Good evening everyone,
Our caucus is calling on the Government to formally reverse the decision to force asymptomatic migrant workers to work when they should be isolated and to step up with plans to ensure migrant workers get sick pay, pandemic pay, and adequate accommodation so they can safely isolate when they need to. Health experts have rejected the plan to allow asymptomatic workers to be on the job, as anyone who has COVID-19 should be self-isolating. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has used their own authority to prohibit workers from working following a COVID-19 outbreak at a local greenhouse operation.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has announced three new cases of COVID-19 today, with two being among agri-food workers and one being attributed to community spread. The total number of confirmed cases in Windsor-Essex is now 1,614.
If you are a parent whose child attends a school within the Greater Essex County District School Board, you can provide your feedback on the plan to reopen schools in September by completing this survey: https://www.publicboard.ca/News/ourstories/ReturntoSchoolSurvey/Pages/default.aspx#/=. The deadline to provide input is Sunday, July 5th.
The Ontario Government announced $150 million additional funding towards the improvement of homeless shelters to help with physical distancing and provide food, shelter, and supplies to those in need. The money will be distributed through the Social Services Relief Fund. Our caucus has pointed out that this funding fall woefully short of what municipalities need to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens have safe and secure housing in which to self-isolate. We have called on the government to declare homelessness the public health crisis that it is; to provide people experiencing homelessness with hotels or other spaces in which to self-isolate; and to follow up with funding for adequate transitional, supportive, and permanent housing.
Please continue to practice physical distancing, wear a mask when you’re in public, and washing your hands frequently.