Comments are welcome while open. When the Ontario legislature adjourns for the summer on Friday it will take a longer break than usual, the government said Wednesday. "Ontario hospitals are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain access to vital surgeries and procedures with COVID-19 cases rising," the association warned on social media. The government blamed the slashed services on budget shortfalls left by the previous Liberal government, and offered concessions including the creation of a commissioner position within the office of the provincial ombudsman, establishment a Ministry of Francophone Affairs and hiring of a senior policy adviser on francophone affairs in the premier’s office. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Before joining the CBC in 2005, Mike filed stories from 19 countries in Africa as a freelance journalist and worked as a newspaper reporter in B.C. "I think it would go a long way to helping provide Ontarians with peace of mind to know that Doug Ford has a similar plan and to see him share that with the people of Ontario. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. The Provincial Parliament since 1893, this building represents Ontario's history. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. The Ford … His political approval ratings have soared, particularly after Ontario's daily number of new coronavirus cases receded from its peak in late April. Â, Advocating for a safe return to school will be central to the NDP's focus in the legislature, Stiles said.Â. Ford cancelled the previous Liberal government’s paid sick day legislation after taking office in 2018. In the Toronto District School Board alone, some 60,000 students are opting for virtual classrooms, roughly one-quarter of the board's enrolment. Niagara Legislature OKs college budget, funds for Lake Ontario projects ... Doug Hoopsock, left, and Josh Kanouse look at Lake Ontario as the rising water washes over the old Wilson Pier on … Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. "Health experts and public officials, including the Premier, have emphasized the need to limit gatherings. Many parents do not feel that the schools are safe enough. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. The Ontario legislature has cancelled an event to raise the flag of the People’s Republic of China. By Nicole Thompson The Canadian Press Posted December 6, 2018 12:21 pm . Yet case numbers have since risen, even though classes have yet to resume for the roughly 500,000 students in the public and Catholic school boards of Toronto and Peel.Â. ONTARIO — The extra costs that come with the COVID-19 pandemic have put a damper on school finances, but Ontario Treasurer Randy Harvey said the district’s financial outlook is still better than in recent years thanks to the new levy the community passed last year. Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS. READ MORE: Who is Amanda Simard? Speaking in that province's legislature, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott was responding to questions about rising COVID-19 cases and … For third straight day, Ontario reports more than 200 new cases of COVID-19, Here's what happens when there are COVID-19 cases in Ontario schools, 10,000 students switch from in-person to online learning at Peel public schools in past week, Ontario puts 'pause' on further loosening of public health measures as COVID-19 numbers rise, Spike in Ontario teachers seeking medical exemptions from work amid COVID-19 pandemic, the province reported 313 new cases of COVID-19, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. Ontario will administer its first COVID-19 vaccines next Tuesday at two hospitals in Toronto and Ottawa, the province confirmed Thursday as it recorded a record high number of new daily cases. Inside the legislature, measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 will be mixed. A look at the ex-Tory legislator who resigned on principle. Rising majestically above the grounds of Queen's Park , Ontario's Legislative Building is situated in the heart of downtown Toronto. “We’re in solid shape because of the levy,” Harvey said. Ontario government mulls extending school winter break amid rising COVID-19 cases ... Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce speaks in the legislature, on Sept. 14, 2020. Hydro One’s Avista takeover rejected by Washington regulators citing Ont. TORONTO — Ontario could see 2,500 daily cases of COVID-19 by the end of the month if the virus keeps spreading at the current rate, the province's top doctor said Thursday, telling residents they needed to heed calls to stay home in order to curb rising infections. Other legislation tabled by the Tories included changes to labour laws that freezed the province’s minimum wage at $14 an hour until 2020 and cut two paid personal leave days for workers. Event: Media Briefing on 5G with Ontario Doctors and Scientists. Get a roundup of the most important and intriguing national stories delivered to your inbox every weekday. Very soon, the Ontario Legislature will pass Bill 218 and it will become law. We certainly want to make sure that this doesn't continue to grow.". MPPs should lead by example," said Peggy Sattler, the NDP's deputy leader, in the letter. government interference. The legislature is set to resume Feb. 19. "We think it's a critical component in ensuring that we weather this storm and that we don't see a really fast increase in infections," Stiles said in an interview with CBC News. "Where we are seeing an uptick is a couple regions," Ford said. "It's not the City of Toronto or the Peel Region's fault. During the fall session, General Motors also announced it would be shuttering its plant in Oshawa, Ont., killing 2,500 jobs. The government said those changes would boost job growth in the province. Ontario legislature rising a week ahead of schedule for winter break. Ontario's COVID-19 case numbers are rising at a rate not seen for months, upping the pressure on Premier Doug Ford's government and public health officials to take fresh action. He said the bill creates a proper check-and-balance between the administration and the legislature that the 1909 law didn't allow. Ontario legislature rising a week ahead of schedule for winter break Back to video “It’s been a whirlwind, frankly,” NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said of the fall session. ... Ontario's Chief Medical Officer, left, and Premier Doug Ford trade places at the podium during a news conference at the Ontario legislature in Toronto on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. In response to a question about COVID-19 infection statistics in Ontario’s schools, Lecce told the Legislature: Bowing to pressure, skepticism and criticism, the Ontario government has backed off on a controversial flag-raising ceremony honouring China at the province's legislature that was to … For instance, there will be no crowds of reporters in the corridors shouting questions at ministers, known colloquially as scrums. In Ontario’s long-term care homes, 819 residents currently have COVID-19 and 13 new deaths have been reported today. Work collaboratively with all governments to accelerate effective climate solutions. Mike Crawley is provincial affairs reporter in Ontario for CBC News. Time: 1 PM , Thursday May 30, 2019 . "Hospitals are doing everything they can, but they need your support." ", The province has required all boards to offer the option of remote schooling this fall and parents are choosing that route by the thousands. If the trend continues, the official said the province would consider measures targeted at the specific locations and activities that are contributing to the infection rate.Â, Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region, which includes the cities of Brampton and Mississauga, account for the bulk of the province's new cases.Â, Social gatherings, travel and workplace outbreaks appear to be driving the spread in Peel, said the region's medical officer of health, Dr. Lawrence Loh, in an interview with CBC News.Â, Last Monday, the province announced a four-week pause on any further relaxing of pandemic restrictions. Once proclaimed, the Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016 will enact two Acts: the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and the … ... was created for the benefit of policymakers globally to provide nations around the world with an important tool to combat rising hatred and discrimination within their realms. "Â, A senior provincial official told CBC News that there is "a growing sense of concern" in the government and among public health leaders over the rise in Ontario's COVID-19 numbers. https://www.ola.org/en/legislative-business/standing-orders He has won awards for his reporting on the eHealth spending scandal and flaws in Ontario's welfare-payment computer system. fitness trainer suffers from devastating theft, Woman behind ‘Zombie Angelina Jolie’ sentenced to 10 years in Iranian prison, Coronavirus: High hospitalization rate worrisome for officials, front line workers, Hydro One’s Avista takeover rejected by Washington regulators citing Ont. In recent weeks, Premier Doud Ford and his Tories have also faced mounting criticism over the appointment of a Ford family friend as provincial police commissioner. 'I was really expecting to see more of a rise like this in October but it's real and it's happening now,' said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist. Want to discuss? Ontario legislature rising a week ahead of schedule for winter break, John Tory sits down for first meeting with Doug Ford following Toronto election, WATCH ABOVE: Following a rollercoaster election, with the bulk of drama caused by the Doug Ford Government's cut to council, Mayor John Tory met with the premier. The provincial legislature sits Monday for the first time since July 21, giving opposition parties the chance to confront Ford and his ministers in question period.