Following the announcements last week by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the Ontario Hockey League, Mayor Christian Provenzano suggests council needs to have a similar discussion.
In a retweet of other news organization’s story, Provenzano said he thinks it’s time for the city to consider a mandatory vaccine policy.
“I support this policy and thank the @OHLHockey for its leadership. @CitySSM city council has some decisions to make regarding access to municipal facilities and programs and I expect we will do so at our next meeting,” said Provenzano in this tweet.
Resident Chris MacQuarrie stated he would be one very happy resident if the city chose to have a vaccine requirement as in his mind it’s the right thing to do, Provenzano agreed with him.
Toronto Mayor John Tory last week mandated all TTC workers must be vaccinated.
“Staff who have not been vaccinated or who do not disclose their vaccination status by September 13 will be required to attend mandatory education on the benefits of vaccination. These unvaccinated individuals will then need to provide proof of first dose no later than September 30,” said Tory in a news release.
“As of October 30, all City staff will be required to have received their first and second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The City will comply with its human rights obligations and accommodate employees who are legally entitled to accommodation.”
It is unclear what is going to be suggested in Sault Ste. Marie. We have reached out to the City and Mayor’s office for clarification, we will bring you a follow-up if they can advise as to what the city is looking at doing.
The next council meeting isn’t scheduled until September 13, 2021. That means we will not know if this item makes the agenda until September 10, 2021. However it’s lining up to be a potentially long evening.
The city is to come back with a progress report on fundraising for the downtown plaza, council meeting schedule is supposed to come back and now a possible vaccination policy will make for a longer meeting.
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