Over the long weekend, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit reported 43 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, 32 new cases on Sunday, 14 new cases yesterday, and 21 new cases today. Today, Toronto reported 66 news cases, Peel reported 62, Hamilton reported 21, and Middlesex-London reported 6. Of the new cases announced today and over the weekend in Windsor-Essex, 67 are from close contact with another confirmed case, 21 are considered community spread, 6 cases are outbreak related, 6 cases are travel related, and 10 are under investigation. There are currently 241 active cases in our community, with 143 of those being variants of concern cases. There are 17 workplace outbreaks, 4 school outbreaks, 2 community outbreaks, and 2 outbreaks in long-term care/retirement homes. In the hospital, there are 17 confirmed cases, with 7 of those in the ICU. Locally, 84.2 per cent of individuals 12 and over have received one dose and 79.1 per cent of individuals 12 and over have received both doses. Across the province today there were 390 cases of COVID-19, and yesterday, there were 458 cases.
THE FIGHT AGAINST HIGH AUTO INSURANCE RATES CONTINUES
It was reported today that Ontario’s auto insurance companies made record profits during the pandemic, even as claim payments dropped by 50 per cent due to reduced driving and fewer accidents. I released the following statement today alongside MPP Lisa Gretzky and MPP Taras Natyshak:
“While Windsor residents made tough sacrifices to stay home and stop the spread of COVID-19, the provincial government allowed car insurance companies to keep charging high premiums and rake in record profits, despite the substantial reduction in claim payouts.
The pandemic should not have been a windfall for auto insurers. If claim payments dropped and fewer drivers were on the road, the Premier should have made sure premiums were reduced as well. Instead, he did nothing and these companies made billions while Ontarians were gouged.
Families in Windsor need a break from the rising cost of living. The provincial government must stand up for Windsor families and reduce auto insurance premiums by 50 per cent right away.”
ADVOCATING FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
This past Friday, the government announced that some big businesses, like stadiums and theatres, can now operate at full capacity. Meanwhile, family-owned restaurants and other small businesses are forced to operate at a far lower capacity. This is not the first time that the Premier has given an unfair advantage to big box stores over local small businesses. Small business owners from restaurants to bowling alleys are working hard to keep their head above water and keep paycheques coming for working folks. We are calling on the government to provide a credible explanation for why they’re treating mom-and-pop shops differently compared to larger companies.
CHAMPIONING AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE
Our caucus continues to urge the government to take action to make life more affordable for families. We are calling on the Premier to sign an agreement with the federal government for $10-a-day child care. The longer the provincial government delays, the more Ontario families pay. So far, seven provinces and one territory that have inked a deal with Ottawa to provide $10-per-day child care. For years, parents have struggled to afford Ontario’s astronomical child care costs — the highest in Canada. Now more than ever parents need child care that’s affordable and safe so they can return to work. The Premier and his Ministers need to work with the federal government to bring in universal, high quality, public and not-for-profit $10-a-day child care. We think both the federal and provincial governments can and should get that done right away.
COVID-19 IN LOCAL SCHOOLS
Since October 8, the Greater Essex County District School Board reported a total of three staff cases at the following schools: Essex District High School, Walkerville Collegiate Institute, and Essex Public School. A total of twelve student cases have been identified in the following schools: Marlborough, Colchester North, Queen Victoria, Central, West Gate, Giles Campus French Immersion and Kennedy Collegiate.
Conseil scolaire catholique providence has reopened Sainte-Ursule Catholic Elementary School but the outbreak classification remains in place.
Up-to-date COVID-19 information on confirmed cases and outbreaks from each school board can be found here:
French Catholic: https://www.cscprovidence.ca/apps/pages/index.jsp...
Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board: https://www.wecdsb.on.ca/about/covid19/outbreaks
Greater Essex County District School Board: https://www.publicboard.ca/.../COVI.../Pages/default.aspx...
Please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines.