EN - News

Ontario MPP Booted From Caucus After Saying Lockdown Is 'Deadlier' Than COVID-19

Ford says "Mr. Baber’s comments are irresponsible."

One Ontario MPP is now getting ejected from the Conservative party after publicly stating that Ontario's lockdown is actually "deadlier" than COVID-19.  

Roman Baber, MPP for York Centre, released a statement on Friday morning sharing his thoughts behind the new measures. 

Editor's Choice: Justin Trudeau Just Listed All The COVID-19 Benefits Canadians Can Get & What They're For

Effective immediately, Mr. Baber will no longer be sitting as a member of the PC Caucus and will not be permitted to seek re-election as a PC member. Doug Ford

Baber argues that the lockdowns have not been successful in curbing COVID-19 cases, but they have increased Ontario's overdose rates, mental health problems and eating disorders.

Due to these claims, the MPP called on Doug Ford to end the lockdown.  

However, Doug Ford later responded to the letter, stating that Baber is spreading "misinformation." 

In a letter from the premier, obtained by Narcity, he states, "Mr. Baber’s comments are irresponsible."

"By spreading misinformation he is undermining the tireless efforts of our frontline health care workers at this critical time, and he is putting people at risk. I will not jeopardize a single Ontarian’s life by ignoring public health advice." 

Ford also acknowledged how "devastating" these measures can be for some people, but the health and safety of Ontarians is his "number one priority." 

Due to this, the premier announced that Baber has been removed as a member of the PC Caucus, effective immediately. 

A Case Of The Omicron Variant Has Just Been Reported In The GTA

The person was in close contact with a traveller coming back from southern Africa.

Durham Region Health Department has announced that one person has tested positive for the COVID-19 Omicron variant on Thursday.

Health officials say the person was in "close contact" with another individual who had recently travelled back from "one of the identified countries in southern Africa," according to a press release.

Keep Reading Show less

There's a new way to find out if you've potentially been exposed to COVID-19, Toronto.

In a news release posted on December 2, City officials launched the COVID-19 Exposure Notifications page that will inform Torontonians of potential exposures that they could have come across in large settings.

Keep Reading Show less

The US Reported Its First Omicron Variant Case & Fauci Says It Was 'Just A Matter Of Time'

The infected person entered the U.S. before Omicron even had a name.

The Omicron variant has officially arrived in the United States and the White House is urging everyone who's eligible to get vaccinated ASAP.

The White House and the CDC confirmed the first U.S. case of COVID-19 caused by the new COVID-19 variant on Wednesday, one week after public health experts warned that it was becoming a problem in South Africa.

Keep Reading Show less

You know how to say "Delta" if you've flown with a certain airline, visited a certain town in B.C. or just been paying attention to COVID-19 virus variants as a human being on this Earth.

But have you figured out how to pronounce "Omicron" yet? Because some people — including the president of the United States — are still playing catchup with this not-so-popular letter from the Greek alphabet.

Keep Reading Show less