COVID-19 - #SafeSeptember, 2020
The new school year is rapidly approaching and most parents say they don't know what to do. Children benefit from going to school on multiple levels, and if they return to a normal system of education parents can once again go to work and potentially catch up on six months of back bills.
The provincial government is pushing to open as if all is normal, but teachers, parents, and administrators are quick to note that nothing has changed since we all went into lockdown in February. There is no cure, nor vaccine.
On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, our crews travelled to the office of both MPPs, Andrea Khanjin and Doug Downey, where a protest was taking place by the social media pop-up group Demand a Safe and Fully Funded Back to School, comprised mostly of teachers, school administrators, and parents. We had written to both MPPs asking for the government's position, but we received no reply. During the COVID-19 crisis, both offices have been closed with staff working from home.
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Post-production by John Ironside