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Mandatory mask use gathers steam
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 01, 2020
Ontario municipalities including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon are preparing to declare face coverings mandatory in public indoor spaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. (iStock.com/Sinenkiy)

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Mandatory mask use gaining momentum

Ontario municipalities including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon are preparing to declare face coverings mandatory in public indoor spaces to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Premier Doug Ford said mask use is “the golden rule” but that it was up to individual regions to decide whether to make it mandatory.

Ombudsman ‘shaken’ by jail conditions

Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé says he and his staff observed “disturbing” and “appalling” conditions in some provincial jails. His annual report includes a review of the province’s corrections system, noting some inmates are confined to overcrowded cells and places not designed for habitation. “It’s heart-wrenching to see the conditions in which those inmates are living,” he said. “I was shaken when I left that visit to the Thunder Bay jail.” Dubé’s office received a record 6,000 complaints from inmates last year.

Crown attorneys object to court reopening

The union representing Crown attorneys is seeking an injunction to stop the province from reopening courthouses, CBC News reports. The Ontario Crown Attorneys Association says there aren’t sufficient health and safety measures to reopen next week as planned. A spokesperson for the attorney general says new measures include plexiglass barriers, hand-sanitizer dispensers, and mandatory face coverings.

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