Toronto Mayor John Tory – COVID-19 Media Availability: March 23, 2020

Toronto Mayor John Tory – COVID-19 Media Availability: March 23, 2020


can people hear me yes you can hear me
okay I’m prepared to start whenever liven gives me the word I won’t
necessarily finish when she gives me the rope but I’ll start when she gives me
okay thank you Well good afternoon This afternoon I signed a document
declaring a State of Emergency in the City of Toronto after
receiving advice from our Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Office of The Emergency Management through my office I’ve also been in communication with the members of Toronto City Council and have spoken personally to both
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Doug Ford [French language spoken] we know the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase in our city and
that the next few days are absolutely crucial in our ongoing efforts to slow
down the spread of COVID-19 in making this declaration I strongly encourage
our residents to continue to take every precaution in protecting yourselves and
protecting your fellow citizens stay at home, stay safe and only buy essential
supplies for example once a week as premier Ford said last week when he
declared a provincial emergency and he’s repeated very forcefully today we need
to do everything we can to spread down to turn down the curve on COVID-19 we
need to do everything we can this is a battle we must win but we’re only going
to win it if we all work together we all joined together to do what’s right and
to do what has been advised to us by the health experts we have to take action
all together and now this decision was not taken lightly at 10 a.m. this
morning I had a call with Chief Pegg and Dr. Eileen de Villa our Medical
Officer of Health where they recommended a declaration of emergency they told me that they thought this would help us to
maximize the city’s ability to do everything possible as quickly as
possible to fight this virus to win this battle I’ve always told them and I’ve
always told the people of Toronto since this began that I would never hesitate
to make that declaration if the recommendation came from our
professional city staff and our professional Public Health staff as it
did today. I then notified both Premier Ford and Prime Minister Trudeau this
morning that we will be taking this action this is all part of an overall
collaborative effort with Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Ford both of whom
I’ve been working very well with throughout this crisis today. I’ve been in frequent contact with the Premier throughout including late last night and
we’ve seen absolutely eye-to-eye as we continue to do on the need to take
various actions which have been taken to date to protect our people. Well I thank the residents and businesses who are listening to public health advice and
practicing social distancing we know from our public health professionals and
just from videos and from watching the media that there are many who for some
reason unknown to me almost unimaginable they are continuing to put their health
at risk and put the health of our entire community at risk this is behavior that
is selfish it is unacceptable and it cannot continue this declaration sends
the strongest possible message that I can as the mayor of the City of Toronto
to our residents to stay home and please to change their behavior I continue to ask all non-essential businesses to close as the Medical Officer of Health has urged publicly a number of times and as the
Government of Ontario is now ordering I fully support the Premier’s announcement
today I believe a province-wide closure order for non-essential businesses is
the right approach I understand as I know he does that when you do this kind
of thing that it unintentionally creates some hardship for people but the clear
and only intention the clear and only intention as we make these decisions is
to help the public good to get us healthy again as people and as a city so
that we can get back to our lives and get back to the success we were enjoying
before this all began I have been clear that I will also support
further recommendations and orders from the Medical Officer of Health and from the
Federal and Provincial Governments if people do not comply with the need to
stay home the need to distance themselves two metres from others and the
need for those who recently have travelled to self isolate well the declaration doesn’t change the level 3 status of the city’s Emergency Operations Center it does provide city staff and me with the necessary flexibility needed to access resources in a more timely way to be flexible so
that we can continue to keep the city functioning and safe and as healthy as
possible right now across Toronto our health care workers are confronting the
reality of COVID-19 and I am making this emergency declaration in support of them
and all city workers and first responders focused on this crisis to
make sure that we back them up in saving lives in flattening the curve and in
protecting our health care system I know this is an incredibly tough time for
Toronto residents and indeed for people across Canada and in many parts of the
world I want people in Toronto to know that we are doing everything we can at
the city to fight this virus while continuing to deliver the essential and
critical services that Torontonians rely on as well as to determine together with
the other governments ways in which we can support people in their daily lives
including with regard to the impact this is all having on their finances I remain confident that we will get through this pandemic by continuing to work together
