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York Region re-enters Stage 2
The province announced that York Region will join Ottawa, Toronto, and Peel Region in a modified version of Stage 2 due to rising COVID-19 case numbers. The measure takes effect on Monday and will last for at least 28 days. “I hate doing this my friends,” Ford said. “Honestly, I hate this."
Advocates warn about second long-term care crisis
Seniors advocates and health care experts told the Toronto Star they are alarmed at the number of current COVID-19 cases in long-term care homes. “I absolutely am very terrified and worried,” said Amit Arya, a palliative care physician specializing in long-term care. On Thursday, the province reported that 159 residents and 199 staff members of long-term-care homes had active cases of COVID-19 — similar to the numbers in early April.
For more coronavirus news from across the province, check out TVO.org’s week in review here.
Province names former banker as new OLG head
Former Scotiabank executive Duncan Hannay has been named the new president and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. In a statement, the corporation said that Hannay will earn less than predecessor Stephen Rigby, who made $765,406 last year. In August, Premier Doug Ford criticized Rigby and other OLG executives for accepting large cash bonuses while casinos were closed because of the pandemic. “For all these big smart guys, they aren’t too frigging smart,” he said.
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A new report that suggests that next year will be either expensive or ruinously expensive. It all depends on whether we get the pandemic under control. Columnist John Michael McGrath looks forward to the upcoming choices the province will have to make in its economic recovery. He writes: “Given the timing and the realities of politics, Ford is unlikely to do anything painful immediately before the election — which means that voters will get their say first.”
Are Torontonians going to gentrify northeastern Ontario?
Now that remote work has allowed people to expand the scope of their house hunts, there are concerns that GTAers will force housing prices in Sudbury and the surrounding area up — and residents out. TVO.org assistant editor Josh Sherman explains.
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