Ontarians have been eagerly awaiting a huge drop in gas prices ever since Doug Ford was elected premier, after all, it was one of his major campaign promises. When the premier scrapped the cap and trade program everyone was hopeful our promised 10 cent decrease was right around the corner.
Gas prices are actually completely dependent on the seasons because different times of year and different temperatures require unique blends of gas. So a winter-blend of gas is actually cheaper to produce than a summer blend, meaning every fall and winter gas prices dip a bit.
In the summer, gas costs more because there are more additives to help burn better and also to ensure it doesn't evaporate in the warmer temperatures. On top of that, the process for refining summer-blend gas is more complicated, which affects the supply and demand.
Despite Doug Ford slashing the carbon tax when he cut the Cap and Trade program in an effort to save Ontarians 10 cents/litre at the pumps, the average price of gas in Ontario right now is around 130 cents, only two cents lower than when the Ford government cut cap and trade.
While there are a number of other factors that contribute to the price of gas, such as world events and the markets, in general Ontarians and all of Canada, can expect a decrease in the price at the pumps coming soon.
This is good news for Ontarians, but Doug Ford isn't celebrating (especially because he has nothing to do with it). On top of failing to lower gas prices himself, the Ontario government just lost majorly in court, forcing them to cancel legislation that cut Toronto's city council in half.
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On Sunday morning, May 16, Pastor Henry Hildebrandt led a service outside of the church at 10:30 a.m. The Church of God at Aylmer posted on Facebook the building "may be locked, but our God deserves all honour, glory, and praise."
A live stream was posted to YouTube and its Facebook page, which CBC News reports had 200 to 250 churchgoers present at the service without masks. In a court ruling on Friday, Ontario Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas instructed that the church remain closed until the provincial government permits public indoor gatherings at a 30% occupancy rate.
Pastor Hildebrandt apparently commented on the locked doors during his sermon, saying that churchgoers are at the service today "because we have the authority of God on our side."
David Musyj, CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital, reached out to the Public Health Agency of Canada to push for the ability for residents to travel to Detroit, MI, to receive a vaccine dose, or to have excess vaccinations be sent up to Windsor.
We’re still waiting to hear back on @WRHospital’s proposal to @GovCanHealth to allow Windsor to receive vaccine sup… https://t.co/hWJIWfUNaH
In an email sent to Narcity, Musyj confirmed anyone who travels to the U.S. for a vaccine may not have to quarantine for 14 days when they return as it is considered an "essential medical service or treatment."
PHAC wrote to Musyj saying travellers must provide certain documentation to border control when crossing.
Written evidence from a licensed Canadian healthcare practitioner that states medical services or treatments outside of the country are essential is required. A traveller also needs written evidence from a licensed health care practitioner in the U.S. to verify these services are able to be provided.
Anyone travelling to the U.S. for a vaccine must also ride in a private vehicle, have a vaccination appointment, and cannot stop for any other reason.
According to CTV News, Mayor Drew Dilkens proposed a motion at the city's council meeting Monday, May 17, asking the federal and provincial governments to work with public health officials in Detroit. He wants them to allow Windsor-Essex residents to "take advantage of numerous offers from U.S. officials to make surplus vaccines available to Canadians without a requirement to quarantine."
Mayor Dilkens is hoping Windsorites can have a "fully vaccinated" summer, instead of the one-dose summer that has been promised by the federal government.