and by making sure that everyone everyone without exception is following
the advice of our public health professionals just as generations before
us faced tough times and overcame them we will get through this and I know
there will be better days ahead the amount of time involved in this while it
seems long and it is long and it’s painful in many respects is a very short
period of time in a lifetime in a career and in the life of a family and so
that’s why we have to get through this as fast as we possibly can so that we
can get back to family life, get back to the work life, get back to normal life
and get back to the life that we all are so privileged to enjoy here in the
City of Toronto and I strongly believe that the actions we are undertaking now
together with those of the other governments our actions that we are urging all Torontonians to take as well because I
believe in my heart and I believe based on the science and the professional
advice we’re getting that it will make a difference on bringing this sad chapter
to an end as quickly as possible getting to that point getting to the point where
we can tell people that it is over is my sole focus supporting our people
delivering services helping businesses survive having a plan in place and draft
it up for after this horrible chapter these are all the things that we’re
working on but I also want to make sure that I offer some hope offer some hope
because I think people increasingly are feeling quite hopeless about all this we’re strong we’re admired around the world for the way in which we support
each other as a city let’s double down on that now and that not only means
providing some support or looking in on or providing a bit of extra care to
someone who’s a neighbor a friend the relative an elderly person or someone
like that it also means strictly following the
rules looking out for each other looking after each other but doing so as well by
following the rules that have been set out so clearly and so unambiguously by
our professionals our health care professionals let’s do that for each
other but even more so than that let’s do that for the city that we all love so
much thank you for your attention questions okay we’ll do questions inside
City Hall first go ahead Hi mayor Jamie from CP24 with non-essential businesses being
ordered to closed there’s a lot of focus on construction
workers in fact a bunch of them walked by me on Yonge Street while I was
reporting today and they had a message for you was to shut down the
construction sites they don’t feel comfortable and many would agree that
building another condo in the city or another Plaza or another office building
is not considered essential would like you to respond to that well first of all I would say that this morning I talked on the telephone through teleconference
with union leadership but also with about 20 members of the industry because
I was really talking to them and convened them in response to a
teleconference I had with union leaders last week in which they expressed great concern about the safety and well-being and health of
their members I will say that what I heard this morning was not a unanimous
opinion from the industry and in the sense that some felt there should be a
complete closure for a variety of reasons starting with health and
principally health but also going through other difficulties they’re
having right now others felt that should be a case-by-case basis and other people
felt we should you know more or less let the trend line which is a positive one in
terms of employers and contractors taking positive steps to further protect
the health of their workers continued to take its course so I’m going to put
together all of the summary of that advice and discuss it with the Premier
because this is very much a part of I know the deliberations he is undertaking
but I will just tell you my number one priority above and beyond anything else
is the health of those workers at the same time as I don’t want to see more of
them than absolutely necessary ending up out of work because of steps that we
undertake but I will be talking to the Provincial Government about that and
summarizing for them what was a very excellent and constructive conversation
I had this morning both with union leadership and with the leadership in
the construction industry Thank You mayor and my follow-up question is
regarding the advice from Public Health officials when it comes to people
walking out going for a walk it’s been advised that that seems to be okay but
we’re obviously seeing far too many people bringing their kids to
playgrounds and what caught my attention over the weekend when I was going for
walk along the Martin Goodman trail is seeing a group of young men playing
basketball a pickup game getting sweaty passing around a basketball and I was
wondering when it comes to the public playgrounds and the public basketball
courts would it be a good idea if maybe we completely shut them down board up
the the basketball nets because at the end of the day that is was seriously
concerning and a lot of people feel that they almost want to snitch on these
people and get police to disperse these large groups or if it’s a small group
doing something that’s irresponsible as playing basketball I am in receipt of quite a lot of comments
about this – via email and other ways which people have
reaching me and one of the city councillors actually suggested this very
thing that we should take down the basketball hoops I’m going to be
