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By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 10, 2020
Ontario Premier Doug Ford holds a media briefing on COVID-19 on April 3, 2020. (Frank Gunn/CP)

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Good morning, Ontario. 

Here's what we're following: 

Ontario approaching 'worst case scenarios'

The province reported 939 new coronavirus infections yesterday, breaking Thursday’s record of 797. Ontario’s modelling now shows the province could experience the kind of “worst-case scenarios” seen in northern Italy and New York City earlier this year.

COVID-19 hotspots back in ‘modified’ Stage 2

Premier Doug Ford announced Ottawa, Toronto, and Peel region will move back into a “modified” version of Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan. This includes shutting down indoor dining in restaurants and bars, indoor gyms, movie theatres, casinos, and other gaming establishments, as well as new capacity limits for wedding receptions and private businesses. Chief medical officer of health David Williams said a school shut down is “not merited at this time.”

The province is urging Ontarians to leave home only for “essential purposes.”

Green party leader calls for Toronto byelections to be put on hold

Federal Green party leader Annamie Paul told the Toronto Star that the government should postpone byelections scheduled for October 26 in Toronto Centre and York Centre because of the rise in coronavirus cases. “Unless there is some compelling, overwhelming reason to do so, you don’t hold a byelection when you’re in the middle of the second wave,” she said. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said legally the elections must be held before the end of February, and delaying would push the vote to colder months when the state of the pandemic could be worse.

Newsletter holiday

We'll be taking Thanksgiving off — you'll get the next edition of the newsletter Tuesday morning, a little later than usual, as the TVO.org team works to bring you the latest news from across the province.

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The Agenda: Pandemic dating  

Dating apps have seen a surge in users, but how do new relationships move offline during a deadly pandemic?

Princess Margaret: The Rebel Royal 

The Queen’s younger sister didn’t have the same freedom as today’s young royals, which makes her mid-century steps outside aristocratic convention so interesting. This two-part series examines the life of the first modern princess.   

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The two big-name companies that won't be designing Ontario’s next nuclear reactor

The province has passed over two major players on its shortlist for a small-modular-reactor design. Columnist John Michael McGrath wonders if that will that mean a more competitive process

Long-term care has been in trouble for years. When will we do something about it?

Columnist Matt Gurney says the long-term care system was in bad shape even before the pandemic — and it will be in bad shape after it, too, if we don’t take action.  

This weekend on TVO

Saturday, 9 p.m. — Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Pioneering immunologist Jim Allison won the 2018 Nobel Prize for discovering the immune system's role in defeating cancer. For decades, he waged a lonely struggle against a skeptical medical establishment the powerful pharmaceutical industry.  

Monday, 8 p.m. — The Agenda: Serving better food in institutions 

Can better food help fix the problems that exist in Canadian institutions? Chef and food activist Joshna Maharaj joins host Nam Kiwanuka to discuss her book, Take Back the Tray: Revolutionizing Food in Hospitals, Schools, and Other Institutions.  

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