Migrant advocacy group demands Ontario shut down agricultural sector amid COVID-19 spike | CBC News
The advocacy organization, Justice for Migrant Workers, is calling for an immediate shutdown of Ontario’s entire agricultural industry until every workplace is fully sterilized to stop the spread of COVID-19 among its workers.
“This is racism,” said Justice for Migrant Workers organizer Chris Ramsaroop. “This fiasco has to end.”
Since the start of the pandemic, more than 1,000 agri-farm workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 across the province, according to Ramsaroop. Data compiled by CBC News show that more than 670 have tested positive across farms in Windsor-Essex, Ont.
Windsor-Essex saw its largest spikes of new COVID-19 cases on Sunday and Monday. Of the new cases, 196 involved workers in the agri-farm sector. Two temporary foreign workers from Mexico have died in the…