'We have no AC, nothing': Ontarians slam lack of air conditioning units in long-term care homes as extreme heat continues

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People in Ontario are calling out Doug Ford's government as several long-term care homes in the province are still without air conditioning, while severe heat warnings are in effect in many cities.

On Wednesday, Ontario's Ministry of Long-Term Care stated to reporters that 537 of 627 long-term care homes in Ontario are fully air conditioned. All long-term care homes have "cooling areas" for their residents.

Last year, the provincial government passed legislation that indicated all long-term care homes in Ontario would have air conditioning units installed in all residents room by June 22 this year.

Many people in Ontario have taken to social media to respond to the lack of air conditioning units in several long-term care homes in the province.

According to Environment Canada, a heat alert is in effect in Hamilton, Toronto, Halton - Peel, Sarnia - Lambton, Windsor - Essex - Chatham-Kent, York - Durham. The alerts indicates the hot and humid conditions could extend into Saturday.

"Seek a cool place such as a tree-shaded area, swimming pool, shower or bath, or air-conditioned spot like a public building," the advice from Environment Canada reads.

"Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion."

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