Here are today’s new developments:
- Trudeau believes Canadians will be open to providing certain personal information voluntarily, via mobile or digital tracking, to allow the government to do what's known as contact tracing.
- Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh asked Trudeau to guarantee that Canadian companies registered in foreign tax havens do not receive financial assistance from the government -- meanwhile, many commercial tenants and landlords are afraid the government's commercial rent program will not help them.
- Ontario is expanding the list of essential workers who are eligible to receive free emergency child care.
- In Toronto, four staff and an eight-month-old baby have tested positive for COVID-19 at an emergency day care centre run by the city.
- Six weeks into workplace closures and physical distancing measures, Ontario has little understanding of community transmission of COVID-19, which appears to account for about half of the province's cases--the bulk of cases have occurred in long-term care facilities, or among other health care workers--the NDP has been urging the government to better protect seniors and those who care for them.
Here are some concerns the official opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
Rent is due Friday, yet the government of Ontario continues to pass of its responsibility to residential tenants to the federal government. The NDP is pointing out that, on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it is the responsibility of provinces to help tenants--NDP Leader Leader Andrea Horwath and NDP Tenant Rights critic Suze Morrison said that means the ball is squarely in Ford’s court, and are again calling for an 80 per cent rent subsidy for renters.
- The NDP continues to push for more testing — including testing everyone in seniors care and other congregate care settings. Doug Ford once announced that Ontario would be testing nearly 20,000 people per day by April 17 – but we’re barely more than half-way there.