Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca says that York Region should have remained under the provincial shut down and stay-at-home orders for another two weeks, after malls and businesses in the region were swarmed with shoppers on the first day of the economic re-opening.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford defended his government’s decision to invest $2.5 million in wearable contact tracing technology that will beep or buzz to notify users if they are too close to another person, saying that the deal should yield a “good return on investment.”
Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan is being splintered off into 34 different sets of delivery models, as the province tasks each local public health unit with creating their own strategy for administering the vaccine to residents of their regions.
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Premier Doug Ford owes an apology to every woman in Ontario for hurling what she calls a sexist remark at her during a heated exchange over the government’s plan to reopen the province.
An Ontario MPP who was recently kicked out of Premier Doug Ford's caucus for calling lockdowns "deadlier than COVID" is now introducing a private member's bill that would slash MPP salaries to $500 per week so elected officials can "appreciate the consequences" of shutdowns.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford indicated that while “everything is on the table,” it may not be practical to implement further travel measures such as road checkpoints to prevent people living in lockdown areas from travelling to regions where the stay-at-home order has been lifted.
Ontario is developing a web portal for booking COVID-19 vaccine appointments when mass immunization is underway, but experts said Monday that more details of the province's plan are needed to ensure vulnerable residents don't fall through the cracks.