Today is International Pay It Forward Day - please help someone brighten their day.
It is also the National Day of Mourning, for those who died on the job. This is especially poignant now...https://news.ontario.ca/mol/en/2020/04/remembering-those-who-lost-their-lives-on-the-job.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p
Today is also the first time that the House of Commons will sit virtually.
6:30am - Mayor Tory
- please continue to STAY HOME - it will take 2 to 4 weeks more of this, and a dramatic decrease in covid-19 cases, before we can commence Phase One...
- Toronto has launched CurbTO to free up some traffic lanes for pedestrians at 'pain point' intersections:
11am - Prime Minister Trudeau
- Premiers and Fed govt working well together; shared understanding and appreciation of scientific advice informing next steps.
- NEW: Guidelines will be shared today, regarding testing, hospitals, workplaces, and vulnerable populations; each province and territory will determine their own re-opening plans with these Guidelines in mind.
- Continuing to acquire PPE and ramp up testing capacity for distribution across the country to front line workers, and for part of the planning of re-opening workplaces
- Please stay home, grocery shop once a week or less, continue all restrictions including physical distancing.
- We must stand together, and stand up against racism, antisemitism - today and every day we are stronger together.
noon - Federal covid-19 case modelling
- short term projections suggest that the covid-19 cases could become very low and 'manageable' by the end of Summer, only if all current strict public health initiatives remain in place until at least the end of Summer, with predicted waves of case-load anticipated in the Fall and Winter.
- weaker controls show a huge spike in cases to 25-50 times higher than during strict controls.
- currently, it appears that BC may achieve epidemic control slightly before Ontario, though not if they relax any of their public health measures.
1pm - Premier Ford
NEW: launching a new regulatory website for covid-19 recovery: "The province is prepared to allow temporary changes to provincial rules and regulations in order to remove any barriers that are hindering business and negatively impacting Ontario's supply chain."
Ontario Helping Businesses Overcome the Unique Challenges Created by COVID-19
- NEW: Later this week the province will release clear, sector-specific labour guidelines, based on medical and scientific advice.
Practice patience...practice patience...practice patience...