COVID-19: The state of the stay-at-home order

Ford government reportedly planning to shut down Queen's Park as Ontario struggles with third wave

"The Premiers right across the country are obviously concerned what is happening in Ontario and the conversations have been along the lines of what we can do collectively to help", Leblanc says.

There was a particular irony in the Ford government initially giving police new powers to question people walking on the street or in their cars, in that they basically amounted to re-instituting police street checks. "We may as well focus on areas where the virus is actually being transmitted, which is indoor venues, predominantly among essential workers that don't have the luxury of locking down or staying at home". The province of Quebec for example has legislated two paid sick days, which is not almost enough for a person with COVID-19 to recover or no longer be contagious. "It's more important for police to be able to break up large gatherings, if people are not following public health measures". "We need to do more to stop other, even deadlier variants from getting into Canada", he said.

Nicolle Carlin says decision will be made by the all-party cabinet committee on COVID-19 and by cabinet with input from the health authorities.

He added that the federal government would be working directly with municipalities to deploy rapid testing to hard-hit locations and would cover the costs of relocating resources from other provinces who can spare them.

"The Premier will continue exhausting every option available to secure more vaccines sooner so that we can put this pandemic behind us once and for all".

"This includes paid sick days - even on a temporary emergency basis, so that people can afford to stay home if they're sick", Dr. Eileen de Villa said.

Similar sentiments were shared by Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca on Saturday, saying Ford was inappropriately enlisting Ontario's police services "to do his dirty work".

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He calls Premier Doug Ford's handling of the pandemic a train-wreck and says the situation is catastrophically bad. "He should resign now before he makes things any worse".

Ontario is reporting 4,447 new cases of COVID-19 today and 19 more deaths linked to the virus.

There are 755 people in intensive care units and 516 on a ventilator.

Some have been hesitant to accept the AstraZeneca vaccine due to a very rare blood clotting condition, which has thus far affected two Canadians.

"We are prepared to discuss how we can run the legislature with the minimum number of staff and MPPs, and with the strictest possible health protocols", Horwath said in the release.

Provinces are free to offer the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to all adults, Canada's health minister said Sunday as calls mounted in at least one province hard hit by COVID-19 to lower the age restriction on the shot.

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