Ford to make announcement with Mayor John Tory today

Aug 11 2020, 1:12 pm

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is set to make an announcement with Mayor John Tory on Tuesday afternoon.

Both the premier and mayor will be joined by Long-Term Care Minister Merrillee Fullerton, and the president and CEO go Humber River Hospital Barbara Collins.

While details of the announcement have not been released, it is likely that Ford will face more questions on the province’s back-to-school plan, which has raised some concerns since it’s release.

The plan has mainly received criticism over classroom size for elementary students which will not be reduced for kindergarten to Grade 3.

However, Ford and Lecce have defended their decisions saying it was based on the “best medical minds” and classroom sizes are already the lowest in the country.

They also emphasized that no other plan in the country has mandated students wear masks Grade 4 and up, and that Ontario is investing the most money per student.

On July 30, the announced an additional $309 million funding for schools in order for students to have a conventional five-day week.

However, last week, Toronto Public Health recommended that the city’s largest school board reduce their class size for better physical distancing, which will reduce virus spread.

The press briefing will take place at 1 pm in Toronto.

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