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Ottawa, Jun 6 (Canadian-Media): The Ontario government, after consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) until June 19, 2020. Extending these emergency orders will give employers of frontline care providers the necessary flexibility to respond to COVID-19 and protect vulnerable people and the public as the province gradually and safely reopens.
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Current emergency orders that have been extended include those that enable frontline care providers to redeploy staff where they are needed most, allow public health units to redeploy or hire staff to support case management and contact tracing, and prohibits long-term care and retirement home employees from working at more than one home or for another health service provider.
"It is critical that we keep these emergency orders in place so we can continue to reopen the province gradually and safely," said Premier Doug Ford. "We are not out of the woods yet, and this deadly virus still poses a serious risk. We encourage businesses to begin preparing to reopen, so when the time comes, they will be able to protect employees, consumers and the general public."
Additionally, due to COVID-19's unprecedented impact on the justice system, the province is extending the suspension of limitation periods and time periods in proceedings until September 11, 2020 under s.7.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This will ensure people will not experience legal consequences if the original time requirements of their case are not met while this order is in effect. The province is working closely with the courts to ensure operations can resume as soon as it is safely possible.
Anyone who suspects they may have COVID-19, or may have been exposed to the virus, is encouraged to visit an assessment centre to be tested. To help stop the spread, people should practise physical distancing by staying at least two metres apart from anyone outside their immediate household, wash hands thoroughly and frequently, and, if physical distancing is a challenge, wear a face covering.
#CanadaPM; #JustinTrudeau; #21SecondSilence; #DonaldTrump; #Violence
Ottawa, Jun 5 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's 21-second pause June 2 before replying to a reporter's question about how U.S. President Donald Trump was handling nationwide protests against police violence, was criticized June 4 by the Civil rights leader Al Sharpton, media reports said.
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Trudeau's 21-second pause June 2 was widely watched in the U.S. and profiled in the New York Times.
After a long and uncomfortable pause, Trudeau replied to the reporter by not criticizing Trump by name. He only said that Canada is watching in "horror" the recent events in the U.S.
He avoided answering questions about whether his answer was meant to avoid a diplomatic rift with Trump.
Sharpton, a Baptist minister, and TV talk show host has been applauded for his civil rights activism but also been accused of his controversial remarks, including anti-Semitic comments.
At a press conference earlier June 4, Trudeau was asked repeatedly why he took so long to answer a question about Trump's threat to use military force against protesters demonstrating against Floyd's death in police custody, Trudeau said he was defending Canada's interests.
"My job as prime minister is to stand up for Canadians' values, to express those values, and to ensure that I'm standing up for Canadians' interests as well," he said. "And I'm defending those interests" and said his job is to stand up for Canadians' values and interests.
George Floyd, who met with death by a cruel policeman, was mourned and celebrated at Minneapolis memorial service on June 4.
"How many funerals do we have to have before we change the laws and we have accountability? I'm going to preach to this family that we're going to make sure that George Floyd did not die in vain," Sharpton said in an interview with Radio-Canada in Minneapolis.
"The time has made the moment of change in America. And I'm going to express that in my eulogy. And since you're from Canada, I won't have a 21-second gap before I say what I have to say."
Trudeau said systemic racism is not a uniquely American problem and Canada has its own sordid history of discrimination. He vowed to do more to fight anti-black racism in Canada.
"We have done much, hand in hand, with the black community over these past years on supporting them, on reducing barriers, but we realize there is much more to do here in Canada, right across the country. We will continue to do that work," Trudeau said during the conference on June 4.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet have both criticized Trudeau's response to Trump.
While speaking to the reporters on June 3, Singh said that many times when he was bullied as a child, he did not get any support and witnessed bystanders passing by silently.
This silence, said Singh had a long-lasting effect on him.
He does not want people to be silent or passive bystanders.
Singh said for too long people have been "passive bystanders," which had lead to hate and racism to flourish. People in positions of power, such as the prime minister, must lead by example, he said.
#Ontario; #ReopeningPlans; #Stage2; #Covid19; #ContactTracing
Ottawa, Jun 5 (Canadian-Media): Stage 2 of reopening might be announced as early as next week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said during his daily brief conference June 4, media reports said.
