'We moved too fast': Ford apologizes for quickly-reversed enforcement measures

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Ford left the Ontario legislature to be tested as soon as he learned the staffer was at risk of exposure, Yelich said in a statement. "Their system is broken so we are going to take action ourselves".

"There is no other province in the country that will be better than the program we will be laying out", said Ford. "Again, I'm sorry and I apologize to each and every one of you", he emotionally said during the conference.

"These decisions left a lot of people very concerned, in fact they left a lot of people angry and upset", Ford continued. I understand and I accept the responsibility for that.

Government House Leader Paul Calandra says the province hopes to address "gaps" in a federal benefit including eligibility, reducing wait times for receiving funds, the amount of funding available and time off to get vaccinated.

Ford, who is now self-isolating after coming into close contact with a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19, specifically referred to the enforcement measures his government announced last Friday - giving police the authority to randomly stop and question people about why they weren't staying at home - and withdrew a day later after a widespread outcry.

Ford received his first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on April 9.

Ford also confirmed that his government will be implementing a paid sick leave program after months of pressure from opposition parties and health-care experts.

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Ford said the government is "working on solutions" and planning to make the "best program anywhere in North America".

Speaking to reporters today from his home while he is self-isolating, Ford said the program is being developed and he promised it will be easily accessible and meet the needs of a workforce that keeps turning up at job sites even though COVID-19 is present.

These people have been working throughout the entire pandemic, through lockdowns and various restrictions they've been on the frontlines and Fields wants that to be recognized.

Ford then acknowledged the impact the pandemic has had on Ontarians.

Prior to 2018, employers in Ontario had to provide employees with two paid sick days. Close all non-essential businesses today.

"One thing that I'm advocating for and our national union is also advocating for is access to the vaccine for essential workers", he said.

Responding to Ford's news conference, Del Duca reiterated his call on Ford to step aside. "His cold hearted refusal to introduce sick days for more than a year cost lives", he added.

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