Hospitals are sounding alarm bells over their ability to cope with rapidly rising COVID cases, schools are being told to prepare for the possibility that doors won’t reopen in January, and we’re facing tighter restrictions to stave off a pandemic Christmas disaster.

Right in the middle of all this, the Ford government, with absolutely no fanfare or advance warning, decided last week to announce its plan to reduce poverty.

It wasn’t quite the late Friday news dump that governments routinely employ for announcements they hope will fly under the radar, but it wasn’t that far off either.