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Long-term care commission calls for major changes — and fast
The province’s commission into the state of long-term care homes released an interim report which says every resident should receive four hours of daily care, up from the current average of 2.75 hours. The commissioners wrote that “timely implementation” is needed. Green Party leader Mike Schreiner called on the province to act, saying it would cost about $1.6 billion a year, “The Ford government is out of excuses
Meanwhile, a CBC News analysis found 85 per cent of long-term care homes in the province have repeatedly breached safety legislation, but have faced little or no consequences.
Ottawa orders 76 million doses of Canadian-made vaccine
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government will spend $173 million to secure 76 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Quebec-based Medicago and Britain’s GlaxoSmithKline. According to Global News, Ottawa has already spent more than $1 billion to guarantee access to various coronavirus vaccines. “Canada has an excellent portfolio of vaccine potential, but we also know, nobody’s got that vaccine yet,” Trudeau said.
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Federal cabinet contemplates airline bailout
The federal government is discussing a major financial package to help struggling Canadian airlines, according to the Globe and Mail. The package would include low-interest loans and a rollback of airport fee increases. According to a government source, Ottawa is considering attaching two conditions to any aid: public money cannot be used to pay air executives, and airlines will have to reopen some routes shut down during the pandemic.
For more COVID-19 news from across the province, check out TVO.org’s week in review here.
How can we prevent COVID-19 super-spreader events? The Agenda welcomes Raywat Deonandan, professor in the faculty of health sciences at the University of Ottawa; and Ashley Tuite, an epidemiologist with the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, to discuss.
Historian Lucy Worsley traces the history of the wedding dress while antiques expert Mark Hill discovers how to put the sparkle into a diamond. They also examine a 1948 Olympic medal and memorabilia from an event that Queen Victoria called the greatest day in Britain's history.
The communities had four cases in September. Less than a month later, all cases had been resolved. Northeastern Ontario reporter Nick Dunne examines what they did to stop the spread.
Solutions to pandemic challenges have to involve some consideration of cost — and liability. Columnist Matt Gurney says that’s going to be an issue in Ontario when it comes to long-term care.
This weekend on TVO
Saturday, 9 p.m. — No Stone Unturned
Filmmaker Alex Gibney revisits the unsolved case of a 1994 massacre in the Northern Ireland village of Loughinisland. Six Catholic men were killed when loyalist paramilitary gunmen sprayed a small, packed pub with bullets during a World Cup soccer match. The police investigation that followed reeked of corruption and collusion.
Sunday 7 p.m. — National Geographic: Cappadocia
Cappadocia sits in a remote part of central Turkey — and it may soon disappear. The UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts more than 2 million visitors each year due to its natural beauty and the 1,000-year-old cultural treasures hidden in its caves. But the site is threatened by both manmade and natural erosion.