2020-11-19 Question Period

IT IS NOW TIME FOR ORAL QUESTIONS AND I RECOGNIZE THE LEADER OF HER MAJESTY’S ROYAL OPPOSITION >> Andrea Horwath: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER MY FIRST QUESTION THIS MORNING IS TO THE PREMIER THIS MORNING THE HEAD OF ONTARIO’S HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION REPORTS THAT AND I QUOTE “AS OF THIS MORNING THERE ARE NOW 150 PATIENTS IN ICU WITH COVID-19-RELATED CONDITIONS ALL ONTARIO REGIONS REPORTING INCREASES IN ADMISSIONS, NOT ONLY THE GTA AND CENTRAL.” SPEAKER, 150 PATIENTS IN ICU HAD BEEN THE THRESHOLD THAT WOULD NECESSITATE THE CANCELLATIONS OF SURGERIES AND LIFE SAVING PROCEDURES IN OUR HOSPITALS THE PREMIER ANNOUNCED THAT HE PLANS TO HAVE A PLAN TOMORROW FOR THE SURGING SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19 BUT WHY HAS THE GOVERNMENT YET AGAIN WAITED UNTIL THIS CRISIS POINT BEFORE TAKING ACTION? >> The Speaker: THE DEPUTY PREMIER AND THE MINISTER OF HEALTH >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SPEAKER WE HAVE BEEN TAKING ACTION SINCE THIS PANDEMIC BEGAN LAST YEAR WE INCREASED THE CAPACITY OF HOSPITALS WE ADDED TO THEM 5.5% INCREASE, THE LARGEST INCREASE THEY’VE HAD IN OVER A DECADE WE’VE ADDED $341 MILLION EARLIER THIS YEAR TO ADD 500 ACUTE CARE BEDS AND 100 CRITICAL CARE BEDS WE ADDED 139 MORE CRITICAL CARE BEDS AND 13,049 BEDS AND SPENT ANOTHER $116 MILLION TO CREATE ANOTHER 700 PLUS BEDS WE’VE ADDED OVER 3,130 BEDS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS PANDEMIC WE’RE PREPARED TO DO MORE AND EXPAND MORE SPACE WE NEED TO BECAUSE WE KNOW IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE TO ACCEPT THE COVID-19 PATIENTS BUT WE ALSO WANT TO KEEP GOING WITH THE SURGERIES AND PROCEDURES THAT WERE POSTPONED DURING WAVE 1 >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> Andrea Horwath: SPEAKER, THE PREMIER WANTS TO BLAME SOMEONE FOR THE DEVASTATION THAT’S BEEN CAUSED BY COVID-19 HE DOES THAT EVERY DAY HE SHOULD START BY LOOKING IN THE MIRROR AND TAKING SOME RESPONSIBILITY HIMSELF IT WAS THE FORD GOVERNMENT THAT REFUSED TO RAMP UP TESTING CAPACITY AND TRACING THROUGH THE SUMMER IT WAS THE FORD GOVERNMENT THAT NOT ONLY REDUCED PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES AS CASES STARTED TO SPIKE BUT CLAIMED THEIR RECKLESS PLAN WAS BACKED BY THE EXPERTS WHO OPPOSED IT IS THE PREMIER PREPARED TO TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S CONFUSED, ERRATIC, DELAYED AND UNDERFUNDED RESPONSE? >> The Speaker: THE PREMIER >> Premier Ford: Mr. SPEAKER, I’VE BEEN IN FRONT OF THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO EVERY SINGLE DAY SINCE THIS PANDEMIC ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS I TOOK FULL RESPONSIBILITY OF ANYTHING THAT GOES ON WITH COVID BUT I LOVE THE QUESTION FROM THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION AS OF TODAY WE HAVE TESTED 5,737,000 PEOPLE THAT’S MORE THAN ALL OF THE PROVINCES COMBINED WE NEVER TOOK THE FOOT OFF THE PEDAL WE INCREASED IT TO 50,000 TESTS A DAY THAT’S OUR CAPACITY RIGHT FOR YOU WE’RE GOING TO — RIGHT NOW WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TESTING AND WE HAVE 40% OF THE POPULATION BUT, AGAIN, WE’RE WELL OVER 50% OF THE TESTING I GIVEN ALL THE CREDIT TO ALL THE FOLKS OUT THERE, BE IT PUBLIC HEALTH OR ONTARIO HEALTH, THEY’RE DOING AN INCREDIBLE JOB WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO RAMP UP OUR GOVERNMENT IS INVESTING $1.376 BILLION TO ENHANCE AND EXPAND TO TEST, TRACE AND ISOLATE ENOUGH CASES OF COVID-19 BUT THANK YOU FOR THE COMPLIMENT, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION >> The Speaker: FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY >> Andrea Horwath: ONTARIO FAMILIES HAVE RISEN TO THE OCCASION IN THIS PANDEMIC PANDEMIC THEY’RE LIVING WITH DAILY HEALTH RISKS, LOCKDOWNS AND UNCERTAINTY THEY’RE DOING WHAT IT TAKES TO WHY YOU BE THIS VIRUS BUT THEY NEED A GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS WITH THEM, STEPS UP WITH SUPPORT AND TELLS THEM THE TRUTH ABOUT EXPERT ADVICE NOT A PREMIER WHO IGNORES EXPERT ADVICE, SHOUTS AT AND BLAMES ONTARIO IN DAILY CAMPAIGN EVENTS AND ONLY ASKS WHEN THINGS REACH A CRISIS POINT WILL THE PREMIER COMMIT TODAY TO LIFTING THE GAG ORDER FROM EXPERTS IN THE HEALTH SECTOR, EXPERT HEALTH ADVISERS AND LEAD THE PUBLIC OF ONTARIO KNOW WHAT WAS RECOMMENDED BY THEM AND WHERE THE EXTREME REFUSING TO FOLLOW EXPERT ADVICE? >> Premier Ford: THROUGH YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, I HAVE NEVER ONCE EVER FROM THE BEGINNING OF THIS PANDEMIC EVER DISAGREED WITH Dr. WILLIAMS OR OUR HEALTH TEAM EVERY MEASURE HE PUT FORWARD WE IMPLEMENTED ON THE TESTING WE RECEIVED 98,000 TESTS FROM OTTAWA AND WE’RE EXPECTING ANOTHER SHIPMENT

SOON WE HAVE THE PAN BIO TESTS, 70,000 TESTS WE’RE ROLLING OUT AS WE SPEAK INTO THE VULNERABLE AREAS, LONG-TERM CARE, THE HEALTH SECTOR AND OUR FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES WE’RE WE’RE GOING TO CONTING OUT THESE TESTS AND CONTINUE TO BE THE LEADER IN THE COUNTRY WHEN IT COMES TESTING AND TRACING THANK YOU >> The Speaker: THE NEXT QUESTION, THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION >> Andrea Horwath: MY NEXT QUESTION IS ALSO FOR THE PREMIER THE PREMIER’S INDICATED THAT NEW COVID-19 MEASURES WILL BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW WEEKS AFTER NEW DEMOCRATS AND FRONTLINE DOCTORS AND HEALTH EXPERTS FIRST CALLED FOR THEM IF NEW MEASURES ARE GOING TO BE EFFECTIVE SMALL BUSINESSES WILL NEED CONCRETE, DIRECT FINANCIAL SUPPORT NOW TO PAY THE RENT AND TO PROTECT THEIR STAFF A TAX BREAK NEXT YEAR WON’T MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF YOU CLOSE NEXT WEEK WILL THE PREMIER BE ANNOUNCING NEW BUSINESS SUPPORTS TOMORROW TO ENSURE THAT BUSINESSES CAN STAY AFLOAT WHILE GOVERNMENT PLAYS CATCH UP WITH THE SECOND WAVE? >> The Speaker: THE ASSOCIATE MINISTER RESPONSIBILITY FOR SMALL BUSINESS AND RED TAPE REDUCTION >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr. SPEAKER THE GOVERNMENT SINCE THE START OF THIS PANDEMIC HAS BEEN COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES THAT’S WHY WE INTRODUCED NEW SUPPORT PROGRAMS, $300 MILLION FOR BUSINESSES IN THE AREAS OF PEEL, YORK, TORONTO, THAT’S BEEN IMPACTED BY NEW MEASURES IT SUPPORTS THOSE WITH PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS, ENERGY PAYMENTS BUT ON TOP OF THAT AND THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION, THE BUDGET THAT WE PUT FORWARD WE INTRODUCED RECORD SUPPORTS TO SUPPORT THEM AND THE FUTURE TO HELP THEM RECOVER AND GET BACK ON THEIR FEET WHETHER IT’S $1.3 BILLION IN REDUCTION TO HIDE ROWER THIS GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO SMALL BUSINESSES WHETHER IT’S BEFORE THE PANDEMIC, WITHIN THE PANDEMIC AND OR IN THEIR RECOVERY >> Andrea Horwath: IT’S MORE CLEAR THAN EVER THAT ESSENTIAL WORKERS ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE IN THE SECOND WAVE THE PEOPLE WHO GO TO WORK IN COMMUNITIES LIKE SCARBOROUGH AND BRAMPTON, KEEP ONTARIO RUNNING SO THAT OTHERS CAN STAY HOME THEY DESERVE OUR THANKS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THEY DESERVE PROTECTION ON THE JOB PAID SICK LEAVE WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO ACTUALLY MISS WORK TO GET TESTED AND QUARANTINED IF NECESSARY WILL THE PREMIER ANNOUNCE PAID SICK LEAVE TOMORROW TO ENSURE THAT WORKING PEOPLE CAN AFFORD TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND ALL OF US IF THEY FEAR THEY HAVE BECOME INFECTED WITH COVID-19? >> The Speaker: RESPONSE, THE MEMBER FOR BURLINGTON >> THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION JUST TO RECAP JULY 16, PREMIER FORD JOINED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN A HISTORIC $19 BILLION SAFE RESTART AGREEMENT THE DEAL INCLUDES $1.1 BILLION WHICH INCLUDES TEN PAID SICK DAYS LIKE OUR GOVERNMENT WHO CONTINUED TO WORK THROUGH COVID-19 FOR THE PEOPLE OF