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Highest COVID-19 case count yet
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 26, 2020
Public health officials believe family gatherings during Thanksgiving may be contributing to the current spike in coronavirus cases. (iStock/filadendron)

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Good morning, Ontario. 

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Province ready to take ‘swift action’ after new cases top 1000

Ontario reported 1042 new coronavirus cases yesterday — crossing the four-digit threshold for the first time. Officials say family gatherings over the Thanksgiving weekend may have contributed to the record number of cases. "We will continue to monitor the situation and take swift action as needed to limit the transmission of COVID-19, keep our schools and economy open, and protect our most vulnerable," the government said in a statement.

Will Halton and Durham re-enter Stage 2?

The province is expected to announce today whether Halton Region and Durham Region will join Ottawa, Toronto, York Region, and Peel Region in a modified form of Stage 2 restrictions. Politicians from both areas have publicly asked the government to keep their communities in Stage 3. "Instead of imposing blanket measures, Halton residents are asking that we target activities and locations that pose the highest risk of transmission,” Halton politicians wrote in a letter to Ontario’s chief medical officer of health. Officials from Durham said their area already has effective measures in place and further restrictions will hurt the local economy.

More than 247,000 travelers flagged as potential violators

The Public Health Agency of Canada says that, since March, it has notified police of more 247,000 travelers that have possibly violated quarantine orders upon arrival. However, only 77 people have been fined while seven have faced charges. Under the Quarantine Act, everyone entering the country must quarantine for 14 days, unless they have a special exemption. More than one million travelers have been required to quarantine over the course of the pandemic.

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The Agenda: Rationing the internet in Eastern Ontario


Building broadband infrastructure in rural Ontario can be prohibitively expensive — and requires cooperation between different levels of government and private business. TVO.org assistant editor Ashley Okwuosa joins host Jeyan Jeganathan to discuss.

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice


Linda Ronstadt guides viewers through her youth in Tucson singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days and reign as the queen of country rock; and her struggles with Parkinson’s disease.

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Urban farmers want more places to grow and sell food in the GTA

Many Ontarians struggled to put food on the table before COVID-19 — and the pandemic has made things worse. Reporter Sula Greene speaks with advocates who say that more local planting, harvesting, and selling could help.

How universities sprang into action in a COVID-19 world 

Some Ontario universities managed to do in one weekend what might otherwise have taken a decade to accomplish — going almost entirely virtual. Steve Paikin examines the future of post-secondary learning.

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TVO@50: Between the Lines

Before The Agenda there was Between the Lines — a town hall-style program in which groups of experts discussed a topic in front of a live audience. It was also Steve Paikin’s first hosting gig at TVO. Former producer Howard Bernstein joins Steve to offer a look behind the scenes.

Tonight on TVO

8 p.m.—The Agenda: Reviving the economy after COVID-19

Ontario’s economy is still fragile. How do we bring back stability? The Agenda welcomes Jim Stanford, director of the Centre for Future Work; Trevin Stratton, chief economist for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce; Armine Yalnizyan, Atkinson fellow on the Future of Workers; and Pamela Cross, tax partner at Borden Ladner Gervais, to discuss.

10 p.m. — The Battle for Hong Kong

Experience the most intense clashes of Hong Kong’s 2019 pro-democracy protests from the front lines. In this film, five protesters make their case against what they see as increased influence from mainland China.

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