Jays playing at Rogers Centre this season after a member of his government said the Major League Baseball team has been given the green light to play games at home. Ford gov’t appointment process challengedDemocracy Watch is seeking the muscle of the courts to throw out a new provincial appointment process for tribunals that it argues is unconstitutional. Semi-automatic rifle found at scene of fatal police-involved shooting that started at Ontario grocery storeA semi-automatic rifle and a pistol were found at the scene of a fatal police-involved shooting in Haliburton County that started with a report about a man who was refusing to wear a mask at a grocery store, Ontario’s police watchdog said. Ethics commissioner launches WE Charity investigation into Finance Minister Bill MorneauAfter Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the federal Ethics Commissioner will also investigate Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s involvement in the government’s outsourcing of a $900-million student volunteer grant to WE Charity, where one of his daughters currently works. Protesters rally outside Toronto police headquarters on final day of consultationsMask-wearing protesters spilled onto the street outside Toronto police headquarters on Thursday as the body that oversees the force held its fourth and final town hall on police reform. Judge calls for review after CSIS fails to flag info likely obtained illegallyA federal judge has called for a comprehensive review after ruling Canada's spy service failed to disclose its reliance on information that was likely collected illegally in support of warrants to probe extremism. Peel police charge man allegedly caught on viral video yelling racist insults in grocery storePeel police have charged a man allegedly caught on viral video hurling racist insults at employees in a T&T grocery store in Mississauga following a dispute over wearing a mask. Toronto Star takeover bid prompts investor complaints to regulatorA takeover battle for Torstar Corp., owner of the Toronto Star and other newspapers, has sparked multiple investor complaints to Ontario's securities regulator.
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