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700,000 Ontarians lost work in April
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on May 09, 2020
Statistics Canada reports that nearly 2 million Canadian jobs were lost last month. (iStock.com/sankai)

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Canada down 2 million jobs in April

Statistics Canada reports that nearly 2 million Canadian jobs were lost last month, pushing the national unemployment rate to 13 per cent. Of those, 689,000 were in Ontario. “Today’s job numbers weigh heavy on my heart,” said Premier Doug Ford.  “Real people who are struggling through no fault of their own.”

Also, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government is extending its wage-subsidy program, which was set to expire in June.

Ford calls for more testing

Premier Doug Ford said Ontario needs to ramp up COVID-19 testing to reach 20,000 a day. The current target is 16,000, which the province has failed to meet several times this week. Ontario reported 477 new cases on Friday, the most since May 2.

Sports world prepares for uncertain summer

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie asked a House of Commons committee for $150 million from the federal government, saying that the 2020 season is “very much in jeopardy.” He was challenged by some MPs who wondered why the CFL needs a bailout when its teams are all either profitable or privately owned by wealthy individuals or corporations. “How much of the financial support you're requesting would be going directly to the players of the CFL?" asked NDP MP Peter Julian.

Meanwhile, Ontario’s minister of tourism, culture and sport, Lisa MacLeod, announced professional sports teams can resume training if they follow safety protocols. MacLeod said in a release that "we look forward to seeing our athletes return to play in the not-too-distant future."

TVO.org publishing regional updates

Every day, we will publish a collection of COVID-19 news items from across the province. Please visit TVO.org for the latest. Here is Friday’s edition.


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Youth centres across the province are closed, separating vulnerable children from critical supports. “With so many spaces closed,” writes Priya Iyer, “Mahum Ahmed, 27, a clinical youth-outreach worker in Peel Region, was most concerned for youth in traumatic situations, such as abusive homes, or transient housing. ‘They don’t have an out anymore,’ she says.”


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