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COVID-19 cases surge in Windsor-Essex
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jun 30, 2020
One farm in southwestern Ontario was responsible for 175 of the province’s 257 COVID-19 cases reported yesterday. (iStock.com/Mongkolchon Akesin)

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COVID-19 cases surge in Windsor-Essex

One farm in southwestern Ontario was responsible for 175 of the province’s 257 COVID-19 cases reported yesterday. The farm employs about 450 people. “We have a great team out there and we're going to do everything in our power to resolve these cases as soon as possible,” said Premier Doug Ford.

Meanwhile, federal officials named four regions that are still considered virus hotspots and two are in Ontario: Windsor-Essex and Peel.

Task force to review tow-truck industry

A provincial task force will examine violence and corruption plaguing the GTA’s tow-truck industry. Police in Toronto and York Region have already laid almost 200 charges related to towing operations, including arson, attempted murder, and first-degree murder. “To all the bad actors out there, my message is very clear: the party’s over, we’re coming for you, we’ll catch you and we’ll lock you up,” said Premier Ford.

Ford says he won’t stop efforts to defund police

The premier says the province won’t dissuade municipalities from cutting police funding. Toronto city council is debating police reforms this week, including a proposed 10 per cent budget cut. “We’d never step in,” Ford said. “It’s up to each municipality to make the decision.” He said he doesn’t think funding cuts are the answer to instances of police brutality and racism, adding, “98 per cent of the police are great police officers.”

TVO.org publishing regional updates

We regularly publish a collection of news items from across the province about the pandemic. Please visit TVO.org for the latest. Here is Monday’s edition.


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