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COVID-19 caseload continues to decline
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 11, 2020
The province says there are fewer active confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario than at any point since the pandemic peaked in April. (iStock.com)

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COVID-19 caseload at lowest since April

The province says there are fewer active confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario than at any point since the pandemic peaked in April. According to yesterday’s government report, 116 new cases were reported but 178 cases were declared resolved. There have been 36,464 confirmed cases, of which 32,155 are considered resolved, and 2,710 deaths.

Ontario adds jobs in June

Statistics Canada says the province added about 378,000 jobs last month — the first increase since pandemic restrictions took hold. The majority of jobs added in June were full-time. Ontario’s unemployment rate fell to 12.2 per cent, down from 13.6 per cent in May.

Ford slams tariff threat, launches Ontario Made program

In the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose new steel and aluminum tariffs, Premier Doug Ford said: “Economically, we’re going to war.”  He announced a new program called Ontario Made, designed to help residents better identify products made in the province. “As we fight to get through the economic downturn, now more than ever we need to support our own,” Ford said.

Ford also repeated that he doesn’t think Canada should hurry to reopen its border with the United States.  “I love our American neighbours but not right now,” he said. “Come and visit us when things cool down.”

TVO.org’s COVID-19 week in review

Every Friday, we publish a collection of the essential coronavirus stories in Ontario from the past week. Check out the latest roundup here.


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Political Blind Date: Indigenous rights

Romeo Saganash, a Cree man and former NDP MP, and Don Rusnak, an Ojibway man and former Liberal MP, discuss the realities of life in Indigenous communities across Canada — and what it will take to transform the government’s relationship with Indigenous people.


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The end of streaming is nigh. So what comes next?

Ontario announced it will end streaming in high schools. What was the practice? Why did it exist? And what should replace it? Columnist Matt Gurney speaks with Annie Kidder from People for Education to find out.

What Bill 197 means for planning, deal-making, and cities in Ontario

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Saturday, 9 p.m. — Score: A Film Music Documentary

Dozens of Hollywood's premier composers discuss the challenges and creative secrecy in the world of film scores. The film features interviews with John Williams, Danny Elfman, Howard Shore, Quincy Jones, and Mychael Danna, among others.

Sunday, 8 p.m. — Royal Recipes: India and Empire

Chef Paul Ainsworth joins Michael Buerk to celebrate royal food inspired by India and the British empire. They cook recipes that have been hidden in the royal archive for over 100 years — including quail and potato curry, said to be a favourite of Queen Victoria.

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