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COVID-19 surge beginning to slow
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 30, 2020
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Province releases new COVID-19 modelling

New modelling released by the provincial government shows the surge in coronavirus cases is beginning to slow — projecting between 800-1200 cases a day through November. “While there has been an increase in the numbers of hospitalizations and intensive-care unit admissions, the province’s medical experts now believe that they will avoid a critical shortage in all but the worst-case scenario,” writes TVO.org’s John Michael McGrath.

NDP: McVety used evangelical college as ‘a personal bank’

The NDP alleges that pastor Charles McVety hid more than $800,000 that his school, Canada Christian College, loaned his family. In a statement, NDP leader Andrea Horwath says the loans have been edited out of the application that would give the college degree-granting powers. Premier Doug Ford has been criticized for his connection to McVety, who supported Ford in the last election. “[H]elping McVety’s coverup by allowing him to remove and redact the application is shocking evidence of ongoing favours to Ford’s friend, who is an extremist Islamophobe, transphobe, and homophobe,” Andrea Horwath said.

Canadian malls captured images of 5 million shoppers

An investigation by the federal, Alberta, and British Columbia privacy commissioners reveals that Cadillac Fairview improperly collected the facial images of roughly 5 million Canadians across various shopping centres. Cameras were embedded in digital information kiosks at 12 malls, including five in Ontario: Eaton Centre, Sherway Gardens, and Fairview Mall in Toronto; Markville Mall in Markham; and Lime Ridge in Hamilton. The report said Cadillac Fairview’s effort to notify shoppers of the technology via decals on mall doors was inadequate.

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The Agenda: Should Canada ditch the monarchy?


Barbados announced that Queen Elizabeth II will be removed as its head of state. Is it time for Canada to do the same?

The Minister: Episode 5


Benedikt abuses his temporary power as president to provide citizenship to the family of a Ukrainian doctor. Steinunn's brother, the family doctor and political rival, confronts Benedikt — but his questions seem personal.

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‘Grain has saved our bacon’: How Great Lakes shipping has stayed afloat during COVID-19

By the end of September, shipments on the St. Lawrence Seaway were down 8 per cent from last year — but Thunder Bay is one of the ports that’s been buoyed by a specific kind of cargo. TVO.org assistant editor Josh Sherman examines the state of Great Lakes shipping.

RoboCrop: Will COVID-19 bring more computers, machines, and robots to Ontario farms?

Meat-packing plants and farms saw some of the province’s most substantial outbreaks. Some say that automating systems could be one way to address the issue — and, ultimately, create more jobs.

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On Docs: Chronicling Ontario’s Most Notorious Punk Band

In Picture My Face: The Story of Teenage Head, Douglas Arrowsmith tells the story of one of Ontario’s most notorious punk bands. While it’s infamous for a riot at Ontario Place, Arrowsmith focuses on a more personal tragedy. He joins host Colin Ellis to discuss the death of Teenage Head’s lead singer — and the mental health fallout for his bandmates.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — Annamie Paul

Annamie Paul is the newly-minted leader of the federal Green Party. She joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss replacing Elizabeth May and the party’s future.

9 p.m. — Heartbeat: Scent of a Kill

A terrified hospital patient claims her husband is trying to kill her, but Merton seems reluctant to get involved. Vernon picks up a bargain all-purpose pest-control solution and enlists David's help in his eradication mission.

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