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Green leader: ‘The most blatant example of political back-scratching in Ford's tenure’
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 23, 2020
(Canadian Press)

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Province reports second highest COVID-19 case total

Ontario reported 841 new coronavirus cases yesterday — the second highest number of new confirmed infections since the pandemic began. There were also nine new COVID-19-related deaths. The rolling seven-day average of new infections in Ontario is 761, up from 746 this time last week.

Ford hearing backlash over evangelical college

A bill that would grant university status to Canada Christian College is receiving strong opposition. The school is run by Charles McVety, a social conservative ally of the premier. “Why (would) this government… extend the mandate of the most publicly and vocally homophobic man in Ontario?” said former premier Kathleen Wynne in the legislature. New Democrat MPPs and Green Party leader Mike Schreiner suggested the move is thanks to McVety’s relationship with Ford. "This is the most blatant example of political back-scratching in Ford's tenure," Schreiner said in a statement. Ford said there was nothing unusual with the decision: “(McVety) went through the process like every other college and the process is independent, so good luck to him.”

Judge grants permanent injunction in 1492 Land Back Lane dispute

An Ontario Superior Court judge has ordered police to remove the inhabitants of a Six Nations reclamation camp that has blocked construction of a Caledonia subdivision since July — land that has been dubbed 1492 Land Back Lane. Justice R.J. Harper said camp spokesperson Skyler Williams had shown “contempt” by ignoring previous temporary injunctions and questioning the court’s authority. "We are committed to defending our territory, that includes staying on the land and it also means we will file an appeal immediately," Williams said in a statement.

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The Agenda: A crisis in a pandemic


New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof joins host Steve Paikin to discuss the economic crisis facing working-class Americans. His new book is Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope.

The Minister: Episode 4


Benedikt travels north to sign a permit for the construction of a hotel resort in his hometown. There, he sees his ex-girlfriend who convinces him to stop the construction. Rikarður is now convinced that Benedikt’s erratic behavior is due to bipolar disorder.

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What does a community approach to COVID-19 testing look like?

As the second wave hits the province, experts are calling for a community-driven strategy that takes testing out of hospitals — and into the heart of hot-spot neighbourhoods.

Why is getting — and staying — online still so difficult in eastern Ontario?

Forty-foot towers. Hundred-foot trenches. TVO.org assistant editor Ashley Okwuosa speaks with residents in the Township of Douro-Dummer who are considering large-scale options to deal with slow and unreliable internet.

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On Docs: Reframing North America’s Indigenous history

Toppled statues, dismantled barricades, and burning buildings. The news cycle is forcing many non-Indigenous Canadians to grapple with the country's colonial history. Michelle Latimer joins host Colin Ellis to discuss reframing the commonly accepted story of Indigenous people in North America, which is the topic of her documentary, Inconvenient Indian.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Stopping super-spreaders

How can we prevent COVID-19 super-spreader events? The Agenda welcomes Raywat Deonandan, professor in the faculty of health sciences at the University of Ottawa; and Ashley Tuite, an epidemiologist with the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, to discuss.

10 p.m. — King George and Queen Mary

The conservative King George V was an unlikely moderniser, but after the First World War he created the House of Windsor, embraced democratic reform, and reinvented many of the royal traditions that we know today.

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