Saturday, 19 June, 2021


Police, bylaw officers to enforce Ontario's stay-at-home order

Ontario Premier Ford announces new restrictions, checkpoints for inter-provincial travel WATCH: It could cost you up to $750 if you don't tell a police officer where you live and why you're not at home
Melba Vasquez | 19 April, 2021, 11:08

All non-essential constructions projects will be stopped, places of worship are limited to a capacity of no more than 10 people indoors or outdoors for services, weddings, and funerals.

The state of emergency and stay-at-home order in Ontario have been extended two weeks, Premier Doug Ford said today.

Randall Denley, a former Ontario Tory candidate based in Ottawa, called the moves an "odd mix of bluster, misdirection, overdue restrictions and authoritarian, punitive measures" that would simply anger people.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, Ottawa police said according to the new provincial powers, when approaching Ontario, a person may be stopped by police officers who may ask questions as to their objective for entering the province.

Last week, Health Canada, the country's drug regulator, said it had reviewed all available evidence and would not restrict the use of the vaccine, because its benefits outweigh its potential risks.

Capacity limits have been reduced to 25 per cent in all retail settings where in-store shopping is permitted.

The Ontario Hospital Association said 59 patients were admitted to intensive care on Saturday, bringing the number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs to 737. Ontario intends to close the borders with neighbouring provinces Quebec and Manitoba effective Monday.

Right now, there are 40,694 active cases of the novel coronavirus in Ontario.

"The provincial government announced stricter measures today to stop the spread of COVID-19 which includes new, temporary powers for police officers in all services across Ontario", a service spokesperson said in an email.

A new outbreak was declared on one floor of a city-owned long-term care home, Centre d'accueil Champlain, where one resident and one employee tested positive for COVID-19. "If there is anything the federal government can do to help us get more supply sooner, now is the time to do it".

"The reality is there's few options left", Ford said, during Friday's briefing.

"I don't see ourselves going into a position where we're going to be providing fines for people that are constantly trying to come into the province without a good reason", said Marin.

"Prior to any change in our enforcement strategy, we will notify the public on how we plan to implement the new provincial orders".

"Low income and minority communities have borne the brunt of this pandemic in terms of cases and mortality, and they are now more likely to bear the brunt of police enforcement".

Hospitals were "bursting at the seams" and care was already being compromised, Brown said as his group urged Ford to order everyone to stay home for six weeks, and ramp up vaccinations as the only way to gain some control of the pandemic.

"Where it is not essential, we will be turning them away and not permitting entry into Ontario".

Farther east, New Brunswick added 16 new cases, mostly in the hard-hit Edmundston area, which was placed in full lockdown last weekend.

Eastern Ontario reported 52 new cases Sunday, while the Kingston health unit had 11 new cases, Leeds Grenville had 10, and Renfrew County reported three.

According to the modelling report released Friday, there has been a 67 per cent growth in hospitalizations related to the pandemic as well as a 51 per cent growth in ICU occupancy. "We're now filling up our intensive care units on top of what was still there following the second wave and this is one of the reasons that we are in such jeopardy", he said during the briefing.

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