Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario

COVID Update: Thurs, Apr 30

Here are today’s new developments

  • Canadian restaurant owners are among the many businesses struggling to stay afloat right now, with some predicting that the ongoing stress and uncertainty will lead to closures even after restrictions are lifted -- the NDP has been calling for a major commercial rent relief program, and has echoed calls from business owners who say the federal government’s rent relief program — which Doug Ford believes is enough — is not good enough.
  • Despite Doug Ford’s insistence that the province has enough personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers, reports out of long-term care facilities indicate that workers aren’t given the PPE they need, and PSWs may continue to face pressure from employers to work without proper protections. The union representing the second PSW to die of COVID-19 in Ontario, Arlene Reid, said PPE protocols and government directives have “insufficiently protected PSWs” in home care, long-term care and hospital settings -- The NDP has been calling for a new strategy to protect residents and staff in long-term care. 

Here are some concerns the NDP is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:

"If the Ford government wanted to give drivers a break, they could do it today. Instead, Ford continues to let insurers take drivers for a ride," said NDP Auto Insurance critic Tom Rakocevic.

Here are some things we’re hearing from our community members: