Doug Ford's popularity plummets as pandemic takes its toll - 2021-04-22
If Ontario Premier Doug Ford is defeated in next year's provincial election, he might look back at this past week as the beginning of the end for his government — the moment when his pandemic-fuelled popularity came to a sudden halt.
As the province's third wave hit record highs in daily COVID-19 case counts and new admissions to Ontario's already-strained hospitals, Ford's government introduced new measures last Friday that threw up checkpoints at the province's borders, gave police officers sweeping new powers and shut down a number of outdoor activities that most health experts have deemed safe .
Less than 24 hours later — and following a public outcry — the closed playgrounds were re-opened and police forces across the province refused the new powers they were given . Border stops duly went up on Monday but the Ottawa police are saying already that they will no longer continuously monitor crossings over the Ottawa River.