ONTARIO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROROGUED THE HOUSE I CLEARLY UNDERSTAND YOUR FRUSTRATION AS WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR MONTHS AND IT’S STILL IN THE SENATE WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED WHEN WE FINALLY GET AN ANSWER PITTSBURGH IS FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY — >> The Speaker: FINAL SUPPLEMENTARY >> Andrea Horwath: SO FAR NOT GOOD, ZERO FOR WORKERS AND SMALL BUSINESS I’M TRY AGAIN ANY MEASURES ANNOUNCED TOMORROW MUST ADDRESS THE UNFOLDING CRISIS YET AGAIN IN LONG-TERM CARE ANOTHER 17 PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES WHO WE MOURNED WITH OUR MOTION WHILE THE MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE DENIES THERE’S A CRISIS IN THESE HOMES, THE STAFF ON THE FRONTLINE REPORT CLEARLY THAT ONCE AGAIN EXHAUSTED CO-WORKERS ARE FORCED TO DO THE WORK OF AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE AND SOMETIMES MORE TO QUOTE ONE PSW FROM A COVID RAVAGED FACILITY IN SCARBOROUGH, I QUOTE “THEY GO ON CAMERA EVERY DAY IT’S LIES, LIES, LIES.” WILL THE PREMIER BE ANNOUNCING TOMORROW — >> The Speaker: I DON’T NEED ASSISTANCE WITH THIS THANK YOU VERY MUCH I WOULD ASK THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION TO WITHDRAW THE UNPARLIAMENTARY >> Andrea Horwath: WITHDRAW, SPEAKER PSWs ARE EXTREMELY FRUSTRATED AND WORRIED ABOUT THEY’RE THEMSELVES AND THE PEOPLE THEY TAKE CARE OF AND THEIR CO-WORKERS WILL THE PREMIER ANNOUNCE TOMORROW A RECRUITMENT PLAN, SOMETHING THAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED IN THE SUMMER WITH INCREASED WAGES AND INCREASED TRAINING TO START ADDRESSING THE STAFFING CRISIS THAT THEY HAVE IGNORED FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS AND MONTHS? >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER, THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE FOR THE QUESTION INDEED WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE STAFFING STRATEGY EVER SINCE THE MINISTRY OF LONG-TERM CARE WAS CREATED AS A STAND ALONE MINISTRY TO DEMONSTRATE OUR GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT

TO STAFFING WHETHER IT WAS JUSTICE AGL ISIS RECOMMENDATION OR THE RECRUITMENT FOR THE PSWs OR THE FUNDING FOR THE PSWs, 10.3 MILLION TRAINING FUND 14 MILLION 461 MILLION TO INCREASE THE WAGE BY $3 AN HOUR THAT’S NOT INCLUDING THE PANDEMIC PAY THAT PRECEDED THAT $405 MILLION TO HELP WITH OPERATING AND STAFFING AND PPE ISSUES IN LONG-TERM CARE THAT WAS PART OF A $540 MILLION PACKAGE ADDED TO THE THE $361 MILLION, ADDED TO THE DID $243 MILLION WE’VE BEEN TAKING STEPS THIS WHOLE TIME NOT ONLY ADDRESSING THE LONG-TERM CARE — LONG STANDING ISSUES LEFT BEHIND BY THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT BUT TAKING URGENT ACTIONS — >> The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE NEXT QUESTION, MEMBER FOR DAVENPORT >> THIS IS FOR THE PREMIER NOVEMBER 3 ONTARIO SCHOOLS REPORTED 2300 CASE OF COVID-19 TWO WEEKS LATER AND THE NUMBERS ARE 3,626 AND GROWING BY 100 CASES — NEW CASES A DAY ON TUESDAY THE MINISTER SIGNALLED THAT CLOSURES MIGHT BE COMING HERE AS WELL BUT YESTERDAY HE ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD REMAIN OPEN WITHOUT ANY ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WITH THE RECENT FLIP-FLOP, UPSIDE DOWN AND SIDEWAYS ON REGIONAL RESTRICTIONSES PARENTS AND EDUCATIONAL WORKERS ARE WATCHING CLOSELY THEY WANT TO KNOW THAT ALL DECISIONS ABOUT THE SCHOOLS ARE DRIVEN BY PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE AND NOT POLITICAL CONSIDERATION WHAT CHANGED BETWEEN TUNES WEDNESDAY AND WAS THIS DECISION MADE BY Dr. WILLIAMS OR Dr Dr. FORD? >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF EDUCATION >> THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, THE DECISION POINT AND THE CONTEXT OF LOOKING AROUND THE HOLIDAYS TO MAKE SURE THAT KIDS REMAIN SAFE THAT WAS DONE ON THE ADVICE OF THE CHIEF MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH TABLE THAT THAT IS A MATTER OF FAC IN THE CONTEXT OF WHAT WE’RE DOING IN THE PROVINCE AND THE SCHOOLS, WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE A PLAN, FULLY SUPPORTED BY THE CHIEF MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER, FULLY FUNDED BY THE PROVINCE AND EVIDENCE INFORMED AND THE EVIDENCE THAT UNDERPINS OUR PLAN DEMONSTRATES IT’S KEEPING KIDS SAFE THE FACT THAT 99% OF KIDS ARE COVID-FREE THE FACT THAT 99% OF STAFF ARE COVID-FREE 85% OF THE SCHOOLS NEVER HAD A CASE IT UNDERSCORES THAT WE’RE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT, LED BY THE CONTINUES, SACRIFICE OF OUR PARENTS AND OUR PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERS AND WE’RE PROUD OF THEM, SPEAKER >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER WHILE THE MINISTER TRIES TO JUSTIFY HIS GOVERNMENT’S UNDERFUNDING WITH THESE STATS, I WANT HIM TO REMEMBER THESE A PEOPLE EACH WORKER OR STUDENT CASE IMPACTS A WHOLE FAMILY, SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY NO CASE OF ILLNESS OR DEATH IS ACCEPTABLE NEW YORK CITY JUST CLOSED THEIR SCHOOLS CITING A POSITIVITY RATE 36% IN THE COMMUNITY — 3% IN THE COMMUNITY AS A THRESHOLD OF RISK TORONTO IS DOUBLE THAT WE NEED THE SCHOOLS TO STAY OPEN AND STAY SAFELY OPEN CLASSES ARE STILL BEING COMBINED INTO LARGER ONES TEACHERS ARE LOSING BETWEEN AS MANY AS 8 FOLD, CUSTODIANS UNACCOUNTED FOR AND IN THE INTEREST OF COMPLETE TRANSPARENCY, Mr. SPEAKER, WILL THE PREMIER MAKE PUBLIC THE ADVICE HE RECEIVED FROM Dr. WILDS AND THE MINISTRY’S NEW IN-HOUSE ADVISER >> Mr. SPEAKER Dr. WILLIAMS AND THE COMMAND TABLE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC MULTIPLE TIMES AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT QUESTION BEING POSTED BECAUSEEM REAFFIRM AS HE HAS MYSELF AND THE CABINET AS ONE THAT KEEPS KIDS SAFE THAT IS THE POSITION OF Dr. WILLIAMS, Dr. DE VILLA, Dr. DO YOU KNOW, Dr. YA YASSI AND THE — Dr. DUBÉ, Dr. YASI AND THE LIST GOES ON CONFIDENCE IN PARENTS THE 99.95% OF STUDENTS ARE COVID-FREE THEY MAY BE INCONVENIENT FACTS FOR YOU, MEMBER BUT THEY PROVIDE CALLS AND TO PEOPLE SENDING THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL WE ARE CONFIDENT IN OUR TEACHERS, WE ARE CONFIDENT IN OUR NURSES AND DOCTORS AND IN EVERYONE WORKING TOGETHER REDUCE THE RISK OF COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION IN THE PROVINCES >> The Speaker: ONCE AGAIN I REMIND ALL MEMBERS TO MAKE COMMENTS THROUGH THE CHURCH THE MEMBER FOR OTTAWA WEST-NEPEAN >> MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER LAST YEAR BEFORE THE ONSET OF COVID-19 OUR GOVERNMENT BEGAN A PROJECT TO IMPROVE THE CARE ONTARIANS RECEIVE AND FINALLY PUT AN END TO THE HALLWAY HEALTH

CARE CRISIS IN OUR PROVINCE WE MOVED QUICKLY TO SET UP THE FIRST GROUP OF ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS IT WAS A NEW CONCEPT OF INTEGRATED CARE DESIGNED IN CONSULTATION WITH THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR I WAS PROUD TO JOIN THE MINISTER OF HEALTH IN ANNOUNCING THE OTTAWA HEALTH TEAM WHEN THE PANDEMIC HIT THIS NEW MODEL BECAME ALL THE MORE IMPORTANT IN FACT WE’RE ALREADY SEEING THE RESULTS FROM EARLY INITIATIVES THESE HEALTH DREAMS WORKING TOGETHER TO COMBAT OUTBREAKS IN THE COMMUNITY AND COORDINATE SUPPORT ACROSS LONG-TERM CARE HOMES, HOSPITALS, FAMILY DOCTOR’S OFFICES AND HOCKEY CARE PARTNERS — HOME CARE PARTNERS SPEAKER, CAN THE PREMIER SHARE WITH MY CONSTITUENTS FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS AND THE SUPPORT OUR GOVERNMENT IS PROVIDING DURING THIS CRUCIAL TIME? >> The Speaker: THE PREMIER TO RESPOND >> Premier Ford: THROUGH YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE GREAT QUESTION AND THE GREAT WORK HE’S DOING UP THERE I’M PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE’RE INVESTING TO SUPPORT 13 MORE ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS ACROSS THE PROVINCE THAT BRINGS THE TOTAL OF 42 HEALTH TEAMS, Mr. SPEAKER, RIGHT ACROSS OUR PROVINCE EVERYWHERE FROM TORONTO