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NDP leader seeks MPP’s return immediately

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NDP leader Andrea Horwath has called for MPP’s to return to the legislature immediately to work on solutions to the crisis hitting Ontario’s long term care homes and the slow roll out of the COVID-19
vaccine.
“Long-term care homes are in a humanitarian crisis. Seniors are being forced to cry out to beg for food and water, while they’re left vulnerable to deadly infection,” Horwath said in her statement on Monday.
“All MPPs need to return to the legislature. We are facing a longer, deeper lockdown because [Premier] Doug Ford keeps choosing to do too little too late.”
Ontario reported 3,200 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 more deaths related to the disease. There are currently outbreaks at 233 long-term care homes. More than 1,160 residents and more than 1,140 staff at
the homes are infected. MPPs are slated to return to Queen’s Park for a new session on Feb. 16, but Horwath said there are “concrete actions” the legislature can take now that could help slow down the spread of the virus and save lives. She is calling for the legislature to work together to move out billions in unspent COVID-19 funds to shore up hospitals and long-term care homes.
She wants to see the military recalled to long-term care homes in crisis. Horwath says MPP’s can pass laws to give people paid sick days, and give small businesses more financial support.
During the first wave of the pandemic, the Ontario government brought the military into several long-term care homes, a move that helped save lives and stabilized facilities facing large numbers of infections and
deaths.

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