Jul 02, 2020

By Christine Ross

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Premier Doug Ford says migrant workers are hiding from COVID-19 testing in Windsor-Essex, a region that’s struggling with outbreaks on farms.Ford says efforts to ramp up testing on farms is being slowed by a lack of co-operation from the workers themselves.

“We have the translators down there but we need to get hold of them to speak with them, we’re Canada not some third world nation where you have to run from the authorities,” Ford told reporters.

“We’re here to help you, not hurt you and I don’t know what’s been communicated to them through the farmers or someone else, but we’re here to help them out.”

The premier urges migrant workers to get tested and promised they won’t be sent home if they test positive.The Windsor-Essex Health Unit ordered a work stoppage at one local farm Wednesday after 191 workers tested positive for the virus over the weekend. Both Ford and the health unit declined to name the farm .

Meantime, in other news from Queen’s Park, Ontario is doubling its investment in the Social Services Relief fund by $150-million to allow for new homeless shelters to help with physical distancing.

Premier Ford says the total amount of $350-million will go to municipalities hit hard by COVID-19. He’s also calling on the federal government to “cut us a cheque” and give province’s the flexibility to spend it as they choose.

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