TO RAINY RIVER AND PEOPLE CAN RELY ON 24/7 CARE AROUND THE CLOCK WHEN ALL THE TEAMS ARE FULLY UP AND RUNNING THAT’S 86% OF ONTARIANS WILL BE COVERED BETTER AND CONNECTED CARE Mr. SPEAKER, WE’VE ADDED $2.4 MILLION INVESTMENT THAT WILL SUPPORT THESE TEAMS IN THE RESPONSE TO COVID-19 AND HELP MAINTAIN HOSPITAL CAPACITY THROUGH THE PROGRAM AND THE LINK HOSPITAL AND PRIMARY CARE AND HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE AND LONG-TERM CARE HOMES AND OTHER CONGRESS INTEGRATE SETTINGS AND SERVICES THANK YOU >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY >> THANK YOU FOR THAT RESPONSE, PREMIER, I KNOW THAT MY CONSTITUENTS ARE INCREDIBLY EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE PLANS FOR ONTARIO HEALTH TEAMS THROUGH THESE ORGANIZATIONS PATIENTS WILL EXPERIENCE EASIER TRANSITION FROM ONE PROVIDER TO ANOTHER, INCLUDING, FOR EXAMPLE, BETWEEN HOSPITALS, HOME CARE PROVIDERS OR LONG-TERM CARE HOMES WITH ONE PATIENT STORY, ONE PATIENT RECORD, ONE CARE PLAN PREMIER, I KNOW THAT A ROBUST TESTING INFRASTRUCTURE IS KEY TO OUR PROVINCE’S STRENGTH IN ADDRESSING THE SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19 OUR GOVERNMENT AND YOURSELF IN PARTICULAR CONTINUE TO BE CHAMPIONS FOR OUR FRONTLINE HEALTH CARE WORKERS IN HOSPITALS AND LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES THIS IS INCLUDED STRONG ADVOCACY ON BE RAPID TESTING SYSTEMS TO IDENTIFY AND STOP COVID FROM SPREADING SPEAKER, COULD THE PREMIER PLEASE ELABORATE FURTHER ABOUT THE STATUS OF RAPID TESTING PRODUCTS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOR ALL ONTARIANS? >> The Speaker: PREMIER >> Premier Ford: I THANK THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION YES, WE’RE NUMBER ONE IN THE COUNTRY WHEN IT COMES TO TESTING BAR NONE OVER ANYONE I’M SO PROUD OF THAT AGAIN I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE PEOPLE OUT THERE DOING THE TESTING AS I SAID EARLIER, WE RECEIVED 98,000ID NOW TEST THAT IS OUT THE DOOR, GOING TO LONG-TERM CARE HOMES, HEALTH CARE WORKERS, NORTHERN AND REMOTE AREAS, FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES, AND WE ALSO HAVE RECEIVED APPROXIMATELY 70,000 PAN BIOIT IS TESTS GOING OUT THE 70,000 PAN BIOTESTS GOING OUT THE DOOR I THANK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT WE NEED MORE WE ARE TESTING ALL OVER THE PROVINCE WITH HEALTH TEAMS, THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AND WE’RE SENDING THESE RAPID TESTS IN AREAS THAT DON’T GET THE TESTING TURN AROUND AS QUICK ALSO WE WOULD LIKE IT THIS IS A GAME CHANGER AND WE CONTINUE TO CHANGE THE GAME HERE >> The Speaker: THANK YOU THE NEXT QUESTION THE MEMBER FOR KITCHENER CENTRE >> THANK YOU, MY QUESTION IS TO THE PREMIER EACH DAY BRINGS MORE AND MORE SERIOUS QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO GIVE THE PREMIER’S LONG-TIME ALLY AND UNAPOLOGETIC BIGOT CHARLES McVETY THE RIGHT TO GRANT UNIVERSITY DEGREES AT HIS CANADA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE DURING THE 2018 PC PARTY LEADERSHIP RACE THE PREMIER USED Mr. MCVETY’S COLLEGE BOARD ROOM TO GET FEEL VOTE FOR HIM THIS ISN’T JUST A SIGN OF THE KETTY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PREMIER AND — MCVETY AND THX LAW CAN THE PREMIER EXPLAIN WHY THIS CHARITY WAS USING HIM TO HELP THE PREMIER BECOME THE PREMIER >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITY >> THANK YOU,, SPEAKER, FOR

ALLOWING ME TO RISE TO SPEAK TO A SIGNIFICANT IMPORTANCE OUR JOB IS TO BE FAIR, TO CREATE PROCESSES WE CAN ALL RESPECT THAT IS THE JOB THAT WE HAVE AS LEGISLATORS AND IT’S A JOB THAT WE TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY, Mr. SPEAKER THE MEMBER OPPOSITE HECKLE AND HIS AND PLAY POLITICS WITH AN ISSUE OF GRAVE IMPORTANCE YOU KNOW, I CAN LISTEN TO THE MEMBER FROM OTTAWA SOUTH AND HER CONTINUE AL AND CONSTANT LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS STANDS FOR IT STANDS FOR SOMETHING EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, VERY IMPORTANT I WOULD LOVE TO CONTINUE TO EXPLAIN IT I WILL CONTINUE TO EXPLAIN IT TO THE MEMBERS ON BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN PROCEDURAL FAIRNESS IT WAS GUARANTEED IN OUR LAWS IN THIS PROVINCE AND IT MAKES US A DEMOCRATIC AND FREE SOCIETY, Mr. SPEAKER, AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR OUR DEMOCRACY >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTIONS >> THANK THANK YOU, MR. SPEK TO THE PREMIER OUR >> Bob: THIS HOUSE IS TO NOT >> OUR JOB IN THIS HOUSE IS NOT TO HATE THAT IS OUR JOB IN THIS HOUSE Mr. SPEAKER, I HAVE — THANK YOU Mr. SPEAKER, I HAVE WRITTEN TO ELECTIONS ONTARIO TO INVESTIGATE WHY THE PREMIER’S FINANCIAL RETURNS HAVE NO PAYMENTS TO Mr. MCVETY’S COLLEGE I READY REVENUE CANADA TO REVIEW WHY CHARLES McVETY’S COLLEGE, A REGISTERED CHARITY, DIDN’T REPORT THIS POLITICAL ACTIVITY THE PREMIER CAN’T IGNORE Mr. CHARLES McVETY’S HATEFUL RHETORIC AND HE CAN’T SWEEP THE SCANDAL UNDER THE RUG WHILE THESE INVESTIGATIONS TAKE PLACE WILL THE PREMIER DO THE LINING TO, PULL SCHEDULE 2 FROM BILL 213 WHICH GIVES MCVETY A BIGGER PLATFORM TO SPEW BIGOTRY AND HATE AND ELECTIONS ONTARIO DO ANY INVESTIGATION THAT THEY DECIDE TO LAUNCH >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES >> THANK YOU I WON’T SPEAK TO THE INVESTIGATION BECAUSE IT’S INAPPROPRIATE TO INTERFERE WITH PROCESSES THAT’S WHAT WE CONTINUALLY REFER ARE TO TIME AND TIME AGAIN, Mr. SPEAKER, SO LET’S SEE IF I CAN IN A RESPECTFUL WAY, Mr. SPEAKER, TO THIS HOUSE AND EVERYBODY WHO STOOD BEFORE US IN THIS HOUSE ANY INDIVIDUAL, ANY INSTITUTION IS ALLOWED TO APPLY FOR A LICENSE OR DESIGNATION OF THIS NATURE ANYONE CAN THEY APPLY DIRECTLY TO AN INDEPENDENT BODY THAT INDEPENDENT BODY HAS TAKEN THAT PROCESS AND INDICATED THAT ONCE THAT PROCESS IS COMPLETE, THEY WOULD THEREFORE HAVE THE BENEFIT OF LEGISLATION TO ENFORCE IF AN INDEPENDENT PROCESS IS COMPLETED THAT IS WHAT WE CREATED, Mr. SPEAKER, AN INDEPENDENT PROCESS THAT IS ACCOUNTABILITY AND A TRANSPARENT PROCESS IN THIS HOUSE, HOPING TO PUT EVERYBODY TO DEBATE THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER >> The Speaker: THE NEXT QUESTION, THE MEMBER FOR DON VALLEY WEST >> MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER Mr. SPEAKER, THIS PAST TUESDAY MY COLLEAGUE FROM OTTAWA SOUTH ASKED THE PREMIER TO STAND IN THE HOW ELSE AND DISAVOW THE VIAL AND HOMOPHOBIC TEACHINGS OF CHARLES CHARLES McVETY INSTEAD OF THAT HE GAVE US AN ANSWER WHO SAID, SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE MUSLIMS WHETHER THE PREMIER IS POLITE TO MUSLIM MEN AND WOMEN AND POLITE TO LGBTQ2+ IS IRRELEVANT IF THE PREMIER CONTINUES TO SUPPORT THE BIGOTRY OF CHARLES McVETY AND HIS KIND WORDS ABOUT ONE MUSLIM, ONE LESBIAN, ONE QUEER PERSON RINGS HALL LOW THE PREMIER’S ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN THOSE WORDS IT SOUNDS BIGOTRY, HATE AND REJECTION OF EVERY MUSLIM CHILD AND FAMILY AND EVERY LGBTQ2+ IN ONTARIO — >> The Speaker: MEMBER, YOU MUST WITHDRAW THAT UNCOMPLIMENTARY REMARK >> WITHDRAW WILL THE GOVERNMENT WITHDRAW BILL 213 AND SEND A MESSAGE OF INCLUSION? >> THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER JUST LAST WEEK I RESPONDED TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE AND WE DISCUSSED THE IMPORTANCE OF INDEPENDENT PROCESS WE DISCUSSED THE IMPORTANCE OF NOT INTERFERING WITH PROCESS MUCH LIKE THE MEMBER PRESIDED OVER A GOVERNMENT ON A PERSISTENT BASIS THERE WERE NUMEROUS SCANDALS I CAN GET INTO THAT IN THE

