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Conservatives (eventually) name O'Toole as next leader
Drug charges move away from criminal courts
Prosecutors are diverting some drug-possession and impaired-driving cases away from the criminal justice system, thanks to a case backlog made worse by COVID-19. Experts and advocates have told the Toronto Star that this is a positive step. “There’s a lot of components of the justice system that COVID has provided the opportunity to look more critically at and ask ourselves, are there ways we can do this better?” says Rebecca Jesseman, director of policy at the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction.
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115 new COVID-19 cases
The province reported 115 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday — most of which were people between the ages of 20 and 39. The province has now had 41,402 total cases of the coronavirus, including 37,595 recoveries and 2,797 deaths.
The Agenda: Thunder Bay's backyard chickens
Thunder Bay city council once again voted down backyard chickens. Some residents think that’s a big clucking deal. Northwestern Ontario reporter Charnel Anderson joins The Agenda to discuss. Read Charnel’s story on the topic here.
Cappadocia sits in a remote part of central Turkey — and it may soon disappear. The UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts more than 2 million visitors each year due to its natural beauty and the 1,000-year-old cultural treasures hidden in its caves. But the site is threatened by both manmade and natural erosion.
In the spring, columnist Matt Gurney spoke with cottage-country business owners afraid that COVID-19 would harm their summer prospects. Last week, he checked back in. In this instalment, he speaks to George Friedmann, president of the company that owns the Eganridge Resort, in the Kawartha Lakes. “There’s nothing else for people to do, right? All the normal activities are cancelled,” he says. “People who’d normally travel are staying home. We’re less than two hours from Toronto. Golf is very, very busy. It’s safe, it’s fun, and it gives people a chance to be out of the house for a few hours."
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. -- The Agenda: Alison Wearing
Memoirist Alison Wearing ties together ancestry, birding, and opera in her book Moments of Glad Grace. It depicts her journey to Ireland with her father, who obsessively searches for the reasons his ancestors came to Canada. In the process, she comes to terms with his aging and his declining health due to Parkinson’s.
9 p.m. — Einstein and Hawking: Masters of Our Universe, Ep. 2
Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking helped shape humanity’s understanding of the universe. The second episode of this two-part documentary tracks where their work aligns and where the two physicists diverge.
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