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Per yesterday's government report, there are 25,500 cases in Ontario, an increase of 460 — the largest one-day increase since May 8. It’s the fourth consecutive day of more than 400 new cases. To date, 2,073 people in Ontario have died from the virus.
Large crowds gathered in Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park on Saturday, spurring online outrage and leading to an increased police presence on Sunday. “We have a health emergency that continues here,” Mayor John Tory told the Toronto Star. “So please, give your head a shake and think about this carefully.” “I thought it was a rock concert at the beginning,” said Ford. “The images I saw — we just can’t have that right now.”
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The story of the Romanov family is one of passion, betrayal, political intrigue, and murder. In this three-part series, historian Lucy Worsley travels in the footsteps of a dynasty that ruled Russia for more than three centuries.
Shopify, Ontario’s biggest tech company, has said it will maintain telecommuting even after the COVID-19 pandemic has passed. John Michael McGrath explores what could happen if more companies were to follow suit. “Potential changes get even more profound if we take Facebook’s announcement, in particular, seriously,” he writes. “The digital goliath, as well as other Silicon Valley tech firms, had already been exploring, with mixed results, ways to move some of its workers to cheaper locations before the pandemic hit. If big companies with armies of white-collar office workers start seriously preferring at-home work, specifically because of the cost savings from workers willing to take slightly less pay to work in much cheaper cities, that could reverse decades of economic and demographic concentration in the GTA.”
David Fisman, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Toronto, is involved with Ontario's coronavirus-modelling group. He spoke with TVO.org assistant editor Nathaniel Basen on Friday, saying he's frustrated by the lack of public-health creativity at the provincial level. "There are lots of good ideas. Get out of your damn Queen’s Park bubble and use it. I know I sound frustrated, and I realize you’re a journalist, and this is probably going to torch a few more friendships for me, but I learned at this hearing that the burn rate for Canada is $12 billion a week," he said. "We need to get this job done and start getting the economy open, but, instead, we’re stuck in second gear. I honestly think the premier has some really hard decisions to make. I get the whole ‘don’t change horses in midstream’ thing, but if you’re surrounded by folks who are in the most important public-health fight of their careers, and they are proving again and again that they just cannot get the job done, then I think he has to find people who can get the job done."
Tonight on TVO
8 p.m. — The Agenda: COVID-19 and the Canada-U.S. Border
Premier Doug Ford says he wants the Canada-U.S. border to remain closed for the time being. The Agenda examines the future of cross-border travel and the economic costs of the shutdown.
9 p.m. — Extraordinary Women: Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Discover the storied life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a sex therapist and media personality whose radio program Sexually Speaking became wildly popular during the 1980s.