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‘Unethical and inappropriate’: What coroners’ records reveal about the gaps that led to migrant worker deaths

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Date

2022

Authors

Sara Mojtehedzadeh

Abstract

Report delves into the barriers faced by nine migrant workers who died across the province during the pandemic's first waves.

Ambulances dispatched to the wrong address. Workers turning down health care for fear they would have to pay for it. Employers — rather than health professionals — monitoring COVID-19 symptoms on high-risk Ontario farms.

These are among the "profound" barriers faced by nine migrant workers who died across the province during the pandemic's first waves — jeopardizing critical care when workers faced life-and-death health emergencies, a new study of coroners' records reveals.

The research conducted by a team of medical doctors, nurses and academics with decades of experience in migrant worker health found a host of failings that contributed to the fatalities, including poor testing protocol and inconsistent quarantine conditions with "limited oversight."

Newspaper title

Toronto Star

Publisher

Toronto Star

Place published

Online

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Economic sectors

Agriculture and horticulture workers

Content types

Policy analysis

Target groups

Policymakers, Public awareness, and Researchers

Geographical focuses

Ontario and Quebec