SUPPLEMENTAL BUT I WANT TO FOCUS ON THE FACT THAT WE HAVE CONTINUALLY INDICATED THERE’S NO PLACE IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO FOR ISLAMOPHOBIA, HATRED, RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION OF ANY KIND BUT IT’S IMPERATIVE THAT WE STAND AS LEADERS AND STAND BY THE RULE OF LAW THE RULES THAT REQUIRE FAIRNESS, THE RULES THAT REQUIRE PROCEDURAL SAFE GUARDS IN EVERY PROCESS YOU WILL NEVER INTERFERE WITH ANY INDIVIDUAL PUTTING FORWARD AN APPLICATION IT GOES TO AN INDEPENDENT BODY, IT’S REVIEWED AND IT’S IN A TRANSPARENT PROCESS IN THIS HOUSE, Mr. SPEAKER THANK YOU >> The Speaker: 9 SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> AS I HAVE SAID IN THIS HOUSE A NUMBER OF TIMES I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT THE PROCESS Mr. SPEAKER, I AM TALKING ABOUT THE LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN BROUGHT IN BY THIS GOVERNMENT THAT IN FACT PROTECTS A BIGOT, CHARLES McVETY IS A HOMOPHOBE, A TRANSPHOBE AND A ISLAM APHOBE, Mr. SPEAKER THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT I KNOW THAT THE MINISTER WILL HIDE BEHIND THE PROCESS BUT THAT IS DECIDES THE POINT IS E KNOWS I TALKED WITH THE EXECUTIVE OF THE STUDENT ALIGNS AND THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT CUTS TO OSAP, WORRIED ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH IN THEIR COLLEGES AND, Mr. SPEAKER, THEY RAISED SPONTANEOUSLY THE ISSUE OF CHARLES McVETY THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE MESSAGE THAT THIS GOVERNMENT IS SENDING TO THE LGBTQ2+ STUDENTS ON THEIR CAMPUSES, Mr. SPEAKER, THESE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE IN AN EXTREMELY STRESSFUL EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT RIGHT NOW Mr. SPEAKER, WILL THE GOVERNMENT REMOVE SCHEDULE 2 FROM BILL 213 AND SEND A MESSAGE OF INCLUSION TO THOSE STUDENTS AND EVERY CHILD IN THIS PROVINCE? [ Some Applause ] >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO RESPOND >> Mr. SPEAKER, I HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT FOR THE MEMBER OPPOSITE ALL OF THE THINGS SHE’S ACCOMPLISHED IN HER PROFESSION IT’S OUTSTANDING, I WAS THERE WHEN HER PORTRAIT WAS UNVEILED AS THE FIRST FEMALE 3M ONTARIO I REMEMBER SHE WAS AN EDUCATOR HERSELF BEFORE STEPPING INTO THE POLITICAL ARENA I HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT FOR THE MEMBER OPPOSITE AND I ASK THAT THE MEMBER OPPOSITE PLEASE LISTEN AS SHE DID AS AN INSTRUCTOR AND A TEACHER HERSELF PLEASE DON’T PLAY GAMES WITH THE POLITICS PLEASE LISTEN TO WHAT WE CONTINUALLY SAY THE PEKAT PROCESS IS I WANTED AND IT’S PART — INDEPENDENT AND IT’S PART OF THE LEGISLATION THE LEGISLATION IS THERE TO PROVIDE AN OPEN FORUM FOR US TO DEMONSTRATE IF THE INDEPENDENT PROCESS IS DONE THEN IT WOULD BE PROCLAIMED INTO FORCE, Mr. SPEAKER, IT IS INDEPENDENT, ACCOUNTABLE AND TRANSPARENT, Mr. SPEAKER THANK YOU >> The Speaker: ORDER THE IN CONNECTION WITH QUESTION IS THE MEMBER FROM STORMONT-DUNDAS-SOUTH GLENGARRY >> Mr. SPEAKER, THE WINTER POSES CHALLENGES TO DRIVERS IN EVERY CORNER OF THE PROVINCE WINTER DRIVING HAS BEEN DISCUSSED IN THIS LEGISLATURE MANY TIMES I UNDERSTAND THE MEMBERS OF THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION RAISED THE ISSUE IN THE PAST PARTICULARLY ON BEHALF OF NORTHERN ONTARIOIANS WHO FACE THE MOST CHALLENGING AND HARSHEST WINTER CONDITIONS ROAD SAFETY IS A PRIORITY FOR EVERY MEMBER OF THE HOUSE IT’S MORE WORK TO ENSURE THAT ONTARIO ROADS REMAIN AMONG THE SAFEST IN THE WORLD SPEAKER, CAN THE MINISTER SHARE THE LATEST NEWS ON HOW WE’RE SUPPORTING ONTARIO DRIVERS DURING THE WINTER SEASON? >> SPEAK, THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FROM STORMONT-DUNDAS-SOUTH GLENGARRY FOR THE QUESTION I’M PLEASED TO CONFIRM THAT THE ENHANCED ONTARIO 511 ACT IS AVAILABLE IN THE IOS APP STORE AND GOOGLE PLAY FOR ALL ONTARIANS TO DOWNLOAD THIS ENHANCED 511 APP AVAILABLE IN FRENCH AND ENGLISH WILL ALLOW DRIVERS TO CHECK THE ROAD CONDITIONS, ENVIRONMENT CANADA WEATHER WARNINGS — >> The Speaker: THE MEMBER FOR TIMMINS COME TO ORDER YOU CAN’T SHOUT ACROSS THE FLOOR LIKE THAT I APOLOGIZE TO THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER — BE TRACK THE LOCATION OF — TRACK THE LOCATION OF SNOWPLOWS AND FIND REST STOPS ALONG THE HIGHWAYS WE UNDERSTAND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO SUPPORT ONTARIO DRIVERS DURING THE WINTER SEASON WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE 511 APP WINTER UPDATES IT IS MAKING IT EASIER FOR DRIVERS TO PLAN BEFORE THEY GET BEHIND THE WHEEL >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR HER RESPONSE THIS IS BOTH EXCITING AND RELIEVING NEWS TO HEAR AS I KNOW

IT WILL ALLEVIATE MANY WINTER DRIVING STRESSES WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT DRIVERS HAVE THE RIGHT INFORMATION AT THE RIGHT TIME THESE UPDATES THROUGH THE 511 APP ARE THE MEANS TO DO JUST THAT OF COULD THE MINISTER SHARE FOR — COULD THE MINISTER SHARE MORE ABOUT THE RESOURCE THAT DRIVERS NOW HAVE >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER WE BROUGHT IN THE ONTARIO 511 APP TO HELP TRUCKERS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC NOW WE’RE LAUNCHING IT FOR ALL DRIVERS BECAUSE IT’S BEEN SUCH A HELP TO TRUCK DRIVERS THE APP INCLUDES AN EASY TO USE MAP AND A DRIVE MODE THAT PROVIDES HANDS-FREE AUDIO ALERTS IT HAS IMAGES FROM 600 CAMERAS AND HAS UP-TO-DATE HIGHWAY INFORMATION ON CONSTRUCTION, COLLISIONS AND ROAD CLOSURES I WANT TO REMIND ONTARIANS THAT THE 511 WEB SITE IS ALSO A RESOURCE TO LEARN MORE ROADS AND WEATHER CONDITIONS IN REAL-TIME WE HAVE A PART TO PLAY IN KEEPING ONTARIO ROADS SAFE AND I’M CONFIDENT THAT THIS NEWS WILL SIGNIFICANTLY HELP ONTARIANS NAVIGATE DURING THE WINTERTIME I I WANT TO ENCOURAGE ALL DRIVES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE RESOURCES AND TO PLAN AHEAD DON’T FORGET TO PUT ON WINTER TIRES >> The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE NEXT QUESTION MEMBER FOR KINGSTON AND THE ISLANDERS >> THROUGH YOU MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT CHANGES TO BILL 229 REWRITE THE CONSERVATION THAT ALLOWS DEVELOPERS TO ZIP CHECKS AND BALANCES UNDERMINING CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES AND RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING COMMUNITIES THE SCOPE AND POWERS OF CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES WILL BE LIMITED TO THE POINT THAT NO MEANINGFUL INTEGRATED WATERSHED MANAGEMENT WILL BE POSSIBLE SCHEDULE 6 IS CLOUDED WITH UNCERTAINTY AS MUCH AS THE DETAILS IN RELATION TO SETTING OUT THE SCOPE OF PROGRAMS, SERVICES AND STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS AND OTHER IMPORTANT MATTERS WILL BE LEFT UP TO FUTURE REGULATORY DEVELOPMENT 9 OPPOSITION TO — THE OPPOSITION TO THIS LOBBY DRIVEN SCHEDULE IS COMING FROM EVERY CORNER OF ONTARIO, SPEAKER, AMONG MANY OTHERS THE MAYORS OF HALTON JOIN TOGETHER IN A LETTER THAT ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO STAND THE SCHEDULE DOWN CAN THE MINISTER EXPLAIN HOW THIS APPROACH TO LOCALLY DRIVEN COST-EFFECTIVE CONSERVATION EFFORTS IS NOT A FAILURE IN PROTECTING OUR PARKS, WETLANDS AND COMMUNITIES THANK YOU >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER I’M GLAD THAT WAS ASKED BECAUSE I CAN DISPEL THE MYTHS THAT THE MEMBER OPPOSITE WAS SPREADING NO CHECKS AND BALANCES WILL BE OVERLOOKED DURING THE CHANGES OF THE LEGISLATION >> The Speaker: I’M GOING TO ASK THE MINISTER TO WITHDRAW THE UNPARLIAMENTARY COMMENT >> I WITHDRAW THE LEGISLATION DOES NOT CHANGE ANY SORT OF CHECKS AND BALANCES IN THE SYSTEM IN FACT IT’S STRENGTHENING THE ROLE OF THE CONSERVATION AUTHORITY TO ENSURE THAT THEY’RE ABLE TO FOCUS IN ON CORE MANDATE SERVICES WHILE INCLUDING ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY TO THE MUNICIPALITIES, Mr. SPEAKER, WE PUT IN A PROVISION OF AN APPEAL I DON’T KNOW IF THE MEMBERS OPPOSITE DOESN’T BELIEVE IN APPEAL PROCESSES IN THE PROVINCE BUT WE’RE GOING TO LPAC TO MAKE SUR- APPEALED LIKE EVERY OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCY THIS WILL ENSURE THE TRANSPARENT OF THE ACCOUNTABILITY I’M NOT SURE WHAT THE MEMBER OPPOSITE HAS AGAINST SHARING INFORMATION BETWEEN MUNICIPALITIES AND CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER, IT’S THE MUNICIPALITIES THEMSELVES THAT ARE THE MOST OPPOSED TO THIS AND AS I SAID IN THE FIRST QUESTION THEY’VE BEEN VOICING DISPLEASURE WITH THIS SCHEDULE FOR WEEKS