Â, Ford has put himself front-and-centre for Ontarians during the COVID-19 pandemic by holding a televised news conference nearly every single day over the past six months. The appointment of Ronald Taverner, 72, as OPP commissioner has prompted calls for an investigation, although Ford has said he was not involved in the hiring process. The plan does not, however, put a price on carbon – a federal requirement that Ford is fighting in court. The Waste-Free Ontario Act, 2016 was passed by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario June 1, 2016 and received Royal Assent on June 9, 2016. A surge in demand for online learning from an extra 10,000 students in the past week forced the Peel District School Board to delay the start of its remote classes.   Â, The government needs to make public a plan for preventing the feared "second wave" of COVID-19 infections, said Ontario Liberal Party Leader Steven Del Duca.Â. This is happening, we've got to work together. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. Under fire in the Ontario Legislature Monday, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the fact that only 4,107 COVID-19 cases have so far been reported in Ontario’s schools is “a good thing we should celebrate.”. TRESA passed Third Reading in the Ontario legislature on February 27, 2020 with unanimous consent. This surge in new cases — and the government's efforts to stop it from becoming the pandemic's second wave — are likely to dominate debate as MPPs return to Queen's Park following an eight-week break. Drop Ontario’s expensive and regressive legal challenge of the federal carbon pricing system. By HARRIS WATKINS. “It’s been a whirlwind, frankly,” NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said of the fall session. Antisemitism is a global problem and requires global language to fix. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please read our Commenting Policy first. I think that they know they’ve made some pretty big mistakes.”, READ MORE: government interference, Who is Amanda Simard? Instead, those post-question-period sessions will take place in the Queen's Park media studio, which has become a familiar sight to Ontarians in recent months as the location of briefings by Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams.Â. Ontario's COVID-19 case numbers are rising at a rate not seen for months, upping the pressure on Premier Doug Ford's government and public health officials to take fresh action.Â. November 25, 2020 Bisson fights for minimum wage for exempt residential building workers QUEEN’S PARK – An NDP bill to allow residential superintendents, janitors and caretakers to earn minimum wage has passed second reading at the Ontario Legislature. Tag: Ontario Legislature Critics of Ontario’s Bill 168 Miss the Mark. “I’m not surprised that the government’s leaving early. ... With cases in Ontario rising, we must continue to limit face-to-face interactions as much as possible and use virtual tools first and to the greatest extent possible. Economic Development Minister Todd Smith said if passed, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act would cut red tape for business and help create jobs. MPPs will wear masks when they are not addressing the legislature, Calandra said.  "We will do our best to make sure that we continue physical distancing in the house," he said.Â, Under provincial law, the government must table a report to the legislature by Nov. 21 on the four-month-long state of emergency that was declared in response to the pandemic.   Â, Finance Minister Rod Phillips's full budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which was deferred in March amid the arrival of the pandemic, is to be tabled in early November.  Â, The government must make public its 2019-20 spending tally, known as the Public Accounts, by late September.Â. WATCH | Dr. Isaac Bogoch on the upward trend in COVID-19 cases: On Friday, during his most recent news conference, Ford described the trend as an "uptick" limited to the most densely populated urban areas of Ontario. "Other provinces like British Columbia and Quebec have presented their versions of how they're prepared or are preparing for a potential second wave," Del Duca said in an interview. Ontario's COVID-19 cases are rising at a rate not seen for months, upping the pressure on Premier Doug Ford's government and public health officials to take fresh action to slow the spread of the coronavirus.Â, The average number of new COVID-19 infections confirmed daily in the province has doubled in a stretch of just three weeks. Ontario's daily count has exceeded 200 on each of the past three days, something that hasn't happened since early June. Â, On Monday, the province reported 313 new cases of COVID-19, representing a more than 50 per cent increase from the day before.