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Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces the government’s plan for reopening schools at Father Leo J. Austin Catholic Secondary School in Whitby, Ont., on July 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Empathetic incompetence? Ontario’s Doug Ford government at 2 years

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has presented an image of deep concern and empathy for the victims of COVID-19. But he's flailing when it comes to delivering proactive measures to fight the pandemic.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shakes hands with Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Parliament Hill in November 2019. Ford says he wants to work hand-in-hand with Ottawa. But apparently not when it comes to the environment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

‘New and improved’ Doug Ford doesn’t extend to the environment

There's been one notable exception to Doug Ford's supposed willingness to change direction: the environment.
A man injects drugs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Feb. 6, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Without safe injection sites, more opioid users will die

In the midst of a public health crisis, with increasing rates of death from opioid overdose, the Ontario government is clawing back life-saving measures.
A nurse wears protective clothing during the SARS outbreak at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto in 2003. This outbreak was the impetus for establishing the Public Health Agency of Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Frayer

Ontario public health cuts will endanger the public

From tackling the opioid crisis to preventing pandemic flu, a strong public health infrastructure is essential. Proposed cuts in Ontario will be disastrous.

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