Coronavirus: Feds approve Ontario’s request for military help at long-term care homes

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Date Published: April 23, 2020

Source: Global News

Canada’s Public Safety Minister, Bill Blair, has announced that the federal government has approved Ontario’s request for military assistance at long-term care homes amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford formally requested assistance from the Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Armed Forces to help with coronavirus outbreaks in long-term care homes. Ford said they would first be deployed to five ”priority homes” to provide additional personnel for staffing relief as well as assistance with operations, coordination, or medical care, logistics and general assistance to support day-to-day operations. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in his daily press conference that the federal government would approve requests for military assistance for provinces, but, “We shouldn’t have soldiers taking care of seniors.” He further went on to note that there will be an examination of how the country got to this point.

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