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A grim milestone on 'path to reopening'
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on May 01, 2020
The province yesterday issued sector-specific health and safety guidelines for businesses to follow when they eventually reopen. (iStock.com/nikom1234)

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Ontario businesses get health guidelines

The province yesterday issued sector-specific health and safety guidelines for businesses to follow when they eventually reopen. “We are on the path to reopening because that curve [of COVID-19] cases is flattening,” Premier Doug Ford said. “These guidelines will help businesses adapt to the new reality.”  The government also announced that 58 new labour inspectors will start work this week. Along with the existing labour inspectors, they will communicate COVID-19 safety guidelines to workplaces and enforce emergency measures.

Premier slams rule about window visits

Ford also weighed in on a controversial decision by City of Ottawa officials that instructed residents to stop visiting loved ones at the windows of municipally-run long-term-care homes. “That’s ridiculous,” the premier said. “I don’t know who’s come up with this ridiculous idea but they need to rethink it.” Ford said his family visits his mother-in-law at her long-term-care home through her window. “Go visit your loved ones, as far as I’m concerned,” he concluded. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has given nursing home administrators until May 7 to come up with a solution.

In the same press conference, the premier also criticized auto insurance companies that aren’t reducing rates despite the decrease in the number of vehicles on the road. “A message to the insurance companies: Lower your rates,” he said. “People aren’t driving, the risks to the insurance companies are much lower, but you keep taking their cheques.”

Budget watchdog predicts $252 billion federal deficit

Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux issued a report yesterday predicting the federal deficit will reach $252.1 billion this year — and could still rise. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will decide how best to address the deficit later on. “There will be time after this is all done as we figure out how exactly this unfolds where we will have to make next decisions on how that recovery looks,” he said. “But right now our focus is getting through this together as a country.”

TVO.org publishing regional updates

Every day, we will publish a collection of news items from across the province about the pandemic. Please visit TVO.org for the latest. Here is Thursday’s edition.


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#onpoli: Ontario reaches a grim milestone

As the provincial death toll from COVID-19 rises above 1,000, hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss why Ontario is still trailing behind other provinces in testing. Also, universities and colleges are struggling financially in this pandemic and the podcast looks at what they’ll need to survive in the new academic year.


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The Agenda: COVID-19 and small business woes

While businesses across the province weather ongoing closures and uncertainty, many others will never reopen. To discuss the future of Ontario’s small businesses, The Agenda welcomes Jan De Silva, president and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade; Ashley Challinor, vice-president of policy at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce; and Rafael Gomez, an associate professor and director of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto.

Monty Don’s French Gardens: The Artistic Garden

Horticulturalist Monty Don explores the connection between France’s artistic tradition and the country's gardens. He visits the gardens of celebrated artists, including one created by the impressionist painter Claude Monet.


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COVID-19 in cottage country: The marina owners

In the first of a three-part series, columnist Matt Gurney speaks with a pair of marina owners about keeping their cottage-country business afloat despite regulatory confusion during the COVID-19 crisis. “We've had meetings with our municipality, we've talked to our lawyer — it has not been easy to get any clarity,” says Kim Krech.


Tonight on TVO

7 p.m. — The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts

Six craftspeople move to a remote country house and immerse themselves in the idealistic dreams of Arts and Crafts visionaries such as William Morris. Cut off from 21st-century life, they must transform the property by decorating and furnishing four key rooms — making everything by hand, from scratch. In this episode, the crafters restore the dining room.

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Pandemic insights from Polly

Erin Kelly, CEO of Ottawa-based Advanced Symbolics, shares the latest data on the top concerns of Canadians as the pandemic continues. The company’s artificial intelligence, called Polly, measures the mood of the public using social media data. 

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