NOW, SPEAKER BUT I’M REALLY NOT SURPRISED BY THE ANSWER FROM THE MINISTER BECAUSE FRANKLY THIS SCHEDULE SPEAKS TO A PATTERN OF DISLIKE FOR LOCAL GOVERNANCE A PATTERN THAT DISMISSES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS AND THE WELL-BEING OF FUTURE GENERATIONS BUT TONIGHT TAKE MY WORD FOR IT, SPEAKER YESTERDAY THE AUDITOR GENERAL RELEASED A SCATHING REPORT DETAILING THE GOVERNMENT’S ENVIRONMENTAL FAILURES NOTE THAT THE AG PROVIDES VALUE FOR MONEY REPORTS AND IT’S STILL WAS DAMNING, POINTING TO SYSTEMIC NONCOMPLIANCE BY MINISTRIES THE GOVERNMENT’S PURVIEW IN THE PROVINCE’S BILL OF VITAL IN EVERY PAGE DATA NEEDED TO TRACK PROGRESS AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL MISS ITS OWN TARGETS MY QUESTION IS SIMPLE, SPEAKER, HOW IS THIS MINISTER GOING TO EXPLAIN TO THE NEXT GENERATION HIS ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF LEGISLATION THAT UNDERMINE THEIR SAFETY AND DAMAGED THE WORLD THAT THEY’RE GOING TO INHERIT? >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT >> THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER THERE WAS A LOT IN THAT QUESTION BUT I’LL ADDRESS ANOTHER ISSUE, THE MEMBER MENTIONED ABOUT LOCAL AUTONOMY AND RESPECT, SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT IS PROBABLY THE STRONGEST GOVERNMENT TO HAVE RETURN LOCAL ECONOMIES TO

MUNICIPALITIES THROUGHOUT THIS PROVINCE Mr. SPEAKER, THE FORMER LIBERAL PARTY SUPPORTED BY THE NDP TOOK AWAY THE RIGHTS OF A GREEN ENERGY PROJECT WE RETURNED THAT, Mr. SPEAKER WE’RE GIVING THE MUNICIPALITIES THE RIGHT TO DENY LANDFILLS BUILT IN THEIR LOCATIONS Mr. SPEAKER, WE’VE GIVEN THE RIGHTS TO MUNICIPALITIES TO TURN DOWN PERMITS TO TAKE WATER GOING FORWARD, Mr. SPEAKER AGAIN THE NDP WERE AGAINST EACH AND EVERY SINGLE MOVEMENT WE’VE GONE TO GIVE AUTONOMY TO MUNICIPALITIES SO DON’T LECTURE ME ON THE LOCAL ECONOMIES, Mr. SPEAKER, THIS GOVERNMENT IS WORKING WITH THE MUNICIPALITIES AND GIVING THEM AUTONOMY THAT THEY DESERVE IN ORDER TO RUN — SPEED SKATE INDEPENDENT MEMBERS WILL COME TO ORDER >> The Speaker: THE INDEPENDENT MEMBERS WILL COME TO ORDER THE INDEPENDENT MEMBERS WILL COME TO ORDER THE NEXT QUESTION, THE MEMBER FOR OTTAWA SOUTH >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr. SPEAKER YEAH, DON’T LUMP US ALTOGETHER, PLEASE MY QUESTION FOR THE MINISTER OF HEALTH MINISTER, PEDIATRICIANS RAISED CONCERNS THIS SEPTEMBER ABOUT THE INCREASED DIFFICULTY FOR CHILDREN UNDER 5 GETTING THEIR FLU SHOTS THIS YEAR IT’S PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT BECAUSE DOCTOR’S OFFICES ARE CLOSING, PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS ARE STRETCHED AND NOT ABLE TO DO WHAT THEY’VE DONE IN PREVIOUS YEARS SO IT’S A PARTICULAR CHALLENGE FOR 2 TO 5 YEAR OLDS THERE’S A SIMPLE SOLUTION TO THIS THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF PHARMACISTS HAS PROPOSED A REGULATION CHANGE TO ALLOW PHARMACISTS TO VACCINATE 2 TO 5 YEAR OLDS AND ONTARIO PHARMACISTS ARE READY AND WILLING TO DO THIS SO, SPEAKER, THROUGH YOU, CAN THE MINISTER COMMIT TODAY TO MAKING THIS REGULATION CHANGE AND ALLOWING PHARMACISTS TO VACCINATE 2 TO 5-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN? THANK YOU >> The Speaker: THE MANITOBA OF HEALTH >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER — THE MINISTER OF HEALTH >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER TO THE MEMBER, I KNOW THIS IS AN ISSUE OF CONCERN TO YOU BUT FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO ADVISE THAT THIS HAS BEEN THEE MOST SUCCESSFUL FLU CAMPAIGN IN ONTARIO’S HISTORY LONG BEFORE WE KNEW THAT COVID WAS ON ITS WAY WE ORDERED 5.5 MILLION DOSES, 5.2 MILLION HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED USUALLY BY THIS TIME, ABOUT MID-NOVEMBER, ABOUT 500,000 FLU SHOTS HAVE BEEN ADMINISTERED BY PHARMACIES THIS YEAR THEY ADMINISTERED 1.4 MILLION DOSES SO WE ARE VERY PLEASED ABOUT THAT I WANT TO THANK ALL ONTARIANS WHO STEPPED FORWARD WE HAVE 140 TO 2,000 DOSES OF THE VACCINE FROM SANOFI UP TO THIS POINT CHILDREN AGED 2 TO 5 HAVE RECEIVED FLU SHOTS THROUGH THEIR PRIMARY CARE OFFICES I’LL HAVE MORE IN MY SUPPLEMENTAL ON YOUR SPECIFIC ISSUE >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> I LOOK FORWARD TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL I’M IN SUSPENSE RIGHT NOW WHETHER IT’S YES OR NO BUT I DO NOT WITH A TO SAY, IT’S IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE NEED TO DO THAT THIS NOW FOR THE 2 TO 5 YEAR OLDS AND ALL THE FAMILIES THAT’S WHY I’M ASKING BUT AS MY COLLEAGUE FROM ORLEANS SAID, WE’RE GOING INTO ANOTHER SET OF VACCINATION INFORMATION THE NEXT YEAR AND ONTARIANS NEED TO HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT WE’LL BE ABLE TO MOVE QUICKLY AND ANYTIMABLY TO DO THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO LIKE CHANGE REGULATION, ADAPT AND BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DELIVER THE VACCINE TO EVERYBODY AS QUICKLY AND AS SAFELY AS POSSIBLE SO I’LL JUST ASK MY QUESTION AGAIN, MINISTER, CAN YOU COMMIT TODAY TO MAKING SURE THAT THIS REAL ESTATE CHANGE HAPPENS SO — REGULATION CHANGE HAPPENS SO THAT 2 TO 5 YEAR OLDS CAN GET A VACCINATION AT THEIR PHARMACY? >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER OF HEALTH >> I CAN SAY THAT I KNOW IN THE PAST THE — ANY VACCINES WERE GIVEN BY PRIMARY CARE RATHER THAN IN PHARMACIES BECAUSE THERE WAS SOME CONCERN ABOUT THEIR YOUNG CHILDREN VACCINATED BY THE PHARMACISTS AND THEY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT THEMSELVES I UNDERSTAND THAT THE SITUATION HAS CHANGED AND THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACISTS AND PHARMACISTS IN GENERAL WERE PLEASED WITH PERHAPS ADDITIONAL TRAINING BE ABLE TO ADMINISTER FLU VACCINE AND HOPEFULLY THE COVID VACCINE WHEN ONE COMES FORWARD TO CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 2 AND 5 I CAN TELL THAT YOU WE ARE IN SERIOUS DISCUSSIONS RIGHT NOW AND WITH THE COLLEGE AND WITH PHARMACISTS WITH A VIEW TO BRINGING FORWARD THAT REGULATION SO I CAN’T SAY TODAY THAT IT’S HAPPENING BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE’RE IN SERIOUS DISCUSSIONS OPPOSITE THAT MATTER — DISCUSSIONS ON THAT MATTER >> The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE MEMBER FOR SCARBOROUGH CENTRE >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS IS A CRITICAL INSTITUTION AS IT

GOVERNS THE PROFESSION OF TEACHING HERE IN ONTARIO AS A MEMBER MYSELF I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT ONTARIO FAMILIES HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE ORGANIZATION AND ITS MEMBERS ALL PARENTS WANT TO KNOW THAT THEIR CHILD IS RESPECTED AND THE COLLEGE WILL HELP STUDENTS THEIR POTENTIAL THE PROFESSION OF TEACHING TAKES THIS AND MANY OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES ON CAN THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION SHARE WHAT THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING TO STRENGTHEN GOVERNANCE AND ADDRESS ISSUES OF EQUITY >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION >> THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER I THANK THE MEMBER FOR HER ADVOCACY BOTH AS AN EDUCATOR AND A MOTHER AND A MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TEACHERS REQUIRES REFORM AND THE INDEPENDENT REPORT COMMISSION UNDER THE FORMER GOVERNMENT IN 2018 CALLED FOR REFORM FROM THEIR GOVERNMENT TO DEAL WITH ADVOCACY AND A SAY AS PARENTS WE HAVE TAKEN ACTION TO EMPOWER PARENTS BY RECON CONSTITUTING THE BODY TO HAVE AN EQUAL NUMBER OF PARENTS AND THE PUBLIC AND EDUCATORS TO BETTER BALANCE THE PUBLIC INTEREST THAT NEEDS TO BE AT THE HEART OF THE REGULATOR OF THE PROFESSION, SPEAKER IN ADDITION, IN THE CONTEXT EQUITY AND COMBATING ILLEGITIMATE AND ESCALATING LEVELS OF DISCRIMINATION ARISING IN OUR SCHOOLS WE HAVE FOR THE FIRST TIME MADE IT CLEAR BY REGULATION THAT ANY PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT DEALING WITH RACIST REMARKS WILL HAVE A CLEAR, TRANSPARENT AND EFFECTIVE