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RECORDING: Virtual Town Hall

Friday, August 07, 2020

00:00 – WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS

Moderators:

  • Todd Tuckey, Barrie Chamber President
  • Paul Markle, Barrie Chamber of Commerce

Panel:

  • Mayor Jeff Lehman, City of Barrie
  • Andrea Khanjin, MPP Barrie – Innisfil
  • Doug Downey, MPP Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte
  • Doug Shipley, MP Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte
  • Rocco Rossi, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

00:04 - PANEL UPDATES

00:04 – City of Barrie, Mayor Jeff Lehman

https://www.barrie.ca/Living/City%20Services/Pages/Stay-Safe.aspx

00:11 – Andrea Khanjin, MPP Barrie - Innisfil

00:16 - Doug Downey, MPP Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte

00:23 - Doug Shipley, MP Barrie – Springwater – Oro-Medonte

00:28 - Rocco Rossi, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

00:37 – Q&A

00:38 - Will job protection be extended or expanded to protect parents who choose to home school this fall?

00:41 - I have two children, one in school, one in daycare. If my school aged child class is quarantined I will have to take my younger child out of daycare. Who will be expected to pay for the days I’m missing at daycare? Will I be working from home with kids and paying for daycare? Or will daycare have to sacrifice the costs and risk bankruptcy? This is going to be a repetitive situation as children have been separated for so long common cold will be likely.

As standard practice, many daycares have sick day policies that require parents to pay for absent days due to illness. With more stringent requirements for exclusion from daycare in place now, if a classroom has to be closed due to Covid-19, will there be support for parents who will still be expected to pay daycare fees? Particularly if they are unable to work during what is likely a 14-day exclusion period?

00:45 - How long do you expect that the Canada United grant application approval process will be? When we apply after the end of the month, how soon could we expect to hear back and receive the funds?

00:46 - With many companies looking for employees, and a skilled labour shortage already in place before Covid, is there additional funding being put forward to help employers train up new staff? Or to help employers in taking on more apprentices?

00:49 - Rec facilities are open now without change-room access, which works for swimming in the summer. What is the plan for when the weather gets colder? Is the city working on change-room options for when it’s too cold to go outdoors still wet from the pool?

00:51 - It was announced that the YMCA is closing in Barrie. What is being done with the facility that is being built downtown?

00:55 - I’m a self employed contractor. If my child is quarantined will I by extension be quarantined from work?

00:56 – CLOSING & ADJOURNMENT




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