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Ontario’s confirmed COVID-19 cases near 1,000
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Mar 28, 2020
File photo of Dr. David Williams, Ontario's chief medical officer of health. (Frank Gunn/CP)

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Nearly 1,000 active COVID-19 cases confirmed in Ontario

The 135 new cases of COVID-19 that Ontario health officials reported Friday brought the province’s total number of confirmed cases to 993. Three new deaths were also reported. To date, 18 people in Ontario have died after contracting the novel coronavirus and eight cases have been resolved. Global News reports that Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, was caught off guard by the tally. “I was anticipating that our number would be higher than 170, so I am pleasantly surprised,” Williams said during a press conference yesterday afternoon.


LCBO erecting checkout barriers to protect staff

While some LCBO employees have expressed frustration that the provincial alcohol retailer remains open during the coronavirus pandemic, the union representing them has agreed to a new measure meant to reduce possible exposure to COVID-19. Customers should soon start noticing Plexiglass barriers at checkout counters, CBC News reports. "If the LCBO is going to stay open, it must put in place any and all measures necessary to keep workers and the public safe," said OPSEU president Smokey Thomas.

The LCBO confirmed on Friday that an employee of its Allen and Rimrock Roads location in Toronto had tested positive for COVID-19. “As a precautionary measure, this retail location will be closed to the public while deep cleaning takes place,” said the LCBO in a statement.

Hamilton teen allegedly faked COVID-19 to skip work

An 18-year-old McDonald’s employee falsely claimed to have COVID-19 to get out of work last week, Hamilton police say. Investigators say a supervisor received a phony doctor’s note on March 19 and the fast-food restaurant was shuttered for several days as cleaners worked at sanitizing the location. Employees were told to self-isolate. A Hamilton teenager, released from police custody on an undertaking, faces multiple charges including mischief over $5,000 and has been given a May 18 court date.


TVO.org publishing daily COVID-19 roundup

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


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The Agenda: A pandemic as a historical turning point

How will the COVID-19 pandemic shape the way government, business, and life unfold once the health emergency subsides? The Agenda asks Yascha Mounk, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University; Doug Saunders, The Globe and Mail’s international affairs columnist; and Ann Fitz-Gerald, director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs.


Ryan

Chris Landreth’s Oscar-winning animated short is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian filmmaker who produced some of the most influential animated works of his time.  After years of success, he succumbed to addiction and panhandling to make ends meet. Through beautifully rendered computer-generated characters, Landreth interviews his friend to shed light on his downward spiral.


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#onpoli: Ep. 13 — Protecting the economy from COVID-19 

The federal government is launching a wage subsidy for small- and medium-sized businesses that will pay up to 75 per cent of worker salaries. It’s the latest attempt to lessen the economic impact of COVID-19. But will it work? Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath assess the bold move as well as new announcements from the Ontario government.


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I’ve been self-isolating (more or less) for 13 years. Here’s some advice



TVO.org’s deputy editor, Sarah Sweet, writes about the reality of self-isolation because of her chronic fatigue syndrome and offers her perspective on giving and accepting help during the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I have been lucky enough to have good and decent and thoughtful friends and family members who’ve offered [help]. Insisted on giving it. Thanks to these people, I have dinner every night and clean clothes to wear. During this period of more general societal isolation, I have people willing to acquire things and bring them to me. I am not alone,” she writes.


This weekend on TVO

Saturday, 9 p.m. — Love Cecil

Whether in the pages of Vogue, or as the Queen’s official photographer, Cecil Beaton, an Oscar-winning set and costume designer, photographer, writer, and painter, embodied the cultural and political changes of the 20th century.

Sunday, 9 p.m. — Prey

Basilian priest Father Hodgson Marshall was convicted of abusing boys throughout southern Ontario during his decades-long career. This award-winning TVO Original documentary follows survivor Rod MacLeod and his lawyer, Rob Talach, as they pursue justice through a public trial in the hopes of bringing the dark and hidden story of clergy sexual abuse to light.

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