Tearful Premier Ford promises sick leave to bridge worker gap

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford

Ford said the measures had been brought in too fast in response to dire COVID-19 projections.

Ford's reference to the federal money concerns the inability of some to access the funds and the long wait people have to receive it.

But the Premier brushed aside other calls from the medical community and the province's scientific advisers to close more non-essential businesses where COVID-19 is spreading and to allow outdoor recreational activities, saying his government's goal is to reduce mobility in the face of high case counts and rising hospitalizations.

Ford acknowledged today that the police powers "left a lot of people angry and upset".

"As Premier, as I said right from the beginning, the buck stops with me".

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he's working on a plan to provide paid sick leave to workers, bowing to mounting pressure as COVID-19 continues to rage across Canada's most-populous province.

"But at this stage in the pandemic, over a year into this, going through this bad third wave, I assure you that there are no easy choices left". "And during these unprecedented times, regardless of where you work or what you do, if you're forced to go into isolation or quarantine, your job should be safe".

Quebec reported 1,248 new cases and seven more deaths. He said too many health-care systems are overwhelmed and more people still need to get vaccinations.

The staff member was in contact with Ford on Monday, and was tested on Tuesday after learning they had been at risk of exposure, according to Ivana Yelich, spokesperson for the premier.

No details were provided on Friday on what that solution is or when it will be implemented.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath quickly responded following Ford's virtual press conference, saying the Premier "chose to walk people into a catastrophic third wave", adding that his comments offered nothing.

"His cold-hearted refusal to introduce paid sick days for more than a year has already cost lives". It means forcing someone to close their business, lose their paycheque.

Maj. Gen. Dany Fortin, who is leading the country's distribution effort, said he remains optimistic the number of vaccines coming into the country will continue to increase despite Moderna struggling with production and no further shipments of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine confirmed.

"Entire families are lying in the ICU. Vulnerable people and our frontline heroes can not get a vaccine.Every day he delays action, more lives will be lost, and more families and businesses will be devastated".