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Pharmacy testing causing problems
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 19, 2020
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Good morning, Ontario. 

Here's what we're following: 

One-day dip in new COVID-19 cases 

Ontario reported 658 new coronavirus cases yesterday, down from 805 on Saturday. Most of Sunday’s new cases were located in Toronto and the GTA. There have now been 64,371 lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province. Of them, 55,371 people have recovered and 3,046 have died.  

Doctors complain about coronavirus tests at pharmacies 

Physicians have told the Toronto Star that COVID-19 testing at drug stores is confusing for people to navigate and is more expensive for taxpayers than public assessment centres. “For a six-month period of preparedness, there is remarkable chaos. I don’t understand how we got to this point in October 2020, I really don’t,” said Camille Lemieux, medical lead at the COVID assessment centre at Toronto Western Hospital. In a written statement, the ministry of health defended the pharmacy program as “part of the government’s commitment to expand access to COVID-19 testing.” 

Polls say green recovery and balanced budgets not a priority 

Internal federal government polling from June found Canadians didn’t think fighting climate change should be at the centre of Canada’s economic recovery, Global News reports. Respondents prioritized an economy with a “focus on quality of life,” a “healthy” economy, and “job creation” over an “environmentally friendly” economy. The survey also found the massive deficit built-up in response to the pandemic was not a major concern for a majority of Canadians.  

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The Agenda: Reporting northern Ontario’s opioid crisis


Parts of northern Ontario have been hard hit by the opioid crisis — and the pandemic has made things worse. Northeastern Ontario reporter Nick Dunne has spoken to people on the frontlines of the crisis, and joins Jeyan Jeganathan to discuss what he’s learned.

Margin of Error


With the 2019 Canadian federal election as its backdrop, Margin of Error examines how a small Ottawa startup uses artificial intelligence and public social media data to forecast voter behaviour. The new technology also comes with questions about its accuracy, the threat to citizens' privacy, and our democracy itself. 

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Ontario’s pandemic communications have been an unqualified shambles

The province’s chief public-health officer says “the messaging has been clear.” Columnist Matt Gurney argues it’s actually been far from it.

How a ‘miracle market’ is bringing fresh fruit and veg to Chatham-Kent residents

The area is home to a thriving agricultural industry — but experts say too many locals lack access to fresh produce. That’s where this mobile market comes in.

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TVO@50: A bilingual service for Ontarians

Gisèle Quenneville, senior producer at TFO, joins Steve Paikin to discuss the origins of the French arm of Ontario’s public broadcaster.

Tonight on TVO

7 p.m. — Digging for Britain: North

Archeologists in the country’s north find Roman objects abandoned during a British rebellion, traces of the lost Iona monastery, and a weapons stash belonging to a wealthy Bronze Age warrior.

8 p.m. — The Agenda: Can cities help fix the climate crisis?

In his new book, Solved, former Toronto mayor David Miller argues that cities around the world are well-positioned to find solutions for climate change. He joins Steve Paikin to discuss his ideas and his work with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

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