discussing that as I did for example the situation with our playgrounds with the Medical Officer of Health and if it’s deemed the
only way in which we can we put signage up there but the city councillor I was
speaking to told me that he doesn’t think a lot of the people would pay
attention to that sign and I think there’s some evidence that he could be
right so I’m going to pursue that because I think we have to send the
message loud and clear and every way that we possibly can
unfortunately I’m terribly sorry just as the weather is getting a little bit
better we cannot have people in close proximity playing these games where
people are in physical contact and close contact with each other even when it
comes to taking a walk people have to change their habits and instead of
walking down Yonge Street or Bloor Street or the Danforth walk down a side
street and frankly if you see your neighbour across the street wave at them
don’t cross the street you know wave at them and say hi but stay away from them
because this is just what we’re gonna have to do to change our behavior for a
period of time to put this behind us okay we have Lauren pally from CBC up next can you hear me okay yes I can Lauren thank you perfect okay thank you Mayor Tory can you shed bit more light on what specifically this would accomplish right now given all the other layers happening with
the Province and the Feds We’re prepared to move on this this
morning after I had the discussion with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and
the and the operations people their emergency operations people and I think
now we’re gonna see a list of things happening from the Province which is
terrific and I think I knew they were working on that but we felt the urgency
to move to give us most of all more flexibility to make decisions for example right now we couldn’t without this power put a policy into place as
regards playgrounds or city public spaces that would limit the space or put
a limit on the space that should be you know should be put in place between
people we couldn’t do that now we can and obviously I’ve said I’m gonna be
very careful I’m gonna take advice I’m not going to exercise any powers that
are given to me lightly under this declaration but that’s a small example
but perhaps an important one in terms of saying to people that if it isn’t
covered elsewhere by other orders coming from other governments we will say that
there are patients or you know there are their boundaries around how close we
want people to be or not to be to each other on city-owned spaces that’s an
example but there’s also I’ve seen in the whole unfolding of this thing there
are things that come up every morning that you didn’t know we’re going to be
happening that morning and sometimes the machinery of
government is just going to function better and responding to those needs
mostly it most of which relate to the needs of people if we have this
declaration in place I’ll be very honest with you because I try to be at all
times some of these things I could have done without the declaration but we
thought that wouldn’t be transparent and that it was probably also sending a
signal a very strong signal to the people of Toronto that they must change
their behavior and it further officially in a transparent way facilitates the
flexibility that we need to make sure we can do everything we can to defeat this virus. And just a quick follow-up when was the last time the city actually
declared a state of emergency like this? I don’t know why you’d have to ask
someone else that quite the answer to that question I know it did not happen
during the ice storm because there was a bit of a bit of a discussion that
dialogue at that time between various people but I don’t know okay mark Mayor
Mark Douglas 680 News pardon I don’t know if you can see it pardon the Lysol
wipes draped over the microphone I hope you can still hear me all right the the
the state of emergency will this allow Toronto Police to enforce some crowd
control to enforce some social distancing? As you know the Toronto Police
we had received indication from the Province under the legal regime in place
that the Toronto Police were going to be principally responsible for the
enforcement of all of the orders of the Province leave alone our own orders and
in some cases it’s public health people who follow up on Public Health orders
but in the case of these kinds of orders about businesses being open or closed
and this kind of thing I think you’ll find it will end up being the police
although we are exploring the possibility of Licensing staff being
allowed to do that as well because the Police have their hands full but having
said all that the answer to your question is yes it will principally fall
to the Police to enforce these things as as they unfold the list coming from the
Province tomorrow and any orders that are issued today with the exception of those that would be enforced by Public Health itself thank you
follow-up then we recently saw Toronto saw its its first death related to COVID-19
are you confident the city is prepared to to handle more should it
come to that I will say the first death was a turning point there been a number
of turning points as we saw the numbers change and so on but I think it was a
turning point and it led to some very serious discussion between myself and
the Premier and some of his Ministers and people in the
Federal Government as well because I think it was one of those things where
while we were very very concerned and trying to do everything we thought
appropriate in light of the numbers of people that were contracting the
