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By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 03, 2020
The province will put an additional $150 million into homeless shelters and long-term housing during the pandemic. (iStock.com/FKGREENHERON)

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More money for homeless shelters

The province will put an additional $150 million into homeless shelters and long-term housing during the pandemic. Municipalities and Indigenous communities can use the money to renovate existing shelters; purchase new facilities; and provide vulnerable people with food, shelter, and supplies. The province’s Social Services Relief fund is now $350 million.

Premier Doug Ford said Ontario needs help from the federal government to give municipalities all the financial support they need during the pandemic. “Cut us a cheque, give us flexibility,” he said. “We're not going to go hog-wild, we'll work within the parameters.”

New vaping rules take effect

Most flavoured vaping products now can be sold in Ontario only in specialty shops and cannabis stores that serve customers who are at least 19 years old. There are also new restrictions on retailing vapour products with high levels of nicotine and a ban on store displays that are visible from outside. The measures, which took effect Wednesday, were unveiled in February by Health Minister Christine Elliott.

Head of Public Health Ontario steps down permanently

Peter Donnelly has resigned as CEO of Public Health Ontario. Before going on medical leave in April, Donnelly had been heavily involved in the province’s response to COVID-19. “Having experienced cardiac symptoms over a number of weeks, it is now clear that it is important for me to return to the United Kingdom where all of my family are based,” he said in a news release. Colleen Geiger, the agency’s acting CEO, will continue in her role until a permanent replacement is hired.


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Mosquitoes are the second-deadliest threat to humans, besides humans themselves. Historian Timothy Winegard joins Nam Kiwanuka to discuss his book Mosquito: A Human History of our Deadliest Predator.

Political Blind Date: The Food We Eat

Green Party of Ontario leader Mike Schreiner and Progressive Conservative MPP Randy Pettapiece debate the role that government should play in supporting large- and small-scale farms. 


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How the pandemic is making it harder for truckers to make pit stops

Truckers spend long hours on the road keeping the supply chain up and running. They need to stay rested and fed. Northeastern Ontario reporter Nick Dunne visits Gilli’s Truck Stop in New Liskeard, where the once-packed dining area sits empty.

How to adjust to a new country when it’s adjusting to a pandemic

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Newcomers to Canada are dealing with reduced services, little opportunity to socialize, and a country still figuring out how to move forward amid a deadly pandemic. Journalist Meagan Gillmore speaks with advocates who are trying to make Ontario feel more like home in unprecedented times.


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8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Colson Whitehead

The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Nickel Boys joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss growing up Black in America and writing a book set in the Jim Crow era.

9 p.m. — Political Blind Date: The High-Tech Future

Donna Skelly, Progressive Conservative MPP for Flamborough–Glanbrook, and Cambridge Mayor Kathryn McGarry tour Cambridge factories that support the auto, aerospace, and medical sectors. They also visit driverless-car tracks in Ottawa and debate how governments can boost companies working on new technologies.  

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