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Province extends state of emergency; hydro rate now higher

Ontario is extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30 but Premier Ford insisted it does not mean the province’s re-opening will be put ‘on hold’.

The state of emergency was approved by the legislature on Tuesday as the provincial government continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are not out of the woods yet, so it is critical that we exercise caution to keep everyone safe, including protecting our most vulnerable citizens in long-term care homes, retirement homes and group homes,” stated Ford.

Health officials, he said, are working on the option of a regional model for a plan that reflects different parts of the province to reopen safely without unnecessary risks because a second wave of the virus is possible.

The declaration supports continued enforcement of emergency orders including allowing frontline care providers to redeploy staff where they are needed most, limiting long-term care and retirement home staff to working at one home, and preventing unfair pricing of necessary goods.

Meanwhile, the reduced time-of-use electricity rate of 10.1 cents per kilowatt has ended and a new “recovery rate” unitl Oct. 31 will be charged of 12.8 cents. It was not mentioned that the off-peak cost in May 2019 was 6.5 cents – about half the ‘recovery’ rate.

As of Nov. 1, a new system is to offer consumers the choice of sticking with time of use plans or going with a “tiered” service where rates vary according to consumption.

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