JANUARY 26 2021: CANADA'S SLOW COVID-19 VACCINE ROLLOUT
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STRATEGY PANEL: CANADA’S SLOW COVID-19 VACCINE ROLLOUT

Libby Znaimer is joined by Karen Stintz, CEO of Variety Village, Charles Sousa, former Minister of Finance for Ontario, and Liberal MPP (Mississauga South), and John Capobianco, Senior Vice President & Senior Partner, FleishmanHillard HighRoad.

On today’s agenda: Canada’s slow vaccine rollout. It has become the central topic of discussion in the House of Commons. Was our government late to the party? Here at home, Premier Doug Ford is going to be appearing at Pearson airport this afternoon. Is that just a distraction from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in our long-term care homes? Also Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland launches consultations for the 2021 budget. And, across the border, President Biden signs the “Buy American” executive order. How exactly will that impact Canada’s economy?

MAYOR JOHN TORY JOINS FIGHT BACK
(27:47)

Libby Znaimer is joined by Toronto Mayor John Tory.

The last time Mayor Tory joined us was in early December and a lot has happened since. Today, he discusses the call from the GTHA mayors for provincial and federal support for sick pay, his joining Premier Ford in asking the federal government to increase travel restrictions, the province’s vaccine delays and more.

PREMIER FORD PROVIDES VACCINE ROLLOUT PLAN
(45:30)

Libby Znaimer is joined by Doris Grinspun,Chief Executive Officer of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO).

Yesterday Premier Doug Ford provided an update on the province’s vaccine distribution plan. According to the government, we will be receiving about 26,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by Feb. 1. Thus far, only 47,000 nursing home residents have received a first dose only. Meanwhile, another 17,000 or 18,000 have yet to be vaccinated. Doris responds to the Ford government’s slow rollout. She also explains her call for support for paid sick leave.

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