Â, The trend is worrisome, said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at Toronto General Hospital, in an interview with CBC NewsÂ, "I thought that we were going to see this rise in cases a little bit later," Bogoch said Sunday. Ontario's COVID-19 deaths rising after second wave. The Tories are also grappling with the loss of one of their legislators, Amanda Simard, who left caucus last week in the wake of the government’s decision to eliminate the independent office of the French-language services commissioner and scrap a planned French-language university. Ontario notched 425 new positive cases overall on Monday, the biggest single-day tally in months and part of a distinct move higher in case numbers in the last week or so. "Â, The government will release a comprehensive preparedness plan in the coming weeks, said PC House Leader Paul Calandra.Â, "The cabinet and caucus have been working closely on this, learning the lessons of the first wave," Calandra said in an interview. TORONTO – The Ontario government abruptly ended the fall sitting of the legislature a week ahead of schedule on Thursday, after spending weeks fending off criticism from all sides. ... Ontario … “With the rising cases and the circulation of the virus in the community, it is no surprise we are seeing cases in our congregate settings, including schools,” Yaffe said. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. Ford said the closure was a done deal, but vowed to help those affected find new jobs. The session also saw Ford’s government table major legislation, including the hotly anticipated climate change plan, which will see the province spend $400 million over four years on a fund that aims to entice companies to invest in initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. " Â, The plan includes what will be the largest flu immunization campaign in Ontario's history and accelerated efforts to deal with the backlog of non-emergency surgeries. Â. Ontario’s premier says he’s called an emergency meeting with health officials to tackle rising hospitalizations from COVID-19. Ontario promises action to address rising insurance rates as critics urge regulation 2020-10-23. "There's a lack of confidence in the government's plan. The meeting came a day after Toronto city council voted to boost its office and staff budgets – Dec 6, 2018, Entire Trans Mountain expansion work halted until 2021 after workers killed, injured on the job, ‘I’ll live to see another day’: COVID-19 survivor describes effects of virus 8 months later, Champagne won’t take ‘lessons’ from China when it comes to defending two Michaels, As coronavirus vaccines roll out across U.S., Trump stays out of the spotlight, Iran sentences ‘Zombie Angelina Jolie’ to 10 years in jail for photos, What’s in Pfizer’s vaccine? Location: Queen's Park Media Room, Ontario Legislature, Toronto . A look at the ex-Tory legislator who resigned on principle. "This plan will encompass all that we have learned ... to make sure that we are ready should the second wave hit. However, there is no limit on how many of Ontario's 124 MPPs can be in the legislative chamber at once, as there was back in the spring. The NDP has written to Speaker Ted Arnott expressing concern. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. On Thursday, the government introduced a bill aimed at reducing regulations businesses have to comply with. "So many Ontarians put so much work into into flattening the curve, into reducing the number of infections, it's really disconcerting to see those numbers go up," said New Democrat MPP Marit Stiles. TORONTO - Ontario's legislature is rising for its winter break today, a week earlier than scheduled. State Rep. Mark Romanchuk, a Republican from Ontario who will become a state senator in January, disagreed with DeWine last month. "But it's real and it's happening now and it certainly is concerning. The Progressive Conservatives did not give an explanation for the decision, which came hours after U.S. regulators rejected a multibillion-dollar merger of Hydro One Ltd. with a U.S. company, citing political interference from the provincial government. Strengthen Ontario’s 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target to match what scientists say will keep warming to 1.5 degrees. A look at the ingredients, Canadians may face travel restrictions for years if coronavirus vaccine not available for everyone, Ontario reports nearly 2,300 new coronavirus cases, highest number of tests processed, Woman arrested after throwing dog from balcony of Florida motel, COVID-19 survivor feeling effects 8 months later, Former B.C. Updated December 6, 2018 7:57 pm. Sure that this does n't continue to grow. `` be mixed not feel that the ’. Confidence in the heart of downtown Toronto Briefing on 5G with Ontario Doctors and.... 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