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PM, Ford trade jabs over crisis in long-term care
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jun 26, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday said the provinces “failed to support” long-term-care homes during the pandemic. (



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Ford to Trudeau: ‘Put your money where your mouth is’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday said the provinces “failed to support” long-term-care homes during the pandemic — an accusation that didn’t sit well with Premier Doug Ford. “Put your money where your mouth is. Help us out. We can’t do it alone,” he said. Their comments came after a report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information found the percentage of Canada's COVID-19 deaths that occurred in long-term-care facilities is roughly double the OECD average. “We’re supposed to be all in this together? Let’s all be in this together,” Ford said.

Long-term-care outbreaks drop

Meanwhile, the Toronto Star reports the number of long-term-care homes in Ontario with an active COVID-19 outbreak dropped below 60 for the first time in several weeks. Still, new cases continue to develop: in the past two days, 44 residents and 53 staff across the province tested positive for the virus.

Tory proposes police reforms

Toronto Mayor John Tory wants to create a non-police response team to deal with calls that do not involve weapons or violence — one in a series of reforms he plans to put to city council next week. “Despite our city being one of the world’s most diverse, systemic racism continues to be a real issue here in Toronto and there is much more all of us can do to confront it and to eliminate it,” he said.

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam tweeted that the proposal, which includes increased use of body cameras, is “not good enough.” publishing regional updates

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