‘We got it wrong’: Doug Ford apologizes for some of Ontario’s enhanced public health measures

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In his first news conference in nearly a week, Premier Doug Ford said the province moved “too fast” in announcing sweeping new measures aimed at curbing the third wave of COVID-19 in Ontario. “I know that some of those measures, especially around enforcement, they went too far,” Ford said at the virtual news conference Thursday. “Simply, we got it wrong. We made a mistake.” Last Friday, the province announced new measures that granted police more powers which allowed officers to randomly stop people on the streets and in their vehicles to ask why they had left their homes during the stay-at-home order. The government walked back those widely-criticized powers after police forces across the province said they would not enforce the measure. The decision to close playgrounds was also reversed by the government. Ford made the emotional apology while announcing that his government was actively working on a provincially-run paid sick leave benefit to curb the spread of infection in essential workplaces. The premier said that Monday’s federal budget didn’t include the “important improvements” to the Canada Recovery and Sickness Benefit (CRSB) he was hoping for.

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