MECHANISM TO HOLD INDIVIDUALS TO ACCOUNT AND INSPIRE BETTER CULTURE IN THE SCHOOLS AND COMBAT RACISM IN ONTARIO >> The Speaker: THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> THANK YOU, QUESTION THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR THAT ANSWER THESE CHANGES WILL CERTAINLY BENEFIT THE OCT AND FURTHER INCREASE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THE TEACHING PROFESSION AS A WHOLE I KNOW THAT OUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN FOCUSSED ON MAKING CHANGES TO THE COLLEGE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS AND PROTECTS OUR STUDENTS AND SHOWS A TRUE COMMITMENT TO SEEING ONTARIO STUDENTS THRIVE BUT NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE STATE OF AND WELL-BEING OF OUR KIDS CAN THE MINISTER OUTLINE HOW OUR CHANGES WILL PROTECT ONTARIO STUDENTS AS WELL AS HOW WE PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE HEART BREAKINGLY BEEN VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE? >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Mr. SPEAKER IT’S OBVIOUS THAT FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE THE PRIORITY FOR US ALL IS THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN UNDER OUR REFORMS NO LONGER CAN AN EDUCATOR BE REINSTATED FOLLOWING REFUSE INDICATION FOR SEXUAL ABUSE OR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY THEY WILL NO LONGER WORK IN THIS PROVINCE IF THEY HAVE THAT HISTORY WE WILL REVOKE ALL CERTIFICATES RETROACTIVELY IT ALL MEMBERS GUILTY OF PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT DEALING WITH ACTS OF SEXUAL ABUSE OR ACTS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ALL GLYNNRY DECISION UNDER THIS GOVERNMENT WILL BE PUBLIC FOR PARENTS TO SEE AND FOR ALL TO KNOW WE ARE MANDATING A SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM FOR BOTH COLLEGES TO AGAIN REINFORCE THE IMPORTANCE OF CHILD PROTECTION AND WE ARE EXTENDING SUPPORT, THERAPY AND COUNSELLING TO THE VICTIMS OF THE KID THEMSELVES WE ARE FULLY COMMITTED TO THE SAFETY OF KIDS THESE REFORMS ENDORSED BY THE CHAIR OF THE COLLEGE SAYING THIS MIRRORS AND REGIONAL POLICE FORCES NUMEROUS RECOMMENDATIONS WE HAVE MADE IT PROVIDES CONFIDENCE THAT WE’LL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES >> The Speaker: THE NEXT QUESTION, MEMBER FOR PARKDALE-HIGH PARK >> MY QUESTION IS FOR THE PREMIER A NEW REPORT FROM THE CHIEF CORONER’S OFFICE HAS REVEALED A HORRIFYING STATE OF THE OVERDOSE CRISIS IN ONTARIO WE ARE ON TRACK TO SEE 2,300 DEATHS FROM OVERDOSE BY THE END OF THE YEAR A RECORD HIGH AND INCREASE OF OVER 50% FROM LAST YEAR AN INDEPENDENT FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST FOUND NO CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE MINISTER OF HEALTH AND TOP OFFICIALS AT ALL THIS YEAR IT’S CLEAR THE OVERDOSE CRISIS IS NOT A PRIORITY FOR THIS GOVERNMENT WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE TO THE MORE THAN 2,000 FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE TO OVERDOSE THIS YEAR? >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF HEALTH >> THANK YOU, THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER FOR THE QUESTION THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS ISSUE AND ONE THAT WE ARE TAKING VERY SERIOUSLY IN ONTARIO AS YOU WILL KNOW JUST BEFORE WE WERE STRUCK WITH COVID-19 IN THE PROVINCE WE ISSUED A ROAD MAP TO WELLNESS, A COMPREHENSIVE MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION STRATEGY FOR THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO WE ARE INVESTING $3.8 BILLION OVER TEN YEARS IN STRATEGIES TO HELP WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND WITH ADDICTION PROBLEMS WE HAVE ALSO — WE ARE INVESTINS YEAR THE FUNDS ARE FLOWING FOR THAT WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASE IN ADDICTIONS AND OVERDOSES FROM OPIOIDS AND BE OTHER ISSUES — AND OTHER ISSUES THAT’S WHY WE OPENED THE CONSUMPTION AND TREATMENT SERVICES SITES IN THE FIRST PLACE THOSE ARE WORKING HARD

WE ARE HOPING THAT THERE WILL BE OTHER COMMUNITIES THAT WILL APPLY THERE ARE STILL OPENINGS WHERE MUNICIPALITIES CAN APPLY IF THEY ARE HAVING SIGNIFICANT PROBLEMS WE CERTAINLY KNOW THAT THERE ARE PROBLEMS ACROSS THE PROVINCE THEY ARE THERE TO HELP PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO CONSUME WHATEVER SUBSTANCE THEY’RE CONSUMING TO MAKE SURE THEY DON’T OVERDOSE AND WILL BE SAFE I’LL HAVE MORE IN MY SUPPLEMENTAL >> The Speaker: THE MEMBER >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER MY QUESTION TO THE PREMIER SPEAKER,ING LAST TUESDAY I MET WITH DENISE IN SUDBURY TO DISCUSS THE SEPTEMBER 8 OECD OF HER SON MYLES MYLES WAS 22 YEARS OLD, AN ATHLETE AND HE LOVED FOOTBALL MYLES WAS ADDICTED TO OPIOIDS AND TRIED TO GET HELP SEVERAL TIMES BUT NONE WAS AVAILABLE LAST TUESDAY I WALKED DENISE AND TWO DAUGHTERS TO VISIT MYLES’ MEMORIAL CROSS IN SEPTEMBER MYLES’ CROSS WAS ALONE WHEN WE VISITED LAST WEEK THERE WERE 20 TODAY THERE ARE 33 BY THIS WEEKEND THERE WILL BE 51 THE OPIOID DEATH RATE IN NORTHERN ONTARIO IS TWICE THAT OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO FAMILY MEMBERS ARE MOURNING AND LOCAL RESOURCES ARE OVERWHELMED MY QUESTION IS WILL THE PREMIER ADMIT TO IMMEDIATELY INCREASE FUNDING TO HELP ONTARIANS LIKE DENISE AND HER FAMILY? >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF HEALTH >> THANK THANK YOU, Mr. SPE FIRST LET ME EXPRESS MY CONDOLENCES TO MYLES’ FAMILY AND ALL OF THE OTHER FAMILIES WHO HAVE LOST ANYONE THROUGH AN OVERDOSE THROUGH ADDICTIONS OF ANY KIND THAT IS SOMETHING WE — NONE OF US WANT TO SEE HAPPEN IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO THAT’S WHY WE BROUGHT FORWARD OUR ROAD MAP TO WELLNESS TO MAKE SURE THAT ACROSS ONTARIO THAT INCLUDES NORTHERN ONTARIO, SOUTHERN, EASTERN, WESTERN ONTARIO THAT WE CAN HAVE THAT CORE BASKET OF MENTAL HEALTH, ADDICTIONS AND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT THAT’S WHY THE MENTAL HEALTH CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE WAS SET UP IN THE SAME WAY THAT CANCER CARE ONTARIO WAS SET UP TO ENSURE THAT ALL PARTS OF ONTARIO HAVE EXCELLENT CANCER SERVICES AND THE CONTRIBUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION IS BEING SET UP TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL PARTS OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SUPPORT MANY AREAS DON’T HAVE CONSUMPTION SERVICES SITES OR WITHDRAWAL MANAGEMENT THIS THEY NEED THAT’S WHAT WE’RE BRINGING FORWARD IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO >> The Speaker: THE MEMBER FOR SIMCOE-GREY >> MY QUESTION TODAY IS FOR THE MINISTER OF HERITAGE, SPORT, TOURISM AND CULTURE INDUSTRIES MUST BE BUSY WITH THE TITLE ALONE TOURIST OPERATORS IN MY RIDING WERE PLEASED TO LEARN ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO MAKE THIS YEAR THE YEAR OF ONTARIO VACATION BUT THERE WEREN’T A LOT OF DETAILS THE MINISTER KNOWS THAT TOURISM IS AT THE HEART OF OUR LOCAL ECONOMY IN SIMCOE-GREY, A MAJOR PARTICIPANT IN THIS INDUSTRY IS THE SKI RESORT BUSINESS ALTHOUGH PEOPLE ARE ASKED NOT TO TRAVEL NOW BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC MANY ARE BUYING SEASON PASSES RIGHT NOW, LIKE SKI PASSES AND ARE ASKING IF THESE READS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR A 20% REBATE I ASKED THE MINISTER WHO ADVICE SHE MIGHT HAVE FOR THOSE BOOKING AND REPAYING FOR A STAYCATION NOW WITH RESPECT TO KEEPING THEIR RECEIPTS, BASICALLY WHEN DO YOU EXPECT THE PROGRAM TO START >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER OF HERITAGE, SPORT, CULTURAL AND TOURISM >> THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, AND THANK YOU TO MY FRIEND FROM SIMCOE-GREY I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT BLUE MOUNTAIN AND CLARKBERG THAT IS EFFECTIVELY NAMED ARTSBERG BY THE LOCALS HE’S RIGHT WE HAVE A $1 BE 50 MILLION ONTARIO TRAVEL TAX INCENTIVE THAT WILLABLE ROLLING OUT IN LIKELY EARLY APRIL OR PERHAPS IN THE SPRING WE WANTED