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Moving to Ontario's Stage 2 of reopening, despite a recent surge in new cases of COVID-19, is being considered by the senior officials who form the COVID-19 command table, said Ford.
However, Ontario's top public health officials, had been cautioning that the stage 2 reopening of Ontario should be considered only after a steady decline in the number of daily new cases.
Ford was asked during the question-answer session of the conference if Ontario's decision to go to the stage 2 is right considering the inconsistent number of new cases going between 300 to 400.
Ford said Ontario is taking into consideration the criteria of consistent decline in the daily number of new cases over a two- to four-week period for Stage 2 of reopening.
To further clarify the audience questions, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said during the conference there are many other factors to be considered.
Elliott said although the daily count of new cases has "gone back and forth" in the past week to 10 days, Ontario government is doing its best to reduce the number of new cases by doing more testing and by contact tracing.
In response to the audience' question that keeping with the provincial laws, test results by Labs did not have the postal codes, whereas this information is required for collecting data, Elliot said that the efforts of the government is being directed to monitor new cases as well as contact tracing to reduce the number of new cases and to follow up as Ontario gets ready for Stage 2 of reopening.
Elliott added that she is pleased to announce that 20,000 tests on COVID-19 were completed on June 4 and that efforts are being made to increase testing.
Stage 2 would imply loosening of many restrictions being imposed by the COVID-19 outbreak by expanding the current limitations of the maximum size of social gatherings of five.
The reopening of a wider number of office-based businesses would also be allowed in Stage 2.
Ford said he hoped to quickly reopen in parts of the province that are far less affected by COVID-19 by reversing his previous proposal of a regional reopening due to the recent outbreaks on farms, primarily in southwestern Ontario.
#Ontario; #ExtensionOfEmergency; #Covid19Outbreak
Ottawa, Jun 3 (Canadian-Media): In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario is extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30 to support the government's efforts to enable the province safely and gradually reopen the province due to the COVID-19 oubreak, media reports said.
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The extension, under s.7.0.7 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, was approved by the Ontario legislature approved June 2.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford said protection of the public including the vulnerable citizens in long-term care homes, retirement homes and group homes is the priority.
Current emergency orders include allow redeployment of frontline care providers where they are needed most, enabling public health units to support case management and contact tracing, limiting long-term care and retirement home staff to working at one home, and preventing unfair pricing of necessary goods.
The Declaration of Emergency may be further extended with the approval of the legislature, as set out in the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.
A full list of emergency orders can be found on the e-Laws website under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and at Ontario.ca/alert.
#Ontario; #NationalAccessAbilityWeek; #BarrierFreeOntario; #COVID19; #SparkOntario; #SupportForPeople
Toronto, Jun 1 (Canadian-Media) The Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, Raymond Cho, issued the following statement to recognize National AccessAbility Week.
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"Our government is proud to work towards creating a society and economy that is accessible and inclusive for all Ontarians. I would like to thank all of the individuals, groups and partners who have been working towards creating a barrier-free Ontario.
This year, National AccessAbility Week comes during a particularly challenging time. COVID-19 has forced many people to stay home and practice physical distancing. This can be stressful and lonely. Please take advantage of the many supports being offered during this difficult period by visiting COVID-19: Support for people.
More than ever, we must pay close attention to ensuring accessibility remains a priority and always be mindful of potential barriers in our communities for people with disabilities.
Ontario has a long history as a Canadian leader in accessibility, and we are working within and beyond government to help support people with disabilities so they can fully participate in everyday life in our communities.
This includes our recent partnership with SPARK Ontario - an online hub that connects volunteers to community organizations that support seniors and people with disabilities.
Our government is also investing $11 million to help the Ontario Community Support Program to help deliver hot meals, medicine and other essentials to low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
Another key area of focus is breaking down barriers to accessibility in the built environment. To do this, we're working with partners in architecture, design and construction and have invested $1.3 million over two years for the Rick Hansen Foundation to launch a certification program in Ontario to help remove barriers in buildings.
From May 31 - June 6, I ask everyone to take this time to recognize the importance of accessibility and inclusion in our communities and workplaces, as well as acknowledge the contributions of Canadians with disabilities. This is an opportunity for all of us to redouble our efforts to remove barriers so that people with disabilities can fully take part in all aspects of everyday life.
By working together today we can make an Ontario that is open to everyone."