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Ontario budget features help for business and the largest deficit in history
Finance Minister Rod Phillips released the province’s 2020-21 budget yesterday, saying Ontario expects to post a record $38.5 billion deficit in the coming fiscal year. Phillips also promised lots of help for businesses struggling through the pandemic, including a cut in the business-education tax, a provincially-mandated levy to help finance school boards. Read more highlights of the budget here.
GM to reopen plant in Oshawa
General Motors has signed a tentative deal with Unifor that would see pickup truck manufacturing return to its idled assembly plant in Oshawa. If accepted by Unifor members in a vote, the deal would see the company invest up to $1.3 billion in the facility and hire 1,400 to 1,700 hourly workers. “During this process, we had numerous critics,” said Unifor president Jerry Dias. “We never gave up hope, and frankly, neither did General Motors.”
Toronto police officer who beat young Black man sentenced to nine months in jail
Constable Michael Theriault was sentenced to nine months in jail yesterday for assaulting then-19-year-old Dafonte Miller in 2016. Miller permanently lost the use of one eye following the attack. "While the Crown does not allege the assault was racially motivated, the racialized context in which the offence took place cannot be ignored," said Ontario Superior Court Justice Joseph Di Luca as he delivered the verdict. Theriault will also serve 12 months of probation and will be banned from possessing or using restricted weapons for five years.
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First, Finance Minister Rod Phillips presents his government’s budget for the next year. Then, opposition MPPs offer criticism. Finally, The Agenda dives deeper into the province’s fiscal outlook.
The parliament discusses the option of adopting the Euro, but Benedikt is obsessed with reworking a medieval transcript into a musical. Then, he declares that Iceland will adopt the Euro unilaterally, prompting some to worry about his mental state.
Why the #@&! can’t I get my flu shot?
Columnist Matt Gurney and his wife booked appointments for the whole family. They were cancelled “due to a lack of vaccine supply.” That’s politically embarrassing for the government — and a warning of things to come.
Author Ethan Lou argues that Canada’s freedom-of-information system has never been perfect, but that we owe to it our freedom and democracy. He says its erosion during COVID-19 is troubling: “Set against the greater threat of the pandemic, access to government documents may not mean much, but the erosion of the FOI system is one small step toward a meaner world.”
Lulu Wei joins host Colin Ellis to discuss There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace — which examines what happens to a neighbourhood when developers move in.
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8 p.m. — The Agenda: Life near the end
Dakshana Bascaramurty joins The Agenda to discuss her book, This is Not the End of Me: Lessons on Living from a Dying Man.
10 p.m — The Blitz: Britain on Fire
In this episode, Michael Buerk, Angellica Bell, and Rob Bell tell the stories of Margaret Johnson, a mother of six whose children could not be evacuated; Mary Lawson, a promising film star in 1940s Britain who was in Liverpool when the raids began; and Churchill's morale-boosting tour after the bombing.