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MPP Mike Colle Unveils Recommendations From Bed Bug Summit

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As the city struggles to contain the spread of bed bugs with a lack of resources, MPP Mike Colle has released a list of recommendations the province can employ to stop the nocturnal blood-sucking pests.

Number one on the list calls for a province-wide education and public awareness campaign to be developed by the Ontario government. Colle suggests ads and public service announcements be distributed and information kits be made available to landlords, schools, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and public and private facilities.

Colle also recommends a scientific study to examine the causes and effects of the infestation and a review of provincial legislation.

To read Colle’s full report, click here.

Colle, who represents the Toronto riding of Eglington-Lawrence, hosted the Bed Bug Summit Sept. 29 at Queen’s Park. Pest control experts, politicians, public health workers and tenants attended the event to offer their expertise and experience with the insects.

“Bed bug infestation is not just a Toronto problem. We need a comprehensive provincial strategy to help deal with this scourge,” Colle said.

“It is imperative that all sectors of society, along with all levels of government, engage in a comprehensive and co-operative effort to fight bed bug infestation.”

The key recommendations coming out of that summit will be passed along to the provincial government Tuesday. The Liberals, however, on Monday rejected a request from the City of Toronto asking for $15 million over five years to deal with the problem.

City Councillor Paula Fletcher continues to insist the province pony up the money to help Toronto battle bed bugs. On Monday the Toronto Board of Health passed a motion introduced by Fletcher to request $3 million from Queen’s Park.

That money could allow the city to hire 17 staff dedicated to the bed bug problem and help fund Toronto’s Bug and Scrub extreme cleaning program.