Ontario government votes against paid sick days

Ford government reportedly planning to shut down Queen's Park as Ontario struggles with third wave

It also changed its instructions to law enforcement, after almost every police service in the province said it wouldn't randomly stop people and cars to enforce the stay-at-home order, which Friday's measures had allowed.

Leblanc told The Canadian Press in an interview that the federal government made a decision to take a "leadership role" after Ontario reached out to other provinces and territories for assistance. "Every individual who is required to provide a police officer or other provincial offences officer with information shall promptly comply", Warner said.

There was no immediate word from Ford on Trudeau's promise, but a spokeswoman for the province's health minister issued a statement expressing gratitude for the offer. He says the federal government will deploy the Canadian Red Cross to help Ontario with their mobile vaccination teams. "Together, we will get through this", Trudeau added yesterday.

"We need ICU physicians, general internal medicine physicians, and nurses that can work in the ICU and emergency department", says Dr. Lisa Salamon-Switzman of the Ontario Medical Association, adding that they also need respiratory therapists in addition to nurses and doctors.

The prime minister says he has also spoken to the premiers of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, who are evaluating what human resources and equipment they can free up in the next few days.

On Twitter, Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry said that this ban is to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The province of Ontario has begun using pop-up clinics to vaccinate people in areas with high rates of COVID-19 infection
The province of Ontario has begun using pop-up clinics to vaccinate people in areas with high rates of COVID-19 infection

The Ontario government on Friday extended the four-week stay-at-home order to six weeks in an effort to reduce rising rates of COVID-19 in the province. The province of Quebec for example has legislated two paid sick days, which is not almost enough for a person with COVID-19 to recover or no longer be contagious. "We may as well focus on areas where the virus is actually being transmitted, which is indoor venues, predominantly among essential workers that don't have the luxury of locking down or staying at home".

The motions follow a tumultuous weekend for Premier Doug Ford's government, which suffered a widespread backlash against the new COVID-19 restrictions it announced on Friday.

Each data point shows how many people were hospitalized (bar) and how many people were in the ICU (line) each day. The seven day average of cases is now at 4,347, up by more than 500 cases just one week ago.

"Canadians are watching surging cases, driven by more contagious variants in places across the country, including in our largest province and Canada's largest city", Trudeau said in his video message.

There were 66,897 vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hour period.


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