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A major piece of health-care legislation is scheduled to be debated in the Ontario legislature today. Bill 175, the Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, is an attempted overhaul of the system that provides home care to 700,000 Ontarians every year. Health Minister Christine Elliott says the changes will make the system easier to navigate. “[Patients] will tangibly see — before they leave the hospital to go home — what their care plan is going to be,” Elliott said during a news conference last week, according to the CBC. “They will know what to expect; they will know who to call if things don’t happen exactly as they’re supposed.”
Old licence plates are back — for now
For a limited time starting this Thursday, Ontario is returning to the blue-on-white licence plates that the Ford government nixed, the Toronto Star reports. They are being brought back temporarily until the problems with the new double-blue plates — which were introduced on February 1 but proved hard to read at night — are fixed. The improved double-blue plates should be available by March 16, Government and Consumer Services Minister Lisa Thompson said in a statement.
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The Ontario Liberal Party’s leadership convention kicks off on Friday, with delegates set to choose Kathleen Wynne’s successor on Saturday. Given his large lead in committed delegates, many expect former cabinet minister Steven Del Duca to cruise to victory on the first ballot. The next Liberal leader will take the reins of a political party that has been stripped of its official status in the legislature and holds only eight seats.
Wind turbines are a continuing source of controversy and this documentary explores the conflict over the development of industrial wind turbines in Ontario. The divisive issue pits neighbour against neighbour, residents against corporations, and people against governments
As Canadians are being advised to prepare for a potential coronavirus pandemic, some may be wondering what they can do to limit the respiratory infection’s spread. “A vaccine would be nice and will eventually arrive. But, in the meantime, epidemics such as COVID-19 can be prevented by increasing the prevalence of precautionary behaviours in the general population that impede its spread,” writes Peter Hall, a professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Public Health and Health Systems.
Tonight on TVO
7 p.m. — Digging for Britain: East
This series tells the history of Britain through artifacts. It concludes with archeologists in the east unearthing Roman letters that reveal what London was like 2,000 years ago, a look at silver on an east Indian ship, and the first evidence of Caesar in Britain.
8 p.m. — The Agenda: Ontario needs innovative help
Last spring, the Ontario government established an expert panel on intellectual property to help figure out ways for businesses to better capitalize on their innovations and inventions. That panel delivered its recommendations this month. One of the findings was that there’s not enough understanding of this entrepreneurial opportunity. To discuss the issue, The Agenda welcomes Myra Tawfik, a panel member and an intellectual-property professor at the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law.
This 2003 episode of Fourth Reading looks at the influence of green politics in Europe and speculates whether the progressive trend could flourish in Ontario. Frank de Jong, then leader of the Green Party of Ontario, outlines his party's election platform.