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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has not committed to supporting transit agencies but said this week that “the federal government will be there to work with the provinces, including supporting them in their areas of jurisdiction.”
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Computer scientists are creating tools to fight COVID-19. The Agenda welcomes Shohini Ghose, a Wilfrid Laurier University physics and computer-science professor, to discuss the role of quantum computing in the pandemic response.
A group of people with fixed opinions about Indigenous issues continue their learning journey. In this episode, they visit Muskrat Dam, one of several fly-in reserves in northern Ontario that suffer from heightened poverty and a lack of infrastructure.
On Thursday, Ontarians found out what’s next for businesses, health care, and sports during COVID-19. There’s good news for pickleball — and bad news for football. Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss Stage 1 of the province’s reopening strategy.
Stephen Gaetz, president of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, speaks with TVO.org reporter Mary Baxter about the work that Ontario municipalities are doing to protect homeless populations during COVID-19 — and what they could be doing better. “I feel like we kind of planned our way to this point, and we're figuring things out as we go,” he says. “But we may be looking at a situation where the current response to homelessness will become overwhelmed. So the planning on what happens after needs to be happening. And I'm not sure to what degree that is. I don't think people are fools about the possibility of crisis after the first wave, but it's something we should be paying attention to.”
Ontario’s spring bear hunt is not just a popular activity — it doubles as a population-control measure, keeping bears away from urban areas. While COVID-19 makes hunting more difficult, are Ontario’s bears a greater safety risk to the rest of us? Columnist Matt Gurney speaks to Laurie Marcil, executive director of Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario, to find out.
Tonight on TVO
7 p.m. — Monty Don’s Japanese Gardens
Horticulturalist Monty Don travels Japan through spring and autumn in search of the country’s most beautiful gardens.
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Should kids go to camp this summer?
What will happen to summer camps during COVID-19? The Agenda welcomes Jocelyn Palm, owner and executive director of Glen Bernard Camp; David Latimer, owner and director of Kilcoo Camp; and Grayson Burke, director of Cedar Ridge Camp, to discuss.