Coronavirus | Canada’s Trudeau mobilizes federal workers in Toronto and rest of Ontario

Members of the Ontario government sit in the legislature in spring 2020

Members of the Ontario government sit in the legislature in spring 2020

Ottawa also called New Brunswick's Premier Blaine Higgs, whose province is dealing with a COVID crisis of its own, including a lockdown in the Edmundston region.

Still, COVID-19 daily case counts in Ontario continue to sky rocket, reaching more than 4,000 a day over the weekend, and hospitals are filling up with COVID-19 patients.

The situation is so bad that the federal government and other provinces are offering to answer Ontario's call for help.

The co-chair of Ontario's COVID-19 science advisory table said he almost resigned out of "desperation" on Friday when he saw that the province had not followed some of his group's most basic recommendations, including advice on protecting essential workers.

Nicolle Carlin says decision will be made by the all-party cabinet committee on COVID-19 and by cabinet with input from the health authorities. "We are not prepared to help Doug Ford go home, leaving a police-state in place while he allows COVID-19 to run rampant, overrun hospitals, and steal the lives of Ontarians who would otherwise make it through this", said Horwath.

The Ontario government's new measures have divided opinion in the province of 14.7 million people, with some saying it should have cracked down sooner while others see the restrictions as curbing civil liberties.

There was a particular irony in the Ford government initially giving police new powers to question people walking on the street or in their cars, in that they basically amounted to re-instituting police street checks.

It has since modified parts of that order relating to park playgrounds and policing powers.

He added that the federal government would be working directly with municipalities to deploy rapid testing to hard-hit locations and would cover the costs of relocating resources from other provinces who can spare them. On Saturday, the federal government announced a two-month extension for two mobile health units until June 30.

There was no immediate word from Ford on Trudeau's promise, but a spokeswoman for the province's health minister issued a statement expressing gratitude for the offer.

"What some people may not think is essential, someone else may say 'that is so essential, ' and the people want that service available to them", said Dr. David Williams.

As we look to expand our rollout of AstraZeneca to younger age groups and into more pharmacies, any delays to vaccine shipments would be devastating for Ontario right now as we battle the third wave of this pandemic.

"The role of government is to protect the citizens and keep them safe".

On Friday, the Premier extended the stay-at-home order to May 20, 2021 at the earliest in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants and put forth a ban on non-essential road travel from Manitoba and Quebec.

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