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National sampling for COVID-19 antibodies begins
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 06, 2020
The province reported 138 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 yesterday — the sixth straight day of fewer than 200. (istock.com/yalcinsonat1)

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138 new COVID-19 cases reported

The province reported 138 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 yesterday — the sixth straight day of fewer than 200. Only four public health units recorded more than five new infections. The province has now had 35,794 total cases of COVID-19, 31,266 recoveries, and 2,689 confirmed deaths.

National immunity task force begins testing

Canada’s immunity task force is analyzing thousands of blood samples to better understand how many Canadians have been infected with COVID-19. It’s believed the results will show an infection rate 10 to 20 times higher than the number of confirmed cases. Executive director Timothy Evans says he hopes to have early results in a few weeks but cautions they will be preliminary and won’t include breakdowns by gender and region.

Back-to-school plans worry parents

Some parents are worried about the prospect of a school year in which children are in class some days each week and learning from home on others, according to the Canadian Press. “What am I going to do without some kind of a consistent model of school?” asks parent Andrea Moffat. Kerri Whitaker of Toronto’s Sunshine Child-Care Centres says daycare providers will have difficulty accommodating an erratic school schedule and that a system based on alternating weeks would be more manageable.


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Quarantine and Answer: Ryan McMahon

TVO has been catching up with prominent Ontarians to discuss their life during the pandemic. In this instalment, take a hike with comedian and writer Ryan McMahon.

The Agenda in the Summer: Colson Whitehead

The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Nickel Boys joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss growing up Black in America and writing a book set in the Jim Crow era.


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COVID-19 could have northern universities feeling the pandemic pinch

Post-secondary institutions in Ontario’s north rely heavily on international-student tuition. But what if the pandemic keeps those students at home? Reporter Jon Thompson examines what’s happening and what comes next.

How London is trying to tackle anti-Black racism

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Roundtables. Community consultations. London is developing a strategy to deal with anti-Black racism — but southwestern Ontario reporter Mary Baxter speaks to activists who say they’re not seeing sufficient action.


Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda in the Summer: How fairy tales shape children

From the Brothers Grimm to Disney, fairy tales influence our behaviour and understanding of the world. Author and disability activist Amanda Leduc joins The Agenda to discuss her book Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space.

8:30 p.m. — Political Blind Date

Conservative MPP Bill Walker and NDP MPP Peter Tabuns examine the government's plans for hydro rates and energy policy in Ontario. They debate the merits of retrofitted energy-efficient homes, community wind turbines, and nuclear power.

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