coronavirus that we the COVID-19 we really I think a death you know focuses
your attention and I must say my heart goes out to the family and to the
friends and relatives of the person who succumbed but I think it will have
served a valuable purpose for us all in getting us to focus once again hard as
we’ve been trying to do every single day on what more we could do to arrest this
virus and to make sure that other lives aren’t taken and so I believe we are
taking the steps necessary including what bring your for did today including
what I’m doing today and many other things the Chief Medical Officer of
Health is doing but you know what the most important actions that are going to
be taken that are gonna stop other lives from being lost our actions that are
going to be taken by businesses who can decide as I think it’s not that hard for
most of them if they’re non-essential and for people they decide they’re gonna
follow the rules they’re going to socially distance themselves from others stay home, stay away from work and follow the rules and I think if they do that
that’s going to be the biggest attribute we can pay to the poor unfortunate man
that lost his life okay Brian Toronto Sun yeah good afternoon Mr. Mayor what is the status of the city’s safe injection sites do they remain open and
will lead to be declared an essential service well they have remained open and
the fact of the matter is that what they’re doing is saving lives and if our
business the first order of business we have in government I believe as elected
officials is to keep people safe and keep them alive and stop needless
needless deaths from occurring that’s what the entire announcement today is
about that’s what the safe injection sites the supervised injection sites are
about and so they should remain open as a means of making sure that we can care
for people who are very vulnerable there are people with big issues in their
lives and I think that more than ever we have in the case of the homeless and the
case of people of mental health and addiction issues and so on an absolute
obligation to make sure we’re looking after them especially in perilous times
and they also represent a population we’ve been paying special attention to
because the odds of the virus spreading among some of those populations is
enhanced and so we’re paying particular attention to that no follow up thank you David David Ryder from the Star Mayor Tory can you please tell us
it’s a it’s a dramatic move to essentially sideline counsel and to say
it’s an emergency and I as Mayor I’m gonna act alone with my emergency
officials you mentioned about possible moves about people in playgrounds or
parks can you tell us what you intend to do with these powers like what is on the
table at the moment for you? well I think really what we intend to do is to have
the flexibility so that when the Emergency Operations people and the
Chief Medical Officer Health find that there are things we could do to contain
the spread of this virus and save lives that we’re in a position to move quickly
to accommodate those things if they’re things that for example the
Chief Medical Officer herself or the Chief of Operations at the Emergency Center
can’t do and so there are no plans there’s no list of things
we’re gonna do tonight or tomorrow morning but the idea here on the
professional advice and let’s be very clear on that I got the professional
advice that they called me and I had said that you ever need to call me
please do and that I will you know 99.999% of the time take your advice
because they’re the ones we hire and put in place to provide that expert advice
and that is exactly what I’ve done today and then I can assure people and I think
they trust me in this regard to exercise those powers that are given to me upon
advice as we said in the Emergency Order I wrote that in myself and with new
consideration I think people know how I make decisions which is carefully and
considering all sides and making sure that we exercise great caution in things
that affect people’s lives especially when the council may not be as directly
involved that I was talking to large numbers of City Councillors yesterday not about
this specifically but about how we’re doing and gaps they see in what we’re
doing and I think you’ll find the majority of them support this as a
sensible thing to do to make sure we have the flexibility as a government to
respond to a crisis that is certainly one that is not getting better at the
moment and just to follow up I mean we’ve seen a steady increase in the
number of COVID cases and we’ve seen community transmission started now we’ve
seen the first death what specifically was that those two officials said to you
that means we have to move to this dramatic new level now I know
there’s not a change in the level of emergency but it’s a dramatic new stage
and the kind of powers that are at your disposal it was the trend line of the numbers and the need to sort of get the flexibility
to act if we have to now in light of those numbers changing that caused me to
not only begin advocacy to the other two governments with respect to us needing
to do more it was also frankly some of the
television pictures and accounts that I had of people acting as if it was
business as usual over the weekend if I know it was a nice weekend but you know
like people just didn’t seem to get it some people and so all of that put
together certainly said to me that when I got the professional advice this
morning that it was time to give ourselves that flexibility it was time
to encourage the other governments to act and for ourselves to act even if
