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Ontario deploys emergency management team to address Essex farm outbreak

Jul 3 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario has deployed an emergency management team to Windsor-Essex to help deal with a large COVID-19 outbreak on a farm, Premier Doug Ford said Friday as he apologized for previously suggesting migrant workers were hiding to avoid getting tested for the novel coronavirus. Ford said the team from Emergency Management Ontario would co-ordinate care and housing for 191 agri-food workers who have […]

Ontario deploys emergency management team to address Essex farm outbreak

Jul 3 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario has deployed an emergency management team to Windsor-Essex to help deal with a large COVID-19 outbreak on a farm, Premier Doug Ford said Friday as he apologized for previously suggesting migrant workers were hiding to avoid getting tested for the novel coronavirus. Ford said the team from Emergency Management Ontario would co-ordinate care and housing for 191 agri-food workers who have […]

Migrant farm workers “hid” from COVID-19 testing in Windsor-Essex: Ford

Jul 2 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Migrant workers at an Ontario farm struggling with a major COVID-19 outbreak "hid" to avoid getting tested when health officials visited recently, Premier Doug Ford said Thursday, refusing to name the business. Ford said fears among temporary foreign workers that they would not be paid or sent back to their home countries if they tested positive for the virus are hindering […]

Migrant farm workers “hid” from COVID-19 testing in Windsor-Essex: Ford

Jul 2 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Migrant workers at an Ontario farm struggling with a major COVID-19 outbreak "hid" to avoid getting tested when health officials visited recently, Premier Doug Ford said Thursday, refusing to name the business. Ford said fears among temporary foreign workers that they would not be paid or sent back to their home countries if they tested positive for the virus are hindering […]

Ontario ombudsman receives record number of complaints about provincial jails

Jun 30 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's ombudsman said Tuesday that conditions in some of the province's correctional facilities have left him "shaken", and contributed to a record of over 6,000 complaints from inmates last year. Overcrowding, poor living conditions and lack of inmate access to medical care were some of the issues Paul Dube detailed in his annual report released Tuesday.  Conditions at some facilities inspected by the ombudsman […]

Ontario ombudsman receives record number of complaints about provincial jails

Jun 30 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario's ombudsman said conditions in some of the province's correctional facilities have left him "shaken", and contributed to a record of over 6,000 complaints from inmates last year. Paul Dube details problems with overcrowding, poor living conditions, and lack of inmate access to medical care in his annual report released Tuesday.  He said at some facilities, including the Thunder […]

Key time ahead to contain outbreaks in Windsor-Essex region, officials say

Jun 28 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — WINDSOR, Ont. — As the Windsor-Essex region partially entered Stage 2 of the province's reopening plan this week, political leaders, health officials and farmers in the area expressed anxiety about efforts to contain COVID-19 outbreaks in the region's sprawling greenhouses ahead of a possible second wave of the virus this fall. The southwestern Ontario region became […]

Key time ahead to contain outbreaks in Windsor-Essex region, officials say

Jun 28 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — WINDSOR, Ont. — As the Windsor-Essex region partially entered Stage 2 of the province's reopening plan this week, political leaders, health officials and farmers in the area expressed anxiety about efforts to contain COVID-19 outbreaks in the region's sprawling greenhouses ahead of a possible second wave of the virus this fall. The southwestern Ontario region became […]

Outbreaks on farms are holding back the entire region, says Windsor, Ont., mayor

Jun 23 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Tensions are mounting in Windsor-Essex, Ont., over the region's continued pandemic lockdown, with a local mayor and some business owners saying public health officials haven't done enough to halt the spread of COVID-19 on local farms. Drew Dilkens said Tuesday that the high number of COVID-19 cases on farms in Essex County was holding back the entire region, and the local economy […]

Protect migrant workers or face consequences, Ford and Trudeau warn farmers

Jun 22 2020 — Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario farmers who employ temporary foreign workers received a warning Monday from Premier Doug Ford and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: Protect those workers from COVID-19 or face consequences. The strongly worded messages came amid outbreaks on farms that have seen hundreds of migrant workers testing positive for COVID-19 and the Windsor-Essex region held back […]