PCs planned to shutdown Ontario Legislature on Wednesday, NDP says

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 20, 2021

The NDP is refusing to cooperate after reportedly being informed by the Ford government that it plans to shut down the legislature, potentially switching to virtual parliamentary sessions by Wednesday, April 21.

That occurred with a province-wide order by the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford, empowering police to stop and question anyone on the street, or driving their auto, to determine whether they were violating provincial stay-at-home and lockdown rules.

The Ontario government rejected efforts to support essential workers with paid sick leave Monday while admitting its now-reversed moves to close playgrounds and grant police sweeping enforcement powers had been a mistake.

Additionally, the federal government said it would be providing an increased supply of tocilizumab, which is used to treat severe pneumonia is COVID-19 patients, as well as other needed drugs for Ontario through reallocation from other provinces and territories.

Health Minister Christine Elliott said there were 1,299 new cases in Toronto, 926 in Peel Region, and 577 in York Region. She also said there were 233 cases in Ottawa and 227 in Hamilton.

The data is based on almost 42,900 tests completed.

Ontario, Canada's most populous province with 14 million people, has for the past few days been battling record coronavirus case numbers, hospitalizations and intensive care patients, all of which are threatening to overwhelm its health system.

There are now 2,202 people hospitalized in the province due to COVID-19 with 755 in the ICU.

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It also announced a suite of new measures meant to curb the spread of COVID-19, including limiting interprovincial travel.

Travel between the provinces will only be permitted for work, medical reasons, the transport of goods, and exercising Indigenous treaty rights.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced new extreme public health restrictions that tightened existing restrictions and enacted new, even stricter COVID rules.

The province announced a series of harsh new restrictions on Friday, including giving police the authority to randomly stop residents who are away from home and enforce the stay-at-home order.

Instead, police must have "reason to suspect" that a person is out to participate in an organized public event or social gathering before stopping them.

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