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Canada NDP, Liberals to propose legislation to create safety zones around hospitals, schools

01:22  06 october  2021
01:22  06 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath has proposed to create safety zones around hospitals and businesses for protection against anti-vaccination protests. "The growing number of scary anti-public health protests targeting hospitals should be enough to get Doug Ford to come back to work and jump into action," she said. Horwath's proposed legislation includes making targeted harassment within safety zones punishable by a fine of up to ,000. The Legislature is on summer break until October 4, 2021.

TORONTO — Both the Ontario NDP and the Liberals introduced proposed legislation Tuesday to create safety zones around institutions such as hospitals and schools to protect them from anti-vaccine harassment.

  NDP, Liberals to propose legislation to create safety zones around hospitals, schools © Provided by The Canadian Press

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said people such as hospital workers and cancer patients shouldn't have to face organized anti-public health harassment.

"Health-care workers shouldn't be worried about walking a gauntlet of hate and vitriol on their way into work while they're literally going in to provide services to our loved ones who are not well, as well as people who are still battling with COVID-19," she said.

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Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says urgency is growing to act on her proposed legislation to create Safety Zones . “No one should have to walk a gauntlet of harassment and intimidation to get to a hospital . Not people who are sick. Amid the rising tide of anti-vaccine demonstrations in Ontario, on Tuesday a woman with cancer was verbally attacked and shouted down in front of Kingston General Hospital . There have been threats of violence and threats to impede patients and ambulances, according to health advocates.

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Horwath first raised the idea in August, in response to what she called organized campaigns to target small businesses implementing public health measures.

"It’s a bill that everybody knows I’ve been looking to table for some time now," she said, after introducing her bill seconds after the Liberals'.

"I'm happy to see that the Liberals decided to jump on the bandwagon."

Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said she will look at the bills, but noted that the behaviours addressed in what the Liberals and NDP propose are already against the law.

"Look, none of us are pleased when we see health-care workers who are literally looking after COVID-19 patients in hospitals, in ICU, being threatened or being yelled at for doing their job exceptionally well," she said.

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The B.C. government is introducing legislation to protect schools and hospitals from disruptive protests, according to Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth. Farnworth confirmed the province's plans on Monday, as the legislature returned for a session that's scheduled to continue until the end of November. Premier John Horgan first floated the idea of creating bubble zones around schools and hospitals last month following a series of alarming anti-vaccine demonstrations, including one that saw thousands of people crowd outside Vancouver General Hospital .

The Liberals are holding on to a slight post-debate lead in support, new polling data suggests. Sunday's polling numbers from Nanos Research, commissioned by CTV News and The Globe and Mail. The Liberals are leading the pack at 34 per cent, while the Conservatives are just behind at 30.7 per Horwath, MPP for Hamilton Centre, was outside McMaster Children's Hospital Friday, promoting a proposal that would create " safety zones " around hospitals and businesses where protests have escalated into harassment. The bill, which can't be tabled until the legislature returns from an

"It is frustrating. But as I said, and as the (health) minister has repeated in the house, threatening behavior and intimidation are a criminal offence."

Health Minister Christine Elliott said during question period that the government has been in communication with law enforcement officers about their concerns with such protests.

Jones noted that Ontario has seen limited protests, and workers have not been blocked from entering those spaces "to any large degree."

Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca said even if the government says right now it doesn't support the creation of safety zones, it's important to keep pushing because Premier Doug Ford has reversed his position on many other measures throughout the pandemic.

"Yes, there are laws (already) on the books that are important," he said.

"But we are taking the extra step of declaring, under these very unique circumstances, that this kind of uncivil behavior, this behavior that, again, is blocking people from doing their work or blocking people from getting treatments that they so desperately need, is not good."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 5, 2021.

Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

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