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Volunteers step up to help out in long-term care
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jun 23, 2020
Ontario reported 175 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 new deaths yesterday. (iStock.com/lavendertime)

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175 new COVID-19 cases

Ontario reported 175 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 new deaths yesterday. The province has seen 33,476 total cases, more than 85 per cent of which are resolved, and 2,606 total deaths.

Toronto mayor hopes ‘it’s time’ for Stage 2

Toronto Mayor John Tory predicts that the city will enter Stage 2 of Ontario’s economic restart plan this week. "I just think the numbers have headed strongly in the right direction consistently now for two weeks and so I think everybody now is going to be in agreement that it is time,” he said.

Military to leave five long-term-care homes

The Canadian Armed Forces says its mission to help five Toronto-area long-term-care homes deal with COVID-19 is complete. On Monday and Thursday, hundreds of armed forces personnel will return to their units in military vehicles. Some military will remain at Hawthorne Place in Toronto and Woodbridge Vista Care Community in Woodbridge.

Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council members named

The province has announced the members of the new Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council. The nine women who will advise “on issues impacting their communities such as human trafficking, and child, youth and family well-being,” include Cora-lee McGuire-Cyrette, executive director of the Ontario Native Women's Association, who will co-chair the council. The other co-chair will be chosen next month at the council’s first meeting.


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The Agenda: Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

Yesterday was National Indigenous Peoples Day and this year’s celebrations were a bit different. Shelby Lisk, TVO’s reporter covering Indigenous issues, tells us about how people marked the day.

Our People Will Be Healed

This documentary by Alanis Obomsawin focuses on the Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre in Norway House, north of Winnipeg. The centre receives a level of funding that few other Indigenous institutions enjoy.


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Why ending Ontario's state of emergency won’t make everything normal again

Even if the province’s state of emergency ends in July, Ontarians will still experience certain restrictions. Political columnist John Michael McGrath explains why.

Volunteers step up to help out in long-term care

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COVID-19 has exacerbated chronic staffing shortages in Ontario's long-term-care sector. Journalist Priya Iyer speaks to recruiters and researchers who decided to help out. “According to a 2017 survey, 90 per cent of all Ontario long-term-care homes had trouble recruiting staff,” she writes. “Family caregivers would frequently pitch in. One of them, Susan Mills, says that, in the 15 months that her mother has been in a home, she would regularly help serve dinner or talk to other residents.”


Tonight on TVO

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Indigenous killings and RCMP accountability

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says there is “a disgusting pattern of police violence against Indigenous people.” To discuss the issue, The Agenda welcomes Chad Haggerty, who is Métis and spent 17 years in the RCMP; Murray Sinclair, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s chief commissioner; and Indigenous activist Ellen Gabriel.

9 p.m. —The Dictator's Playbook: Francisco Franco

Generalissimo Francisco Franco controlled Spain with absolute power for four decades. In 1936, Franco led a military coup and went on to rule the nation as his personal fiefdom until his death in 1975.

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