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Ford: ‘We need to hunker down’
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 09, 2020
Ontarians have been urged to stay home for Thanksgiving this year. (iStock/SolStock)

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Ontario’s COVID-19 spike continues

Ontario reported 797 new cases of coronavirus yesterday from 48,500 processed tests — both of which are new daily records. Daily numbers are less reliable this week, as assessment centres have new protocols and labs are working to clear a testing backlog. Public health officials are urging Ontarians to share Thanksgiving dinner only with members of their own household. “We need to hunker down,” said Premier Doug Ford.

Oakville plant to get $590 million to build electric cars

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Doug Ford announced $590 million split between Ottawa and Queen’s Park to help Ford Motor Company revamp its Oakville assembly plant for the construction of electric vehicles and batteries. “This shows how much we can do when we work together,” Trudeau said. Unifor president Jerry Dias says overhauling the facility will save 3,000 jobs.

Patient ombudsman calls for changes to protect long-term care homes

Ontario patient ombudsman Cathy Fooks released an interim report aimed at strengthening the long-term care system as the province deals with the pandemic’s second wave. "What is clear is that we must prevent what happened from happening again," Fooks told the Canadian Press. Her recommendations include enhancing whistleblower protections, improving communications, and overhauling the visitation system.

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The Agenda: The ripple effect of empty offices

What does the future hold for the network of restaurants, retailers, and small businesses that rely on bustling office buildings? The Agenda welcomes Grant Humes, the executive director of Toronto’s financial district business improvement area; Samantha Sanella, managing director of strategic planning at Cushman and Wakefield; and Joseph Bennett, a hair stylist who has worked in Toronto's PATH for nearly 30 years. 

The Minister: Episode 2

Benedikt takes the office of the Prime Minister and tries to use Twitter to help form a coalition treaty. Then, old secrets from his past are brought to light to puncture his newfound popularity.

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The pandemic has made NIMBYism a problem Toronto can no longer ignore 

Toronto’s proposed COVID-19 interim recovery strategy provides an opportunity for the city to confront its NIMBYism — and support its most vulnerable residents. “Unfortunately, it took the coronavirus to bring the city’s homelessness issue to the forefront,” writes Melissa Alice. “But now that it’s here, Torontonians have the opportunity to put aside any concerns or prejudices and support the city’s most vulnerable citizens."

Peddie cash: What happens when a philanthropist tries to build ‘the best small town in Ontario’ 

Richard Peddie once served as president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Why has he opened a bookstore in Amherstburg? 

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On Docs: How social media giants run your life  

Who’s really in control when you open Twitter or Facebook? Ryerson professor and tech columnist Ramona Pringle joins host Colin Ellis to discuss Netflix’s The Social Dilemma — and the ways in which social media companies dictate our behaviour.    

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7 p.m. — Antiques Uncovered: Entertainment 

Historian Lucy Worsley explores the historical impact of the sofa, and antiques expert Mark Hill examines the secret ingredient of English porcelain. 

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Pandemic dating 

Dating apps have seen a surge in users, but how do new relationships move offline during a deadly pandemic?  

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