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The federal government has reached a deal with the provinces and territories on a $19 billion package to help with the COVID-19 recovery. The money will be used to purchase personal protective equipment; strengthen testing and contact tracing systems; protect vulnerable populations; create more safe child-care options; build a national sick-leave strategy; help struggling municipalities; and fund transit systems. Trudeau initially offered $14 billion, but the provinces said that was insufficient.
Ontario's share is roughly $7 billion, and Premier Doug Ford applauded the "desperately needed funding." "My friends, make no mistake," he said. "By standing united, by standing together as a province, Ontario was in a strong position to get a deal from the federal government."
Ontario loosening liquor laws
Licensed liquor-delivery services can now contract out work to freelance drivers, and boat operators with a liquor licence can sell booze while docked, according to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. “By allowing more businesses to enter the liquor-delivery market, we also hope to offer more convenience and choice for consumers as we all adapt to the current reality,” said the provincial regulator’s registrar, Jean Major.
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Premier Doug Ford’s plan to build 8,000 new long-term-care beds is the reaffirmation of a promise by the former Liberal government, according to CTV news. Ford announced the plan on Wednesday as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Roughly 6,000 of the beds were allocated by Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government before the 2018 election, and the remainder by the Ford government prior to the pandemic.
Kate Humble and her sheepdog, Teg, continue their journey through the Welsh countryside by exploring Carmarthenshire. In this episode, Kate milks goats, meets an Englishman keeping the Welsh weaving tradition alive, and learns how beavers are transforming a Welsh farm.
Some workers employed part-time by agencies have also been working in long-term care and retirement homes — but no one’s tracking whether they’re spreading the coronavirus. Southwestern Ontario reporter Mary Baxter speaks to advocates trying to understand why.
As more stories of anti-Black racism in the workplace emerge, writer Melissa Alice argues that the solution is financial independence. “The journey to financial independence is not easy, but working in organizations that do not encourage you to thrive is harder,” she writes. “Ideally, everyone works in an environment where they are empowered and their voice is heard and respected. But if there ever comes a time when you have to choose between your job and your mental health and well-being, you’ll be more than fine if you choose to walk away.”
Tonight on TVO
7 p.m. — Monty Don’s French Gardens
Horticulturist Monty Don tells the stories behind France's most important historic gardens — including an elaborate walled garden designed to please a king’s mistress, a magnificent flower display that incited violent jealousy in another monarch, and a modern-day chateau garden that almost bankrupted its owner.
8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: The story of Canadian-Chinese cuisine
Writer Ann Hui joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss her book, Chop Suey Nation, which traces her family history and the creation of Canadian-Chinese cuisine.