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566 new COVID-19 cases
The province reported 566 new coronavirus cases yesterday. A total of 39,700 tests were completed, leaving a backlog of 78,953.
“We are right back at the place where we desperately need Canadians to dig in,” federal employment minister Carla Qualtrough told Global News. She said the more people stay home and follow public health advice, “the less economic consequences there will be.”
Disability advocates tell province to publish triage protocol
Disability advocates and opposition politicians are calling on the Ontario government to make its hospital triage protocol public, the Toronto Star reports. Some say a draft protocol leaked in March put disabled people low on the the list for treatment if hospitals become overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases. Disability law and bioethics expert Roxanne Mykitiuk says government officials “need to expressly say that the presence of disability is not a permissible basis for giving lower priority for intensive care.” A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health says the government is “unable” to share the protocol publicly because it is under review.
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Canadians return more than 830,000 pandemic payments
More than 830,000 pandemic-related payments have been returned voluntarily, CBC News reports. A spokesperson for the CRA says there are many reasons why people would return the money, such as if they applied for benefits in error or went back to work earlier than expected. The CRA also says it has received 20,000 tips about people suspected of fraudulently applying for aid.
The Agenda: Personal support workers during COVID-19
Personal support workers are essential in the fight against COVID-19. Southwestern Ontario reporter Mary Baxter joins The Agenda to discuss what it takes to become one. Read Mary’s story on the topic here.
Filmmaker Christina Willings explores the lives of five children experimenting with gender expression and identity. Each is trying to figure out what it means to live authentically.
With the city already seeing subzero temperatures at night, there is a growing sense of urgency about how the city will help its homeless population — and where it will find the money. Reporter Nick Dunne speaks to people preparing for a long winter.
TVO@50: An early leader in children’s programming
Just what exactly is Polkaroo? According to Marney Malabar, TVO’s director of Kids TV, the answer is simple: What do you think? The answer allows imaginations to take flight — and that’s the whole point. Malabar joins host Steve Paikin to discuss how TVO’s educational mandate made it an early leader in children’s programming.
Tonight on TVO
7 p.m. — Digging for Britain: West
Alice Roberts shares archeological discoveries from western Britain, including a Roman bath house, a German camp, and the biggest maritime excavation since the Mary Rose warship was salvaged.
8 p.m. — The Agenda: The hidden cost of global trade
Economist Jeff Rubin, author of the new book The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got Screwed by Globalization, joins The Agenda to explain how decades of trade liberalization have gouged the middle class.