TORONTO — Ontario Green Deputy Leader Abhijeet Manay released the following statement:
“As usual with this government, today’s ventilation investment is far too little and far too late.
Air quality in schools was a serious concern last summer. And yet the Premier and Minister Lecce failed to take meaningful action.
Why is the Ford government only doing the bare minimum when it comes to kids’ health?
Once again school boards are left scrambling.
Balanced calendar schools have already opened and the rest will reopen in a matter of weeks. Instead of being proactive, the Premier has chosen, at the last minute, to dump responsibility onto school boards to install filters and other measures.
Schools shouldn’t have to clean up Ford and Lecce’s mess.
Despite the big promise of a ‘comprehensive plan’, what we got was far from it.
And where is Doug Ford?
The Premier owes it to parents, kids, teachers and staff to be transparent, step up to the microphone, and answer the tough questions.
Parents are worried for their kids, and educators are frustrated.
This is the time to work across party lines so our kids can get safely back in school. Yet the Premier ignored just about all of the meaningful recommendations detailed in the Ontario Greens Safe Schools Plan — including a province-wide tracking system on how many education workers, staff and eligible students are fully vaccinated.
How can we know our schools will be safe if we have no way of knowing how many students, educators and staff are actually vaccinated?
Our kids deserve better. Ontario deserves better.”