A provincewide protest against Bill 195, the provincial government’s Reopening Ontario Act, will soon make its way to Brockville.
Ontario health care workers are organizing a political protest throughout the summer and fall, and say in a press release that their “workplace rights are being trampled on by the same government that called them heroes at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
They say this is happening because of Bill 195, which was passed in late July. In response, 22 communities throughout the province will host an opposition rally, though specific dates for each community have not yet been announced.
According to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the bill “suspends many fundamental workplace rights” for Ontario’s health care workers.
“The PC government recognized hospital workers as heroines one minute, then stripped away their basic rights at work the next,” Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE, said in a statement.