This week, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, has announced that it will be pausing the lifting of capacity limits in remaining higher-risk settings as outlined in A Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term. This is being done out of an abundance of caution as the province monitors public health trends.
An increase in cases was always expected as more people move indoors due to the colder weather and as the province eased measures. However, out of an abundance of caution, existing capacity limits and physical distancing requirements for higher-risk settings where proof of vaccination is required will remain in place to ensure the province has the required time to better understand any potential impact on hospitalizations and ICU admissions.
The government and the Chief Medical Officer of Health will continue to monitor the data for the next 28 days to determine when it is safe to lift capacity limits in these settings.
Over the next 30 years, the population of the Greater Golden Horseshoe is expected to reach 15 million. That means that in the next five years, and every five years after that, one million more people will be using our highways to get to work every day and to get home at the end of the evening.
Our infrastructure needs to keep up with that growth - without a real plan, gridlocked traffic and commute times on our existing highways will only get worse. That’s why we are moving forward with Highway 413. By building this highway, we will bring relief to the most congested corridor in North America and save drivers 30 minutes each way on their commute.
Yesterday was Remembrance Day.
In the morning, I paid my respects to our veterans at Old City Hall. In the afternoon, I visited our local legion Branch 75 - Fairbank, where I met with a number of legion members as well as 100-year old WWII Veteran Bill Tymchuk, who fought in the Battle of Normandy amongst other wars.
To our dear veterans and to all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, thank you for your service, thank you for fighting for freedom so that we can all live strong and free.
My constituency office is open Monday to Friday from 10AM to 4PM. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to drop by. We encourage you to continue to contact us at (416) 781-2395 or email [email protected]. We remain ready to assist.
The City of Toronto, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) and the new Toronto Seniors Housing Corporation (TSHC) are working together to implement a plan to transfer responsibility for operating TCHC’s 83 seniors-designated buildings to the new corporation.