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We are writing to express our concern over reopening Ontario’s economy before public health protections are more fully established. 

The high number of PSWs among healthcare workers who have died to date makes it clear that too little is being done to support these essential workers and reduce their risk.

Dear Minister Elliott and Minister Smith,

Ontario’s most recent COVID-19 modelling, released on April 20, suggests we have reached the pandemic peak. By all accounts this represents a provincial turning point. But gains in slowing the spread of the virus are not equally felt or shared by all. The terms “community spread” and “congregate settings” obscure important differences in how this virus is spreading inequitably, and limit our ability to target scarce community resources where they are most needed.

Dear Minister Elliott and Dr. Williams,

Dear Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Elliott,

Ontario must bring a health equity lens to new COVID-19 test technologies and data tools

Dear Premier Ford, Deputy Premier Elliott and Dr Williams,

We are alarmed to hear the CMOH of Canada's most populous and diverse province say there is no need to collect data that tracks race and socio-demographic information.

During this turbulent COVID-19 pandemic, we rely on our leaders to boldly take action and put interventions in place that will limit the harms posed by the crisis. This makes the comments made by CMOH Dr. David Williams, during the April 10 COVID briefing all the more troubling.

Dear Hon. Deputy Premier and Minister Elliott and Hon. Minister Tibollo,

The deep impact of COVID-19 in Ontario is further complicated by another ongoing crisis - the opioid overdose and drug poisoning crisis affecting people and communities across our province. But while Health Canada has called on communities to adapt behaviours in order to contain COVID-19 and stop its community spread, people who use drugs cannot practice physical distancing without support from trusted healthcare providers.

We are in the midst of a global pandemic, one that will fundamentally transform our province. Early losses and rapid escalation have already shown us glimpses of the devastation COVID-19 will leave in its wake. This is an unprecedented moment. To change this pandemic’s trajectory we must be willing to ask difficult questions, including asking who is left behind in current responses and which communities are at increased risk of harm. We will not contain COVID-19 without bringing critical analysis and differential population health actions to our pandemic response.

Dear Minister Elliott and Minister Clark,

It’s been over two weeks since Ontario’s government declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis has only intensified in the days since. We write to you on behalf of community-led organizations who are deeply concerned about marginalized groups in our province facing a dire situation. We are especially concerned about people experiencing homeless and the precariously housed.

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