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‘Common sense’ urged on crowded beaches
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jul 04, 2020
Premier Doug Ford said he will not close provincial beaches despite complaints of overcrowding. (



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Ford won’t close provincial beaches

Premier Doug Ford said he will not close provincial beaches despite complaints of overcrowding. Wasaga Beach Mayor Nina Bifolchi said she witnessed “reckless” overcrowding at the nearby provincial park and urged Queen’s Park to step in. Large crowds have also been reported elsewhere, such as Toronto’s Cherry and Woodbine beaches. “I just ask the people for common sense,” Ford said. “You go to a packed beach, find another place if it's jammed packed."

WE Charity no longer involved with $900M federal program

The WE Charity will no longer administer a $900-million student grant program. The partnership was criticized because of a longstanding relationship between the charity and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s family. When the partnership was announced, Trudeau said the public service advised that WE was the only organization capable of operating this sort of youth program — a claim that has been disputed.

Report calls on Ottawa to regulate long-term care

A new report released by the Royal Society of Canada says the federal government should establish national standards for long-term care facilities and provide funding for the sector. Long-term care is considered a provincial responsibility. “Canada’s reality is that, without federal financial support, provincial and territorial governments are unlikely to have resources for the high standards that our frail elderly deserve in nursing homes and LTC more broadly,” the report says.

Meanwhile, the last Canadian Forces personnel stationed at Ontario long-term-care homes were scheduled to withdraw and return to their units yesterday.’s COVID-19 week in review

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

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A new resource from Queen’s University aims to demystify the legal world — and give workers such as Uber drivers access to informed advice. Eastern Ontario reporter David Rockne Corrigan joins The Agenda to discuss how gig economy workers have fared during COVID-19.

The Secret History of the British Garden

Historian Monty Don explores the extraordinary gardening transformations of 19th-century Britain, when gardens became more colourful, exotic, and accessible.

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Most of the province is now in Stage 2 of Ontario’s reopening plan, which means that outdoor dining is a go. That has waitstaff choosing between potentially heightened risk and financial need. Journalist Sula Greene speaks to servers about their anxieties.

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Research shows that masks help reduce the spread of COVID-19. So should we be required to wear them? And if so, who would give the order? Hamilton and Niagara reporter Justin Chandler speaks to health officials to find out.

This weekend on TVO

Saturday, 8 p.m. — Coast New Zealand: Hawkes Bay

Archeologist Neil Oliver tackles a coastal sport like no other and visits an exclusive haven for vulnerable species; historian Riria Hotere learns about an innovative fishing method; maritime archeologist Matt Carter investigates a wartime mystery; and geologist Hamish Campbell finds fortune in the region's tectonic terroir.

Sunday, 8 p.m. — Royal Recipes: Birthdays

Michael Buerk and chef Anna Haugh prepare food cooked for royal birthdays. At the 80th birthday celebrations for the Queen, they served venison with juniper. Anna also tries the chocolate cake said to be the traditional royal birthday cake.

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