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Ontario would compel employers to let workers wear poppies around Remembrance Day

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WATCH ABOVE: (Nov. 6, 2020) U.S.-based Whole Foods has now reversed course after earlier ordering staff not to wear a poppy ahead of Remembrance Day. Jordan Armstrong reports – Nov 6, 2020

TORONTO — Ontario is introducing legislation that would give workers the right to wear a poppy during the week of Remembrance Day.

The Progressive Conservative government says it wants to enshrine the right in law to remind employers that Ontario “owes a debt of gratitude” to those who serve the country.

It says that position should be reflected in employment policies and practices.

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There will be an exception to the proposed law if a poppy poses a safety hazard.

Premier Doug Ford vowed to introduce the legislation last November amid controversy over a since-revoked policy at grocery chain Whole Foods Market that forbade employees from wearing anything other than their basic uniforms, including poppies.

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The U.S.-based Whole Foods said it had not intended to suggest a lack of support for Remembrance Day and called the feedback it received on the matter helpful.

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