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.
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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