Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario

COVID Update: Tues, April 14

Published on April 14, 2020

Here are today’s new developments:

  • The eventual reopening of Canadian businesses will take a phased-in approach, but any ease on restrictions is most likely weeks away. 

 Here are some concerns the official opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:

  • For weeks, the Premier has refused to mandate an end to LTC staff working at multiple homes, which has contributed to the wildfire-like spread of COVID-19 in long-term care. Tonight, the government is expected to announce an order to deploy more staff to LTC homes, and limit LTC staff to working at one facility.--The official opposition caucus looks forward to making sure this directive follows through, with no exceptions.
  • But for many, this order comes too late. Many seniors have lost their lives, and so many families are grieving the loss of their loved ones. This practice has damaged many lives. It should not have been allowed to proceed for weeks.
  • We also believe the government still needs to increase wages for PSWs and RPNs. Many LTC workers are earning near minimum wage. They deserve better, and we want to make sure they have decent wages and full-time hours so they aren't forced to moonlight at various homes. 

Email me to let me know how you’re doing, what you’re concerned about: jharden-co@ndp.on.ca