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By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 27, 2020
The province reported 195 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. (iStock.com)

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COVID-19 cases back up

The province reported 195 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. The daily numbers have fluctuated this week, with 203 cases reported Tuesday but only 103 on Thursday. Two-thirds of the cases reported yesterday were among people under 40 years of age. Premier Doug Ford said he’s concerned some young people aren’t taking social-distancing protocols seriously. “It's not little Johnny I'm worried about, it's little Johnny's grandparents I'm worried about,” he told reporters yesterday.

First Nations men sue OPP over 2018 arrest

Two Indigenous men this week filed a lawsuit against the OPP and the Ontario government for what they say was an unjustified and violent arrest by two officers in Orillia in 2018. Randall May and Aaron Keeshig are seeking $400,000 in damages. “In order to justify the illegal assault, detention and arrest, the police falsified police notes, falsely accused both brothers of offences they did not commit and wrongly charged Mr. May of assaulting police,” the lawsuit claims. The two men also allege their treatment by police “was the result of racial profiling, racial bias and discrimination.”

Blue Jays to call Buffalo home this year

The Toronto Blue Jays’ 2020 season is underway, and the franchise will play most of its home games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo this year, the Canadian Press reports. The federal government rejected the team’s plan to play in Toronto, citing travel restrictions. After unsuccessful attempts to secure another major-league field, the Jays settled on the stadium of their minor-league affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons. The stadium needs several upgrades before it is game-ready.

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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The Agenda in the Summer: A perfect summer pastime

Suanne Kelman speaks with host Nam Kiwanuka about the pleasures of birdwatching — and how the pastime has changed over the years.

Monty Don’s French Gardens: Gourmet gardens

Horticulturalist Monty Don examines how the French love of food has influenced the country's gardens. He travels to some of the most famous potagers — or kitchen gardens — where vegetables and flowers are planted together in elaborate displays. He also picks asparagus and learns about the importance of soil.


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Back to school, Part 2: A teacher on reopening safely

Columnist Matt Gurney speaks with an elementary-school teacher about instructing and comforting students from six feet away — and why they think we’re headed for another shutdown. “Here, the kids are bused. Like I said, 90 per cent. And our geographic area is wide. It just wouldn’t be feasible. The kids arrive at the same time and leave at the same time. We can’t bus them back and forth at different times — it wouldn’t be realistic,” they say.

How Thunder Bay’s SOS team takes outreach to the streets

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Communication. Harm reduction. Humour. The Shelter House’s Street Outreach Services team provides services and support for vulnerable people year-round — now it’s pivoted to preventing COVID-19. Northwestern Ontario reporter Charnel Anderson examines the challenges of providing care in a pandemic.


This weekend on TVO

Saturday, 9 p.m. — Amy

British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse established herself as a musical force in the early 2000s. A pop star with soul — often described as reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday — she was a rare talent whose appeal crossed cultural and demographic boundaries. In this documentary, learn about the woman behind the headlines — and about the inner demons that led to her death at just 27.

Sunday, 7 p.m. — National Geographic: Versailles

The Palace of Versailles, built for the kings of France, is a masterpiece of architecture and craftsmanship — but it’s home to a constant battle against the ravages of time and tourism. Meet the artisans, curators, and security experts who maintain this 17th-century jewel.

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