Good evening everyone,
Today we saw 35 new COVID-19 cases in Windsor-Essex with nine cases from community transmission, eight cases from the agri-farm sector, three cases from healthcare workers working in Windsor-Essex, and fifteen cases which are under investigation. This brings the total up to 2,000 cases since the pandemic began, with 1, 311 resolved cases and 69 deaths.
Starting next week, Windsor Public Library will be opening their Central branch on Ouellette Ave for computer-use only. Nine computers will be available and visitors will have a time limit of 45 minutes to allow 15 minutes for sanitation of the stations in between visits. The branch will be open Monday-Thursday from 10AM-8PM and Friday and Saturday from 10AM-5PM.
The City of Windsor is seeking feedback on re-opening ice pads. The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LNWBJW9. The deadline to complete the survey is July 31.
During Question Period today, our Official Opposition leader, Andrea Horwath, questioned the government on the timeline of implementing their Long-Term Care commission. When we called on the Government two months ago to launch a fully independent public inquiry, they claimed that their commission would be much quicker in getting answers, and yet there have been delays. Residents of long-term care, their families and the staff cannot wait any longer. We need action now to fix our broken long-term care system. We have called on the Government to immediately create a hiring and retention fund to bring thousands of new PSWs into long-term care; establish a minimum staffing requirement to ensure seniors get at least four hours of hands on care per day; raise wages for all PSWs; mandate that health care workers, including PSWs, are offered full-time jobs with benefits so they don’t have to work three different part-time jobs; guarantee a bare minimum of one comprehensive resident quality inspection per year – not just incident or complaint checks; and require air conditioning in every resident room.
Our caucus is continuing to call on the provincial government to stop letting auto insurers gouge Ontarians, as drivers get handed huge rate increases mid-pandemic. The government has refused to require auto insurers to provide discounts during the pandemic as accidents and driving plunged. We continue to advocate for a three-month, 50-per-cent discount on auto insurance amid the pandemic.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is calling on assistance from the upper levels of government to provide relief for the restaurant industry. They have cited that revenues have dropped by up to 70 percent and about 800,000 jobs have been lost across the country. Our caucus is continuing to call on the provincial government to implement a 75 per cent commercial rent subsidy up to $10,000 a month for three months and a utility payment freeze for businesses struggling during the pandemic.
Please continue to wash your hands frequently, wear your mask in public, and maintain physical distancing.