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Ontario takes first steps toward reopening
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on May 02, 2020
The province announced yesterday that it was ready to allow a limited number of businesses to reopen on Monday. (iStock.com/ronstik)

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Some businesses to reopen Monday

The province announced yesterday that it was ready to allow a limited number of businesses to reopen on Monday, including: garden centres and nurseries (curbside pickup and delivery only); lawn care and landscaping services; additional construction projects; automatic and self-serve car washes; and auto dealerships (by appointment only). Marinas and golf courses may also start preparing for operations without welcoming customers yet. “Even when we open up the economy just a bit, people will still have to practise social distancing,” Premier Doug Ford said. “We have to be super-cautious. Just hang in there.”

Chamber of Commerce calls for commercial eviction ban

With many businesses struggling to pay May rent, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has called for a moratorium on commercial evictions.The already-announced rental subsidy program will help, chamber president Rocco Rossi said in a statement, but “for an increasingly large number of small businesses, the time they are being asked to wait will result in permanent closure.” Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner also called for more support for small businesses, saying some landlords are refusing to participate in the subsidy program.

Canada bans assault rifles

The federal government yesterday announced an immediate ban on about 1,500 makes and models of "assault-style" weapons. While most gun owners in the country are responsible and law-abiding, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “you don’t need an AR-15 to bring down a deer.”

“This was one of the key planks in our election campaign, and we received a strong mandate from Canadians to act on gun control” Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said. “The culture around their fetishization makes our county inherently more dangerous for the people most vulnerable.”

TVO.org publishing regional updates

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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#onpoli: Ontario takes first steps toward reopening 

Hosts Steve Paikin and John Michael McGrath discuss Ontario’s plan to start reopening certain businesses, including garden centres, car dealerships, and essential construction sites. Also, it’s the first of the month and that means the rent has come due for many people. The podcast takes a look at how two levels of government are trying to ease the pressure. 


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The Agenda: Vying to lead Canada's Greens

This week, Glen Murray joined the leadership race for the Green Party of Canada. A cabinet minister under both Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne, Murray made a brief run for the Ontario Liberal leadership in 2013. He has also served as mayor of Winnipeg. Steve Paikin speaks with Murray about the inspiration behind his return to politics.

Beauty

Filmmaker Christina Willings explores the lives of five children experimenting with gender expression and identity. Each is trying to figure out what it means to live authentically.


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COVID-19: The week in review with epidemiologist David Fisman

University of Toronto epidemiologist David Fisman says next week he’ll be keeping an eye on Ontario and Quebec: two provinces with similar outbreaks, but with different approaches to reopening the economy. “We’ve basically just set up a big Canadian natural experiment,” he says. “Something to watch moving forward is what happens in those two places that started out in a not-dissimilar position and decided to move forward in sort of opposite ways. I can see the arguments on both sides, but whatever happens, we’ll learn a lot about the way forward for the next time we have to make these decisions.”

It only took a deadly pandemic for Toronto to take its housing crisis seriously

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Columnist John Michael McGrath tuned in to Toronto's remote council meeting Thursday, in which councillors approved a number of sites for the rapid construction of new supportive housing using modular-construction techniques. "If the city had relied on its usual approvals processes to get these housing units built, I would’ve put my money on a COVID-19 vaccine being a likelier outcome by fall," he writes. "What a difference a plague makes: city staff now hope to have the planning applications back before city council for its approval within 12 weeks."


This weekend on TVO

Saturday, 9 p.m. — The Age of Consequences

This documentary explores how climate change interacts with societal tensions to spark international conflict. Military leaders and veterans discuss the roots of the conflict in Syria, the Arab Spring, the rise of ISIS, and the European refugee crisis, and what they mean for global stability.

Sunday, 10 p.m. — Out of Mind, Out of Sight

What happens to people who suffer from mental illness and commit violent crimes? Some are sent to forensic psychiatric hospitals, where they disappear from public view. Filmmaker John Kastner gained unprecedented access to one such facility, the Brockville Mental Health Centre.

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