TO MICK SURE THAT THAT WE SIGNAL — MAKE SURE THAT WE SIGNALED TO THE INDUSTRY HARDEST HIT DURING THE PANDEMIC THAT WE WILL BE THERE FOR THEM WE WILL BE INVESTING AND WE’RE WORKING THE TOURISM ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO AS WELL AS OUR REGIONAL ORGANIZATION TO SEE HOW TO BEST ADAPT THIS PROGRAM, THE MOST GENEROUS IN CANADA AND WE CALLED ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT SOMETHING SIMILAR TO WE CAN GET PEOPLE GOING AROUND THE PROVINCE AGAIN I WANT TO BE CLEAR THOUGH THAT WE ARE ENCOURAGING ONTARIANS ONLY TO TRAVEL WHEN SAFE TO DO SO AND AT THE MOMENT NOW WE ARE NOT ENCOURAGELING PEOPLE TO GO ON STAYCATIONS AROUND THE PROVINCE IN FACT WE’RE TRYING TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE DAY SAFE WHEN IT IS SAFE AND WE FEEL CONFIDENT WE WANT — >> The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> THANK YOU, THANK YOU TO THE MINISTER FOR THAT RESPONSE THANK YOU FOR VISITING MIGHT GO RIDING A COUPLE OF TIMES SINCE THE PANDEMIC THAT I’M AWARE OF THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING ME IN THOSE VISITS MAYBE COME UP AGAIN AND BRING THE HEALTH AND THE EDUCATION MINISTER WHICH IS MY THEME, TRAVELLING MINISTERS WOULD BE

GREAT THEY’RE WELCOME ANYTIME TO THE RIDING OF SIMCOE-GREY YOU MENTIONED STAYCATIONS AND PEOPLE NOT ENCOURAGED TO TRAVEL NOW AGAIN I NEED SOME CLARIFICATION IF THEY’RE BUYING OR PAYING FOR A VACATION NEXT YEAR PRESUMABLY WHEN THEY CAN TRAVEL, WILL THEY BE ELIGIBLE? THOUGHTS ON THAT >> I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION AND THE HEALTH MINISTER AND THE EDUCATION MINISTER WOULD LIKE TO GO AND VISIT YOUR RIDING TO BE PERFECTLY CLEAR WE HAVE A WHITE PAPER PROCESS UNVEILED IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS WHERE WE’RE GOING TO BE ASKING OPERATORS FROM TOURISM AND CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS AND SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS TO BE IN A STRATEGIC FIVE-YEAR PLAN CENTRE PIECE OF THAT PLAN WILL BE REDEVELOPMENT OF ONTARIO PLACE AS WELL AS THIS TOURISM AND TRAVEL TAX CREDIT THOSE DETAILS ARE BEING WORKED OUT BETWEEN MINISTRY OFFICIALS OF FINANCE AND MY MINISTRY AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH OPERATORS SUCH AS SKI HILLS I RECOGNIZE THE QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS WITH RESPECT TO CAPACITY LIMITS AND SO THE MINISTRY ALONG WITH THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH IS WORKING THE DETAILS OUT AND WE’LL HAVE CLARIFICATION FOR ALL CONSTITUENTS IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS >> The Speaker: THANK YOU THE NEXT QUESTION THE MEMBER FOR LONDON NORTH CENTRE >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER MY QUESTION TO THE PREMIER, THIS GOVERNMENT HAS HAD MONTHS TO INCREASE TESTING CAPACITY SO THAT FAMILY CAREGIVERS CAN VISIT LOVED ONES IN LONG-TERM CARE BUT WITH THE SECOND WAVE UPON US LONDONERS ARE FACING PORTRAYS, NOT FEWER ONE OF MY CONSTITUENTS, SHELBY TOLD ME TO VISIT HIS MOTHER IN LONG-TERM CARE HE DRIVES TO ST. THOMAS TO GET TESTED BECAUSE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET TESTED IN LONDON DOES THE PREMIER BELIEVE THAT CARETAKERS LIKE SHELDON SHOULD HAVE TO DRIVE OVER AN HOUR TO GET TESTED IN THE HOPES OF VISITING THEIR MOTHER? >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER OF LONG-TERM CARE >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER, THANK YOU TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE OUR GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES THE ESSENTIAL ASSISTANCE THAT CAREGIVERS PROVIDE LOVED ONES IN LONG-TERM CARE AND THAT IMPORTANCE OF WELL-BEING THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT THAT’S WHY WE’RE WORKING HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT SESSION CAREGIVERS CAN BE — ESSENTIAL CAREGIVERS CAN BE DESIGNATED TO GO INTO THE HOME AND ASSIST EVEN DURING AN OUTBREAK HOWEVER, I KNOW THAT THE TESTING HAS BEEN AN ISSUE IN SOME AREAS AND THAT’S SOMETHING WE’RE WORKING ON TO IMPROVE AND TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE POTENTIALLY THE CAREGIVERS CAN GET TESTING THROUGH THE HOME WE’RE WORKING TO MAKE THIS EASIER, RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF CAREGIVERS THANK THANK YOU FOR THE QUE >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> IT IS FINE FOR THE MINISTER TO SAY THEY RECOGNIZE IT BUT WE SEE A LACK OF SUPPORT FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS MY QUESTION IS BACK TO THE MINISTER, SPEAKER, ARE THE DELAYS THAT LONDONERS ARE FACING ARE UNACCEPTABLE AS IF DRIVING TO ST. THOMAS WASN’T ENOUGH SHELDON AND HIS WIFE EXPERIENCE SIGNIFICANT DELAYS GETTING RESULTS WITH THE BACKLOG IN THE COMMUNITY THERE’S NO GUARANTEE THAT THEY WILL GET TEST RESULTS IN TIME TO SEE THEIR 101-YEAR-OLD MOTHER LIVING IN LONG-TERM CARE SHELDON TOLD ME THAT EACH TIME IT’S BEEN TAKING LONGER, AND LONGER TO GET RESULTS WHY PART OF EIGHT MONTHS INTO THE PANDEMIC FAMILY CAREGIVERS STILL WAITING WEEKS TO VISIT THEIR PARENTS WHEN THIS GOVERNMENT HAS HAD MONTHS TO PREPARE FOR THE SECOND WAVE? >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER OF HEALTH >> WE HAVE INCREASED OUR TESTING CAPACITY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PANDEMIC WE TESTED APPROXIMATELY 4,000 A DAY AT THIS POINT WE ARE ABLE TO TEST OVER 50,000 SO WE HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT STRIDES HOWEVER, WE KNOW THAT WHEN FAMILY MEMBERS WANT TO VISIT THEIR LOVED ONES IN LONG-TERM CARE THEY NEED FASTER ANSWERS AND SOMETIMES IT’S TAKING LONGER THAN THE 48 HOURS, THAT IS THE — THAT WE’RE AIMING FOR BUT I BELIEVE AS THE PREMIER SAID THAT THE TEST THAT WE’RE RECEIVING NOW, THEBAN -O WILL PROVIDE RESULTS QUICKLY ON SITE WE HAVE RECEIVED AND SENT 70,000 OF THE PAN BIO TO HOSPITALS AND LONG-TERM CARE HOMES AND I THINK YOU’LL FIND THAT THE TURNAROUND TIME FOR TESTS WILL BE INCREASED CONSIDERABLY AS WE SEND THEM TO LONG-TERM CARE HOMES >> The Speaker: THE NEXT QUESTION MEMBER FROM SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD >> MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF HEALTH “THE TORONTO STAR” UNEARTHED AN INTERM REPORT FROM THE SCARBOROUGH HEALTH NETWORK THAT SHOWED ALARMING TRENDS 14% OF TESTS AT ASSESSMENT CENTRES COMES BACK POSITIVE, TRIPLE THE PROVINCIAL AVERAGE THERE ARE OUTBREAKS IN 13 SCARBOROUGH LONG-TERM CARE HOMES, SCARBOROUGH’S THREE HOSPITALS ARE TREATING A QUARTER OF ALL HOSPITALIZATIONS IN TORONTO AND IN PEEL AND MANY

SCARBOROUGH SCHOOLS ARE IN OUTBREAKS HOT SPOT COMMUNITIES HAVE NOT HAD A BREAK SINCE THE PANDEMIC BEGAN THEY LIVE IN HIGH RISES, MULTIGENERATIONAL HOMES AND MANY RESIDENTS ARE ESSENTIAL WORKERS AND IN HEALTH CARE OR ELSEWHERE ON THE FRONTLINES THEY FACE A HIGHER RISK OF CONTRACTING COVID-19 WITH FEW OPTIONS TO SELF-ISOLATE SPEAKER, THROUGH TO TO THE MINISTER, WILL YOU STEP IN AND PROVIDE THE RESOURCES NECESSARY FOR THE RESIDENTS IN DENSE HOUSING TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 BY WORKING WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SET UP — >> The Speaker: THANK YOU MINISTER OF HEALTH FOR REPLY >> THE SHORT ANSWER IS YES WE WILL I WOULD LIKE TO READ JUST A STATEMENT THAT WE RECEIVED FROM THE SCARBOROUGH HEALTH NETWORK VERY RECENTLY OUR COMMUNITY IS AN EXPLICITLY ACKNOWLEDGED HOT SPOT FOR SOME TIME THIS IS A KNOWN ISSUE AND WE’VE BEEN RECEIVING SUPPORT THROUGH THE SCARBOROUGH HEALTH NETWORK, PUBLIC HEALTH AND ONTARIO HEALTH RESOURCES TO SUPPORT TESTING, LONG-TERM CARE AND INCREASED HOSPITAL CAPACITY ARE ALIGNED WITH COMMUNITY PREVALENCE WE ARE PROVIDING SUPPORTS WITH RESPECT TO TESTING, WITH RESPECT TO MAKING SURE THAT WE CAN PROVIDE WHATEVER SUPPORT THAT THE SCARBOROUGHEST NETWORK NEEDS I WILL RESPOND WITH RESPECT TO THE ISSUE OF QUARANTINE IN SOME SUPPLEMENTARY >> The Speaker: SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER I APPRECIATE THE HOPE THAT I’M HEARING FROM THE MINISTER OF HEALTH BECAUSE WE NEED MORE TESTING