Ontario NDP say more needed to beat back bedbugs
Cheri DiNovo, NDP MPP for Parkdale-High Park, speaks during a press conference at Queen's Park in Toronto, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010.
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, January 11, 2011 7:14AM EST
TORONTO - Opposition critics say the $5 million dollars the province is putting up to fight bedbug infestations isn't enough.
Ontario New Democrat housing critic Cheri DiNovo says the money is good news but it's not nearly enough.
The NDP are calling for landlord licensing system and a national strategy to squish the skin-crawling problem.
Ontario's 36 public health units can soon apply for provincial funding to combat the tiny bloodsuckers, which have made a dramatic comeback.
Liberal Michael Colle calls bedbugs a serious issue that can "destroy your mental health."
The government also launched an education campaign with a website -- bedbugsinfo.ca -- that tells people how to identify and eliminate the nighttime pests.