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Ford: 'We can't open the borders. It's very simple'
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 31, 2020
Ontario Premier Doug Ford tours Algonquin College Centre for Construction Facility in Ottawa on Aug. 27, 2020. (CP/Sean Kilpatrick)

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Province records 112 new cases of COVID-19

Ontario reported 112 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, as well as one new death related to the virus. The day before, the province reported 148 new cases — the highest total since July 24. There have now been 42,195 COVID-19 cases in Ontario, and 2,810 deaths.

Ford reiterates opposition to reopening border

Premier Doug Ford said late last week that he still has no desire to see the Canada-U.S. border reopened any time soon. Ford showed a chart at a news conference that showed Ontario with 284 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people, next to much higher numbers in some U.S. states — including Michigan at 989, Pennsylvania at 994, and Florida at 2,827. "I love our American friends, but this is the reason, Prime Minister, we can't open the borders; it's very simple," Ford said. The border is closed to non-essential travel until at least September 21.

O’Toole says he has no plans to trigger fall election

New federal Conservative leader Erin O’Toole told Global News in an interview that he does not intend to trigger a snap election once Parliament resumes in the fall. “We’re sharpening our sword. We’ll be ready to fight. But that’s not my priority,” he said. O’Toole said he intends to focus his party efforts on guiding the country through the pandemic, creating jobs, and helping businesses as emergency government programs are phased out in the coming months.

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The Agenda: Thunder Bay's mysterious ring of rocks


Researchers think the puzzling rock formation that sits on the floor of Boulevard Lake might have been a sacred site — but a local Indigenous community is not so sure. Northwestern Ontario reporter Charnel Anderson joins The Agenda to discuss.

Royal Recipes: A Day at the Races


Chef Anna Haugh showcases the food served to the royal family when they enjoy a day at the races, including a mini mutton pie à la Windsor. Historian Annie Gray learns how Edward VII combined his two great loves: racing and food.

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How the provincial government’s new policy moves will affect growth in Ontario

The Tories released amendments to the Growth Plan on Friday. Columnist John Michael McGrath writes that, while they’ve backed down on some controversial suggestions, the changes are almost certain to spark criticism.

Parents or not, we all have a stake in schools reopening safely

Parents, kids, teachers, and school staff will be on the front lines this fall. But the way it plays out will affect everyone. Writer Diane Peters speaks to groups trying to ensure a safe September

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8 p.m. — The Agenda: Surviving a stalker

Julie Lalonde is an award-winning sexual-violence educator who put a spotlight on sexual harassment in the Canadian military. Her work is informed by more than a decade of stalking and harassment by an ex-boyfriend. She talks to host Nam Kiwanuka about her book, Resilience Is Futile: The Life and Death and Life of Julie S. Lalonde.

8:30 p.m. — The Water Brothers: Carpageddon

Asian carp have invaded the Mississippi River and destroyed its lucrative fishing industry. Today, only an electric fence is keeping them from entering the Great Lakes — and a few have already been spotted. The brothers find out what an Asian carp invasion could do to the Great Lakes' $4.5 billion fishing economy and examine how other invasive species have changed the ecosystem.

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