Ontario premier on COVID-19, $45M for Ottawa hospitals, poppy ban – November 6, 2020
At the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital, Doug Ford, the premier of Ontario, makes an announcement and responds to questions from reporters. He is joined by provincial ministers Christine Elliott (health), Rod Phillips (finance), and Dr. Merrilee Fullerton (long-term care), as well as local MPP Lisa McLeod (Nepean), Cameron Love (president and CEO of The Ottawa Hospital) and Jim Watson (mayor of Ottawa). The premier announces that the Ontario government is investing $45 million to create up to 254 more beds in hospitals and alternative health facilities in Ottawa. Premier Ford also criticizes Whole Foods’ decision to ban its employees from wearing poppies and reiterates his government will introduce legislation to ensure employers cannot prohibit wearing of poppies by employees. On the pandemic, the premier confirms that Ottawa would be moving to the “orange restrict” level under the province’s new COVID-19 system on November 7, while Peel Region will be moved up to the “red control” level.