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NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has slammed the Ford government for its failure to deal quickly with the third wave of Covid infections driven by new variants. The slowness of the Ford government response to the third wave has resulted in an exponential growth of infections. 

The Ford government has been slammed by the opposition for letting a third wave of COVID-19 "spiral out of control" as new infections and hospitalizations surge in the province.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath made the comments during Question Period at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, saying that Ford’s actions "walked us directly into a third wave."

"Why does the premier continue to ignore all of the warnings from hospitals, his own experts, from nurses, from doctors? Why does he continue to ignore the warning and refuse to act?" Horwath said.

Horwath's remarks come a day after a report from Ontario's science table was released, revealing that variants of concern are starting to have a "substantial impact" on the healthcare system.

The experts found that the presence of the variants are driving a rise in hospitalizations that involve younger people.

Horwath said the report and calls from medical experts make it "pretty clear" that Ontario is not winning the race between vaccines and variants and that more action needs to be taken.

"The government has allowed the third wave to spiral out of control," Horwath said. "When is this premier going to act and get ahead of the crisis that we are in?" ...

Horwath has previously suggested other measures like smaller class sizes, better COVID-19 testing in schools, and paid time off for vaccine appointments. ...

Just hours before Ford's comments, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the date of the break had not changed and was still slated to begin on April 12. 

"Students, parents, teachers are frustrated. They’re frustrated and confused and concerned," Horwath said. "The latest confusion came yesterday around the April Break."

"Within hours of each other, the premier and his education minister contradicted each other about what might be happening for April. So, the question is, why can’t the government ever provide certainty and answers for parents and kids and teachers."



In Ontario senior care home residents are demanding that they be allowed to go outside because they feel like they have been in solitary confinement for a year. 

Residents of Ontario's long-term care homes begged on Tuesday to be allowed outside, saying anti-pandemic restrictions that have confined them indoors for more than a year make no sense given almost all have now been vaccinated.

Some compared their situations to solitary confinement, and urged the provincial government to act on what they called a gross violation of their basic human rights.

Chuck Ferkranus, a resident of a home in Newmarket, Ont., said no one in the building has COVID-19 and yet residents are stuck in their rooms. Ferkranus, who challenged those in authority to live as he does for even a week, said residents are being treated worse than criminals.

"We did nothing wrong; we're not guilty of any crime," he said. "If vaccinations don't end the rules, if no one having COVID doesn't end the restrictions, then what does it take before this comes to an end?"

Many of an estimated 150,000 nursing home residents have been confined to their rooms or floors for as long as 15 months now, cut off from most relatives as well as the outdoors. Activists blame extreme staffing shortages and operators who prioritize corporate needs ahead of the welfare of residents.

Advocates also say the restrictions make no sense. Scientific evidence, they note, indicates COVID-19 is far less likely to spread outdoors than indoors. They also point to evidence that extreme isolation is physically and mentally damaging, especially to residents of nursing homes, many of whom suffer cognitive difficulties and need familiar faces and touch.

"It just cannot go on like this; people are really suffering," said Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition. "We're furious and we're heartbroken."

Alfred Borg, another resident in Newmarket, said he hasn't been allowed outside for more than a year or even had a shower for five or six months. Instead, he said, residents only get in-room sponge baths when even the law guarantees twice a week baths or showers.

"All day long we just sit in our room," Borg said. "Why are we being treated so much differently from everyone else? It is not enough just being alive. We need a better quality of life." ...

Jane Meadus, a lawyer, called the restrictions a violation of human rights. While anti-pandemic measures loosen in the rest of society, she said, seniors continue to suffer. "All along, these detentions have been illegal," Meadus said. Premier Doug Ford and his ministers have not responded to letters Meadus wrote last month calling for a ban on such confinement, she said. At a news conference on Tuesday, Ford expressed some sympathy but gave no indication he would act on the concerns. "I fully understand -- my mother-in-law's in there," Ford said. "But we have to be super cautious."