Here are some of the updates from the past 24 hours.
To ensure that every patient has an adequate supply of their medications, pharmacists and dispensing physicians are being told to dispense no more than 30-days of medication at a time, if possible. It has been brought to our attention by constituents. This has had an unintended effect on people who are now paying dispensing fees more frequently; we are attempting to seek clarification from the Ministry about how we address the added financial burden this has placed on people who are already struggling financially.
We have heard from many people who are concerned about businesses who are allowed to remain open as essential services but are not practicing social distancing and disinfecting. Locally, it was announced today that Windsor now has 9 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of course, these numbers are changing daily and it’s recommended that you visit the Health Unit website for the most up to date numbers and information on a wide variety of COVID-19 topics.
If you’re an employee and concerned about the social distancing practices in your work place, it is best that you raise these concerns directly to your employer or union to avoid delays in resolving the concern and stem the possibility of spread. If you still have concerns after having that discussion, you may consider contacting the Ministry of Labour’s Occupational Health and Safety Branch if you wish to file a complaint. For more information on your rights to refuse work in unsafe conditions, please refer here. The link also contains a telephone number for the Ministry. You may also wish to visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s website and review their guidelines for employees and employers. We understand that there is some confusion over who is enforcing these guidelines and recommendations. If you are concerned about a non-essential business that remains open, please call the Windsor Police non-emergency line at 519-258-6111.
We would like to remind constituents that if you have issues or questions regarding the emergency relief under the federal plan, you should contact MP Irek Kusmierczyk’s Office. Their office phone number is 519-979-2707 and email is Irek.Kusmierczyk@parl.gc.ca. For any concerns over repatriation, CRA, or CPP concerns, please also contact MP Kusmierczyk.
Importantly, I would like to draw your attention to the social services announcement made by the Ontario government on their website. The Government is providing funding for those who are not able to access federal assistance, and the funding is intended to cover needs such as food, rent, transportation, medicine, and other vital services during the COVID-19 outbreak. To apply, please visit www.ontario.ca/community.
The provincial government also released this announcement regarding the Guaranteed Annual Income System for low-income seniors. Payment amounts will be doubled for a period of six months. You can read the details here.
The City of Windsor announced that Transit Windsor will temporarily suspend all bus service. MPP Lisa Gretzky and I are calling for the reversal of this decision as it will directly affect health care workers, seniors, and people with lower incomes. You can read the press release here.
The Town of Tecumseh Council delegated certain authorities to staff, including the authority to waive late payment penalties and interest on property taxes. If you live in the Town of Tecumseh and have concerns about paying your property taxes, you may wish to reach out to the town directly at 519-735-2814.
For the measures being taken by ENWIN regarding hydro and water accounts visit their website.
Please remember to practice social distancing, wash your hands regularly and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. As always, my office is here to assist you with any questions you have.