they didn’t and I was quite confident they were going to but it was time to
issue this declaration but as they say the main pivot point for me was the
requests that came from our trusted officials including the Medical Officer of Health
to give ourselves this flexibility so that we could do
everything possible to fight this virus Hayley Cooper Newstalk1010 go ahead Hayley Mayor Tory can you hear me yep actually so we want to know you talked
about that pivot point but we want to know what exactly
does this emergency declaration mean? well it gives it gives me the authority
under the emergency declaration to do anything that the City Council could do
so in other words it doesn’t expand city authorities into areas that we don’t
have jurisdictions so the Province ordered today was very important that I
welcome it as another step alongside what we’re doing to make sure that we
stop the spread of this virus and get people to you know to pay a better heed
to the instructions and advice they’ve been given so but it allows me to do
that and to have the kind of flexible nimble ability to change things quickly
if we have to based on the advice that I received from the Medical Officer of Health
or the Senior Public Service or from the Emergency Operations people and
like many things I think the prudent approach recommended by them but
accepted wholeheartedly by me was to put this measure in place now as a number of
other cities across Canada by the way and then to be in a position
where we can move very quickly without the need to even just have the paper
drafted up and brought to me if there’s something that goes on that we need to
act on and as I said before I think people know they can trust me to carry
out those very heavy responsibilities in a way that is responsible and that is
prudent and that’s exactly what I’ll do but I will not hesitate to act in the
best interest of the city and again I’m held to account for that anything I do
anything that I do by way of exercising these powers I will be held to account
for that by the people the day after and of course at the time of the next
election and we’ve been hearing a lot of complaints from construction sites from
workers on those construction sites that there is not ample social distancing
they’re actually working in very terrible conditions given the times does this declaration allow you to shut down those sites if need be I don’t think so but it may well be the case that the Medical Officer of Health under one of
her powers to issue her own orders which are not orders that I gained any
influence over you know because of this declaration today she may well have that
but I think frankly it’s the best it going to be done by a decision made by
the Province to shut things down for a pause which is what some of the labor
groups have advocated to get things fixed on those sites and to shut it down
completely or to take some other action I will say this on the call I had today
with many members of the construction industry they acknowledged that some of
the work that gets done on their sites it is impossible to do without people
being as they described it shoulder-to-shoulder
and so I think those people were the ones on the call today that we’re saying
probably best we shut it down because I asked the question which many of you
would ask which is well if you took the work out that has to be done
shoulder-to-shoulder as clearly being inappropriate in light of the
circumstances we find ourselves in with COVID-19 could you continue the work on
the site generally and they said usually no and so I think they even were saying
in that case that was among the group that said shut it down so this is a very
complicated matter we’re weighing as well with safety coming absolutely top
priority first no if ands or buts you know trying to make sure we don’t put
any more people out of work than necessary but always placing safety
first so I’m gonna have some discussions about the conference call I had today
including the discussions with the labor leaders who as I said
we’re prepared to acknowledge that many of the companies since the time this
became an issue and since I had my roundtable on on the safety of
construction workers have taken steps to put proper hand sanitizer to put more of
the hand washing sinks to find ways to socially distance people so they
acknowledge there’s some progress I don’t wanna put words in their vote but
I think there’s a lot more to be done Global Hi there merit christen seats from
Global News does this declaration move the city stance on operating the TTC at
full capacity does it does it make you think to lower the expectations of what
the TTC can deliver because of it being such a sort of the last sort of bastion
of big place for large crowds to gather does this change the city’s TTC plan I saw a picture on one of the websites today of a TTC subway car that certainly
didn’t look like it was on a weekday there was hard to anybody on it people
were spaced out very generously and in compliance with the rules I will only
say that these are the kinds of things that we’re looking at all the time we
have kept service levels to the normal service levels because we wanted to make
sure that the health workers and all of the first responders people looking
after our elderly citizens could get to work so that that is our continuing
policy it is costing us a lot financially obviously to continue to
provide full service when we’re minus say 20 million dollars a week on revenue but
for the moment we’re continuing with the full service and obviously one of the
