I would like to thank everyone who donated to the June 27 Miracle on Saturday. Gale and I were among the 10,000 volunteers out collecting non-perishable food items and with your help we filled the WFCU centre. It truly was a miracle to see all the support from our community that will benefit over 75 local area food banks.
Windsor-Essex has seen a rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases over the past couple days, prompting our party to call on the federal government to take action where the Ford government has failed to protect migrant workers. Despite the federal government saying workers who test positive are not to continue to work at their jobs, the Ford government has issued a directive to keep them in the fields and greenhouses if they’re infected, contagious and asymptomatic. We have called for migrant workers who test positive to be rehoused offsite so they can properly isolate, for adequate access to PPE and sanitation, and for clear communication to every worker that they are ensured paid sick days so they may take leave when ill without worrying about losing their livelihood.
Hilda MacDonald, Leamington’s mayor, said that the Red Cross’ Global Pandemic team will be offering assistance to farm workers. Other provincial health units have stepped up to help with case and contact management in the area. This comes as Windsor-Essex reported 88 new cases of COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total up to 1,580 for our region. No new deaths were reported.
The Prime Minister announced that the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program will be extended by one month. For the past few months, we have argued that the CECRA does not go far enough, as the program leaves businesses in the lurch if their landlord decides not to apply for the program. We have called on the Province to implement a 75 per cent commercial rent subsidy up to $10,000 a month for three months and a utility payment freeze to provide true relief for businesses who are struggling.
Please continue to follow the advice of our medical experts by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands often.