Trudeau asks Atlantic premiers to help with Ontario COVID-19 outbreak

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

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

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath presented the motions - which required unanimous consent of the legislature to pass - during a session Sunday.

That occurred with a province-wide order by the Progressive Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford, empowering police to stop and question anyone on the street, or driving their auto, to determine whether they were violating provincial stay-at-home and lockdown rules.

"Public health leaders, science table members, municipal leaders and all opposition parties have called on Ford to deliver paid sick leave to stop the spread of virus, and he's refused".

The government will also seek to boost rapid testing, especially for essential workers, Trudeau said.

Locally, there are 1,299 new cases in Toronto, 926 in Peel, 577 in York Region, 233 in Ottawa and 227 in Hamilton.

Today's data is based on almost 42,900 tests completed.

Health experts and advocates have been calling on the government to bring in paid sick days and shut down non-essential workplaces for weeks, saying the measures could help the province fight soaring COVID-19 cases that are threatening to overwhelm the healthcare system.

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As of 8:00 p.m. Sunday, 3,904,778 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered.

"ICUs are overrun, and people with COVID-19 are laying in hospital hallways in agony".

516 of the 755 people in intensive care need mechanical help to breathe.

The Ontario government and the Government of Canada also signed a bilateral agreement to enhance virtual COVID-19 efforts, with $46 million in funding to go towards expanding virtual health care services in Ontario.

The province held firm to that measure over the weekend, despite walking back other public health rules that were announced at the same time Friday.

Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said her party's MPPs will refuse to cooperate until the government has "reversed its risky police-state orders in their entirety" and replaced them with public health measures to stop COVID-19.

On Saturday the province also quickly rescinded new powers given to police officers, saying officers will no longer be able to stop any pedestrian or driver during the stay-at-home order to request their home address and their reason for being out of the house.

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