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Hospitals prepare for coronavirus
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jan 24, 2020
Health Minister Christine Elliott says that the risk of Ontarians contracting coronavirus is low. (Lars Hagberg/CP)



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Governments and hospitals prepare for coronavirus

Health Minister Christine Elliott says that the risk of Ontarians contracting coronavirus is low.  “I think that it’s really important for everyone to know that we have the necessary processes and procedures and safeguards in place to make sure that we protect all of the people of Ontario,” she said, according to the Toronto Sun. Currently, China is quarantining 20 million people in three cities in an attempt to halt the spread of the pneumonia-like virus.

Health-care workers are hoping that the virus, which has killed 17 people and infected thousands of others so far, won’t lead to a SARS-like outbreak. “Those who did go through the SARS crisis back in 2003, there are certainly some that are getting very nervous,” critical-care physician Randy Wax told the Toronto Star.

NDP MPP says Ontarians want end to home-warranty monopoly

The CBC reports that many think the province’s plan to overhaul its Tarion home-warranty provider doesn’t go far enough. NDP MPP Tom Rakocevic, for example, has put forward a private member’s bill that would allow private providers into the market. Consumer Services Minister Lisa Thompson isn’t in favour of the suggestion. “By increasing the accountability of a single provider and making the significant changes to the governance of Tarion, there will be more enforcement mechanisms built into the system,” she wrote in a statement.

Currently, buyers of newly built homes are required to use Tarion’s warranty-protection program, but the system has come in for criticism following an auditor general’s report last fall.

CAMH tells business leaders to focus on mental health

Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health has launched an awareness campaign aimed at business executives, the Globe and Mail reports. According to CAMH, mental illness costs the Canadian economy $51 billion a year. Much of that is paid by companies through sick leave, disability benefits, and lower productivity from workers struggling with mental illness. “Mental health in the workplace continues to be deeply stigmatized,” says Deborah Gillis, chief executive of the CAMH Foundation.

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The Agenda: Hurdles for Ontario horse-racing

In the last five years, the horse-racing industry has received $500 million from the province just to stay afloat. What are the challenges facing the world’s oldest spectator sport? The Agenda examines what the future holds for the industry’s thousands of Ontarian employees — and why its relationship with Queen’s Park is so fraught.

How to Prepare for Prison

This intimate documentary follows three people facing a prison sentence for the first time. Filmed over the course of three years, it provides a glimpse into the offices of lawyers and judges, as well as the anxious minds of those awaiting judgment.

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How these female politicians dealt with the ‘unspeakable loneliness’ of Ottawa

Photo by Steve Paikin

How does a former MP reintegrate into her regular life after an election defeat? Steve Paikin reports from a symposium where Jane Philpott, Lisa Raitt, and Megan Leslie discussed the road back from government service. The three women, each from a different political party, also touched on the support they’d received from other female politicians in the hyper-partisan atmosphere of Ottawa.

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7 p.m. — Animal Super Senses: Scent

Visit some of the wildest habitats on Earth and get up close and personal with a host of intriguing creatures — and their keen sense of smell. Physicist Helen Czerski dives into shark-infested waters with only a small pouch of liquid for self-defence, while biologist Patrick Aryee controls the behaviour of a swarm of bees using tiny traces of scent.

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Conservative leadership choices

The federal Conservative leadership race is on. Who are the candidates? What do they bring to the table? A panel of politicos discusses the lead-up to the convention in March.

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Fourth Reading: SARS fallout — April 27, 2003

In this 2003 episode of Fourth Reading, political experts discussed whether Canadian governments were doing enough to combat the SARS epidemic — and what role politics should play in health policy.

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