Here are today’s new developments:
- Toronto and Peel Region can move into phase two of reopening as of Wednesday, Ford announced today. That leaves Windsor-Essex--where outbreaks among migrant workers on farms continue-- as the sole region in Ontario to remain in phase one – Official Opposition MPPs from Windsor-Essex said Ford’s failure to prevent or contain the outbreaks among migrant workers is unacceptable. They urged the local officer of health to provide details on advice given to Doug Ford, as well as why the necessary actions haven’t been taken.
- A third migrant worker in Ontario has died of COVID-19 – Juan Lopez Chaparro, 55, died Saturday in a London, Ontario hospital. Chaparro had worked for a farm near Simcoe, Ontario that has been experiencing an outbreak of the virus. The Official Opposition has been urging the Ford government to take action to protect workers, asking why it has taken this government so long to contain a problem it has long known about.
Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:
- Over the weekend, Andrea Horwath again called out Doug Ford for continuing to allow underpaid personal support workers (PSWs) to work multiple jobs, noting that the practice has devastating consequences in terms of the spread of COVID-19.