Premier Doug Ford in Self-Isolation

Premier Doug Ford in Self-Isolation

Members of the Premier's office staff who were close contacts of the person who tested positive will also isolate, the statement added.

"I will always try to do what's right", Ford said, choking back tears.

That federal benefit doesn't give Canadian workers the freedom to secure funds after calling in sick or staying home. "I know we got it wrong, I know we made a mistake and for that, I'm sorry and I sincerely apologize".

Ford did not say when the government will make its announcement about paid sick leave.

Ford's change of heart of sick leave benefits goes against the stand he has argued for months, saying that paid benefits were not necessary because of the federal program. These decisions, they left a lot of people very concerned, in fact, they left a lot of people angry and upset.

The beleagured premier went on to say that his ministers had been trying for months to "work with the federal government to fix the existing federal sick pay program" but that the budget unveiled by Trudeau on Monday didn't include what he wanted to see.

In an emotional press conference where he apologized for restrictive measures announced last week, the premier faced hard questions from members of the media who took his government to task for the way it has handled the distribution of vaccines as well as the methods being used to contain the virus.

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Justice is George Floyd not being dead. "Anti-Blackness is a global construct and white supremacy is a global construct". Floyd's death set off months of protests in the USA and other countries condemning police brutality and systemic racism.

Ford said the measures had been brought in too fast in response to dire COVID-19 projections. He chose politics over public health.

"We have to make sure that we stop the risk of these unsafe variants getting into Canada, or getting further into Canada, while our vaccination levels are so low", O'Toole said during an announcement at a downtown Ottawa hotel.

Members of the Ontario government sit in the legislature in spring 2020. "It's more important for police to be able to break up large gatherings, if people are not following public health measures". "Let me be clear, when it comes to protecting lives, protecting our hospitals and our people we can't waver", said Ford.

Both public health units said they would order businesses with five or more linked cases in the past two weeks to shut down for 10 days.

Ontario reported 3,682 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday and 806 people in intensive care.

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.

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