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News lines: "Ford seeks emergency powers for up to two years" - "Trump donors among the first U.S. companies awarded with corona virus relief loans" - "Here are some of the billionaires who got PPP loans while small businesses went bankrupt"...!









News lines: "Ford seeks emergency powers for up to two years" - "Trump donors among the first U.S. companies awarded with corona virus relief loans" - "Here are some of the billionaires who got PPP loans while small businesses went bankrupt"...!


Ford seeks emergency powers for up to two years
Antonella Artuso
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Published:
July 7, 2020

Updated:
July 7, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

https://torontosun.com/news/provincial/ford-seeks-emergency-powers-for-up-to-two-years


Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks at his daily briefing at Queen's Park. Jack Boland / Toronto Sun

The Doug Ford government introduced legislation Tuesday that would allow it to continue its current public health emergency measures for up to two years.

Ford brushed off suggestions that he’s abandoned his free-market boosterism and morphed into Premier Nanny.

“I don’t want a power grab,” Ford said. “I’m just not into big government — I’m just not — but we have to do it.”

The strict public health measures, including the slow and cautious reopening of the economy, are the reasons Ontario’s COVID-19 situation is nowhere near as dire as that of the United States, he said.

Ontario reported 112 new cases on Tuesday, an increase of 0.3%, and two more deaths.

There have been 36,060 confirmed cases in total and 2,691 deaths in the province since the beginning of the pandemic.

Two dozen U.S. states have had to halt or roll back reopening plans because of spikes in COVID-19 cases.

The bill brought in by Ford’s government, the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, allows for a continuation of existing measures for one year with an option to extend for a second year with the approval of the legislature.

The order that long-term care staff work in only one facility to avoid spread of COVID-19 is one of those measures.

Attorney General Sylvia Jones said Bill 195 does not provide for the introduction of additional measures, but noted the government had that power if it wished.

The government has been extending its emergency powers in much shorter blocks of time, which won’t be necessary if the bill passes as expected.

“I don’t think there’s anyone in Ontario who wants to go back to a full shutdown, and the orders that we’re putting in place ensure that, in measured ways, we can make sure that we protect certain regions or certain businesses, if the need arises,” Jones said. “So the ability to react and respond quickly is what we are bringing forward, but we also want to bridge the gap between saying the declaration is over, imminently, but we do need certain restrictions to continue — in order to protect all of Ontario residents.”

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