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What Ontario’s new COVID-19 law would do
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 10, 2020
The province recorded 170 new COVID-19 cases yesterday — but 86 were in the Windsor-Essex region.

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COVID-19 cases jump after farm-testing blitz

The province recorded 170 new COVID-19 cases yesterday — but 86 were in the Windsor-Essex region. Health Minister Christine Elliott attributed this spike to targeted testing of temporary foreign workers in farms. “In fact, 30 of Ontario’s 34 [public health units] are reporting five or fewer cases, with 20 of them reporting no new cases,” she tweeted.

Province aims to have kids in school five days a week

Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the province hopes to have kids in class every weekday this fall, but health officials haven’t given the go-ahead. This comes after some parents complained about a proposed model that would see kids in school only on some days. The Globe and Mail reported that school boards are facing pressure from the Ministry of Education to “maximize” class time.

The province also announced yesterday that it will start to phase out high school streaming in September 2021 — starting with math courses.

Senate report says Canada not ready for second wave

The Senate’s social affairs committee is concerned for the safety of long-term-care homes and low-income seniors if a second wave of COVID-19 hits the country later this year. A report released by the committee also says it’s worried about the supply of personal protective equipment available to military personnel should they be deployed to help contain future outbreaks.


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Do Twitter and Instagram help or hinder creative friendships? Author, visual artist, and musician Vivek Shraya talks about her book, The Subtweet — a look at friendship, creative connections, and the complicated racialized etiquette of social media.

Political Blind Date: Taxes

Should governments tax and spend? Or cut taxes and services? Prince Edward Island Liberal MP Wayne Easter debates tax policy with former Ontario Conservative MP Lisa Raitt.


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What Ontario’s new COVID-19 law would actually do

The province is asking MPPs to give it emergency powers for as long as two years. Is this a power grab — or just the new reality of COVID-19? Columnist John Michael McGrath explores the proposed legislation.

Why public-health officials are calling for basic income

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Across Ontario, public-health units are not only battling COVID-19 but also advocating for a new post-pandemic normal. Reporter Monika Warzecha examines the ties between a basic income and public health.


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