Chris Glover MPP, Spadina–Fort York

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Update May 1st

Published on May 1, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Happy May Day! May 1st is not only International Workers’ Day, in Ontario it’s First Responders’ Day.  The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t make the workers more valuable – it showed the world how valuable they have always been. Let’s make sure they get the wages and working conditions they’ve always deserved. And let’s make sure they’re never taken for granted again. 

It is also Doctors’ Day. In a show of support for doctors, join me and turn on your cell phone flashlight and shine on your balcony, porch or window at 9:00 pm tonight.

This week, while delivering care packages with Jennifer Evans (from Seeds of Hope) to people experiencing homelessness, I came across a woman who had just been offered housing. She said it was the first time in one-and-half years that she had a key and a door for a place of her own. Kudos to Mayor Tory, Councillor Cressy and City Council for providing permanent housing for the homeless. I am advocating for more provincial funding to support the city’s work.

Do you have an old cell phone in a drawer? Seeds of Hope is looking for phones for the homeless. They need them so social workers and other caregivers can keep in touch. If you have a phone you can contribute, please email my office.

In the wake of the Nova Scotia shootings last week, the federal government has banned military-grade "assault-style" weapons. Any action that can help to prevent more mass shootings like the ones in Nova Scotia or on the Danforth two years ago is absolutely essential.

As a sign that we are working through the pandemic, the province unveiled plans for reopening the economy, although there is no timeline yet. 

I hope you have been taking care, and I hope you have a good weekend! 

Stay safe, we’re getting through this together!


COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall

Join me, Councillor Joe Cressy, MP Adam Vaughan, BIA Executive Director John Kiru and preventative health strategist Genevieve Gee for our Telephone Town Hall where we take your questions regarding government supports, small businesses, or the next steps in fighting the pandemic.

On Tuesday, May 5th at 7:15 p.m., simply dial 1-877-229-8493 and enter ID number 116507 to join the call. Questions can also be emailed in advance to CGlover-CO@ndp.on.ca.


Latest Developments

  • Transportation: 
    • The Ministry of Transportation is offering a new free 511 app which will provide truck drivers immediate access to the information they need to stay safe, fed and rested while delivering essential goods across the province during the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • The Official Opposition is calling out the government’s continued failure to mandate auto insurance companies to lower their rates during the pandemic, pointing out that all auto insurance rates in Ontario are approved by the provincial government. We have been calling on the government to mandate a three-month, 50% discount to auto insurance. 
  • Post-Secondary Education: 
    • We are calling on the government to announce emergency financial support for colleges and universities, as Mohawk College anticipates having to make $50 million in cuts as a result of COVID-19. I’ve also been advocating for more international student support as the majority of this group has been left ineligible for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit. I’ve also been hearing from graduate students across the province who are calling for tuition reduction due to limited access to research labs and minimal supervision from professors.

For the Community

  • Food Drive for YMCA: YMCA of Greater Toronto will be hosting a food drive on Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at all nine of health and fitness centres. The West End YMCA will be open during these times to receive all non-perishable food items.
  • Food Handler’s Certificate: Looking for a way to expand your skills and build your resume during lockdown? You can get a food handler's certificate at a variety of online sources. Check out the following links for different course options:

Disability Issues

  1.   The MS Society’s FAQs and webpage on COVID-19 and MS including Hear from Experts – MS & COVID-19 webinar series
  2.   Disease-Modifying Treatment guidelines for COVID-19
  3.   The MS Society’s Knowledge Network: Connects people with MS Navigators who can provide information on all aspects of life with MS and are available to assist anyone in Canada from 8 am to 8pm, Monday to Friday. MS Navigators can be contacted through:
  •     Live Web Chat on the MS Society website
  •       Email: msnavigators@mssociety.ca,
  •       Phone: 1-844-859-6789.

The MS Society’s 1:1 Peer Support Program: This program is a telephone and internet-based program for individuals living with MS, and for caregivers and loved ones of people with MS.