For Doug Ford, Ontario’s Front-Line Health Care Workers Are ‘Heroes’ Until They Test Positive for COVID-19

Then – After Risking Themselves Caring For Others – Ford’s Tories Reward Them by Cutting Their Pay

Niagara Centre NDP MPP Demands Ontario Health Minister Immediately Reverse Directive That Denies Pay to Health Care Workers Who Need to Self-Isolate

A News Release from the Constituency Office of Niagara Centre NDP MPP Jeff Burch

Posted November 25th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Centre NDP MPP Jeff Burch

QUEEN’S PARK – NDP MPP Jeff Burch (Niagara Centre) has demanded the Ford government reverse a directive from the Ministry of Health that tells hospitals to stop paying frontline heath care workers who self-report when they are exposed to COVID-19 and are forced to go into isolation.

“This government likes to talk about the hard work done by nurses, doctors, personal support workers and other frontline health care workers, correctly calling them ‘heroes’. Yet the actions of this government put them in an impossible situation, having to choose between reporting an exposure and feeding their family,” said Burch during question period at the Ontario legislature Tuesday.

“Will this Minister investigate, reverse this disgraceful directive, and ensure that front-line health care workers in Ontario’s hospitals receive their full pay when they are mandated by the employer to self-isolate due to COVID-19?,” Burch asked Health Minister Christine Elliott.

This man was standing on St. Paul Street in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario last March when the pandemic was already seriously enveloping our lives. Passing drivers honked their horns as they read his sign. And we have Ford and his minions screwing front-line workers like this! – Comment and photo by Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

Burch has heard from Niagara’s frontline heroes who have had to juggle their finances to cover mortgage payments because this government refuses to pay them when they need to isolate to protect themselves and their patients.

Burch has been contacted by other local health care workers who’ve been told that previous sick pay they received was deemed an “over payment” and must be paid back. Local union representatives in Niagara are seeing a surge in retirements and staff shortages.

“Health care workers are risking their safety to care for the people of this province, and it is absolutely shameful that this government will not even compensate them when they are exposed to COVID-19. Cases are rising and the risk is increasing, yet with holidays around the corner this government has decided to cut corners on of the backs of front line health care workers,” said Burch.

“Will the Minister value health care workers in this province, treat them with the respect they deserve, and ensure that when they are exposed to COVID-19 in the community or in the line of duty, they will fairly compensated and made whole by the people of Ontario?,” asked Burch.

Burch wrote a letter to Health Minister Christine Elliott last week, requesting that she immediately reverse this change and provide Niagara’s health system with adequate funding to ensure staff who need to self-isolate are able to do so without the risk of losing income.

To read Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch’s letter to Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott click on <https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fontariondp.us4.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D353019c4e982ae7eb8ea53150%26id%3D3769dbfaee%26e%3De2053df241&data=04%7C01%7Chainesm%40ndp.on.ca%7C7c7020feb26841e3d79f08d890b3a2f2%7C6b9fd2ec77a64ae0822a6bb9108fb274%7C0%7C1%7C637418448497382939%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=6XOgVkXQP4TG8PNg52eJhvhp%2FrfjNJswHAgXNOB1pXU%3D&reserved=0> (November 19)

To watch a Video of Burch’s questions to the Health Minister, click on – <https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fontariondp.us4.list-manage.com%2Ftrack%2Fclick%3Fu%3D353019c4e982ae7eb8ea53150%26id%3Dcd59faf4a4%26e%3De2053df241&data=04%7C01%7Chainesm%40ndp.on.ca%7C7c7020feb26841e3d79f08d890b3a2f2%7C6b9fd2ec77a64ae0822a6bb9108fb274%7C0%7C1%7C637418448497392933%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=ylir6yArV5vQgADNWwQ8HqrA3%2BR7xZaDyNaWwgk2E5A%3D&reserved=0>

A Brief Footnote from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large – 

Many of us in Ontario know who the real heroes are and we stand by them!

In keeping with the  likes of  Donald Trump across the border, this is how today’s Conservatives in Ontario and Canada – a witch’s brew of right-wing populists and ideologues – treat everyday, working people when push comes to shove.

When it is a choice between “the little guy,” as they so patronizingly put it – and more favours and tax cuts for their corporate pals, they will pick their corporate pals every time.

Whether it is the obscenity of the issue that Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch is raising here, or the gutting of environmental programs in Ontario, this bullying, extremist Ford government has got to go.

We are now about 18 months out from the next provincial election, WHEN WE CAN FIRE THEM!

NIAGARA AT LARGE Encourages You To Join The Conversation By Sharing Your Views On This Post In The Space Following The Bernie Sanders Quote Below.

“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

One response to “For Doug Ford, Ontario’s Front-Line Health Care Workers Are ‘Heroes’ Until They Test Positive for COVID-19

  1. Some anti masker protestors in Toronto today, wanting a restaurant to stay open, were yelling at the press ….and thus implicitly at front line workers… saying “It’s OK for you, you still have a job!” Maybe they need to realize the dangers of a front line job. Callous and stupid!

    Everyone suffers, just in different ways. Earning money but dying (or killing one of your loved ones by infecting them) before you get a chance to pay your bills doesn’t make a lot of sense.

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