The Ontario government has announced that students in Toronto will return to in-person learning on February 16.
I know that online learning has been challenging for students, families, and teachers across the province. We all want our kids back in school as quickly as possible, but we also want to make sure that kids and education workers are safe, able to stay in school and not have further disruptions down the road especially given the new variants of the virus. That is why, my colleagues and I will continue to push for:
As you know, I have been very vocal in the need to legislate paid sick days. This week, Toronto City Council voted in support of paid sick days. Toronto has joined other GTA municipalities like Brampton and Mississauga, and groups like Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Decent Work and Health Network, Alliance for Healthier Communities, Ontario Federation of Labour, and more in calling the Premier to legislate paid sick days. As revealed in the Toronto Star, 65% of workers in the GTA are doing work that is considered ‘essential’ and an estimated 90% of low-wage workers do not have paid sick days. We can stop the spread of the virus by ensuring that no one is forced to choose between going to work sick or losing their wages.
Finally, an important announcement I want to bring to your attention is that the Ontario government has begun public consultations for Budget 2021. The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. This is a great way to make sure the government hears the priorities of our community loud and clear! Click here to complete the survey.
I have also included updates on vaccines and more, below.
As always, please follow public health guidelines and be kind to one another.