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Peel Region one step away from lockdown
The province announced that Peel Region is being moved into the Control category of Ontario’s five-level COVID-19 classification system — one step away from Lockdown, but more open than the modified Stage 2 restrictions currently in place. Officials cite high case numbers, particularly in Brampton, for the move.
Two other coronavirus hotspots, Ottawa and York Region, are being moved into the Restrict category, while Toronto will remain in a modified Stage 2 until at least November 14.
Whole Foods poppy ban finds the legislature
Ontario politicians criticized U.S grocery chain Whole Foods, for its policy which prevented employees from wearing Remembrance Day poppies. Premier Doug Ford vowed to pass a new law that would prohibit this type of rule, while NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called the supermarket’s policy “shameful and wrong.” Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca said his party would support Ford’s proposed legislation. Whole Foods retracted the policy.
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Budget officer says Ottawa’s nearing spending limits
A report from parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux says the federal government has more room to spend during the pandemic — but not much. Giroux calculates Ottawa could increase spending by another $19 billion and still see the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio reduce over time, so long as pandemic-related emergency programs wind down as scheduled. Only three provinces have finances Giroux considers sustainable: Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia.
COVID-19: The week in review (November 2-6)
For the most important coronavirus news from across the province, check out TVO.org's COVID-19 week in review.
Dakshana Bascaramurty joins The Agenda to discuss her book, This is Not the End of Me: Lessons on Living from a Dying Man.
Margaret Mountford travels to Egypt's Valley of the Kings to explore the story Harry Burton, an unsung hero of photography whose images of the Tutankhamun excavation in the 1920s created a global sensation.
The 2020-21 budget includes a new program designed to help elderly Ontarians. Steve Paikin notes that we’ve been here before. What makes this program different?
The Doug Ford government has found a way to lower hydro bills for businesses, and it’s surprisingly simple: subsidize them with tax dollars. Columnist John Michael McGrath explains.
This weekend on TVO
Saturday, 9 p.m. — Picture my Face: The Story of Teenage Head
Forty years after sparking the notorious punk rock riot at Ontario Place, Teenage Head is determined to re-enter the limelight. In this TVO Original documentary, the band prepares a new album and a cross-country tour — but founder and lead guitarist Gord Lewis is battling crippling depression. Viewer discretion is advised.
Sunday 7 p.m. — National Geographic: Jaguar vs. Croc
World-renowned wildlife photographer Steve Winter and cameraman Bertie Gregory capture the rarely seen, remarkable lives of jaguars in the Pantanal of Brazil. Follow a mother jaguar as she teaches her cub survival tricks, while a determined male jaguar dives headfirst into a river to tackle the deadliest of opponents — a 1.8-metre caiman.
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