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By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Apr 06, 2020
According to the province’s Sunday report, there are 4,038 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ontario, a one-day increase of 408. (Frank Gunn/CP)

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Ontario coronavirus cases surpass 4,000

According to the province’s Sunday report, there are 4,038 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ontario, a one-day increase of 408. To date, 1,449 cases have been resolved and 119 people have died — 25 more than Saturday. There are 523 people in hospital, including 200 in intensive care and 154 on ventilators.

CERB applications open — for some

Registration opens today for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit — the federal government’s $500-per-week crisis fund for people who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. To ensure the web portal isn’t overwhelmed, only eligible recipients with birthdates in January, February, and March can apply today. April-through-June registration begins on Tuesday; July through September on Wednesday; and October through December on Thursday.

The federal government says that those who opt for direct deposit should receive the first payment within three to five days, while those who opt for mail delivery should receive it within the next 10 days.

Masks continue to make headlines

Public health officials are changing their guidelines when it comes to mask usage. Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, now says there are situations in which wearing a homemade face covering could be beneficial. “If you’re in public transit and you cannot easily practise the two metres [of physical distancing], for example, then having that additional covering, like covering up your cough, I think, is a good idea,” she said Saturday. Previously, Tam had suggested that mask use was not necessarily beneficial and could tempt people to touch their faces more frequently. Tam also warned provinces and territories against throwing away used masks, saying officials are looking into disinfecting them for reuse.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he is still hoping to negotiate with the United States about its decision to ban exports of some medical equipment, including safety masks. When asked Sunday whether he would consider retaliatory measures, such as closing the border to health-care professionals, he said: “I’m not going to engage in hypotheticals. I will say that we will do what is necessary to keep Canadians safe and we will do it in as constructive a way as possible.”

TVO.org publishing regional updates

Every day, we will publish a collection of news items from across the province about the pandemic. Please visit TVO.org for the latest. Here is this weekend’s edition.


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Coppers

In this TVO Original, documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig examines the lives of retired police officers with a hard-hitting and empathetic look behind the fabled “blue wall.” Policing is a profession marked by adrenaline and chaos, but also by suicide and relationship breakdown. Zweig’s trademark probing interviews shed light on what it really means to serve and protect.

Hubble’s Cosmic Journey

The Hubble space telescope, launched in April 1990, helped humanity achieve a once-impossible dream: gaining a clear view of the cosmos. This National Geographic documentary recounts the story of one of the most remarkable advances in modern technology, as told by the people involved.


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Doug Ford may be good or bad. But is he learning?

Doug Ford
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Critics continue to debate whether Premier Doug Ford deserves blame for the rise in COVID-19 cases or credit for the province’s steady governance during the pandemic. Columnist John Michael McGrath says we should instead be focusing on the future. “What I’m interested in,” McGrath writes, “is what lessons he’s learning from all this.”


Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Domestic violence during a pandemic

Reports of domestic violence are spiking as families self-isolate to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Agenda explores this issue with Silvia Samsa, executive director of Women’s Habitat; Pamela Cross, legal director at Luke's Place Support and Resource Centre; and Katie Bortolin, program manager at Beendigen Anishinabe Women’s Crisis Home and Family Healing Agency.

10 p.m. — The Fruit Machine

After the Second World War, the Canadian government used the RCMP to try to purge the public service of LGBTQ employees. Filmmaker Sarah Fodey speaks to survivors of the decades-long bullying campaign.

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