Ontario science group calls for further actions to control pandemic

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The chair of the province's science table is speaking out against the closure of the outdoor amenities as fallout continues from the Ford government's heavily criticized enhanced measures.

"When it comes to the outdoor spaces it's actually the opposite of what we were pointing to", said Juni.

It has become an nearly weekly increase in restrictions, as Ontario's government scrambles to contain the rapid spread of the third wave of the pandemic.

"Over the next two weeks, it's likely we will exceed 800".

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has retained Anil Kapoor, one of Canada's leading criminal and constitutional lawyers, to lead a legal team being assembled as we speak, to launch a legal challenge before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, most likely by way of injunction.

That could also result in a protocol where health care professionals have to decide who gets a hospital bed and who doesn't. "Every individual who is required to provide a police officer or other provincial offences officer with information shall promptly comply".

"The Federal government will cover all costs and coordinate getting any extra staff from other provinces to the frontlines in Ontario, including providing air transportation", added Trudeau.

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The Ford government has defeated a package of legislative changes aimed at helping Ontarians through strict new stay-at-home orders. Ford said his government has few options left. This, paired with more contagious variants of COVID-19, is especially concerning because we know one of the direct determinants of spread is how much people move around.

However, the government's attempt to partially walk back the measures has spurred more criticism, as there have been no announcements of new strategies that advocates were hoping for. We're reducing capacity in big box retail even further to 25%.

Checkpoints have been set up at interprovincial border crossings and only those coming into Ontario for work, medical care, transportation of goods and exercising Indigenous treaty rights are allowed through.

"We're now facing the devastating consequences of COVID variants that entered Canada through our borders at the start of this year".

The group said too many workers still go to work if they're not well. Keep playgrounds open, and clearly encourage safe outdoor activities. "It's more important for police to be able to break up large gatherings, if people are not following public health measures". They may have underlying health conditions and worry about what they have read, she said.

But the panel said that the Ford government should be "clearly encouraging safe outdoor activities" and "allowing small groups of people from different households to meet outside with masking and two-metre distancing".

Advocates have been calling on the province to bring in paid sick leave for months, saying it would help support essential workers during the pandemic.

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