The halls of Queen's Park could become more crowded this week — despite the lockdown in Toronto — as politicians from both the government and the opposition try to outmaneuver one another ahead of crucial votes in the Ontario Legislature.
Premier Doug Ford is standing behind information that his health minister provided about the number of COVID-19 vaccines that the province hopes to receive in early 2021, even as federal officials refuse to confirm the number.
A day after Ontario’s top doctor said he was hopeful that the entire province would be in the “green zone” of the government’s colour-coded COVID-19 framework by Christmas, the health minister is casting doubt on his holiday wish.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the province needs to figure out how to implement “100 per cent” COVID-19 testing when it comes to long-term care homes, but stopped short of discussing a threshold for further lockdowns amid a rising number of deaths in those facilities.
The Ford government drastically raised its own thresholds for when to implement harsher COVID-19 restrictions, contradicting both its own earlier guidance and prevailing wisdom in the medical community.
Health-care advocates criticized the Ontario government Friday for not providing any funding details in the provincial budget for a major pledge to improve long-term care, saying the promise will require significant investment.
Ontario seniors are getting a new home renovation tax credit next year in order to stay in their homes for a longer period of time and avoid entering a long-term care home which has been hard-hit by COVID-19.