The Legislature Resumes Sitting Today As Ontario Cases Continue To Climb – Full COVID19 Update

Across Ontario, there were 204 cases of COVID19 yesterday. The majority of those came from the same 3 areas that have been leading in new cases for several weeks now. Toronto reported 63 cases, 47 were in Ottawa and 35 cases were in Peel. Of the new cases reported yesterday, 64% of them were in young people, under 40 years old. Over 31,000 tests were done. Yesterday’s number was actually a bit of an improvement after 232 cases were reported on Saturday.

The Ontario Legislature Resumes Sitting Today:

Ontario’s legislature returns for its fall session today. The Progressive Conservative government’s house leader says the ongoing COVID19 pandemic means it will not be business as usual at Queen’s Park. Paul Calandra says the government will be focused on the pandemic’s impact on the economy, schools and the health-care system. He says the annual budget will be delivered on November 15th and a report on the government-declared state of emergency over the pandemic is also expected this session.

Delays in Online Learning Are Due to High Demand:

There is growing demand for online learning in Ontario as classes resume during the pandemic. School districts in Peel, Toronto and Halton have delayed the start of virtual classes set to begin this week because of demand for the remote option. Peel District School Board says 10,000 of the 64,000 students interested in online classes signed up in the last week. Halton District School Board has delayed the start of online learning to Wednesday and says it’s working through a significant waitlist for virtual school.

Federal Liberals Begin Cabinet Retreat Today:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will convene his cabinet ministers for two days of closed-door meetings starting today. The planning session comes as a rising number of COVID19 cases threatens to pull the Liberals’ attention from long-term rebuilding to surviving a second wave. The past several weeks have seen a resurgence in COVID19 across Canada, with 500 new cases confirmed yesterday alone. Parliament is set to resume with a throne speech on September 23rd.

International Students Calling for Change:

International students are calling for changes to the immigration system as they contend with a job market recovering from the COVID19 pandemic. The Migrant Students United campaign is asking the federal government to make the post-graduate work permit renewable right now. It says graduates who can’t find work during the pandemic risk deportation from Canada if they don’t complete requirements before their work permits expire.

Positive Case at Group Home:

A worker at an Ontario group home for disabled adults that saw a deadly outbreak of the illness this spring has tested positive for COVID19. Management at Participation House in Markham says the staffer who tested positive last week does not work directly with residents. The Executive director says staffers who worked closely with the person who tested positive have been tested and the results have been negative so far. Nearly all residents at the home as well as 57 staffers tested positive in the first outbreak that began in April and six residents died.

Manitoba Indigenous Communities:

Two Manitoba First Nations are awaiting lab results to confirm whether members of their communities have COVID19 — which would be the first on-reserve cases in the province. Fisher River Cree Nation says a person tested positive after being exposed in Winnipeg and returning to Fisher River while asymptomatic. Two people in Peguis First Nation have also tested positive after being in close contact with someone with the virus.

Trump Rally in Vegas:

President Trump was back in his element last night, soaking up the raucous cheers of a crowd of supporters. But his rally in a Nevada warehouse openly defied state COVID19 regulations, as well as his own administration’s health guidelines. Trump hosted his first indoor rally since June, telling a packed, nearly mask-less crowd that the country was close to defeating the virus. He chose not to mention that COVID19 has so far killed nearly 200,000 Americans and is still claiming a thousand lives a day.

Death Threats for Australian Health Official:

An Australian health official has revealed that she’s been under police guard because of death threats and growing public anger over COVID19 border restrictions. The Queensland state government is being criticized for making travellers spend two weeks in hotel quarantine when they cross the state border from other parts of the country. The restrictions last week blocked a woman in quarantine from attending her father’s funeral.

Waterloo Region / WDG Numbers:

Region of Waterloo Public Health is now reporting COVID19 numbers 7-days a week once again. Yesterday they announced six new cases and on Saturday there were 5 new cases. The number of active cases in the Region has climbed up to 55. The last update given by Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health was on Friday when they confirmed 4 new cases. There are 19 active at the moment with zero people hospitalized.

Contains files from The Canadian Press

Photo Credit: Legislative Assembly of Ontario



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Scott Fox and Kat Callaghan