Premier Ford Is In Isolation

Ford received one dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on April 9, about 10 days before he was exposed to COVID-19.

Doug Ford's office learned a staff member he was near on Monday tested positive.

"Immediately upon learning that this staff member was even at risk of exposure, the premier left the legislature to be tested", the statement said.

The premier has come under intense criticism for failing to make a public appearance since last Friday when he announced new COVID related restrictions including on many outdoor activities along with additional police powers, some of which were walked back the next day.

The government has insisted for months that it would be redundant to introduce its own paid sick leave initiative while workers are eligible to receive payments through the Canada Recovery and Sickness Benefit.

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Payne said states, local governments and publicly funded universities had notified her of more than 1,000 foreign deals overall. Federal sources say the Victorian agreements with China have not yielded any tangible outcomes for the state.

Ontario's Science Advisory Table has identified paid sick leave as a critical component of the province's third wave response, allowing ill front-line workers to isolate if they experience symptoms of COVID-19.

The federal program provides sick workers up to $500 per week but requires that they go without pay until their applications are approved.

Earlier in the week, the PC government rejected opposition bids for paid sick leave, saying it wanted to wait for the upcoming federal budget.

Calandra told reporters that cabinet will meet over the coming days to determine how the government can supplement the program.

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