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This week, Toronto city council passed more stringent measures for bars and restaurants as the city — along with Peel region — enters Stage 3. Restaurants will need to keep logs of their patrons and their contact information for 30 days and ensure that customers stay seated, except when using the washroom or paying. The Ontario government announced Friday that it will apply similar rules provincewide for any regions in Stage 3, which now includes the entire province, with the exception of the Windsor-Essex public-health unit.
Feds promise continued support after CERB
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday announced that current recipients of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit will not be left without support as the costly federal COVID-19 program winds down. The federal government, he said, will transition people either to Employment Insurance or to a parallel system designed to support people who don't currently qualify for EI.
COVID Alert app now available
The COVID Alert app, developed jointly by Canada and Ontario with assistance from the private sector, is now available for download. When installed on an Apple or Android device, the app, via a Bluetooth signal, anonymously tracks close contacts of other people with the app installed. If someone alerts the app of testing positive for COVID-19, the software is able to anonymously notify other people who may have been infected.
We'll be taking Simcoe Day off — you'll get the next edition of the newsletter Tuesday morning, a little later than usual, as the TVO.org team works to bring you the latest news from across the province.
Comic conventions in Toronto, Hamilton, and Niagara, at which creators showcase their work, have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19. What does that mean for Ontario's comic-book writers and illustrators? Hamilton-Niagara Hub journalist Justin Chandler spoke to some local artists who are having to find other ways to promote their work.
Join the Water Brothers as they set sail in search of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. They investigate the massive collection of plastic waste and investigate how it got into the ocean — and what can be done to get rid of it.
The Ontario government took three gambles in July that could make for a painful fall. John Michael McGrath looks at why the Tories’ latest housing bill, their decision to reopen bars and restaurants for indoor dining, and their return-to-school plan could make them come to regret not hedging their bets.
Martine August, an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning, says the pandemic has revealed the devastating mistake of allowing homes to be treated as financial assets for investor gain. “In Ontario, for-profits own 54 per cent of beds but had 73 per cent of deaths,” she writes. “Public homes, by contrast, include 20 per cent of beds but had only had 6 per cent of deaths.”
This weekend on TVO
Saturday, 9 p.m. — Push
House prices and rental costs are skyrocketing in urban centres around the world, including in Canada — but incomes are not. This documentary sheds light on a new kind of faceless landlord, declining livability standards in cities, and an escalating housing crisis.
Sunday, 7 p.m. — National Geographic: The Amazon
There's a special place in the heart of the Amazon rainforest with ecosystems so unique and biodiversity so rich that the United Nations has declared it a World Heritage Site. But the threats of climate change mean this pristine wilderness could wither in decades — with devastating global consequences. A team of four courageous people devote their lives to protecting this corner of rainforest.