things the Medical Officer of Health will be watching as will I is the
crowding levels on the transit and at the moment by keeping full service by
allowing people to enter and exit via all the doors we are actually you know
reducing the possibility of crowding and reducing the possibility of close
contact between people and so that is the policy as it stands and we’re always
looking at these things every day as things change what’s what’s your message to the citizens of Toronto and frontline workers with the declaration like this
you said you don’t know when the last time this was done it’s a it’s a big
move by the city a lot of people feeling a lot of angst and and fear what’s your
message to the to the people I have two messages for people the first one is is
is to know to have people know especially those people
continue to go to work no my daughter is a doctor and I talked to her this morning and I confess I was worried about her
because she’s a doctor but she has to go to work because she’s a doctor and
that’s what doctors do and nurses and people who work in hospitals and thank
God they do that work for us and all the public health workers that are working
and all the people working in shelters and the people working in long-term care
homes they’re their heroes for us right now but I say to them we are doing
everything we can to make sure that they are kept safe that’s first and foremost
and I think that the other thing that we’re trying to do which really is for
them as well is to make sure that this ends as soon as possible because they’re
under huge strain leaving alone the risk that they’re at and that they’re under
and the best thing we can do all of us collectively together is to get behind
this effort to wipe this thing out by doing what we have to do on social
isolation and and on social distancing the other message I would have for
people is this have a sense of hope about this I mean we we have been
through difficult times before there are people in a generation before mine that
were through times that were maybe not as close to home but we’re we’re
terrible terrible times of sacrifice and people losing their lives and so forth
and people have stood in there and that and other things that have happened
since then this is a great city full of strong resilient people and we have to
give each other hope and you know that doesn’t mean you should cross the
sidewalk to give your neighbor a hug you shouldn’t do that but it does mean you
should you know acknowledge your neighbor make a phone call to them check
in on somebody who’s older if you if you can save an extra trip to the store by
doing something for your neighbor you know to pick something up for them then
that’s all for the good so I just think those are the two messages I would give
we have the backs of the people who are heroes for us right now and we want to
encourage people to have a sense of hope that we’ll get through this and the more
they cooperate the faster we’ll be through it Michelle Canadian Press hi can you hear me yes hi quick question to get a little more clarity on
the distinction between the Provincial and the Municipal declaration of
emergency which if you would like to provide a few examples of the sorts of
measures that the provinces declaration had not covered that you now may be in a
position to act upon when needed well I think had they not for example issued
the order that they’ve issued together with a list to come I think you would find and I don’t want to put any words in your mouth you can
ask her but I think he would find that the Medical Officer of Health would have
given some recommendations in all likelihood that were similar to what she
did initially with restaurants and bars and you’ll recall that the opening
chapter there was the City of Toronto Medical Officer of Health moving first
to say I’m gonna make recommendations but I’m also gonna follow up as my
authority permits me to do on an individual basis to enforce those orders
but I think that sent a very strong signal of leadership it caused a lot of
people to act voluntarily and there was surveying activity that went on after
that to determine compliance with that and I think that you would find that
just our feelings were so strong about what’s going on in the City of Toronto
which is the area that she and I and Chief Pegg and others are responsible for
that had the Provincial order not come we would have probably made some strong
recommendations in that regard but you’ll have to ask her about that what I
wanted to do in the context of what they asked me to do was to sign this
declaration that gave us the flexibility and made us as nimble as we can possibly
be so that as she and Chief Pegg and others discover things that we need to
do on an urgent basis we will have the maximum degree of flexibility possible
to act as quickly as possible and therefore as effectively as possible
because I think as we’re saying to people individual people time is of the
essence this is the key time the numbers are changing they have been changing as
people have seen for several days now we are hearing of community contact we have
thousands of people who came back from travelling just in the last couple of
days now is the time for us to act as individuals but now is also the time for
government action what you’re seeing on all fronts Michelle Hewett I realize the measures are hypothetical at this point but with this theoretically now empower
you to things like curfews or suspend mass transit rates I think the Provincial order certainly will allow them to do that we’re gonna be engaged
in close consultation with one another about things like construction sites
