Province rolls out next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2021

Premier Doug Ford announced a list of new restrictions for Ontario yesterday at a time when casesof COVID-19 are expected to reach alarming new heights and hospitals are almost overwhelmed, but his announcement was missing the one measure experts have been demanding for months: paid sick leave.

Ontario has reported more than 3,000 cases daily for the last week, with 3,338 new cases reported Monday as well as 29 new deaths.

On Wednesday, the Official Opposition at Queen's Park renewed calls for the Doug Ford-led government for paid sick days to be legislated to help Ontarians abide by stay-at-home orders to limit spread of the coronavirus. "Stay home, save lives, protect our health care system".

He said he wasn't blaming anyone, except the virus itself.

The government says this order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people's mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household.

"For Premier Ford to suggest that the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit is a replacement for paid sick days is sorely out of touch with the reality of the workers who've kept our society running under lockdown", said Deena Ladd, executive director of the Workers' Action Centre and one of the speakers at the event.

"Enforcement and inspections will increase".

The province will provide authority to all enforcement and provincial offences officers, including the Ontario Provincial Police, local police forces, bylaw officers, and provincial workplace inspectors to issue tickets to individuals who do not comply with the stay-at-home-order, or those not wearing a mask or face covering indoors as well as retail operators and companies who do not enforce.

"There will be choices about who will get the care they need and who will not", said Brown.

Ford added that although the emergency is a hard pill to swallow for Ontario citizens, it is absolutely necessary for Ontario to beat the pandemic.

The premier pleaded with the public to hang in for another 28 days saying that with the vaccine program being rolled out, "there is hope on the horizon". He was referring to the briefing Brown provided at Queen's Park on Tuesday morning.

"If we don't, we are going to see the numbers we saw in the modelling that Dr".

"I am a former cleaner of eight years, and I work now to support many people who work in cleaning who are undocumented", said Veronica Zaragoza, another speaker at the protest.

The association also said there is far too much paperwork and bureaucracy involved when an outside doctor or nurse tries to go into the homes, and called on the province to reduce red tape.

In Quebec, where officials have implemented a curfew in an effort to reduce the strain on health care, 2,071 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded Wednesday. He said he didn't want to think of the idea of police waiting at the end of your driveway at 8 make sure you stayed in the house.

To reign in the spread of the virus via community contacts, outdoor gatherings are being restricted to no more than five persons.

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