APRIL 22 2021: REACTION TO FEDERAL BUDGET LTC PROMISE & WHY THE THIRD WAVE IS DIFFERENT
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PATRICK BROWN ON SECTION 22 AND CALLING ON THE PREMIER FOR MORE VACCINE SUPPLY

Libby Znaimer is joined by Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown.

This week, we learned that Dr. Lawrence Loh, Peel Region’s medical officer of health, issued a Section 22 order to shut down businesses linked to five or more confirmed cases of COVID-19. Toronto Public Health followed suit shortly after. Mayor Brown weighs in on this and his call on Premier Ford to get more vaccine supply to pharmacies in Brampton, which is a hotspot. This morning, Premier Ford held a press conference from isolation where he apologized for the province’s initial plan for restrictions and police powers amid the third wave that had to be backpedaled just hours after public backlash. Mayor Brown comments on that. And, we congratulate the Mayor on the new addition to his family, a baby girl born on April 15!

SEGMENT 2:
REACTION TO $3-BILLION DOLLAR FEDERAL BUDGET COMMITMENT TO LTC

Libby Znaimer is joined by Lisa Levin, CEO of AdvantAge Ontario followed by Deb Schulte, Canada’s Minister of Seniors and the MP for King-Vaughan.

Earlier this week, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland delivered the federal budget–the first in two years–that included a $3-billion commitment over five years towards improving national long-term care standards. The only problem is, we’re not quite sure how that money will specifically be allocated. One thing’s for sure: there is an ongoing staffing crisis and lately there’s been a reported exodus of nurses from LTC going to vaccine clinics and testing centres to provide support.

SEGMENT 3:
WHY THE THIRD WAVE IS DIFFERENT

Libby Znaimer is joined by Dr. Timothy Sly, an epidemiologist and professor at the school of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University.

There’s no question that this third wave is different from the previous two and even though vaccination efforts have been ramping up, the variants continue to have the edge. Dr. Eileen de Villa has even referred to this as an entirely new pandemic. With mounting hospital pressures and cases higher than ever, can we expect to see the light at the end of the tunnel anytime soon? Meanwhile, the Ford government is facing criticism for ignoring the Science Advisory Table. Today, Ontario is reporting 3,682 COVID-19 cases and 40 deaths.

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