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Province lays out scenarios for next school year
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Jun 23, 2020
Education Minister Steven Lecce says school boards must develop return-to-school plans for three separate scenarios. ( Haykal)



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Province lays out school-year scenarios

Education Minister Steven Lecce says school boards must develop return-to-school plans for three separate scenarios: a return to regular classes with new health protocols; a strengthened version of remote learning; and a mix of online and classroom instruction. The local medical officer of health in each region will decide which plan is adopted in September. Premier Doug Ford said that parents uncomfortable sending their children to school will be able to access online learning.

Municipalities outline ‘bottom-line’ funding needs

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities says its members need at least $10 billion earmarked for municipalities, and that they need it fast. “There’ll be no full economic recovery without tackling the municipal financial crisis first,” federation president Bill Karsten said in a press release.

Ford vows to protect vacation days

Premier Ford responded to reports on Friday that said his government was considering cutting the number of paid vacation days allotted to retail workers from nine to three. “We aren’t doing that,” he said. “I think people should spend time with their families. There’s nine stat holidays and, as much as the malls would be packed and everything, I just think people need to take a break nine times a year.” publishing regional updates

Every weekday, we will publish a collection of news items from across the province about the pandemic. Please visit for the latest. Here is Friday’s edition.

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#onpoli: Classrooms just got a lot more complicated 

Podcast hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath review the details of what Ontario classrooms might look like in September. Also, Steve speaks with Lisa MacLeod, the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture, about her visit to Niagara Region, whose tourism-reliant economy took a hard hit from COVID-19.   

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The Agenda: Mapping residential schools

The Residential Schools Land Memory Mapping Project at Carleton University is an interactive historical guide to Canada’s residential school system. The Agenda welcomes Stephanie Pyne, of Carleton’s Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre; and Jackie Fletcher and Irene Barbeau, of the Children of Shingwauk Alumni association, both residential school survivors.

Employable Me: Blair and Robert

Blair has autism and dyscalculia, which makes it difficult to interpret social cues and numbers. Robert has been blind since age eight. Can they channel their strengths into a successful job search?

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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day during COVID-19


Sunday is National Indigenous Peoples Day and it’s going to look a little different this year. TVO’s reporter on Indigenous issues, Shelby Lisk, speaks with people to find out how they’ll celebrate.

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Saturday, 9 p.m. — Hurley

American racing legend Hurley Haywood speaks about being gay in the macho world of motor sports and sets the record straight about his relationship with co-driver Peter Gregg.

Sunday, 9 p.m. — Jordan River Anderson, the Messenger

Director Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Jordan River Anderson, who spent all five years of his life in hospital while the federal and Manitoba governments argued over who was responsible for his care. In 2007, Jordan's Principle, which guaranteed First Nations children equal access to government-funded services, became federal law.

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