because I’ve been out doing a lot of consulting as the Premier I know there
are quite a few people that have been touch with us both
I can’t precisely answer the question about a curfew but there’s been no
discussion of that because frankly there’s been no need for it and if
people follow the advice that they’ve been given terms of staying home and
minimizing trips outside the home for any purpose including shopping and otherwise there be no need for curfew because it means there’ll be
nobody on the streets I want our streets I was told today that Avenue Road and I
couldn’t see it from where I lived here although I live fairly close I was told
that Avenue Road didn’t look that much different than on a normal day I want the pictures not because they bring joy to me but because they will bring
satisfaction that people are paying attention I want streets like Avenue Road and the Danforth and Yonge Street and Kipling
and McCowan to look like the streets that we see in the pictures from other
parts of the world and well it’s not a happy picture it’s a picture that tells
a good story about people saying they’re doing what they’ve been asked to do and
staying in home staying around home not going out anymore out from the necessary
that’s what we want to see and I don’t think there’s a need for a curfew order
to make that happen I think people if they follow the rules
that’s exactly what will happen there’ll be nobody on the street Mark McAllister City News go ahead Hi Mayor I think you’ve answered pretty much every
question that I would have had thank you anybody else Colin at Radio Canada’s
next just can you just repeat that well if you can I speak to the French but
can you just repeat why it’s so important to stay home in French if you
could try please see [French language spoken] best try for today without notice we have one more question I think at CP24 I’m Eric Jeff Ryan again when it comes to the state of emergency and the powers
at your disposal what are some of the major decisions you can make without
having Council’s approval and are you considering I can make any decisions what this does is gives me the authority for a period
of time I think it’s about 30 days and then I have to account to the council
plus I think that’s about 30 days and I have to account to the council after
that which I’m quite happy to do but in that time it allows me to make any
decision that council could make and so I will not hesitate to do that I’m gonna
do it as I said upon advice which includes advice from City Councillors
and from Senior Officials and of course most importantly from a Medical Officer of Health
I will do it in consultation with the Premier and the Prime Minister
and the other governments but I will not hesitate to make decisions that I’m told
by these professional experts are necessary to stop the spread of this
virus so whatever it is within the power of the City Council to do I am given the
authority to do that but obviously I’m conscious of the need to do that with
the great care and with great you know diligence and I will do that I think
people know that of me and mayor with the increase in confirmed cases with
recent death in Toronto and with just the sheer irresponsibility the
irresponsible behavior that a lot of people are demonstrating when it comes
to your discussions with the Premier and the Prime Minister has there been any
discussion about a red line that you know if things get to a certain point
that we have to start considering taking away some of the civil liberties of the
people of Toronto well we already have taken away so we’re liberties in some
respects I mean when businesses are ordered to close that affects the civil
liberties not just of those businesses as entities but also of the people who
run them at home and work in them to some extent so I would just say look I
will tell you from my conversations with the leaders of the other governments and
the people the senior ministers and others great care is being taken in all
of those discussions to balance not only of course you’ve got the health
consideration which is number one at this moment in time but to balance
against that people’s individual liberties the impact that it has on the
economy and all of the things you’d expect to be taken into account and I’ve
been incredibly impressed at the degree to which all of us have been able to
have these discussions together in a collaborative cooperative way but always
taking into account the full public interest and the public interest of
course at this moment would place health number one but there’s a lot of people
for example very concerned about their finances and their economic and
employment future and we’re discussing all of those things
when we together discuss these decisions that could be taken or not and so I just
want people to know that any decision that’s been taken to affect people’s
rights you know I mean it affects your rights to have to distance yourself from
you know five meters from somebody else it affect your rights to not be able to
go shopping at a given store on a given day and so every single one of those
things I assure you from having talked to the others has been done with great
care and and extensive discussion that bounces out all the different
considerations that we have to take into account in making our very difficult
decisions the Premier said these are not decisions you make lightly but they’re
ones you have to make because that’s what people put us in these offices to
do okay thanks everyone thank you very much

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