Wednesday, 05 May, 2021


ONTARIO: Province should brace for AstraZeneca shipment delay, Ford says

Ontario Tories shoot down paid sick leave, reduced police powers Canada police refuse order to make random stops amid Covid surge
Patty Aguilar | 21 April, 2021, 04:38

Some of the solutions being suggested, such as sick pay for essential workers, are not in line with Ontario government policy so far.

As part of that outreach, he has already spoken with Canada's ambassador to Denmark and the Consulate General of the United States, both of whom are advancing our request to purchase any additional supply of AstraZeneca to their respective administrations.

Ontario's latest pandemic measures, announced by Ford last Friday, saw outdoor amenities shuttered (playgrounds have since been allowed to reopen), stay-at-home policing authority expanded (since partially walked back), interprovincial border checkpoints erected, and outdoor gatherings banned.

The practice of carding - when police stop, question, and document people who aren't being investigated - disproportionately targeted marginalized communities in Ontario before it was banned in 2017.

"We made a decision based on trying to really get people to realize just how important it is that they stay home", Calandra said.

Meanwhile, Ottawa Public Health said it will not be following the examples of Toronto and Peel in temporarily closing businesses with COVID-19 outbreaks of five or more.

"People are laying in crowded hospital hallways, struggling to breathe, and many thousands more will join them if we don't replace Doug Ford's plan", said Horwath. "The science supports this".

At a news conference on Monday afternoon, Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca urged Ford to resign, calling him "unfit to govern" the province.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called on the Premiers of Atlantic Canada to help Ontario fight their third wave of COVID-19. "He should resign now before he makes things any worse".

"In addition to the delayed and cut Moderna shipments, the Premier was notified today by our officials to be prepared for delays to two shipments of AstraZeneca expected from the federal government later this month and next", a statement from Ford's office said.

Green party Leader Mike Schreiner said Ford's government had "lost the trust and confidence of the people of Ontario". Hospitalizations have surged above 2,100 and there are now 741 patients in intensive care units around the province battling the virus.

Ontario announced 4,447 new cases on Monday, with a 10.5% positivity rate and 19 more deaths. Nova Scotia's Premier Iain Rankin says the province can not give Ontario vaccines but is considering other assistance measures for Ontario.

Canada's most-populous province said on Sunday it would lower the minimum age for recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine to 40 from 55.

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