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At least 12 of the 24 cases reported in Chatham-Kent over the past two days are tied to a multi-family boating trip. “Chatham-Kent Public Health is isolating these cases and tracing their contacts, of which there is a large number,” the unit said in a statement Thursday.
Ontario police units come in for criticism
The OPP declined to pursue charges against anyone involved in the death of Soleiman Faqiri — a man who had schizophrenia and died three years ago in a correctional facility in Lindsay. His family says that a coroner’s report indicated he was found with dozens of injuries, including 50 bruises and blunt-force trauma. “Shock, disappointment, anger, devastation. We are just confused of how they came to this conclusion,” said his brother Yusuf.
Meanwhile Toronto’s interim police chief, James Ramer, apologized for the conduct of the police officers who did not contact the Special Investigations Unit after an off-duty cop assaulted Black teenager Dafonte Miller in 2016. “We made the wrong decision that night,” he said.
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The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, sent a hit squad to Toronto to track down a former top intelligence official, a new lawsuit alleges. A 106-page unproven complaint filed in a U.S. court Thursday details the prince’s attempts to kill Saad Aljabri, a permanent resident of Canada. Bin Salman’s personal mercenaries allegedly arrived at Toronto Pearson Airport on tourist visas in October 2018 — less than two weeks after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered. Agents with the Canada Border Services Agency denied all but one of them entry.
Murder hornets. Locust swarms. Gypsy moth caterpillars. Bugs have been making headlines all year — and for all the wrong reasons. Rosalind Murray, an entomologist and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Toronto, joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss.
The Leslie Street Spit is a slice of wilderness in Canada’s most populous city. Will it be able to withstand the forces of climate change and development? Reporter and photographer Sam Riches visits Toronto’s most defiant park. “It is tempting to describe it as a site that reveals what the natural world is capable of when humans get out of the way, but the truth is more complicated,” he writes. “Decades of human intervention allowed naturalization to occur at the Spit, and that work is ongoing.”
During COVID-19, local musicians are putting their vans to good use — and helping out clients of Breakaway Addiction Services. Reporter Luke Ottenhof speaks with members of the band July Talk, who are leading the CARE-A-Van project.
Tonight on TVO
7 p.m. — Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens
Horticulturalist Monty Don travels to Spain, where he discovers the building blocks of paradise gardens at the Alhambra. In Morocco, he sees first-hand the different varieties of these gardens. And, in Iran, he learns about the influence of the gardens of old Persia.
8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Disability and COVID-19
Field producer Jeyan Jeganathan speaks with model and disability advocate Rachel Romu about accessibility in the fashion industry — and the new pandemic-related stresses that people living with disabilities face.