AND RESOURCES DEDICATED TO THESE HOT SPOTS MINISTER, THE SITUATION IN SCARBOROUGH IS UNACCEPTABLE THE AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST POSITIVITY RATE HAVE POPULATIONS THAT ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY LOW INCOME PEOPLE ARE OFTEN FROM THE BLACK COMMUNITIES AND INDIGENOUS AND OTHER COMMUNITIES OF COLOUR WHEN SHOWING POVERTY BY POSTAL CODE IT USES THE MEASURABLE AFTER TAXES THE WAHLBERG COMMUNITY STANDS OUT IN NEED IT’S NOT SURPRISING THAT IT IS CONSISTENTLY HIGH FOR COVID-19 POSITIVITY SOME OF THE HARDEST HIT POCKETS OF SCARBOROUGH HAVE SOME OF THE LOWEST TESTING RATES BECAUSE THEY ARE ISOLATED FROM THE PERMANENT ASSESSMENT CENTRES THE SCARBOROUGH HEALTH NETWORK IS DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB WITH POP-UP ASSESSMENT CENTRES I VISITED ONE LAST WEEK AND SAW THE HARD WORKING STAFF AND AT FRONTLINES THEY’RE DOING ALL THEY CAN BUT THE SOLUTION JUST ISN’T ENOUGH THERE’S MORE THAT IS NEEDED SPEAKER, I’M ASKING YOU — >> The Speaker: THANK YOU THANK YOU THE MINISTER TO REPLY >> I CAN ADVISE THAT WE ARE PROVIDING SPECIAL SPORTS TO PARTS OF TORONTO THAT ARE HOT SPOTS AND NO QUESTION THAT SCARBOROUGH IS IN THAT ZONE WE KNOW THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED INCLUDING ABILITY OF POOR PEOPLE TO HAVE GREATER ACCESS TO TESTING THAT’S WHY IN ADDITION TO THE ASSESSMENT CENTRES THERE ARE LIMITED WALK-INS FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT ABLE FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS TO BOOK ONLINE OR TO CALL TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WE ALSO HAVE POP-UP CENTRES AND MOBILE TESTING UNITS WE ARE ALSO WORKING, MANY OF THE HOSPITALS ARE WORKING WITH UNIT THAT SUPPLY OTHER HEALTH FACILITIES LOCALLY TO CREATE THAT BOND AND TRUST IN THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH PEOPLE SO THEY WILL GO INTO FOR TESTING AND THEY HAVE THAT RELATIONSHIP — >> The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE NEXT QUESTION THE MEMBER FOR THUNDER BAY-ATIKOKAN >> THANK YOU, SPEAKER MY QUESTION IS FOR THE MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORCE I FORESTRY THE GOVERNMENT’S BUDGET BILL 229 MAKES CHANGES TO THE CONSERVATION AUTHORITY ACT CONSERVATION ONTARIO SAYS, CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE PLANNING ROLE FOR CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES WHICH COULD PUT MORE PEOPLE AT RISK RATHER THAN PROTECT THEM FROM NATURAL HAZARDS OTHERS HAVE ECHOED THAT SENTIMENT WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR PROTECTING ONTARIANS FROM NATURAL HAZARDS SPEAKER, WHY IS THIS GOVERNMENT CHANGING THE ROLE OF CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES AND PUTTING ONTARIANS AT RISK DURING A PANDEMIC? >> The Speaker: THE MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION >> THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER, FOR THAT QUESTION FROM THE MEMBER OPPOSITE YOU KNOW, MY RESPONSE IS THIS LEGISLATION WILL PUT THROUGH SCHEDULE 6 IN THE BILL IS ACTUALLY GOING TO ALLOW CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES TO FOCUS IN ON CORE MANDATES AND AT THE SAME TIME ADDRESS THE NONMANDATED PROGRAM AND AGREEMENTS THROUGH TO THE MUNICIPALITIES IT ENSURES ACCOUNTABILITY WHICH IS LACKING THIS CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES AT THIS POINT TO COUNCILLORS AND MUNICIPALITIES CAN UNDERSTAND WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING AND HOW IT’S SPENT BUT AT THE SAME TIME THE CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES WILL OPEN THEIR DOOR TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ON THE VALUE OF

WHAT THIS HE DO — WHAT THEY DO THIS DOESN’T AFFECT THE HADSARDS IN THE COMMUNITIES, FLOODS OR EROSION AND INCLUDING WATER PROTECTION, Mr. SPEAKER, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO THE MEMBER OPPOSITE’S FURTHER QUESTIONS SO I CAN CONTINUE — >> The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH THE SUPPLEMENTARY QUESTION, MEMBER FROM NIAGARA FALLS >> THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER AGAIN TO THE MINISTER, IF YOU CAME TO NIAGARA AND SPOKE DO TO THE RESIDENTS YOU WILL KNOW HOW HARD THEY WORKED TO GET OUR CONSERVATION AUTHORITY BACK ON TRACK INSTEAD OF CONTROVERSY AND LAWSUITS THE REGION HAS DEDICATED CITIZEN THAT ARE FOCUSSED ON PROTECTING NIAGARA’S ADVISEMENT — ENVIRONMENT THIS INCLUDES ENVIRONMENTALISTS, PROFESSORS, LIFELONG CITIZENS VOLUNTEERS AND A VETERAN, ALL OF WHOM ARE DEDICATED TO OUR LOCAL ENVIRONMENT NOW IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC BUDGET YOU QUIETLY HID A LINE THAT REMOVES ALL THE NIAGARA CITIZEN REPRESENTATIVES AND TAKES AWAY THEIR VOICE MINISTER, WE HAVE NO INTENTION OF GOING BACK TO THE WAY THINGS WERE OR LETTING DEVELOPMENT RUN RAMPANT OVER OUR GREEN SPACE AND NATURAL HERITAGE WILL YOU SIDE WITH THE PEOPLE OF NIAGARA AND KEEP THESE CITIZENS’ VOICES ON THE MPCA BY STRIKING DOWN THIS FLAWED LEGISLATION? THANK YOU >> The Speaker: MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT QUESTION MR. SPEAKER, I HAVE TO THE NIAGARA FALLS AREA IT’S BEAUTIFUL AND NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES MY WIFE AND I LOVE TO VISIT I’M SURE WE’LL HEAD THERE TO SUPPORT THE STAYCATION THAT IS THE GOVERNMENT IS PROCEEDING FLOATING IN THE UPCOMING BUDGET AND HOPEFULLY THE MEMBER LOPS SUPPORT THAT Mr. SPEAKER, WE’RE ENSURING ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY WE BELIEVE THAT COUNCILLORS WHO ARE DULY ELECTED ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE BY THE ELECTORATE, Mr. SPEAKER, AND THEY WILL DO THEIR JOB ON THE BOARDS OF CONCENTRATION AUTHORITY, Mr. SPEAKER, TO ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY IS IN PLACE RIGHT NOW, Mr. SPEAKER, THE CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES ARE ANSWERING TO NOBODY THEY HAVE NO APPEAL PROCESS FOR THE ORDERS, Mr. SPEAKER WE ARE GOING TO PUT FORTH MEASURES IN THIS BILL, THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS ARE IN LIN- >> The Speaker: THANK YOU, THANK YOU VERY MUCH THAT CONCLUDES QUESTION PERIOD THIS MORNING I’M INFORMED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE LEADER HAS A POINT OF ORDER >> THANK YOU, Mr. SPEAKER IN ACCORDANCE WITH STANDING ORDER 59 TO PROVIDE AN ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR NEXT WEEK ON MONDAY WE WILL BE DEALING WITH AN OPPOSITION DAY MOTION AND WE WILL THEN CONTINUE ON WITH BILL 213 ON TUESDAY WE WILL IN THE MORNING WE WILL DEAL WITH A BUDGET MOTION, CONTINUING ON WITH THE BUDGET MOTION IN THE AFTERNOON THAT CONTINUES ON WEDNESDAY MORNING AS WELL AS THURSDAY ON THURSDAY WE WILL BE CONTINUING ON OUR PATH TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE MORE PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BILLS INFORMED THIS HOUSE WE WILL BRING FORWARD MAGNA CARTA DAY ACT AND THE GREAT BILL FOR THE MEMBER OF OTTAWA WEST NAP, THE TIME AMENDMENT ACT AND ON THURSDAY MORNING PRIOR TO QUESTION PERIOD THERE IS A LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENT WHICH WAS BROUGHT FORWARD IN A PREVIOUS PARLIAMENT BY THE MPP FOR PARKDALE-HIGH PARK THAT WE RECOGNIZE TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE WE WILL BE DOING THAT THURSDAY BEFORE QUESTION PERIOD THE PRIVATE MEMBERS BUSINESS WILL BE BALLOT ITEM 36 MONDAY MORNING IN THE NAME OF Mr. WILSON THE BALLOT ON TUESDAY, BALLOT ITEM NUMBER 37 STANDING IN THE ANYTIME OF Mr. BISSON WE DON’T HAVE NOTICE WHAT HAVE THAT IS BUT I DO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF LAKES AND STREAMS SO MAINLY ONE OF THOSE WILL BE — MAYBE ONE OF THOSE WILL BE A PRIORITY BALLOT ITEM NUMBER 38 TO BE DEBATED ON WEDNESDAY IS IN THEIR AND BALLOT ORDER NUMBER 39 ON THURSDAY IN THE NAME OF Mr Mr. BANCROFT >> THE GOVERNMENT GAVE US THE BUSINESS FOR NEXT WEEK BUT MY PRIVATE MEMBER’S BILL IS ON THE ORDER PAPER PLAIN AND SIMPLE >> The Speaker: THIS ISN’T A DEBATE THIS HOUSE STANDS IN RECESS UNTIL 1 p.m