MPP David Piccini today provided a number of updates of actions by the Ford Government that impact Cobourg residents. They include an upgrade to Emergency Child care, changes to the availability of campgrounds (like Cobourg’s Trailer Park), clarification on allowed construction projects, rules on camping on Crown land and fishing (important at Cobourg/Factory creek and the Ganaraska river), help in hiring farm workers and more. Below are more details on each of these plus links to the source and/or expanded information.
Emergency Child Care
A plan to provide free Child Care to front-line workers was setup a few weeks ago but the list of eligible workers has now been expanded. See the full list of those eligible and make an application here.
Some snowbirds spend part of the year in Ontario but don’t have a permanent Canadian address since they normally stay in Seasonal campgrounds. This has been a problem since these campgrounds were closed but they may now open:
….only to accommodate residents who are in need of housing and have no other place to go. However, in an effort to maintain physical distancing, shared facilities such as pools, recreation rooms, and bathrooms must remain closed. In addition, only trailers and RVs with utility service will be permitted.
It’s not known how this will affect the Base Camp now setup in Cobourg’s trailer park. Nor is it known how many people in this category normally stay in Cobourg.
iPads for Students
The Provincial government is partnering with Rogers Communications and Apple to provide iPads with Rogers LTE data to support children learning and working from home. Rogers is also helping with providing high-speed, low-cost internet to subsidized tenants and members of housing partners across Ontario. Internet from Rogers to homes is unlikely in Cobourg since Rogers only provides mobile service here, not cable Internet but the iPads should also connect to any WiFi service in homes. An accompanying statement by Ford suggested that schools may not reopen until September or even later but that students will be graduating this year. (CP24 News Item)
Camping on Crown land and Fishing
Ccamping on Crown land is prohibited but “at this time, fishing and hunting remain open in Ontario”. All rules and regulations are in effect but with the usual Covid-19 rules:
- Check for local restrictions on outdoor areas
- Practice physical distancing – stay 2 metres from other people
- Do not gather in groups while hiking, fishing, or hunting
As of April 4, 2020, at 11:59 pm, only critical construction projects are permitted to continue, including industrial projects such as refineries and petrochemical plants and infrastructure projects such as new hospitals, roads and bridges. New starts in residential projects will stop, while residential construction that is near completion will continue.
This would seem to permit continuation of residential projects like the Legion Condos on Hibernia, the Golden Plough Lodge project and no doubt others. (Source info here)
Jobs for Farm workers
On Friday, April 17, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced up to $1 million in new funding to connect workers with in-demand jobs in the agri-food sector to keep the nation’s supply chains strong and store shelves stocked during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This will help “primary agriculture, food processing companies and grocery retail to recruit and train workers who are vital to keeping the essential food supply chain functioning.”
There were also announcements about allowing insurance companies to provide rebates and $20M funding for research on ways to combat Covid-19. This includes working on a vaccine. Ford is quoted as saying: “Until we find a vaccine, going back to normal means putting lives at risk.”