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COVID-19 strikes Mennonite communities
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 10, 2020
Ontario reported 79 new COVID-19 cases yesterday — the seventh consecutive day with fewer than 100. (iStock.com)

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Low COVID-19 numbers continue

Ontario reported 79 new COVID-19 cases yesterday — the seventh consecutive day with fewer than 100. To date, the province has seen 40,046 cases of COVID-19, with 2,786 deaths and 36,279 recoveries.

Peel police officers admit to neglect of duty

Peel Region police officers acknowledged that they’d botched the investigation into the death of Bridget Harrison — which turned out to be the second of three murders in the same home. Bill Harrison, 64, was found dead in 2009; Bridget, 63, was found dead in 2010; and their son Caleb, 40, was killed in 2013. The officers initially found that there had been no foul play involved in Bridget’s death, but Caleb’s former spouse and her new partner were eventually charged in the murder.

Surge of COVID-19 cases in Mennonite communities

Southwestern Ontario health officials are concerned about a growing number of COVID-19 cases in the region’s Mennonite farming communities, the Windsor Star reports. Chatham-Kent’s top public-health doctor says 58 of the area’s 84 active cases are members of the local Low German Mennonite community. Miriam Klassen, Huron Perth Public Health’s medical officer of health, says Mennonites tend to have large families, which can make self-isolation and social distancing difficult. Language barriers have also proven to be a challenge for health workers trying to stop the spread.


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The Agenda in the Summer: Sudbury’s opioid epidemic

Ontario is experiencing a surge in suspected drug-toxicity deaths. Northeastern Ontario reporter Nick Dunne spoke with front-line harm-reduction workers fighting to save lives during a pandemic. He joins The Agenda to discuss.

National Geographic: Tut’s Treasures

Howard Carter's 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb made headlines around the world, but many of the pharaoh's priceless goods disappeared into museum basements and archives across Egypt. Now, all 5,398 objects are reunited at the new Grand Egyptian Museum.


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Different strokes for lifeguards during COVID-19

As Ontarians head to pools and beaches to beat the heat, lifeguards are going back to basics to protect swimmers — and themselves. Hamilton and Niagara reporter Justin Chandler speaks to those charged with giving mouth-to-mouth in a pandemic.

Will going back to school mean going back on strike?

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Columnist Matt Gurney thinks most kids will go back to school in the fall. But will the teachers? “I am starting to wonder whether we may begin to see some further disputes between those unions and the government,” he writes. “The Tories’ back-to-school plan is being roundly criticized. With a month to go before classes resume, one has to wonder what is still in store for us.”


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8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: Rhythms of memory, redemption, and change

Director Sergio Navarretta's The Cuban is about an Afghan pre-med student's relationship with a patient suffering from Alzheimer's. Navarretta and Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. join host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss the film — and what it says about how we treat the elderly.

9 p.m. — Extraordinary Women: Martha Gellhorn

Martha Gellhorn became a war correspondent when her lover, Ernest Hemingway, urged her to file a report from Madrid during the Spanish Civil War. She wrote about the innocent victims: civilians who lived in daily fear. It was the beginning of a remarkable career.

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