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What the new pandemic modelling tells us
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 02, 2020
Personal support workers in Canada, many of whom are immigrants, have been in the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Chris Young/CP)

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Province to spend $461 million on temporary PSW pay-raise

Premier Doug Ford announced a temporary raise for the province’s nearly 147,000 personal support workers to cover “some of the toughest days” of the pandemic. Most PSWs will receive $3 more per hour, while those working in hospitals will get an extra $2 an hour. The raises went into effect yesterday and will last until March 31.

A different kind of vaccine trouble

Some Grade 7 students won’t receive typical vaccines in schools this year — including in Toronto and Ottawa. According to CBC News, public-health units in areas hard-hit by COVID-19 have already told families to arrange to get the shots at a community clinic or doctor’s office. Grade 7 students are typically vaccinated for hepatitis B, human papilloma virus, and meningococcal disease.

Ottawa to spend $10 billion on infrastructure and clean tech

The federal government announced it will spend $10 billion on infrastructure and clean technology to help the economy recover from the pandemic. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the plan will create 60,000 jobs through investment in such areas as zero-emission transit, broadband internet access, and irrigation infrastructure for farmers. “With smart targeted investments, we can get people back on the job and grow the economy while building a safe, sustainable future for everyone.”

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The Agenda: Democracy under fire

Around the world, democratic governments face existential threats. A new book tries to understand why — and to figure out how to save them. Steve Paikin speaks with editor Peter Biro and with contributors Rachel Parent, Karen Mock, and Nathalie Des Rosiers about Constitutional Democracy Under Stress: A Time for Heroic Citizenship.

The Minister: Episode 1

In the first episode of this Icelandic political drama, the newly elected chairman of the Independence Party, Benedikt, has joined forces with the Social Democratic Alliance for the upcoming elections. Unexpectedly, he announces that he will resign if there is not a 90 per cent voter turnout.

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Ontario has drawn its COVID-19 red line. What now?

The province’s new modelling tells us under what circumstances the health-care system can operate as usual. Columnist Matt Gurney writes that this is useful to know — but that it tells us less than you might think.

‘Reclaiming the space’: Celebrating First Nations cultures at a former residential school

Southwestern Ontario reporter Mary Baxter speaks with Carley Gallant-Jenkins, of the Woodland Cultural Centre, about Orange Shirt Day — and making sure that voices that were taken away are now being heard.

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On Docs: Is corporate social responsibility a sham?

Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott’s 2003 documentary, The Corporation, argued that many corporations met the criteria of a psychopath. Years later, things have only gotten worse. The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel examines how corporations have rebranded as socially responsible — and looks at the grassroots organizations that are fighting back.

Tonight on TVO

7 p.m. — My Sheepdog and Me

When Kate Humble sets out to breed Welsh sheepdog puppies from her beloved pet, Teg, she learns about the genetic threat facing British herding dogs. Through DNA research, scientists at the University of Aberystwyth reveal remarkable facts about the breed.

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Personal support workers during COVID-19

Personal support workers are essential in the fight against COVID-19. Southwestern Ontario reporter Mary Baxter joins The Agenda to discuss what it takes to become one.

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