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Dear Neighbour,

A big missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to cases in Ontario is public access to data on COVID-19 hot spots. While Premier Ford encouraged those in hot spots to get tested, his government still refuses to release the details of where those hot spots are. My colleagues and I have asked the government to release this data, so people know if they live or work in a hot spot area.

While the provincial government is still dragging its feet in making this information public, the City of Toronto has
released data which gives us a better idea of the situation in the city. It shows that across the city, neighbourhoods that have been socioeconomically disadvantaged have borne the brunt of infection. When considering both total cases and infection rates, there are stark divisions. The intersections of poverty, housing instability, and unsafe work have created the situation you see on this map.

While it is good to have this important data from the City of Toronto, municipalities across Ontario including ones that rely on the province for such data should be able to have access to this kind of information. I will continue to push for greater transparency when it comes to COVID-19 information as I firmly believe in public access to information.

As always, wash your hands, stay home if you can, wear a mask when needed, be kind. We are all in this together.

Warmly,

Bhutila Karpoche,
MPP for Parkdale—High Park
Long-Term Care Updates
  • Following the horrifying report by the Canadian Armed Forces on long term care, it was announced that the four of the five long term care homes would be taken over by new temporary management, in addition to Camilla Care Community in Mississauga. These five LTC homes are:
    • Eatonville Care Centre, Etobicoke
    • Hawthorne Place Care Centre, North York
    • Altamont Care Community, Scarborough
    • Orchard Villa, Pickering
    • Camilla Care Community, Mississauga
  • The NDP has urged the Ford government to take over all homes failing to protect residents and staff.
  • It was announced that starting tomorrow, long term care inspection teams will be conducting inspections at high-risk homes over the next 21 days, including all of those captured in the CAF reports and Camila Care Community in Mississauga.
  • The government’s independent commission into Ontario’s long-term care system will now begin its work in July 2020, earlier than the original Fall 2020 date. My colleagues and I continue to push for a full, independent public inquiry which is accountable and transparent to the public.
  • Recent analysis shows that higher wages and better overall funding left Toronto’s publicly-owned long term care homes better equipped to respond to COVID-19. Data shows that a resident in for-profit long term care is 4x more likely to die from COVID-19 than a resident in a municipally-owned home.
  • The Canadian Armed Forces will continue to provide support in five Ontario long-term care homes until June 12.
Extension of Emergency Orders

Most Emergency Orders have been extended until June 9, with a couple of exceptions as follows:

  • Electricity prices for Regulated Price Plan consumers will return to normal rates as of May 31, 2020
  • Electricity prices for Global Adjustment consumers will return to normal rates as of June 1, 2020.

You can find a full list of emergency orders here.

Reminder: For the most up-to-date information please visit Toronto Public Health, Ontario Ministry of Health, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Contact information is available on my website here.
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While our office is closed to the public as part of our efforts to manage the COVID-19 virus, we will continue to provide services for constituents via phone and email. Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time. 

Phone: 416-763-5630
Email: BKarpoche-CO@ndp.on.ca 
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