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Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has announced proposed changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy — including opening it up to employers whose revenue has declined less than 30 per cent. The updated subsidy would offer increased support to those businesses hit hardest, and less to those that are succeeding. The subsidy would also be extended until mid-December.
Ontario prioritizes innovation
The province is revising the mandate of publicly funded universities, colleges, and start-up hubs to promote innovation and better commercialize intellectual property. The move was recommended by a panel of intellectual property lawyers, professors, and experts which the province commissioned last year. The panel, led by Jim Balsillie, will advise the government on implementing the changes.
As much of the province moves into Stage 3 of the reopening plan, the Ontario Medical Association is asking the government to rethink its decision to reopen indoor bars. “The evidence from other jurisdictions is that the reopening of bars carries significant risk,” said OMA president Samantha Hill. “When people consume alcohol, inhibitions are lowered, making them much less likely to practise physical distancing, proper masking behaviours and good hand hygiene. Indoor locations with decreased air ventilation present a particularly high risk of transmission.”
Liberal MP Marie-France Lalonde and former New Democrat MPP Cheri Dinovo agree that the Corrections Act of Ontario is out of date. Can they find consensus on what needs to be done to help those in the province's prisons?
The “safe restart” agreement announced Thursday promises billions in federal support for municipalities and public health. Columnist John Michael McGrath breaks it down. “The question of who’s responsible for health care, municipalities, and their transit systems is not at all ambiguous,” he writes. “I won’t repeat myself at length here except to say that these are all, exclusively and unequivocally, provincial responsibilities. There is simply no text in the Constitution to suggest otherwise. What there is instead is the oldest unwritten rule of Canadian federalism: the national government has money, and the provinces want it.”
This weekend on TVO
Saturday, 9 p.m. — 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.
Sunday, 7 p.m. — National Geographic: Great Barrier Reef
Ocean warming, pollution, and shipping traffic are taking a toll on the Great Barrier Reef, off the northeastern coast of Australia. Now a new culprit, port development, is adding to its woes. In this film, a passionate team of marine conservationists gives 360-degree access to its efforts to save the reef.