en-US Ontario Premier Doug Ford in Windsor-Essex Thursday after region enters Stage 3 Ford will spend the day in the city of Windsor and will meet with mayors from across the region to discuss economic recovery. Thu, 13 2020 11:16:54 GMT Windsor-Essex joins rest of Ontario in Stage 3 of reopening plan Outbreaks among migrant workers on farms in the region had previously held Windsor-Essex back from Stage 3, which other parts of the province entered throughout last month. Wed, 12 2020 10:13:36 GMT Ryan Reynolds and Paul McCartney nominated for chief of Walpole Island First Nation Walpole Island First Nation is looking to have Ryan Reynolds and Paul McCartney removed as candidates for chief after a members of the community nominated the two celebrities. Wed, 12 2020 00:00:00 GMT Sipekne’katik First Nation calls for immediate stop to Windsor Causeway project pending review The Pesegitk Protectors have set up an encampment next to the Avon River near Windsor, Nova Scotia to monitor roadwork they say is doing harm to the fish population in the water. Tue, 11 2020 22:18:22 GMT Windsor to proceed with Stage 3 of reopening cautiously, mayor says Drew Dilkens says he is confident that declining COVID-19 cases in the region over the last week make it safe to reopen further. Tue, 11 2020 18:46:11 GMT Windsor-Essex, last Ontario region in Stage 2, finally moving to Stage 3 of reopening The Ontario government has cleared Windsor-Essex to move into Stage 3 of reopening on Wednesday. Mon, 10 2020 13:07:57 GMT Windsor-Essex allowed to enter Stage 3 on Wednesday The Ontario government says Windsor-Essex has finally been given the green light to move into Stage 3 of the province's reopening plan on Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. Mon, 10 2020 13:25:21 GMT ‘We’re really fighting to stay alive.’ Frustration grows in Windsor-Essex as region stuck in Stage 2 of COVID lockdown While every other region in Ontario has moved forward into Stage 3, Windsor-Essex has been left behind, largely due to a series of COVID outbreaks among migrant farm workers in the towns of Kingsville and Leamington. Mon, 10 2020 09:00:00 GMT Windsor-Essex stuck in Stage 2, making Ontario region one of the last in Canada to emerge from COVID-19 lockdown By Jonathan Bradley The Ontario government said Windsor-Essex will stay in Stage 2 of Ontario’s COVID-19 reopening strategy for now, making it one of the last places in Canada to be given a green light to ease tight lockdown restrictions. In its announcement on Tuesday, the Ontario government said that Windsor-Essex will not enter Stage 3 of reopening because of ongoing outbreaks among workers in the agriculture and agri-food sectors. Windsor-Essex is the last region in Ontario to advance to Stage 3. Toronto and Peel region advanced to Stage 3 on Friday. While each province and territory has a different reopening system, Windsor-Essex remains one of the furthest behind regions in Canada in dealing with COVID-19. Windsor-Essex has reported 2,350 cases and 71 deaths from COVID-19. There were 10 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. In Ontario, Stage 2 means people can go to places such as places of worship, outdoor restaurants, and some personal care services, but must limit social gatherings up to 10 people and maintain physical distancing. Stage 3 would allow places such as gyms, indoor restaurants, and many facial and spa services to reopen. This decision to keep the region back in order to monitor local transmission of COVID-19 was made in consultation with the Ontario chief medical officer of health, Windsor-Essex’s chief medical officer of health, other health experts and local authorities. “We are working hard with our federal and local partners to provide the communities in Windsor-Essex with the support they need during their reopening,” said Minister of Health Christine Elliott in the announcement. “With the health and safety of the people of Ontario our absolute top priority, Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2 until the data indicates they can safely move to Stage 3.” Hello stage 3: A simple guide to safety in Ontario's indoor spaces Ontario considering mandatory farm worker testing, Ford says as Windsor-area cases surge Ontario deployed the Emergency Medical Assistance Team (EMAT) to Windsor-Essex in July to provide incident management support and coordination with the health sector in the area. The province is also implementing a three-point plan to reduce the risk of transmission on farms and throughout the community. Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman said this plan consists of expanded on-site testing, access to employment benefits and supports, and public health guidance specific to the agri-food setting. “We continue to take action to address outbreaks in the region and provide our farmers and agribusinesses in Windsor-Essex with the help, tools and resources necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of their workers and employees,” said Hardeman. “We are all working together to fight the spread of COVID-19 while protecting our vital food supply chain and the health and safety of the people who put food on our tables.” It remains unclear when Windsor-Essex will be entering Stage 3 of reopening. The announcement said public health experts will “continue to closely monitor and assess local trends of key public health indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, sufficient hospital capacity, public health capacity to do rapid case and contact management, and increased testing, before advising when the region can move safely into Stage 3.” Dr. Wajid Ahmed, medical officer of health for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, said he expects another announcement from the province at the end of the week about whether or not the region can join the rest of Ontario in Stage 3. — With files from the Windsor Star Wed, 05 2020 00:13:47 GMT Ontario set to announce Stage 3 plans for Toronto, Peel Region, Windsor-Essex Premier Doug Ford has pledged to lay out when and how Toronto, Peel Region and Windsor-Essex will be allowed to join the rest of the province in Stage 3. Wed, 29 2020 10:18:56 GMT